Rand Paul Scrubs Anti-Israel Student Reading List from Website

Books laden with anti-Semitic imagery included on senator’s ‘student reading list’
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Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) office deleted a “student reading list” that promoted anti-Israel books from his official Senate website this week, shortly after the Weekly Standard published an article last Friday highlighting the controversial recommendations.

Rand Paul: Nuclear Iran Not a Threat to U.S., Israel

Endorsed Bilderberg conspiracy theories before winning Senate seat
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Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) denied that a nuclear Iran would pose a national security threat to the United States or Israel in a 2007 radio interview with talk show host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

Courting the Truther Vote, Ctd.

Criticism of these folks is silly PC claptrap (via flickr user  abiodork)

I ruffled some feathers last week when I noted that Rand Paul’s conspiracy theory regarding Dick Cheney, Halliburton, and the Iraq War is strikingly similar to theories promulgated by a certain segment of 9/11 Truthers. As I said at the time, repeated the following day, and will reiterate today, I don’t believe that Rand Paul believes that Dick Cheney and George W. Bush allowed the 9/11 attacks to proceed in order to create a pretext to invade Iran. However, I do believe that it is worth drawing attention to the fact that a great many citizens of Paul World are, in fact, 9/11 Truthers and that neither Rand Paul nor his father Ron have been particularly vociferous in distancing themselves from these crackpots. Why? Well, every vote counts!

As I said at the time: “dog whistles and such.”

I bring this up again because the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity recently chose to republish a screed by Paul Craig Roberts that concludes “the US government blew up three New York skyscrapers in order to destroy Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Syria, Iran, and Hezbollah.”* Ron Paul, when asked why the institute that bears his name was giving credence to such insanity, shrugged it off, saying it’s “political correctness” to suggest that 9/11 Truthers should be dismissed.

Ron Paul’s Putinistas

Head of Ron Paul Institute blasts criticism of Russian aggression
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The Ron Paul Institute is accusing the president of a prominent libertarian youth group of “neocon warmongering” and being “in bed with [the National Endowment for Democracy]” after he publicly objected to the Russian government’s invasion of Crimea.

The Ron Paul Institute for Putin’s Priorities

Former congressman’s think tank pushes pro-Kremlin line
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Numerous members of the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity have spent years as professional spin-doctors for Russian President Vladimir Putin and other leaders of oppressive regimes.

Ron Paul Institute Blames Nairobi Mall Massacre on U.S. Foreign Policy

Drone program in Somalia singled out as reason for the attack
Injured woman from mall attack being carried away / AP

U.S. interventionist foreign policy is to blame for the deadly mall massacre in Nairobi, according to the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. The institute’s executive director Daniel McAdams called the terrorist attack “retaliation for years of murderous foreign interventionism” in an article posted to RPI’s website last Wednesday.

Ron Paul Confirms He Will Speak at Conference Organized by Anti-Semitic Group

Fmr. representative slated to give September 11th keynote address
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Former Rep. Ron Paul said he still plans to speak at an upcoming conference hosted by a Canadian fringe organization that has been accused of anti-Semitism, even after the group’s leader denied the Holocaust last month in an interview with the Washington Free Beacon.