Rand Paul Dings Rick Perry's New Glasses in Foreign Policy Op-ed War

In an op-ed for Politico, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) dinged Gov. Rick Perry’s new glasses in a response to a Washington Post op-ed written by the governor of Texas to criticize the Kentucky Senator’s views on foreign policy.

“There are many things I like about Texas Gov. Rick Perry, including his stance on the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution,” Paul wrote. “But apparently his new glasses haven’t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.”

Paul insisted that Perry mischaracterized his views on foreign policy as “isolationist” and did very little to solve the problem himself.

“If the governor continues to insist that these proposals mean I’m somehow 'ignoring ISIS,' I’ll make it my personal policy to ignore Rick Perry’s opinions,” he said.

Paul argued for a return to President Ronald Reagan’s vision of “peace through strength,” which didn’t necessarily mean sending troops into battle. America, he wrote, was growing weary of war in places like Iraq and wanted a more thoughtful approach.

“I ask Governor Perry: How many Americans should send their sons or daughters to die for a foreign country — a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves?” he wrote. “How many Texan mothers and fathers will Governor Perry ask to send their children to fight in Iraq?”

Paul cautioned Perry from repeating the same mistakes as the Bush administration as well as foreign policy hawks of the past.

“Any future military action by the United States must always be based on an assessment of what has worked and what hasn’t,” he said. “This basic, common sense precondition is something leaders in both parties have habitually failed to meet.”


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