Eight short days from now, Dr. Rand Paul, the son of Congressman Ron Paul, will try to win the Kentucky Republican Primary and become his party’s nominee for the US Senate race in November. His official web site offers the following statement concerning his position on National Defense:
“I believe that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, bar none. I believe our greatest national security threat is our lack of security at the border. I believe that when we must fight, we declare war as the Constitution mandates and we fight to win. That we fight only under US Commander and not the UN.”
The site claims that Rand Paul is the strongest candidate in matters of National Defense, but like everything Rand Paul asserts, this must be carefully scrutinized. After all, Rand Paul told his base on Anti-War Radio and during an interview with 9-11 Truther Alex Jones:
“I’d say we’d be very, very similar (Dr. Rand and Ron Paul). We might present the message sometimes differently. I think in some ways the message has to be broadened and made more appealing to the entire Republican electorate because you have to win a primary.”
In other words, in order to convince mainstream Republicans to vote for him, he has to lie about the ideas he shares with his eccentric father. What does Rand Paul say when he is speaking frankly with his radical libertarian base about our military presence in the world?
“Part of the reason we are bankrupt as a country is that we are fighting so many foreign wars and have so many military bases around the world. I don’t say, ‘Out of Iraq now!’ I say out of Iraq two or three years ago, or never go in – even better.”
“You have to ask yourself, do you create more terrorists than you kill? We inflamed an entire region there and I don’t think it was the best thing for our national defense or for our country. We similarly have to decide if putting missiles in Poland is going to provoke Russia or if we can afford to put missiles in Poland.”
“I think that these issues [the economy and maintaining the American “empire:”] become the political coalition you need to win a race because there are people from the left who acknowledge the vast expenditure of the military industrial complex. There are some on the right that are beginning to understand that. It’s really that sort of right-left paradigm that you bring these groups together in order to try to win an election.”
Dr. Rand Paul qualifies our military presence in the world as “empire building.” His solution? Withdraw our troops, not only from Iraq (where they never should have been in the first place,) but from every other military base in the world. How can any rational person believe that allowing Islamic Sharia dictatorships and Marxist slave-nations to dominate the world can be good for our economy or our safety?
What are the practical consequences of Rand Paul’s simplistic foreign policy? According to the Kentucky Commission on Military Affairs, about 9.8 billion dollars.
The maintenance and development of a military in the absence of true need would be unethical. In the case of the United States of America, a country with real threats in the global arena, the need for a strong military and the the infrastructure to support it are legitimate expenses, the economic reality of these expenses must be considered.
Allow me to introduce the Kentucky face of the “Military Industrial Complex” the jobs that Rand has made his top priority to eliminate:
URS, Fort Campbell
Serco INC., Fort Campbell
General Dynamics, Louisville
PDS Technical Services, Hebron
Investigative Solutions, Lexington
MRI Network, Lexington
Express Way Group, Lexington
Great American Insurance, Lexington
M & S, Lexington
Day & Zimmermann, Lexington
L 3 Communications, Lexington
Lockheed Martin, Lexington
The employees of these companies work in Kentucky to insure, feed, clothe, and develop technology and weapons for our military and their families. Their necessary work contributes almost 10 billion dollars to the economy of the state Rand Paul wants to represent. What industry is Rand Paul going to bring into Kentucky to replace the money and jobs that would be lost if his isolationist political philosophy becomes policy?
Doing away with the United States global military presence is not only dangerous for our security, but would have disastrous and far-reaching economic impact on Kentucky. The absolute lack of consideration of the potential hardship that would be inflicted on the people of Kentucky if his ideas became policy indicates that Rand Paul himself has not even considered the real world consequences of his utopian National Defense philosophy.