Monday, July 15, 2013

Washington Monthly Profile of Rand Paul

While it's basically written from the perspective of someone who doesn't like Rand Paul too much, the profile does have some interesting tidbits:

Even as the neoconservatives are busy trying to stamp out Paul's brand of foreign policy, however, Paul is engaging in a concerted outreach to them. After Paul won his primary, he spoke with a group of GOP foreign policy hands at a meeting organized by the Foreign Policy Initiative that included Senor, Bill Kristol, Jamie Fly, and Tom Donnelly. Senor met with Paul again before the Israel trip, and the two discussed Senor's book on the Israeli economy. Elliott Abrams, a former George W. Bush administration official who is now a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, has met with Paul twice, forty-five minutes each time, talking mostly about the Middle East. He found Paul willing to listen and argue. There are two possible explanations for Paul's discussions with neoconservatives, Abrams said. "One is purely political—that is, like the trip to Israel, it is a part of creating a better image of himself as someone who listens to everyone and who is just seeking as many opinions as he can get. The other theory is that he's actually interested in seeing what we think."

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