Is Rand Paul Israel’s ally? Calvin Freiburger asked this yesterday in light of a recently published statement sent to AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) by Dr. Rand Paul. Paul is currently seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for the Kentucky Senate seat and is campaigning under suspicion of sharing his father, Congressman Ron Paul’s, anti-Semitic position towards Israel.
Conservatives of great repute have risked their credibility by backing Rand Paul, including Tea Party First Lady, Sarah Palin. Her endorsement, proudly displayed on Paul’s campaign site, is enough to convince many conservatives to vote for him without seriously examining his philosophy and previous statements on foreign policy issues.
Published in the American Spectator, Paul’s AIPAC statement seems to clear up those pesky little conservative scruples, and more than one grassroots organization press secretary has relied on it as proof that Rand Paul will stand by Israel. Superficially, the following quotes seem to support this Pollyannic belief that Rand is Israel’s ally:
“Israel and the United States have a special relationship.
I would never vote to place trade restrictions on Israel.
Only Israel can decide what is in her security interest.
I would never vote to condemn Israel for defending herself.
Israeli military actions are completely up to the leaders and military of Israel, and Israel alone.
In the Senate, I would strive to eliminate all aid to countries that threaten Israel.
Finally, I believe the United States should increase the pressure on Iran. I would mandate that all publicly managed investment funds divest from Iran immediately.”
Paul’s statements to AIPAC must be read in light of those he made on February 2, 2008 at a campaign rally for his father’s presidential bid:
“In 1821, John Quincy Adams, spoke in front of the House, he was the Speaker of the House at that time, and he has a quote that I really take to heart, it sums up what I think we really need to rethink in our foreign policy, and he said, ‘America does not go abroad in search of monsters to destroy, she’s the well-wisher to the freedom and independence of all, she’s the champion and vindicator only of her own, she will recommend to the general cause by the countenance of her voice and the benign sympathy of her example, but she well knows that when she becomes enlisted under banners other than her own, she will become involved beyond the powers of extrication. The maxims of her policy would insensibly change from liberty to force and she might well become the dictatress of the world. She would no longer be the ruler of her own spirit.’”
“We have drifted so far from our Founding Fathers and from our message, that when my father stands up and says exactly the same thing about avoiding foreign alliances, they accuse him of being an isolationist. Isolationist is name-calling. No one wants to be an isolationist. It’s much different than a policy of non-intervention. Just because you do not want to have an aggressive foreign policy that is searching out and seeking enemies and wars abroad doesn’t mean that you want to build a wall around your country. It doesn’t mean we don’t want to engage with the world. My father says that seven years of George Bush have made us diplomatically isolated. We no longer talk to the world, we no longer have any diplomacy, we go it our own way, and it usually means by war. It is dangerous, and our founding fathers knew it was dangerous to let power gravitate to the executive. They feared an imperial presidency. They set limits on the presidency because they wanted to avoid the endless wars that had gone on in Europe for centuries and centuries…George Bush now maintains that he can attack Iran without a formal vote.”
Read in light of his 2008 campaign speech, Rand’s seemingly pro-Israel AIPAC statements are seen clearly. He speaks of Israel’s right to act as she sees fit, not out of special respect for Israel, but because he is opposed to intervention in ANY country’s “internal affairs.” Saying that Israel should act independently means exactly that – on her own – with no help from us, besides our “benign example.”
If Rand is true to what he told supporters in 2008, his seemingly pro-Israel condemnation of Iran is motivated by American interests. By placing this in a letter to supporters of Israel, he benefits from the illusion that he acts for the benefit of Israel’s security.
Supporters of Israel and our War on Terror will be shocked to see the following video showing Rand Paul with anti-war activist Adam Kokesh in Paul’s clinic office, discussing their “movement” and their campaigns. Kokesh is a congressional candidate in New Mexico. He was one of two men who interrupted John McCain’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, holding up a sign that read “McCain Votes Against Vets,” and punctuating the nominee’s expression of gratitude to George Bush for his post 9-11 defense of the country with disruptive shouting.
Kokesh organized a rally during which held up shoes, promising to “shoe Bush out of office,” and expressed his support of the Iraqi journalist who threw his shoe at President Bush as a sign of disrespect. At another rally during which participants carried upside down U.S. flags, Kokesh called for the impeachment of George Bush and Dick Cheney. At a “9-11 Truth” rally, Kokesh encouraged troops to cease their service to the country.
Why does it matter if Rand Paul is Israel’s ally? Because seven million Israeli citizens will be murdered by their Islamic enemies if we withdraw our financial and military support. To continue to live, the people of Israel do not need our “well-wishing” and “benign example,” but concrete support. If we elect enough Rand Pauls and Adam Kokeshes, Israel’s extinction will be assured. Yes, Rand will vote to cut off aid to Israel’s enemies, but also aid to Israel.
Sarah Palin, whom Caroline Glick of the Jerusalem Post and Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy have called a “friend of Israel,” needs to reevaluate her influential endorsement of Rand Paul. To remain a true friend of Israel, she must “express her regrets in light of new information” about Rand Paul and his ally, Adam Kokesh of the Iraq Veterans Against the War. Otherwise, she dishonors her own son’s service in Iraq.
Not only does Rand Paul believe in severing all real, practical aid to Israel and leaving her to her own defense, but he deliberately disguised his foreign policy philosophy in his letter to AIPAC so he would not lose the conservative votes of those who really wish to stand with Israel.