Sen. Rand Paul blasted fired National Security Advisor John Bolton on his way out the door, saying his support for regime change in the Mideast is "naive" and "threat of war around the world is greatly diminished with Bolton out of the White House."
"I think Bolton has been very wrong and naive and I'm glad to see him gone," Paul told FNC's Neil Cavuto on Tuesday afternoon. "And I hope the president can find someone who actually agrees with what the president says."
RAND PAUL: I think the threat of war around the world is greatly diminished with Bolton out of the White House. I think he had a naive point of view for the world that we should topple regimes everywhere and institute democratic governments and we would make the world perfect or remake the world in our image and frankly, it just doesn’t work that way...
The problem is when people like Bolton say they want to topple Qaddafi and make Libya into this great American-style republic, they don't elect Thomas Jefferson, they elect another religious leader who becomes an autocrat in place of one religious leader or autocrat.
So really, I think the Mideast and many of these places who have been led by strongmen, I think the answer is not regime change. And I think Bolton has been very wrong and naive and I'm glad to see him gone. And I hope the president can find someone who actually agrees with what the president says.
This president is extraordinary. In his State of the Union, he said great nations don't fight perpetual wars, and he is absolutely right, but that defies the orthodoxy of the establishment foreign policy in Washington. So he really needs to find somebody who has the guts to stand up to the orthodoxy, not someone who is part of the swamp.