As much as he has proven himself to be an opportunist and hypocrite on most things that have spurted rom his lips, so far he is one of the few to make this suggestion...........

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) called for a boycott of Saudi Arabia on Saturday, saying Americans should shun the kingdom as it did the apartheid regime in South Africa.

Paul's comments came as he intensified his attack against Hillary Rodham Clinton, again calling on her to return gifts given to her family foundation by foreign countries, including Saudi Arabia. Paul singled out the kingdom for its treatment of women, citing the case of a woman who was gang-raped and later lashed for being in a car with a man who was not her husband.

"This is something that we shouldnít tolerate. This is something we should be organizing a boycott of," the senator said.

[ Sweden stood up for human rights in Saudi Arabia. This is how Saudi Arabia is punishing Sweden. ]

Paul said Saudi Arabia should be shunned as South Africa was during apartheid.

"Remember when South Africa was misbehaving? We organized a boycott of South Africa. We should be boycotting Saudi Arabia and not taking money from Saudi Arabiaís government," Paul said.

At that time international sanctions were levied against the nation, along with a divestment campaign.

While the senator in his statements did not differentiate a government boycott from one by individuals, a spokesperson later said in a statement that Paul was "not calling for a governmental boycott, but rather options for private citizens and investors."

Paul escalated the attacks against Clinton that he started Friday , saying that there is a "war on women" in Saudi Arabia, but that despite that, Clinton, who has made women's rights a centerpiece of her political life, accepted the money.

"I donít think you can be a champion of women's rights when you take money from a regime that punishes women who are raped," Paul said.

He also called for Clinton to return money the foundation received from the government of Brunei.

Holly Shulman, a spokeswoman for the Democratic National Committee, said in a statement, "If Rand Paul suddenly cares about womenís rights, then he needs to support equal pay, support the Violence Against Women Act, and support access to womenís health services."

Paul was asked what he believes constitutes the greatest threat to the United States. (He has consistently been getting questions about foreign policy and asking why he signed a letter a group of lawmakers sent to the Iranian government over negotiations on its nuclear program.)

He responded "most people" would say the Islamic State constitutes the biggest threat, but while the group is a danger to the U.S. Consulate in Irbil and Embassy in Baghdad, "Iím not so sure if you thought through it, though, they would actually be the biggest threat."


Sen. Rand Paul calls for Americans to boycott Saudi Arabia - The Washington Post