Ron Paul attracted kooks like Justin Raimondo because of his anti-Israel and Pro-Islamist stances. Rand Paul has rejected his father’s lunacy and has adopted a the traditional realistic foreign policy approach of the pre-George W. Bush Republican Party. This stance has angered fans of his father like the vile vicious America hater, Dennis Raimondo.
The vile Dennis “Justin” Raimondo writes a nasty hate fill rant against Rand Paul. He also takes shots at Israel, Evangelical Christians and accuses Rand Paul of selling out.
Sen. Rand Paul wants to be taken seriously – as a presidential candidate, as heir to the energetic youth-oriented movement founded by his father, and as a foreign policy Deep Thinker. This last goal was supposed to have been approached, if not reached, by his much-anticipated foreign policy speech delivered at the Heritage Foundation the other day, which was supposed to give wonkish heft to his presidential ambitions.
Barely twenty minutes long, Sen. Paul’s peroration was two thirds Glenn Beck, and one third Robert Taft – with a dash of George Kennan thrown in for good measure. Right off the bat, however, he made the point he wanted to make: I am not my father. To which one can only add: you can say that again.
“Foreign policy,” averred Paul the Younger, “is uniquely an arena where we should base decisions on the landscape of the world as it is . . . not as we wish it to be. I see the world as it is. I am a realist, not a neoconservative, nor an isolationist.”
What is telling about his opening shot is how deftly he utilizes the language of the War Party to define – and restrict – the parameters of the foreign policy debate. As paleoconservative foreign policy analyst Daniel Larison has tirelessly pointed out, there is no such thing as “isolationism” in American politics: not today, not yesterday, and not ever. No one believes the US should isolate itself from the world and turn this country – connected to the rest of the globe by innumerable ties of trade, sympathy, and kinship – into the Western equivalent of the Hermit Kingdom. “Isolationism” is an epithet rather than a description of anyone’s real views, meant to stifle discussion rather than advance it.
While in Israel, Sen. Paul gave his blessing to the government’s aggressive “settlement” program, and attacked his own government for trying to interfere with this thinly disguised ethnic cleansing campaign.
One would think a supposed “libertarian” would be standing there right by the Palestinian olive groves as the IDF bulldozes them, along with privately owned Palestinian homes, defending the property rights of the dispossessed, and speaking out against this brazen exercise of eminent domain – as he would if it happened in this country.
But no – because that doesn’t fit in with the theology of those who paid for the good Senator’s trip. They believe Israel must be unconditionally supported on the grounds that it’s God’s Will. Israel has a special place in their hearts because the ingathering of the Jews to their historic homeland is seen as one more sign that we are truly living in the End Times – and war between the Forces of Light and the Forces of Darkness is imminent.
Here is a rhetorical jambalaya that combines all the themes of the backwoods born-gain types with the more sophisticated paranoia of the Israel lobby’s neoconservative intellectuals. Never mind that it makes no sense to conflate Iran with Egypt’s Sunni radicals: this dish, served up piping hot, is what Sen. Paul and his claque hope will whet the appetite of far-right activists for Paul in 2016.
This was a hate fill rantings of a mad man. Dennis “Justin” Raimondo is a Jew hating Islamist apologist who is no better than a roach. Like all roaches, you have to shine the light on him occasionally.