Jacob Sullum on Rand Paul vs. the Hawks


Jacob Sullum

In an interview with The New York Times last month, President Obama confessed that when he decided to help rebels overthrow Libyan dictator Muammar al-Qaddafi in 2011, he "underestimated" the ensuing chaos. "That's a lesson that I now apply every time I ask the question, 'Should we intervene militarily?'" Obama said. "Do we have an answer [for] the day after?"

Jacob Sullum says it would be nice to have a president who looks before he leaps into other countries' civil wars, who learns from his predecessors' foreign policy blunders instead of his own. Sullum argues that Rand Paul, who offers a refreshing contrast to the reckless interventionists of both major parties, might be that man.