Rand Paul's Israel Comments Should Not Be Trivialized
Jan 27, 2013 at 12:17 PM
Rand Paul, fresh from his trip to Israel with many ardent Israel supporters, said, "I think we should do is announce to the world, and I think it is well-known, that any attack on Israel will be treated as an attack on the United States."
Jack Hunter called Rand's statement a "gesture," "a little rhetorical concession," and a "diplomatic statement." Rand's explicit security guarantee to Israel was trivialized as political strategy.
Guaranteeing the security of Israel sure may earn some quick political points with the GOP, but it also completely abandons the principles of non-interventionism. There is also something terribly perverse about assuring defense for Israel while giving them carte blanche to build settlements in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Surely we have not already forgotten the concept of blowback.
Just as a refresher, unyielding American support of Israel was one of the main grievances that Osama bin Laden used to justify his 9/11 attack. This uncomfortably close relationship continues today, and still ignites hatred among Muslims throughout the world. Rand Paul was elected to change foreign policy in D.C., among other things. He was not elected to maintain America's most serious foreign policy blunder in recent memory.