Rand Paul takes issue with Mitt Romney on Syria, Pentagon spending

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

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25 comments Add your comment

MD

October 10th, 2012
7:39 pm

obama is a DAMN lying SOB and should be impeached for allowing Americans to die because of his pitiful excuses and pure stupidity.

Doc

October 10th, 2012
7:41 pm

MD you are an idiot

meno

October 10th, 2012
7:45 pm

So MD, what should have been done to Bush for allowing 9/11 to happen? (Oh, I forgot that was really Clinton’s fault).

yuzeyurbrane

October 10th, 2012
8:09 pm

Foreign policy is one area where I can find a lot in common with Ron and Rand Paul.

Kris

October 10th, 2012
8:44 pm

And this Romass/ snot nosed rhynnie want to lead the USA…HA!

Smitty don’t let your MOUTH overload load (insert tour favorite slur).

OBAMA 2012

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

@MD

October 10th, 2012
7:39 pm
obama is a DAMN lying SOB and should be impeached for allowing Americans to die because of his pitiful excuses and pure stupidity.

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George W Bush was a DAMN lying SOB and should HAVE been impeached

for allowing Americans to die because of his pitiful excuses and pure stupidity.

REMEMBER weapons of mass destruction? It was a Lie.

WHERE WAS YOUR OUTRAGE THEN?

YOU PEOPLE ARE HYPOCRITES.

God does not like a hypocrite.

cc

October 10th, 2012
8:46 pm

MD@7:39 pm:

Agreed . . . completely.

Fry Big Bird!

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
8:47 pm

@MD

October 10th, 2012
7:39 pm
obama is a DAMN lying SOB and should be impeached for allowing Americans to die because of his pitiful excuses and pure stupidity
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Watch out….YOUR RACISM IS SHOWING.

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
8:49 pm

@cc

October 10th, 2012
8:46 pm
MD@7:39 pm:

Agreed . . . completely.

Fry Big Bird!

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The fire you wish on big bird is the same fire that will

burn you in h@ll.

Be careful of the stones you throw.

cc

October 10th, 2012
8:50 pm

MD@7:39 pm:

Don’t waste time with ‘THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics’. it’s just another racist/race baiter.

crankee-yankee

October 10th, 2012
9:11 pm

MD
October 10th, 2012
7:39 pm

And Bush & his crew should get a pass because they had positive proof of WMD’s? Just where was it they finally found them?

Kris

October 10th, 2012
9:28 pm

CEO to Workers: I May Fire You if Obama Wins
David Siegel, the owner of Westgate Resorts, sent a surprising email to his employees Monday.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/ceo-workers-youll-likely-fired-131640914.html

A page out smitty play book….

@ cc Do you have a wooden deck? If so you need to get a turkey fryer to cook your bird…be sure to use a lot of oil and get it really hot.

Re-Elect OBAMA

RGB

October 10th, 2012
9:30 pm

The libs act as though they don’t remember that several international intelligence agencies reported that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. Their “God Standard” of absolute perfection only applies to other people–even when there is near unanimity in existence. Funny how their standard doesn’t apply to Obama’s promises to half the deficit, reduce unemployment to below 6%, be transparent, work across party lines, or calm international relations because of Obama’s “familiarity” with Islam.

Hussein provided guns to Mexican drug lords which resulted in the deaths of hundreds of people–with more to come. And speaking of 9/11, our Hussein allowed our Libyan ambassador (correction–required our Libyan ambassador) to be virtually unprotected on the anniversary of 9/11. Now they’re lying about it. At least in the Watergate coverup, no one died.

Bush fell short in many areas, but he was not corrupt. Besides, you statists, he’s not on the ballot.

Finally, Obama is now saying that he never promised change would be easy. He never said that change would take place under one term or even under one president (he didn’t say that in 2008).

What that means is that if you re-elect him, expect the hell hole that he created to get deeper and permanent. Is that really your heart’s desire?

cc

October 10th, 2012
9:32 pm

“@ cc Do you have a wooden deck?”

I’m not going to start a house fire at my home. I’m just gonna fry Big Bird. How did your little house fire turn out?

Kris

October 10th, 2012
9:36 pm

@ cc I guess you learn from your mistake…take your meds…go haunt shady Deal!

cc

October 10th, 2012
9:37 pm

RGB:

It’s useless: they have had so much of the Kool Aide that they cannot be revived. They are beyond redemption as logical beings and see only the sanctity of the black messiah. They will follow him to and through the gates of hell. All of that would be OK if they weren’t trying to drag the rest of us with them!

Don Abernethy

October 10th, 2012
10:02 pm

Where is the Tea Party in all this?????

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
10:35 pm

@cc

October 10th, 2012
9:37 pm
RGB:

It’s useless: they have had so much of the Kool Aide that they cannot be revived. They are beyond redemption as logical beings and see only the sanctity of the black messiah. They will follow him to and through the gates of hell. All of that would be OK if they weren’t trying to drag the rest of us with them!

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CONS have the key to the lock on the gates of hell.

CONS have only seen the sanctity of their WHITE messiahs.

How dare anyone try to replace their WHITE messiahs.

Obama showed the world that the WHITE messiahs’ time

is UP and OVER.

The CONS better LOOK OUT…

The Asians and Hispanics ARE COMING SOON.

WHITE ain’t always RIGHT.

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
10:44 pm

@RGB

October 10th, 2012
9:30 pm
The libs act as though they don’t remember that several international intelligence agencies reported that Saddam Hussein had WMDs. Their “God Standard” of absolute perfection only applies to other people–even when there is near unanimity in existence. Funny how their standard doesn’t apply to Obama’s promises to half the deficit, reduce unemployment to below 6%, be transparent, work across party lines, or calm international relations because of Obama’s “familiarity” with Islam.

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Factcheck.org

Q: Were there really weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when the U.S. invaded in 2003?

A: No. The Iraq Survey Group determined that Iraq had abandoned its quest to develop chemical, biological and nuclear weapons and that it had already destroyed all of its existing stockpiles of chemical and biological weapons.

As for how you dispel the notions that Iraq really did have stockpiles of chemical or biological weapons when President Bush no longer makes such claims himself, we suggest ridicule. If that doesn’t work, you may be out of luck.

CONS can STOP THAT LIE….THERE WERE NO WMD.

CONS were BAMBOOZLED BY BUSH. :)

THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics

October 10th, 2012
10:48 pm

@cc

October 10th, 2012
8:50 pm
MD@7:39 pm:

Don’t waste time with ‘THE GOP and Their Ugly Politics’. it’s just another racist/race baiter.

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racist/race baiter?

It takes ONE to know ONE.

Yes, YOU AIN’T THE ONLY ONE WHO IS.

Live with it.

Deal with it.

jconservative

October 10th, 2012
11:01 pm

“Associated Press – October 10, 2012
BRUSSELS — The United States has sent troops to Jordan to bolster its military capabilities in the event Syria’s civil war escalates, U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday, reflecting U.S. concerns about the conflict spilling over allies’ borders and about the security of Syria’s chemical weapons arsenal.

Speaking at a NATO conference of defense ministers, Panetta said the U.S. has been working with Jordan to monitor chemical and biological weapons sites in Syria and also to help Jordan deal with refugees pouring over the border from Syria.”

Reuters is reporting “the team had been in Jordan for several months and was there when Panetta visited King Abdullah in early August. The number of troops in the team has since grown, but there are no specific plans to expand it further, the official said. “We have been working with Jordan for a period of time now … on a number of the issues that have developed as a result of what’s happened in Syria,” Panetta told a news conference in Brussels.”

hiram

October 11th, 2012
12:03 am

cc = td
Why do you keep changing your name td/cc? Your redundant incendiary, and non-substantive posts reveal your identity.

rawmilkdrinker

October 11th, 2012
6:48 am

MD, Perhaps you aren’t aware of the Republican led house hearing yesterday that exposed the undercover CIA operation at the US embassy’s toolshed in Libya. Apparently the CIA either knew what was happening and didn’t warn anyone or else the CIA din’t know what was happening after being there for years.

mehlman rings twice

October 11th, 2012
2:02 pm

MD,
Read about what happened to 247 of our Marines on October 23, 1983 when President Reagan ordered thousands of them to the Beirut airport tarmac without bullets in their weapons and without sandbags surrounding their barracks – both items controlled by the U.S. and not foreign trained surrogates.

mehlman rings twice

October 11th, 2012
2:10 pm

rawmilkdrinker,
A more likely scenario is that in the confusion during the attack is that the Ambassador and others may have been prevented from accessing the safe house in an effort to save others. This is not to say the the Administration is without blame for poor planning.