We have heard many, many explanations for why 47 Republican senators opted to send an "open letter" to the Iranian leadership warning them against agreeing to any negotiated anti-proliferation arrangements with the sitting American president. Now we add another, as Rand Paul now says he only signed that Republican letter to the Iranian leadership
in order to help Barack Obama
"I want the president to negotiate from a position of strength," said Paul. "I want him to be able to go to the Iranians and say, 'Congress is going to have to vote on this, because Congress put these sanctions in place. To remove them, Congress will have to vote on it, so you will have to give up more.'"
Ah, right. That would be the madman theory
of diplomacy, in which Rep. Rand Paul and his fellow senators are only acting
like rabid warmongers barely able to constrain themselves from yet another military adventure in the Middle East because they want Iran to think
that they are just crazy enough to do such a thing. They are merely being the bad cop to Obama's good cop. They are helping
. Or at least, Rand Paul is.
Sen. Rand Paul has always had a difficult time elucidating his foreign policy stances, waffling frequently between Ron Paul-style isolationism and rest-of-the-party-style military adventure-seeking. Rather than second-guess Paul, though, it would probably be best, i.e. funnier, if we take him at his word: Sen. Rand Paul has been seeking to help Barack Obama in his negotiations with Iran.
Can't wait to see that commercial during Republican primary season.
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