Category Archives: United States

Why Rand Paul was right to call Carly Fiorina an isolationist

“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.

Read the rest on Rare here.

Libertarians Need to Get Real

Rand Paul is no longer a viable presidential candidate.

The man has faltered at every turn, despite inheriting one of the most powerful anti-establishment donor and activist networks built in the modern era. Long seen as harbinger of a “Libertarian Moment,” as the New York Times famously called it, he has run only to find barely a populist leg to stand on.

There has not been, nor will there ever be, any kind of libertarian populism in our lifetimes. This is the premise of my former boss Jerry Taylor’s piece, published over at Fox News on Friday.

Read the rest on the PanAm Post here.

Believe the opposite of whatever Trump says about Syrian Immigrants

It’s fairly reliable.

Donald Trump is fear-mongering about immigrants again, but this time, he wasn’t talking about Mexicans.

Yesterday, Trump told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that there were too many able-bodied men among the Syrian refugees fleeing their country’s chaos.

“The migration was strange to me because it seems like so many men. There aren’t that many women, there aren’t that many children. It looked like mostly men and they looked like strong men. These looked like physically strong people. And I’m saying, ‘Where are all the women? Where are all the children?”

It wouldn’t be the first time, but the facts aren’t in Trump’s favor. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees tracks over 4 million Syrians who have fled across the Middle East and North Africa. The demographics tell the opposite story. Over half of Syria’s refugees are female, and over half are also children. In fact, less than a quarter of these U.N.-counted refugees are actually adult males.

Read the rest on Rare here.