“America should and will fight wars when the consequences— intended and unintended— are worth the sacrifice.”
“America shouldn’t fight wars where the best outcome is stalemate. America shouldn’t fight wars when there is no plan for victory.”
He’s critical of the fiscal responsibility– as well as the actual effectiveness of Obama’s surge of troop-presence in Afghanistan, for example. The take that we get from Rand Paul on U.S. interests is that primarily, we’ve got to be able to defend our lives and our liberties, and we’ve got to take that seriously enough to deliver force if necessary.
Secondly… prosperity. This means economics, and maybe a little bit of hunky-dory ‘everyone gets along geopolitically’ thrown in there. He’s lookin’ at you, China and Russia. The major threat to the United States continuing to be prosperous is, as he implies, mainly just a question of cooperation. Sure, there’s a lot of politically noxious sentiments getting thrown around by China and Russia, like how Beijing’s extolling itself and proclaiming that one-partied state capitalism is the way to go. Which Rand believes it isn’t; at least it can’t work for very long. And Russia is justifying its involvement in Eastern Europe with “Because Decadent Western Hypocrisy™!”
But this is just talk, really. When it comes to Rand Paul on U.S. interests, all we really have to do is just ensure that we continue to trade, and to connect with one another through that trade to ensure that everyone gets along fine.
“Military force is meaningless if our leaders cannot reinforce American diplomacy through engagement and leadership,” says Paul.
“Our enemies should bear witness to the unmatched and unstoppable American force that was justifiably unleashed after 9/11 and know that terrorism will never defeat America, that terrorism will only awaken and embolden our resolve.”
“But the world should also know that America aspires to peace, trade, and commerce with all.”
“That though we will not abide injustice we will not instigate war.”
“That our noblest intentions are sincere and war will always be our last resort, and that ‘our reluctance for war must not be mistaken for lack of resolve.’”
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