The U.S. Senator (R-Ky.), who is already being touted as a 2016 Republican presidential candidate, was recently appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and is showing some strong Woodrow Wilson-style isolationist tendencies.
The role of the committee, according to its own website, is to “develop and influence United States foreign policy,” and in the past has “helped shape foreign policy of broad significance.” In other words, the actions of the committee matter just a bit, and the membership of a Senator like Rand Paul, who’s primary policy goal seems to be deficit reduction and budget balancing to the exclusion and possible detriment of all other policies, is a worrying prospect to many, particularly in the pro-Israel community.
Upon his appointment to the committee, the National Jewish Democratic Committee released a statement condemning Paul’s new membership, particularly as it pertains to U.S.-Israel relations. NJDC President David Harris said that the existence of Paul on the committee “should be raising red flags and provoking severe concern across the pro-Israel community.”
During the 2012 presidential campaign, Paul broke party ranks to criticize Republican nominee Mitt Romney’s foreign policy plan as being too costly, and called for a “less aggressive foreign policy” in a CNN column.
“A less aggressive foreign policy along with an audit of the Pentagon could save tens of billions of dollars each year without sacrificing our defense,” Paul wrote.
“To dismiss either idea is to miss the very compromise that will enable us to balance our budget. That compromise would be for conservatives to admit that not every dollar spent on the military is sacred or well spent, and for liberals to admit that not every dollar spent on domestic entitlements and welfare is necessary.”
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