Liberty lover and Constitution defender Senator Rand Paul is not staying quiet during the transition process for the incoming White House administration. The controversy is over who President-elect Donald Trump will bring on as Secretary of State. Recently, a few names have been floating around for this position, one of which is John Bolton. Bolton is former Ambassador to the United Nations during the Bush Administration.
Paul is anything but thrilled. The Kentucky senator penned an op-ed for Rare, where he voiced his views on the possible nominee:
Bolton is a longtime member of the failed Washington elite that Trump vowed to oppose, hell-bent on repeating virtually every foreign policy mistake the U.S. has made in the last 15 years — particularly those Trump promised to avoid as president.
Paul points out that Donald Trump has been against the Iraq War from the beginning and the regime change that then occured. It’s no secret that Bolton had been for the war and the regime change, and he still brags about it being the right decision.
Paul further notes:
Trump has said U.S. intervention in Iraq in 2003 “helped to throw the region into chaos and gave ISIS the space it needs to grow and prosper.” In contrast, Bolton has said explicitly that he wants to repeat Iraq-style regime change in Syrian and Iran.
Then, Paul had some more sharp words:
All nuance is lost on the man. The fact that Russia has had a base in Syria for 50 years doesn’t deter Bolton from calling for all out, no holds barred war in Syria. Bolton criticized the current administration for offering only a tepid war. For Bolton, only a hot-blooded war to create democracy across the globe is demanded.
Senator Rand Paul also doesn’t favor Rudy Giuliani, former Mayor of New York. Giuliani’s name has been more frequent recently when Secretary of State is talked about. Paul said on CNN that:
I think Guiliani shares most of John Bolton’s statements towards Iran, towards the Iraq War. I’d say it’s a stiff uphill climb for me with Guiliani … really I think Guiliani and Bolton are very similar. Bolton just has a more extensive cheerleading background with regard to war in the Middle East.
Who President-elect Trump picks for these important positions in our government will tell us where his true loyalty is. He ran on a promise of change and “draining the swamp”. I hope he heeds the words of Rand Paul and follows through.