Rand Paul Blames GOP For ISIS; Slim Prez Chances Go 'Poof'

Rand Paul Blames GOP For ISIS; Slim Prez Chances Go ‘Poof’

Ya gotta hand it to Rand Paul. Once in a while, he gets it so right, he makes everybody squirm.

Wednesday, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe”, he said:

“ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the Hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS.”

One would think he was running for the Democratic Party nomination if he hadn’t gone on to equally bash Hillary Clinton and the Obama administration for their policies in the Middle East. Nevertheless, his harshest criticism was for the GOP:

“A lot of people are trapped inside the Beltway and they think that war is always the answer.”

He referred to the mess in Syria and the opportunity that the hawks would have handed ISIS if they had gotten their way:

“The hawks wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’s job easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because of the hawks in my party.”

He blamed the war-mongerers for Libya being a failed state, ripe for ISIS, because they cooperated with the agenda of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who is arguably a hawk in her own right). But Paul leveled criticism specifically at Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham for pushing for military intervention in Syria.

He rightfully tars all the GOP’s hawks with the same brush by saying:

“Everything they’ve talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years but they have somehow the gall to keep pointing fingers and saying otherwise.”

Well, damn! Those Democrats who are not hawks have been saying the same thing. The Washington Post recently backed up that position by debunking Jeb Bush’s lie that ISIS didn’t exist when his brother, George W., was president. The paper used multiple sources to prove that the formation of the Islamic State was declared in 2006.

Perhaps Paul is going for a popular uprising that will sweep him into office through a massive write-in campaign. He also threw forth this little nugget of truth, acknowledging the importance of the country that exists outside of Washington, D.C.:

“The rest of America is more inline with what I’m saying.”

Someone must have told this Quixotic candidate that there’s a lot of populist sentiment afoot. They should probably have also told him it centers on things like the economy and jobs rather than foreign policy. On foreign policy, he’s a mixed bag at best, having gone from a libertarian non-interventionist stance to promoting a beefed-up defense budget.

But, oh, well. If Paul wants to help the left make the case that the GOP is full of compulsive liars, more power to him. He needs to stop short of picking new colors for the Oval Office, though. It’s hard to imagine a scenario where he’ll be in charge of the redo.

Feature photo adapted from Gage Skidmore on Flickr.