Rand Paul responds to critics: ‘My position is the same as it always has been’

As the 2016 presidential election draws nearer, the behavior of potential candidates is under particularly intense scrutiny. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) is one such individual, and many have been speculating he is attempting to broaden his base by taking a less libertarian stance on certain issues. Rather than speculate about Paul’s motives, Glenn decided it was best to go straight to the source, and he spoke to Paul on radio this morning about a myriad of topics.

To begin, Glenn asked Paul to layout his position on the United States’ strategy against ISIS. Paul was adamant his position on American intervention overseas has not changed:

“Well, my position is the same as it always has been. With regard to foreign policy, I think that anytime we go to war that you need the authority of Congress. This is what the Constitution says. This is what our Founders said in the federalist papers that the president has to come and ask permission. He doesn't consult with us. He has to ask our permission… So that's the first thing.

We haven't been doing that right for quite a while – particularly with this president in Libya and now with the attacks in Iraq. When you come to Congress, Congress has a debate and that debate is: Is there a vital American interest? And I think that depends on the facts on the ground, and the facts on the ground do change over time.

I've said repeatedly, and I still say, that the facts were not there for an American interest in the Libyan Civil War or in the Syrian Civil War. I do think, though, because of our involvement and the involvement of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar, and Turkey in the Syrian Civil War, that they created a safe haven for ISIS. ISIS has grown stronger, and it is my judgment now that ISIS is a threat to our consulate in Erbil and potentially to our embassy in Baghdad. We know they're a danger to citizens that have been trapped in the crossfire with the beheadings of American citizens. So I think there's an argument to be made that there's an American interest.”

One of the primary issues with the conversation surrounding an American military response to ISIS is the lack of a clear strategy from the Obama Administration. While Obama vowed to “degrade” and “destroy” ISIS, his “counter-terrorism strategy” raises more questions than answers. Glenn asked Paul if he believes we are going to war.

“I think [ISIS has] declared war on us. They're beheading innocent civilians. They have said, if they get a chance and when they get a chance, they will come to New York. So I think they've really declared war on us, and they are a significant threat,” Paul said. “Look at how rapidly they took Mosul – in the space of a day or two… So I think there's a case to be heard that our consulate could be at risk and overrun, and I think it would be inexcusable.”

While Paul sought to focus on the U.S. consulate in Erbil and why he would support U.S. intervention should the consulate be attacked, Glenn pressed Paul for a straight answer as to whether or not he supports arming the Syrian rebels to defeat ISIS. Paul was clear that he does not support the strategy:

“I'm not in favor of that. I've never been in favor of arming any of the Islamic rebels in Syria, and I think it's a mistake and counterproductive and still will be. Most of the arms we've sent in there, even when we've allegedly sent it to the moderate rebels, have wound up in the hands of ISIS. And I think that everything we've done to try to fight Assad, weakens his ability to wipe out ISIS and makes ISIS stronger.

So I think all of those – Republican and Democrat – who have favored arming the Islamic rebels in Syria have actually done us a disservice and have emboldened ISIS and made the problem worse. I think as the facts have evolved on the ground that ISIS is a potential threat to us and that we do have to do something.

I favor air strikes in coordination, but I think the battle on the ground needs to be fought by those who live there. I think the Iraqis need to step up, quit running, and defend their country. I'm sick and tired of the Saudis sitting on their haunches, funding radical Islam and doing nothing. I'd like to see the Saudis at the front of the line in the first round of fighting and the last round of fighting… Qatar, Kuwaitis, Turks, they need all to fight. It's their country, their land.

I want to see them fighting ISIS hand to hand, and I'm willing to support that with air support, with intelligence, with some weaponry in Iraq. But I'm not willing to support the so-called moderate rebels because I don't believe that they're a real fighting force.”

“I think you're in step with… where we are… I don't know where the American people stand on stuff now,” Glenn concluded. “I think he answered to my satisfaction.”

Taiwan's Foreign Minister Joseph Wu is now warning that his nation is preparing for war with China after Beijing flew a record number of warplanes over Taiwanese territory. Wu reached out to another country for help, but it wasn't the United States.

In a video, Wu urged Australia to help prepare for a possible invasion, but gave the U.S. no mention.

"The defense of Taiwan is in our own hands, and we are absolutely committed to that. And if China is going to launch a war against Taiwan, we will fight until the end. And that is our commitment. And, of course, during this period of time, we would like to exchange with other countries for security cooperation," Wu said on ABC News In-depth's China Tonight program. "We would like to engage in security or intelligence exchanges with other like-minded partners, Australia included, so that Taiwan is better prepared to deal with the war situation. And so far, our relations with Australia is very good. And that is what we appreciate it for."

On "The Glenn Beck Program," Glenn, Pat Gray, and Stu Burguiere discussed whether or not America would do anything during such a conflict — because it sure seems like President Joe Biden is more focused on working with China to fight climate change. Plus, why did China just cut off all cryptocurrency?

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On "Glenn TV" tonight, Glenn Beck heads to the chalkboard to reveal how the fundamental transformation of America has already begun by turning the Declaration of Independence upside down.

If Donald Trump was a dictator, then what do we call President Biden? In Biden's first nine months in office, he has already issued 64 executive orders – that's more than Trump, Obama, W. Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Reagan each issued in their entire first years in office.

You never hear the Left talk about the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, or the Bill of Rights any more, unless it's to "reimagine" the Constitution or slap a "harmful content" warning on our founding documents. Seriously. The National Archives said while its website label wasn't targeting the Constitution specifically, "some of the materials presented here may reflect outdated, biased, offensive, and possibly violent views and opinions." The Left finds basic, guaranteed rights so offensive they now spend all of their time on workarounds to deal with America's annoying founding documents.

Watch the full episode of "Glenn TV" below to see Glenn outline the aggressive unconstitutional abuses "King Biden" is jamming down our throats and teaches Americans how we can defend against presidential tyranny.

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program," Glenn explained why he wouldn't be surprised to see our supply chain collapse and empty shelves in America in the near future. Shortages are already wrecking our economy, China (where many of our goods are still made) is facing an energy shortage, and the Biden administration sure seems to be doing everything it can to make things worse.

Glenn noted a serious warning from American CEO Mike Beckham: "There's a major storm brewing in the supply chain," Beckham wrote on Twitter.

Thanks to China's centrally planned system, electricity shortages are causing huge delays in product manufacturing. In fact, some items are facing a 33 percent cut in production. "It could dramatically impact every [American's] life next year. But almost no one knows about it yet," Beckham warned.

Glenn went on to explain exactly what this means for you — and what you can do to prepare.

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Every decision made by President Joe Biden has ended in "disaster," Bill O'Reilly told Glenn Beck.

O'Reilly joined the radio program to explain why he thinks there's only one "mechanism" Americans can use stop the Biden administration's mess.

"Give me one thing that [Biden] has done, just one, that's improved this nation. Everything that he has been involved with is a disaster. Everything from the COVID mandates, to the energy policies, to the economic policies, to the inflation, to Afghanistan, to the collapsing southern border, to the social woke business, to the denial of due process. Right across-the-board, there isn't anything this man has done, or stood for, that's improved America," O'Reilly said.

"But there is no mechanism to do anything about it until a year from this November: the midterm elections. That's the only mechanism that we have, under the Constitution. We elected this guy and he's there for four years. You neutralize him next November [2022], with the Republicans taking back the House and Senate, then he's done. [He] can't do anymore damage because you've got him in a hole. And he's not going to be proactive with executive orders. He's just going to stay there in his jammies for two more years. OK? So that's the only mechanism."

O'Reilly also tore into the corporate media for using its power to defend Gen. Mark Milley after news of his China calls broke. Is there any deterrence in American society anymore to keep our leaders and media in check?

"What does this say to the United States of America when you have two of the most powerful information agencies in the world — NBC, Comcast, and AT&T, CNN — actively deceiving you?" O'Reilly said. "They know what they're doing. And yet there is absolutely no way for anyone to hold them accountable other than not watching them, which has, of course, happened. You know they have no audience. But just the corruption level of the information flow to the American people is at an all-time high. We have never had a worse media in the history of this republic."

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