In an op-ed for The American Conservative, Senator Rand Paul discussed his continued opposition to the nominations of CIA Director Mike Pompeo to be the next Secretary of State and Gina Haspel to take over as CIA director, as well as to any consideration of appointing former ambassador John Bolton to a foreign policy position in the administration.
From Rand's essay:
Allowing the failed foreign policies of the past to have a place in this administration, and sanctioning the infiltration of our government by those who eagerly await the next opportunity for war, not only says we don’t learn from our mistakes, it will result in a world with far more enemies than opportunities for stability and peace.
If we are to avoid a future that is war-torn and mired in endless conflicts, we must do better than appointing these flawed nominees. I find them unacceptable, and I won’t support them. I hope the president will reconsider, too.