Cholly Pierce notes that tribble-topped presidential aspirant Rand Paul actually asked an important question during last night’s GOP debate shit-show: whether it’s wise for the US to be in the “regime change” business.
It started with a question about the complexities of no-fly zones in Syria, during which a couple of candidates revealed a severe case of Turkey-envy. Alleged moderate John Kasich responded with macho posturing: “It’s time we punch Russia in the nose.” That opened a floodgate of tough-guy rhetoric, including Chris Christie’s vow to definitely shoot down Russian planes.
Cruz seemed to shrink from regime change, primarily on the grounds that it’s something President Obama and Hillary Clinton have supported and is therefore bad. Trump basically snarled “I drink your milkshake!” And timid establishment hopefuls Bush and Rubio regurgitated neocon talking points in their respective styles.
Team Donk has a debate coming up at the end of this week. Sanders has opposed a no-fly zone while Clinton has supported it. I hope the moderators spend some time on the topic of the no-fly zone in particular and regime change more broadly. Pierce says, “It is an argument worth having, in both parties.” He’s right.