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July 18, 2014 - 11:50 am

The Pauls have a longstanding strain of anti-Semitism in their libertarian politics. Sen. Paul has tried his hand at scrubbing some of that as he gears up for a presidential run. The WFB has the details.

Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) office deleted a “student reading list” that promoted anti-Israel books from his official Senate website this week, shortly after the Weekly Standard published an article last Friday highlighting the controversial recommendations.

Paul’s Senate website has advertised the list of 17 books as “suggested titles for a student, or anyone else interested in learning more about freedom and the role of government in a free society” under a “students” section since 2011.

While most of the recommended titles focus on economic policy, the list also included books that claim the “Israel Lobby” controls U.S. foreign policy, call for the United States to cut ties with the Jewish state, and argue that support for Israel is anti-Christian and anti-American.

One of the recommended titles, Where the Right Went Wrong: How Neoconservatives Subverted the Reagan Revolution and Hijacked the Bush Presidency by Patrick Buchanan, has been criticized by the Anti-Defamation League for containing “anti-Semitic rhetoric.”

In the book, Buchanan accused “the Beltway Likud” of plotting the war in Iraq “long before 9/11.”

“President Bush no longer sits at the head of the negotiating table, but directly behind [Israeli Prime Minister Ariel] Sharon,” Buchanan wrote.

Buchanan also compared former Bush adviser Richard Perle with “Fagin,” the villainous, anti-Semitic caricature in Oliver Twist.

And so forth.

I’d like to like Rand Paul, for his small government, libertarian principles. I share those, and the fact is, we will go bankrupt as a country if we do not get spending under control. But Paul’s foreign policy instincts have too much of the far left, Dennis Kucinich, blame-America-and-Israel-first detritus to make him a serious commander in chief. This reading list is a symptom of that. It suggests that Paul sees Israel as the prime problem in the Middle East, and Jews the prime problem in the world.

If that’s what he thinks, there isn’t a whole lot left to talk about.

We already have a president whose tendency is to blame America for the world’s ills and does not step up forcefully to defend American citizens or US global interests. That’s not working out very well at all. Today, Obama put himself even to the left of his own Ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power. She spoke far more clearly on the Ukraine crisis today than he did. She called Putin out. Obama backed Putin’s call for a cease-fire and delayed any action he would have to take by hiding behind an investigation that stands no chance of being seriously and fairly conducted, not with Putin’s proxies in control of the crash site.

The best name you can put on that is “incoherence.” It’s also weakness, and it tells our enemies that we have no plan and no strong leadership. Commit a heinous act, give Obama a way to escape having to deal with it, and he’ll take it.

Eight years of that look like they’ll leave America economically and diplomatically weakened and more isolated than before, and Putin and his axis and every other bad actor out there emboldened.

It’s hard to see Rand Paul being an antidote to any of that.

Eight years of Obama stand to leave Israel also more isolated, as Islamists take over more territory around it.

It’s impossible to see Rand Paul being an antidote to that.

 

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Rand Paul puts a frilly bow on Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul Jew hatred isolationism.

He makes more of an effort to conceal that platform, to make it less fringe and more appealing to a wider audience. Allahpundit has been peeling this onion for a while now.

Rick Perry and Ted Cruz have opened the door to peek inside.

But, there are enough past comments and associations on record to get a real taste of how Rand Paul would govern. He does not fall an inch away from the Buchanan/daddy tree.
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There may indeed be antisemitic influences in some of those books. However, I hesitate to conflate non-interventionist foreign policy with antisemitism.

Many of our readers here at PJM are against the waves of illegal immigration washing past our borders. Supporters of illegal immigration argue that we owe provision to these foreigners because they are in need. Does rejecting that notion make you anti-immigrant, anti-Mexican, anti-foreigner? Does it make you racist? Does it make you a hater? I suspect most here would answer no.

Yet, here we are, ready to accuse anyone who isn't eager to provide for Israel's national security as antisemitic. Which is it? How much do we have to bleed and spend on behalf of Israel to prove we don't hate Jews?
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"However, I hesitate to conflate non-interventionist foreign policy with antisemitism."

I don't hesitate, I refuse to do so, because that would be stupid, at best.

However, Walter, I think there's more here than merely conflating those two different things, though some may be pointing to the one as evidence of the other. I think that's merely careless speaking.

The real issue isn't the Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul non-interventionism, but that their non-interventionism is so often coupled with veiled, and not-so-veiled, hatred of Jews, and often, championing of countries that have a history of overtly persecuting the Jews. See RP's recent cheering for Russia re: Crimea as just one of many examples.


How much do we have to bleed and spend on behalf of Israel to prove we don't hate Jews?

I haven't noticed too many American troops bleeding for Israel, unless you are trying to blame the mess in Iraq & Afghanistan on Israel.

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This is why I can't take Paul seriously as a 2016 candidate; he is a grab bag of off the wall positions. Some you may like, but some you will be horrified by. The problem is you won't know what some of his nuttier positions are until the primaries.
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The nutt never falls far from the tree.
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I wonder if, as his daddy does, he believes that Israel created Hamas.
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Busted.
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"argue that support for Israel is anti-Christian and anti-American." SNIP

He can scrub his site, but he can't remove this from the Internet:

He elaborated to BuzzFeed: “I think some within the Christian community are such great defenders of the promised land and the chosen people that they think war is always the answer, maybe even preemptive war. And I think it’s hard to square the idea of a preemptive war and, to me, that overeagerness [to go to] war, with Christianity.” SNIP

http://www.buzzfeed.com/mckaycoppins/rand-paul-on-the-war-path
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I'm confused. Are you saying preemptive war and eagerness to go to war does square with Christianity?
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Rand Paul puts a frilly bow on Pat Buchanan/Ron Paul Jew hatred isolationism.

He makes more of an effort to conceal that platform, to make it less fringe and more appealing to a wider audience. Allahpundit has been peeling this onion for a while now.

Rick Perry and Ted Cruz have opened the door to peek inside.

But, there are enough past comments and associations on record to get a real taste of how Rand Paul would govern. He does not fall an inch away from the Buchanan/daddy tree.
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Rand Paul is conservatives' Elizabeth Warren.
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Sooner than perhaps later, the Islamists will attack Israel with the intent of ending its existence. It will be a war to the death that Israel must win decisively. No more half measures. Would the western countries come to its aid? No certainty there. Arabs with nukes will accelerate the time table.
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"Once is coincidence; twice is happenstance; three times is enemy action."

Fifty times, for father and son combined, is a conspiracy by their enemies, primarily neocons - you know, "neocons" - to blame the Pauls for incompetent, treacherous, and disreputable advisors and employees because it is TOTALLY not their fault and they aren't anti-Semitic, isolationist, conspiracy theorists, nuh uh, no how, no way, so just shut up you!
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