Rick vs. Rand

Rand Paul and Rick Perry are sparring with words over one another’s stance on foreign policy.

In a pair of dueling op-eds, Paul takes a snarky jab at the Texas governor’s trendy spectacles, while Perry pooh-poohs Paul’s “isolationist” views.

Here’s a summary of what was said by each:

Perry: I understand the attitude behind isolationism, but Rand Paul and others like him are ignoring the rising Islamist State, and this endangers the U.S. The Islamist State is growing more advanced and powerful, and the world is confronted with a “real threat to our national security.” Paul advocates inaction, and this is wrong. I don’t believe in the wait-and-see attitude. Neither would Ronald Reagan. Reagan led from the front, and passivity allows terror problems to “fester and grow.” There are no good options in Iraq or Syria, but, “we still cannot ‘take blind shelter across the sea, rushing to respond only after freedom is lost.’ That was President Reagan???s warning. Sen. Paul would be wise to heed it.”

Paul: I like Rick Perry, “but apparently his new glasses haven???t altered his perception of the world, or allowed him to see it any more clearly.” He is mischaracterizing my views. Has he even read any of my policy papers? He and I actually agree on a lot of things, but he agrees with Barack Obama more than he’s willing to admit. There aren’t any good choices when it comes to dealing with Iraq. I support continuing our assistance in Iraq. The big difference between Perry and me is that the governor supports sending troops back to Iraq, which I do not. Perry gets Reagan’s ‘peace through strength’ so wrong. “Strength does not always mean war.”