And here is the video of the speech:
Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Text of Rand Paul's Speech on "Containment and Radical Islam"
Reason has the transcript of Rand Paul's speech today at the Heritage Foundation. Key excerpts are below. Obviously, with a moniker like "libertarian neocon" I tend to be on the more hawkish side but I have to say a lot of what he says makes sense. Also, a lot of the Senators who are at least theoretically more in line with my foreign policy views also voted to give Egypt M1A1 tanks and F-16 fighter jets, while Rand Paul fought tooth and nail to withhold those advanced weapons systems. Anyway, it probably is time we had a President who believed in a more intelligent use of American power overseas. One based on interests and not "well that is what we have always done". That's how you end up giving billions to anti-american, anti-semitic regimes like the ones in Egypt and Pakistan and still have 900 American bases overseas. Anyway, here are the key excerpts from today's thought-provoking speech: