“Man, are we lucky she wasn’t president during the Cold War.” Those were the words Rand Paul had for Carly Fiorina during his “Situation Room” interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer Tuesday.
Blitzer had asked Paul how he would respond to the Russian build-up in Syria. The Kentucky Senator’s response echoed previous standout lines during the Presidential debates.
“I think the first thing that’s important is to have open lines of communication.” Given recent events, Paul’s answer seems all the more prescient. What was the result of Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s thus-far refusal to communicate with his counterpart in Moscow? A climate in which the United States got notice of Russia’s first airstrikes in Syria by way of a three-star general marching into the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and giving a one hour notice to clear any personnel from projected strike zones.
Paul made the abundantly reasonable suggestion that it might be a good idea “to know where everybody is flying and what their goal is.” Paul charged Fiorina with wanting to “diplomatically isolate” the US by refusing to engage with our adversaries.
History justifies the Senator’s caution.
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