Few members of his own party probably weren’t surprised over Kentucky Senator Rand Paul’s position on two rumored candidates for a Trump administration’s Secretary of State both of whom are highly respected by members of his own party. From Katie Gluek and Brett Griffiths for POLITICO:
“I’ll do whatever it takes to stop someone like John Bolton being secretary of state,” said Paul, himself a former Republican presidential candidate. “He’s opposed to everything Donald Trump ran on: that the Iraq war was a mistake, regime change made us less safe in the Middle East, including in Iraq…I don’t know how a President Trump could appoint someone who’s diametrically opposed to everything Donald Trump ran on. Some of that goes for Giuliani as well.”
Paul, who has a strong libertarian streak, has long favored a less-interventionist foreign policy. He said there was less of a “paper trail” on Giuliani than on Bolton, but said that the former New York City mayor, too, had a record of pushing a more aggressively interventionist foreign policy, which troubled him.
POLITICO’s characterization of Paul as a non-interventionist is a charitable one, especially when one remembers he grew up at the dinner table with an isolationist father with troubling positions of Israel and America’s history. The elder Paul blamed US intervention on the 9-11 attacks. Such blame America first thinking may explain Rand Paul’s label on Bolton as a “menace’ and “totally unfit” and reminds of the embarrassing hysterics put on by late GOP Senator George Voinovich who cried on the floor of the senate at the though of Bolton as US Ambassador to the United Nations.
Both Bolton and Giuliani are considered patriots and tough on America’s enemies by the vast majority of Republicans. According to POLITICO, Paul did not rule out filibustering either. It’s doubtful he’ll find any allies on his side of the aisle and he’ll find himself on an island if he does.