|Mr. Douthat - Looking Confused|
Mr. Paul’s issue was the poor way in which the Administration described its policy on using drones to kill people in
America. The Administration clarified things, changed
nothing and yet people like Mr. Paul declared a great victory.
The admiration for Mr. Paul had nothing to do with the policy, a fact which hawks like John McCain realized when they condemned Mr. Paul. It had everything to do with an attack on Mr. Obama. Republicans have now abandoned any pretense of going after the President on policy grounds, they just want unbridled attacks on Mr. Obama’s persona.
It is not that Mr. Douthat cannot see what is going on,
And he’s exploited partisan incentives to bring his fellow Republicans around to his ideas, deliberately picking battles — from the
intervention to drone warfare
— where a more restrained foreign policy vision doubles as a critique of the
Obama White House. Libya
He’s just happy to have a Republican, any Republican going on the attack. Because Mr. Paul accomplished nothing except brandish his own Presidential ambitions, something Mr. Douthat no doubt missed.