Senator Rand Paul ties John Kerry in knots over foreign policy

Or it might be more accurate to say, Sen. Rand Paul exposed John Kerry as an elitist interventionist today during his Senate confirmation hearing. John Kerry, clearly annoyed at a strict view of constitutional limitations, accused Rand Paul of being an “absolutist.”  Damn straight.

A simple question I had for Sen. John Kerry today: “I believe in candidate Barack Obama who said in 2007 that the president doesn’t have the power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack. I’d like to know if you agree with me and candidate Barack Obama, or if you agree with President Barack Obama who took us to war in Libya without Congressional authority unilaterally? – Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul:

In the early 1970s, you know, after Vietnam, you were quite critical of the bombing in Cambodia because I think you felt that it wasn’t authorized by Congress…Has your opinion changed about the bombing in Cambodia? How is Cambodia different than Libya?

John Kerry: 

Look, you can be absolutist and apply it to every circumstance…The problem is it just doesn’t work (The Military Industrial Complex or the Constitution?) in some instances. When 10,000 people are about to be wiped out by a brutal dictator and you need to make a quick judgment about engagement, you certainly can’t rely on a Congress that has proven itself unwilling to move after weeks and months sometimes.

“American foreign policy is not defined by drones and deployments alone,” Kerry said. “The world is competing for resources in global markets. Every day that America is unwilling to engage in that arena…is a day in which we weaken the nation itself.” – John Kerry 1/24/2013

It’s been a busy week for Sen. Paul–stirring up a liberal hornets’ nest! If you missed it, make sure you watch how he challenged Sec. Hillary’s incompetence over Libya a few days ago here.

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