Rand Paul will face massive opposition from the establishment, pro-military complex wing of the Republican Party in his presumed bid for the White House. People with big check books are ready to fund Paul’s opposition. The neocons don’t think Paul is “strong enough” on Israel. They want to make sure the $3 billion currently flowing to the country from US taxpayers keeps flowing. Much of the political class in Tel Aviv counts on this infusion in one way or another. Anyone (Paul possibly) who would even consider reducing the annual gift is considered an existential threat.
I don’t think that Halliburton profits were THE chief driver of the war, and I don’t think Rand Paul does either. But Dick Cheney’s former company sure did make (and continues to make) a lot (billions) in Iraq.
Let me say that I am a friend of Israel. I grew up with the children of Israeli air force pilots. In my home my father had a picture hanging in his office signed by some of his Israeli friends flying over a bombed out Iraqi nuclear facility. I grew up with the knowledge that the only place in the Middle East where the average Arab had any voice in government at all was in Israel.
But the Israeli lobby (and let’s be very clear about this, Israeli does NOT mean “Jewish” lobby) is too powerful in this country. Far too much of our foreign policy is dictated by a small group of very powerful people who believe that the USA must continue to funnel money to Israel no matter the cost. We wage wars to provide cover for Israel. Much of the Iraq war was about providing a buffer for Tel Aviv. Likewise the war we almost got involved in in Syria was also driven by Israeli interests. (Thankfully the American and British people rose up and made sure we stayed out of there.)
I actually don’t know that for a fact, but anything short of rotten tomatoes probably constitutes a warm reception for a Republican in Berkeley. Actually Rand’s dad was received pretty well but that was after he had bowed out of the presidential race I believe. Regardless the most conservative/libertarian Republican in the Senate for 50 years was welcomed heartily.
As we have said before we believe that the libertarian movement is the most important movement in American politics right now, perhaps for more than a generation. It is also arguably the most important movement in world politics.
Attached is an extremely well done article which lays out why it is that today’s political establishment, especially the “progressives” are so afraid of libertarianism.
Looks like had Reid not changed the 200 year old Senate rules late last year Ms. Yellen might not have been confirmed. It appears that at least 40 Senators would have voted against her confirmation, but since there is no filibuster in this situation, 50% of the Senate can confirm the new Fed Chair as opposed to the 60% of past years.
This is a Constitutional issue. This is a general privacy issue. But it’s also a crony capitalism issue. How many tech companies have been compelled to partner with, or have partnered willingly with the NSA in its domestic spying efforts? At this moment it looks like a good part of Silicon Valley falls into one or both of these categories.