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The word "craven" does not even do this justice:

In the last few months, Paul has swung wildly on the issue, becoming even more hawkish than AIPAC. The man who once advocated cutting all aid to Israel now supports an aid hike, and instead wants to cut off aid to the Palestinian Authority. Yet Paul’s “Stand with Israel Act” is opposed by AIPAC as too extreme, though it’s backed by the far-right Zionist Organization of America.

On Friday he supported a Senate resolution backing Israel that passed by unanimous consent in the wake of the lamentable ground strike in Gaza – while arguing it didn’t go far enough. “I want more teeth in this,” he told The Hill, urging the Senate to take up his bill de-funding the Palestinian Authority.


On a visit to Israel shortly after that, he condemned the Obama administration for its opposition to new Jewish settlements, insisting Israel’s policy was “none of our business.” He told reporters: “I came here to show that I am supportive of the relationship between Israel and America.”

Seth Lipsky was impressed, writing in the New York Post, “There hasn’t been such a supportive comment on Israel’s settlements in the West Bank and in Jerusalem since Sarah Palin last spoke on the subject.” High praise indeed.


In a National Review op-ed July 1, Paul attacked the Obama administration for calling for “restraint” after the murder of three Israeli teenagers by Palestinian extremists. The language is laughably overheated:

How many times must Israel hear this call? Children are murdered — please show restraint. Cafés and buses are bombed — please show restraint. Towns are victimized by hundreds of rockets — please show restraint while you bury your dead once again.
Salon: Rand Paul’s craven new pander: Why he’s swung wildly on Israel again

His antiwar, anti "foreign entanglements" positions seem to have never existed. He attacks President Obama for calling for restraint.  

He has cleaned his website of his past views.

Among the missing books? His father’s. “A Foreign Policy of Freedom” featured Ron Paul denouncing the first President Bush for his “Christian-Zionist-oil crusade against the infidels.”
Salon: Rand Paul’s craven new pander: Why he’s swung wildly on Israel again

Anyone have a better word than "craven?"  

[I'm not talking about the substance of his opinion, although when AIPAC thinks you getting too extreme in support of Israel, that does say something.  My point goes more to political opportunism.]

Originally posted to TomP on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 01:09 PM PDT.

Also republished by My Old Kentucky Kos.


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