Matt Welch on Rand Paul's Libertarian Foreign Policy


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In his column from Reason's April 2013 issue, Editor in Chief Matt Welch explains how Sen. Rand Paul has bucked recent conservative orthodoxy by talking openly of cutting military spending, restraining the executive branch's ability to prosecute war, restoring the civil liberties lost since 9/11, and rethinking America's vast commitments abroad. As Welch observes, libertarian ideas about reducing America's vast global footprint are no longer on the margins of the GOP debate: they're being championed by a respected senator who is considered a credible candidate for the party's next presidential nominee.