Trump “needs to find somebody who has the guts to stand up to the orthodoxy”
Senator Rand Paul congratulated President Trump Tuesday night for ousting the neocon warmonger John Bolton, purging the hawk from his administration for good.
Trump announced the change of national security adviser, saying that he “disagreed strongly with many of [Bolton’s] suggestions, as did others in the administration.”
….I asked John for his resignation, which was given to me this morning. I thank John very much for his service. I will be naming a new National Security Advisor next week.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 10, 2019
It’s not hard to imagine, given that Bolton is obsessed with pursuing military action against the likes of Iran and North Korea, while Trump has repeatedly said he sees such an eventuality as a waste of resources and an endangerment of US lives.
Appearing on Fox News, Sen. Rand Paul slammed the door behind Bolton on his way out, noting that the neocon’s deranged drive for regime change in the Mideast is “naive” and “threat of war around the world is greatly diminished with Bolton out of the White House.”
“I think Bolton has been very wrong and naive and I’m glad to see him gone,” Paul said, adding “And I hope the president can find someone who actually agrees with what the president says.”
“I think he had a naive point of view for the world that we should topple regimes everywhere and institute democratic governments and we would make the world perfect or remake the world in our image and frankly, it just doesn’t work that way.” Paul said of Bolton.
“This president is extraordinary. ” Paul continued, noting that “he said great nations don’t fight perpetual wars, and he is absolutely right, but that defies the orthodoxy of the establishment foreign policy in Washington.”
“So he really needs to find somebody who has the guts to stand up to the orthodoxy, not someone who is part of the swamp.” Paul concluded.
Paul also tweeted support for the firing of Bolton, saying the move was a “necessary action.”
I commend @realDonaldTrump for this necessary action. The President has great instincts on foreign policy and ending our endless wars. He should be served by those who share those views. https://t.co/XEBwzySxac
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) September 10, 2019
Rand Paul Warns Trump Against “Needless Escalation” Of War
President says he’s ‘locked and loaded’ to attack Iran
As President Trump warned that the US is “locked and loaded” to respond to the drone attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil supply this past weekend, Senator Rand Paul warned that hitting Iran would be a “big mistake.”
Appearing on CNN, Paul warned that any attack on Iran would constitute a “needless escalation” of war.
“The Iraq War, President Trump has said, was the biggest geopolitical blunder of the last generation,” Paul said.
“It destabilized the Middle East and increased the strength of Iran and tipped the balance toward Iran,” the Senator added.
Paul also had stern words for Rep. Liz Cheney, who earlier in the day proclaimed that the US should deny visas for Iranian diplomats at the United Nations General Assembly meeting this fall.
“There was nothing good about the Iraq war and Dick Cheney, Liz Cheney and John Bolton still don’t get it. They are still advocating for more regime change in the Middle East.” Paul declared.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared unequivocally Saturday that Iran is behind the attack:
We call on all nations to publicly and unequivocally condemn Iran’s attacks. The United States will work with our partners and allies to ensure that energy markets remain well supplied and Iran is held accountable for its aggression
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) September 14, 2019
President Trump tweeted Sunday that he is waiting to hear from Saudi Arabia on how to proceed.
Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 15, 2019
Some warned that Trump’s words make conflict with Iran more likely:
“Locked and loaded”
And “waiting to hear from the kingdom”. Now MbS is boxed: if he doesn’t point to #Iran, he’s likely to dissapointing Trump, but he does, he could start an all-war with Tehran of unknown end | #OOTT 🇺🇸 🇸🇦 🇮🇷 ⛽️🛢 https://t.co/aYS6uWixGl
— Javier Blas (@JavierBlas) September 15, 2019
There is a cruel irony in all of this, given that only last week Iran was about to renew talks with the US following Trump’s ousting of John Bolton, who had long advocated for attacking Iran.
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