Sen. Rand Paul: ‘It’s Time for Hillary Clinton to Permanently Retire’

By Ali Meyer | February 27, 2015 | 2:12 PM EST

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. speaks during the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Md., Friday, Feb. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

( - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said, “It’s time for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire,” in a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Md., on Friday.

“I believe Hillary Clinton’s abdication of responsibility, her refusal to provide adequate defense for Benghazi, her dereliction of duty should forever preclude her from high office,” said Paul. “It’s time for Hillary Clinton to permanently retire.”

“Hillary’s war in Libya is a perfect example,” said Paul. “Hillary’s war made us less safe. Libya’s less stable, and radical jihadists run amok. They swim in our swimming pool. Hillary’s war in Libya allowed thousands of surface air missiles to fall into the hands of radical islamists.

Four Americans - including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens - were killed when Islamic militants attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya on Sept. 11, 2012.

“As Hillary was declaring victory in Libya, Ambassador Stevens was pleading for more security. When I asked Secretary Clinton if she’s read Ambassador Stevens’ cable pleading for help she answered curtly ‘no’ as if she had more important things to do,” he said.

“Our freedom is also threatened from outside our borders,” said the senator. “We must protect ourselves from Jihadists without losing who we are as a people in the process. We must think before we act. We should promote stability not chaos. In the Middle East, one form of tyranny often replaces another. When secular despots are overthrown, chaos ensues, and radical islam grows stronger.”

“Without question we must now defend ourselves and American interests from this barbarous aberration, but it troubles me that we must now fight against our own weapons. We need a national defense robust enough to defend against all attacks, modern enough to deter all enemies, and nimble enough to defend our vital interest,” said Paul.

“But we also need a foreign policy that encourages stability, not chaos,” said Paul. “At home, conservatives understand that government is the problem, not the solution. But as conservatives we should not succumb to the notion that a government inept at home will somehow become successful abroad. That a government that can’t even deliver the mail will somehow be able to create nations abroad.

“Without question we must be strong,” said Paul. “Without question we must defend ourselves. I envision an America with a national defense unparalleled, undefeatable, and unencumbered by nation-building. I envision a national defense that as Reagan put it, ‘peace through strength.’”