Besides, he’s dead wrong. Numerous conservative critics of the president (who favor a strong national security policy) have called for a cessation of aid. These include Sen. John McCain
(R-Ky.), (R-Ariz.), Robert Kagan, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) and a slew of others. Indeed, on this the issue cuts across ideological and party lines.
Paul surely wants to be taken seriously. To do that, however, he needs to stop name-calling and learn something about foreign policy. In that regard, he might find he has more in common with Obama (cut defense, withdraw troops, reject meaningful assistance to the Syrians) than he does with mainstream conservatives. But that really isn’t fair; even the president understands the need for such counterterrorism tactics as drones and NSA surveillance.
In any case, like the aspiring violinist trying to get to Carnegie Hall, Rand Paul needs to practice, practice, practice.