Many of the sentiments expressed in this letter are really intended for almost every member of Congress. Unfortunately, there seems like little hope for most of them to do what is in the best interests of our country as a whole.
Dear Senator Paul:
In February of 2013 I wrote to you and said this regarding the confirmation of Chuck Hagel to be Secretary of Defense:
“He clearly is unqualified and you were wrong to give your consent. I pray to God this man’s appointment does not lead to needless bloodshed or an avoidable sacrifice of American lives.”
Now we know Chuck Hagel rubberstamped President Obama’s decision to exchange five dedicated Taliban jihadists for one American army deserter (and the Obama administration is now trying to deflect some of the blame to Mr. Hagel). I fear this foolish prisoner exchange will encourage the jihadists to target Americans for the purpose of ransom. In fact, I have no doubt the orders have already gone out to do so.
Would any appointee chosen by Obama for that position have rubberstamped his decision to release these five Taliban killers? Probably. But you and I knew from his performance at the confirmation hearings that Chuck Hagel was not up to the job of defending American security. You made a stupid political calculation. Some things are worth a fight and you refused to do it. (I don’t think a man of John Bolton’s character would have rubberstamped anything George W. Bush desired).
Dear Senator Paul, I still think you are one of the good guys left in Congress, but I am losing faith in you. Stop running for President, stop with the political calculations and do only what you can now to save our country from the madness of this Administration.