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tsai3904
03-10-2014, 09:30 AM
Stop Warping Reagan's Foreign Policy

by SEN. RAND PAUL, 10 Mar 2014

Every Republican likes to think he or she is the next Ronald Reagan. Some who say this do so for lack of their own ideas and agenda. Reagan was a great leader and President. But too often people make him into something he wasnít in order to serve their own political purposes.

Reagan clearly believed in a strong national defense and in "Peace through Strength." He stood up to the Soviet Union, and he led a world that pushed back against Communism.

But Reagan also believed in diplomacy and demonstrated a reasoned approach to our nuclear negotiations with the Soviets. Reaganís shrewd diplomacy would eventually lessen the nuclear arsenals of both countries.

Many forget today that Reaganís decision to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev was harshly criticized (http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2010/06/07/think_again_ronald_reagan) by the Republican hawks of his time (http://articles.latimes.com/1987-09-06/news/mn-6253_1_arms-control), some of whom would even call Reagan an appeaser (http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/289159/gingrich-and-reagan-elliott-abrams). In the Middle East, Reagan strategically pulled back our forces after the tragedy in Lebanon in 1983 that killed 241 Marines, realizing the cost of American lives was too great for the mission.

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More:
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/03/10/Rand-Paul-Reagans-Foreign-Policy

angelatc
03-10-2014, 09:48 AM
Bumped because I just saw it elsewhere on the internet and rushed over here to see if it was already posted....


Here's a shot at Cruz:
"I donít claim to be the next Ronald Reagan nor do I attempt to disparage fellow Republicans as not being sufficiently Reaganesque. But I will remind anyone who thinks we will win elections by trashing previous Republican nominees or holding oneself out as some paragon in the mold of Reagan, that splintering the party is not the route to victory.

libertyplz
03-10-2014, 10:14 AM
Yea, I basically read this whole Op-Ed as being a direct response to Cruz without actually mentioning him by name.

Kotin
03-10-2014, 10:23 AM
Bumped because I just saw it elsewhere on the internet and rushed over here to see if it was already posted....


Here's a shot at Cruz:.

Rand is so full of win.. Such a shark when he wants to be.

FSP-Rebel
03-10-2014, 11:03 AM
The title of this masterpiece is on point.

unknown
03-10-2014, 12:12 PM
A lot of win in this piece...


Todayís Republicans should concentrate on establishing their own identities and agendas, as opposed to simply latching onto Ronald Reaganís legacyóor worse, misrepresenting it.

SilentBull
03-10-2014, 01:56 PM
Just saw this on Drudge. Wow! Just awesome!

TaftFan
03-10-2014, 02:36 PM
Rep. Raul Labrador shared this on Facebook...sounds like he is aligning himself with Rand.

Anti Federalist
03-10-2014, 02:51 PM
Many forget today that Reagan’s decision to meet with Mikhail Gorbachev was harshly criticized by the Republican hawks of his time, some of whom would even call Reagan an appeaser. In the Middle East, Reagan strategically pulled back our forces after the tragedy in Lebanon in 1983 that killed 241 Marines, realizing the cost of American lives was too great for the mission.

Huzzah!

I remember this well.

Jamesiv1
03-10-2014, 03:11 PM
Rand freaking rocks

jtap
03-10-2014, 03:38 PM
Very nice. Thanks for posting.

ClydeCoulter
03-10-2014, 03:44 PM
Perhaps a better way to respond than the interview that he "backed out on". Nice.

DP714
03-10-2014, 04:53 PM
Perhaps a better way to respond than the interview that he "backed out on". Nice.

This article shows just how much of a boss, and how many steps ahead of Cruz, Rand is. Teddy is the more articulate and charismatic (I find him slightly douchey in his demeanor) speaker, and more quicker on his feet, so I do think he could pose a greater threat during the debates. However, I think stuff like these indirect, yet in-your-face, attacks/smackdowns in Rand's speeches and articles leading up to the debates will be where a large part of his battle against Cruz will be fought. It'll be a piece of cake for Rand Paul, Political Chess-master Extraordinaire.

NoOneButPaul
03-10-2014, 05:39 PM
Man, Rand, is impressive as hell. I was worried after 2012 he'd water down the message. I was also gonna vote for him but I never saw myself supporting him the way I did Ron. But he's so GREAT politically that he finds a way to convey the message without, you know, dividing the party like he mentioned Cruz will.

That's the clear difference between him and Ron.

specsaregood
03-10-2014, 05:49 PM
Teddy is the more articulate and charismatic (I find him slightly douchey in his demeanor) speaker

Personally I can't stand the way he speaks with his slow, halted, fake demeanor. It's like he is trying to speak to 8yr olds.....well maybe he is.

Crashland
03-10-2014, 05:52 PM
Personally I can't stand the way he speaks with his slow, halted, fake demeanor. It's like he is trying to speak to 8yr olds.....well maybe he is.

Cruz is the tea party version of Romney. Preaches to the choir telling them what they want to hear right down the list of anti-Obama talking points. Severely lacking in depth and persuasive power.

jbauer
03-10-2014, 07:35 PM
Just in case there was any question. Cruz isn't going to be stumping for Rand in 16. This is one of the biggest F yous I've seen from a politician in a long long time.

William Tell
03-10-2014, 07:38 PM
Cruz is a lawyer, and he argues like a lawyer. I don't think it plays as well in politics.

cajuncocoa
03-10-2014, 07:44 PM
Cruz is a lawyer, and he argues like a lawyer. I don't think it plays as well in politics.
An overwhelming majority of elected people are lawyers.

nobody's_hero
03-11-2014, 05:57 AM
No one ever brings up Reagan's comment about 'underestimating the irrationality of middle eastern politics'. (I forget the exact quote, but it was a response to criticism from the hawks over the Lebanon pull-out).

Warlord
03-11-2014, 07:06 AM
Great Op_ED Cruz should stfu

tsai3904
03-11-2014, 10:15 AM
Reagan's son weighs in:
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dillo
03-11-2014, 11:59 AM
Ronald Reagans foreign policy was nothing to be proud of