There are no two ways about: a great many supporters of President Donald Trump were and remain less than happy about the firing of Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson (likey over not wanting Trump to talk to Kim Jong-un until conditions were met). Talk show host Michael Savage noted that the Twitter firing was not exactly Trump’s finest moment, either. Many Democrats are upset, though they hated Tillerson when he was chosen. The most shocking person to find unsettled by it all is Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), and as the Washington Examiner writes today, he is making the fact known.
Not one to ever be accused of being ambiguous, Paul plans to “oppose the nominations of both Mike Pompeo and Gina Haspel,” the two names that “has selected to serve as Secretary of State and CIA Director.” He even said, “I’m going to do everything I can to block them.”
The libertarian-leaning Senator was very vocal about his opposition to Haspel, in particular. Paul felt that she displayed a “joyful glee” when suspected terrorists were tortured by the U.S. during the Iraq War. While President Trump has been seen as softer on extreme forms for getting information from terror suspects, Paul has wisely shown that often, an innocent person gets the treatment.
Also, torture tends to breed torture. Certainly, ISIS is not going to treat anyone humanely just because the U.S. does. However, in the past, Paul has shown that this could make other nations that America may fight in the future who are humane less likely to be so if the U.S. has a reputation for things like waterboarding.
“It’s galling to read of her glee during the waterboarding,” said the concerned Republican. “It’s absolutely appalling.”
As for Pompeo from the Central Intelligence Agency, the Senator from Kentucky has concerns that he supports “regime change” in Iran and was in favor of the Iraq War, which the president has said that he opposed. Trump ran on a platform of peace (except for ISIS who deserves what they get in terms of standard warfare and defeat) and Paul seems to be making sure that the promise is kept.
Paul knows that it is going to be hard to halt the ascension of the nominees, but he is going to do his very best to do so. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) opposes Haspel, too, though he may not be able to vote as he is undergoing medical treatments currently. In reference to the numbers needed to confirm her, Paul said, “It may be enough. It depends on the solidarity of the Democrats.”
At this point, President Trump is understanding that a great many libertarians put him into office based on the similarity that exists between his platform and that voting block. That said, there are vast differences in opinion when it comes to certain topics, and the non-aggression stance of liberty lovers is one of them.
If peace and humanity are to be the roadblocks, while Mr. Trump has done a stunning job thus far as the U.S. leader, perhaps they are roadblocks for a reason.