Rand Paul Pulled a Fast One

On Isolationist Morons

by Thomas Wictor


Fri, December 14, 2018

I’m not a fan of Rand Paul, but I have to give him credit for the way he made isolationist morons chase this rabbit.

"The Senate voted to withdraw U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen as punishment for the killing of dissident columnist Jamal Khashoggi -- a rebuke of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and President Donald Trump, who has sought to minimize the crown prince’s responsibility."

"The resolution, adopted 56-41 on Thursday, is symbolic because the House doesn’t plan to take it up before the end of this year. A bipartisan group of senators say they’ll try again in 2019 to enact stronger legislation to cut off arms sales to Saudi Arabia and impose sanctions against those involved in Khashoggi’s killing.”

This is an entirely meaningless gesture, but it makes isolationists love Rand Paul, which pleases the little fella.

However, Paul is working WITH Trump.

To distract from military issues.


By making idiots cheer, Rand Paul keeps them from seeing one of the most important stories in recent American history.

The B-21 Raider and how it was developed.

This is a next-generation stealth bomber that will be operational by 2025.


The B-21 will replace the B-1B Lancer and the B-2 Spirit. While the technology is important, what REALLY matters is the fact that under Trump, the way our weapons systems are adopted has completely changed.

"Our most recent review was last week, and the B-21 is on schedule and performance, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said during the forum in Simi Valley on Saturday."

"'It's a good example of how to run a major acquisition program well and why delegation of authority back to the services … works to get high quality and to do so quickly,' Wilson told reporters after her panel discussion."

"In recent budgets, the Air Force has received more acquisition authority from Congress to push decisions down to program officers so they can spend more time managing their designated projects 'than managing the Pentagon,' Wilson has said."

Rand Paul has quietly agreed to let the armed services make their own decisions without interference from Congress.

Take THAT, isolationists!

To distract from revolutionary new weapons and their acquisition, Senator Paul is showboating on Saudi Arabia. And isolationist morons have fallen for it. Currently, we have 62 B-1B Lancers and 19 B-2 Spirts, for a total of 81.

We are going to build 176 B-21 Raiders. At minimum.

AND.

"The U.S. Air Force has finally decided to fund a re-engining of the B-52H bomber, and has described a plan to keep the fleet of 76 jets in service until at least 2050.”

This means that the B-52 Stratofortess will have a 100-year service life.

Take THAT, isolationists!

Guess who tried to sabotage the B-21 Raider program by demanding that the specifics be made public?

Who else? The Senator with No Name.

The Senate rejected the dead man’s demands, and as a result, we’re on our way to having the most lethal bombing fleet in the world.

Rand Paul is helping Trump keep the development of the B-21 out of the press. If Trump lets him strut like a bantam rooster, then Paul will do the right thing. All he requires is attention and applause. I don’t mind giving him applause.

Clap clap clap clap clap.

See, in exchange for applause, Senator Paul will continue to fool isolationist morons who prefer memes to factual knowledge.

It’s not possible to explain the real world to idiots. The Saudis aren’t at war in Yemen for fun. A war in Yemen is necessary because the Houthis are the Shia Islamic State. They claim a divine right to rule the world. Their goal is to make Yemen into a hub for exporting jihad. The only way to stop them is by going to war with them.

You can choose from the following: No war, a fast war, or a slow war.

No war against the Houthis means catastrophe in the future. Iran supplies the Houthis with ballistic missiles. At some point, the Houthis will begin firing ballistic missiles into Europe. The Europeans have no anti-missile defense systems, so that means that after the Houthis level parts of Paris, the French will respond with nuclear weapons.

Is that what you want?

A fast war means massive casualties, military and civilian. The Saudi-led coalition wouldn’t suffer those casualties. Yemenis would pay the butcher’s bill, as they did in the many civil wars they’ve had in the past fifty years.

Is that what you want?

The final option is the one that the coalition chose: a slow war. Although we can’t say how many people have been killed—because the figures come directly from the Houthis and nobody else—we can be sure that the casualty figure is very low. That’s why the Houthis stopped reporting deaths and injuries. There are simply not enough bodies to back up claims of wholesale war crimes.

I salute Rand Paul for fooling isolationist morons. They can congratulate themselves for achieving exactly nothing, and the real world will continue to genuinely solve real problems.

Peace through superior firepower. 


http://thomaswictor.com/


About the author
Thomas Wictor was born in Caripito, Venezuela, and has lived in Texas, the Netherlands, Norway, Great Britain, Oregon, Japan, and California. He earned a bachelor's degree in history from Lewis and Clark College and has worked as a stevedore, library archivist, conversational English teacher, editor of the world's first online newspaper, voiceover actor, delivery driver, process server, field representative for a document-retrieval service, and music journalist.
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