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Rand Paul predicts voters will resist Hillary Rodham Clinton, the 'war hawk'

Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator (and presumed 2016 G.O.P. Presidential hopeful) Rand Paul - speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press" - said Americans wouldn't vote for Hillary Roadham Clinton out of the fear she'd plunge the United States into another war in the Middle-East.

Is the libertarian-leaning Rand Paul correct?

If so, that would defy the conventional wisdom that the Presidential candidate seen as the more security-minded, the more hawkish, wins. And it would fly against the Democratic Party's struggle since George McGovern to avoid being typecast as the feminized, dovish party (which partly accounts for the gender gap to this day).

Rand Paul's prognostication also ignores several developments:

(1). Rand Paul seems to be "mainstreaming" himself with regard to the use of American power, and the state of Israel. (Whether this ever placates the neo-cons and other hawks in his party would seem to be rather fanciful.)

(2). Depending on how one defines getting the U.S. involved in another Middle-East war, the point may be moot, with the Obama Administration escalating the U.S. military response to ISIS/ISIL in Iraq and Syria. (Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and some Pentagon brass last week sounded downright apocalyptic, inviting comparisons to Bush Administration officials after 9/11.)

(3). Yet, burned by previous U.S. military interventions, some members of Congress still appear to be less hawkish than in the past, fearful of 'mission creep', etc.

(4). Women traditionally, almost stereotypically, have tended to be more resistant to war. So if the characterization of Hillary-as-hawk stuck, could that undercut female support for the first woman President of the United States?

Anyway, here's the basic news account about Rand Paul characterizing Hillary Clinton as a war hawk...


Posted at 8:41am on August 25, 2014 by Allan Loudell

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