Rand Paul and His Critics

by Ramesh Ponnuru

They have produced a foreign-policy debate that doesn’t have room for most Republicans. From my new Bloomberg column:

Republican politicians are at war over the world.

Representative Peter King of New York says that Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky encourages “paranoia.” Paul says his critics are distorting his views. Walter Jones, a North Carolina representative seeking his 11th term, is being challenged in a primary that features ads saying he “preaches American decline” and “opposes sanctions on Iran.”

It has been at least 20 years since Republicans have argued this angrily about foreign policy.