The education of Rand Paul

Israel/Palestine
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Rand Paul told the Louisville Courier Journal he wouldn’t cut aid to Israel, and he’s going to visit the country this week. The Courier-Journal says he’s considering running for president. Well if you’re running for president, who do you need on your side? Rosie Gray at buzzfeed:

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has been holding a series of meetings with neo-conservative pro-Israel foreign policy hands as the libertarian prepares to take a seat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, sources familiar with the meetings said.

Paul’s new contacts include Dan Senor, a former key Mitt Romney foreign policy aide who is also close to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who met Paul in his Washington office.

Paul is also going to take a “fairly impressive list of folks” on his trip to Israel next week, according to a source close to him, and he is planning on delivering a major foreign policy address in early February.

Noah Pollack tweeted yesterday, with joy:

He’s on the 11:30 El Al flight to TLV tonight RT @jmartpolitico: Most intrsting gop voice on hagel will be…. @SenRandPaul

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  1. Krauss
    January 7, 2013, 12:41 pm

    Unlike his father, whose politics I don’t exactly share except on foreign policy, his son is basically summed up as a typical Washington politician.

    He broke with his economic principles a long time ago, and he’s been reaching out to the neocons for some time now.

    He had a back-and-forth with the folks at COMMENTARY(the neocon temple) a few weeks back, an exchange with Jonathan Tobin where Tobin kept demanding that he crawled a little more, and Rand kept crawling until even Tobin was satisfied.

    But yes, quite telling.

  2. HarryLaw
    January 7, 2013, 1:33 pm

    According to Press tv “Senator Rand Paul has called for a reduction of American foreign aid, even to allies like the Israeli regime during his visit to Israel. Here..link to presstv.ir

  3. American
    January 7, 2013, 1:40 pm

    Hummm…this is going to be interesting….he will be kicked out the libertarian circles if he goes all Israeli and Iran.
    Morphing,. morphing, morphing…..on ideology and issues seems to be the political career strategy……creates most of the time a very incoherent or overboard position that loses a portion of party voters that you need.
    Maybe Rand thinks he can lead a Tea Party pivot from opposition to foreign entanglements …humm, I don’t know though, even if he does that with TP politicians it won’t go down well with your typical tea party and libertarian voters.
    If this is about Rand aiming for a Presidency he evidently didn’t learn anything from Mitt’s fail.

    • American
      January 7, 2013, 1:44 pm

      IMO…the only shot the conserative wing has for a Presidency is probably Jeb Bush.
      The only shot a independent party would have is Hagel.

    • Blownaway
      January 7, 2013, 8:06 pm

      The last guy who had Señor as his advisor and went campaigning to Israel didn’t do so well…two words Rand …Mitt Romney

  4. Mooser
    January 7, 2013, 3:18 pm

    “his son is basically summed up as a typical Washington politician.”

    Can’t argue with that, but you gotta admit, a doctor who certified himself to practice through his own spurious ophthalmological board is a little out of the common run in DC. Sorta hearkens back to the patent-medicine days.

  5. CloakAndDagger
    January 7, 2013, 4:56 pm

    Rand Paul is no Ron Paul. He doesn’t get my vote, although I suspect he is walking a fine line here.

    He just announced to Israel that America couldn’t be its friend if it was broke, and so we need to eliminate foreign aid to everyone, including Israel, but starting with Israel’s enemies. I think he believes that if he cuts off the money supply, it may cripple the lobby. He is clearly not wanting to antagonize the lobby. It will be interesting to see if he pulls it off.

    • American
      January 7, 2013, 6:26 pm

      Here’s the article on what he said to Israel.

      link to jpost.com

      Here’s the Israel position he circulated during his campaign in 2010.

      link to spectator.org

      Paul is playing very cagey on Israel I’m thinking. Welcome to my web said the spider to the fly…..might fit his Isr policy if he ever was elected Prez.

      • CloakAndDagger
        January 8, 2013, 3:48 am

        Yes, I get the impression that all is not as it seems. He may have deliberately chosen a path orthogonal to that of his father because he believes he can do with deceit what his dad couldn’t do with honesty. If he succeeds, that would redeem him in my eyes, but perhaps I am reading too much here.

  6. ToivoS
    January 7, 2013, 9:49 pm

    If Rand thinks he can ride the proIsrael sentiment into a serious white house bid he just might be a little late. As mentioned above, that is so Mitt Romney. Ron Paul captured the imagination of so many tea party types and libertarians because he was willing to challenge the Lobby. Rand is a big boob if he thinks he can bring his father’s supporters along on the Israeli first train ride. To continue the metaphor, that train left the station ages ago and by 2016 it will likely have left the tracks in one big derailment.

    • chinese box
      January 8, 2013, 7:05 am

      Ron Paul captured the imagination of so many tea party types and libertarians because he was willing to challenge the Lobby.

      I would say that the Tea Party was infatuated with Paul in spite of his views on Israel. They were more interested in his promises to gut government programs. If anyone was enticed by his Israel position it was disaffected leftists and maybe some paleocons.

  7. jimmy
    January 7, 2013, 10:18 pm

    Bye, the beloved country – why almost 40 percent of Israelis are thinking of emigrating

    According to a new survey, more than a third of Israelis would leave the country if they could, citing economic opportunities as the main reason. Who are the wannabe leavers, and what can be done to induce them to stay?

    who are the settlements for

    link to haaretz.com

  8. W.Jones
    January 8, 2013, 2:03 am

    This reminds me of another legislator, who you would hope would take a more independent line:
    “Israel is the greatest single strength America has in the Middle East… I am a Zionist.”
    – Joe Biden on Shalom TV.

    And I thought it was the US military, NATO, and US sympathizers in the region. Oh wait, I did not pick a “single” one. NVM. I am glad to see the Isr. State will be able to fight America’s wars in the Middle East for it.

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