This is an incredible statement on multiple levels. To start, if Paul wanted to oppose more sanctions against Iran, there were multiple arguments available to him. For instance, he could have made a broader economic libertarian argument against sanctions, or perhaps argued that sanctions weren’t effective because they mainly hurt average people rather than the nation’s leaders.
But to throw in his lot with the Keystone Kop negotiating team Obama and Kerry have assembled is mind-blowing. As the Washington Examiner noted in an editorial Monday, the Obama administration’s negotiations with Iran are a dangerous charade. Last December, following what was then a six-month interim agreement, Kerry pleaded with Congress to allow his negotiators time to do their jobs and to hold off on sanctions. A year later, the radical Iranian regime has pocketed tens of billions of dollars in sanctions relief as well as concessions on uranium enrichment, plutonium development and missile technology. There are signs that the regime is violating the interim agreement, and there’s no reason to believe they’d abide by any final deal.