The libertarian/tea party wing of the Republican party continues to challenge the GOP establishment when it comes to foreign policy.
Just before he’s about to join Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney in Ohio, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., penned an op-ed for CNN, taking issue with Romney’s call for deeper involvement in Syria’s civil war, and increased Pentagon spending:
I do not… support a call for intervention in Syria. And, if such intervention were being contemplated, it is absolutely necessary that Congress give any such authority to the president. No president, Republican or Democrat, has the unilateral power to take our nation to war without the authority of the legislature.
At times, I have been encouraged by Romney’s foreign policy. I agree with his call to end the war in Afghanistan sooner rather than later and with his skepticism of, and call for reform in, foreign aid, but I am a bit dismayed by his foreign policy speech Monday, titled “Mantle of Leadership.”
Romney chose to criticize President Obama for seeking to cut a bloated Defense Department and for not being bellicose enough in the Middle East, two assertions with which I cannot agree.
Defense and war spending has grown 137% since 2001. That kind of growth is not sustainable.
So Paul and Romney are likely to stick to domestic issues in Ohio.
- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider