John McCain Attacks Rand Paul As Part Of The ‘Fortress America’ Wing Of The GOP


The media loves to focus on any infighting between Democrats so they can claim the party is in disarray, or to marginalize liberals at every opportunity, but Republicans have got some problems of their own in that regard. It doesn't look like the neocons and the Libertarians are going to make nice any time soon when it comes to our foreign policy.

McCain: Paul a part of ‘Fortress America’ wing:

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) on Sunday waded into a brewing foreign policy debate inside the Republican Party, saying Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) represents a more isolationist outlook.Paul is “part of a wing of the party that has been there prior to World War I, that is a withdrawal to ‘Fortress America,’” McCain said on CNN’s "State of the Union."

The veteran lawmaker said the turmoil throughout the Middle East is a “direct result of the absence of American leadership” in the world.

On Friday Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post that shredded Paul’s foreign policy views

Paul’s “brand of isolationism (or whatever he prefers) would compound the threat” posed by terrorist in parts of the world like Syria and Iraq, Perry wrote.

A Paul adviser on Saturday dismissed Perry’s accusations as “utter nonsense.”

McCain, who serves on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with Paul, acknowledged the freshman senator has a “far different view than mine of the world.”

But, McCain said, he understood Paul’s appeal to Americans “weary of involvement” after the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The only thing McCain understands is that he never met an armed conflict he didn't want to escalate. He's learned absolutely nothing from our foreign policy failures for decades on end now.

Looks like we're getting an early preview of the presidential primary debates, since it's likely Paul's going to run and Perry's going to throw his hat into the GOP clown-car one more time.

↓ Story continues below ↓


We welcome relevant, respectful comments. Any comments that are sexist or in any other way deemed hateful by our staff will be deleted and constitute grounds for a ban from posting on the site. Please refer to our Terms of Service (revised 3/17/2016) for information on our posting policy.