How does one go about making Rand Paul sound like the voice of sanity and reason? As it turns out it is not very hard. All it takes is pitting him against Sean Hannity on a topic they are in disagreement on. That’s how Paul found himself for once defending the President from Hannity’s factually challenged attacks, placing the blame for the crisis in Iraq on the President and no one else.
On Hannity’s radio show where Paul was a guest on Monday, Hannity immediately went after him for telling David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet the Press, “I don’t blame [Iraq] on President Obama,” insisting that it was Obama’s unilateral decision that pulled our troops out and that if we had left a residual force there, the insurgency would not be happening today.
Paul’s pointed out that there is no single reason that ISIS and other insurgent groups are stronger today, admitting that we have some responsibility for that since we trained and armed them when we were allied with them fighting Bashar al-Assad and the Iranian Guard, and if we were to send troops today we would be fighting along side the very people we trained them to fight.
“What happened is we had the situation under control,” Hannity said. “We had an emerging democracy, an ally of the United States, imperfect as it is, better than it was…they politicized it and that became Barack Obama’s calling card and by leaving early, we’ve basically given up all those gains that we made.”
“We shouldn’t always say that it is just our fault,” Paul replied, “or any one person’s fault over here, for example, the person most culpable in all of this is Maliki, he kicked all the Sunnis out of his army, he made his government a Shiite government, a Shiite army and so you had Shiites in the city of Mosul which is predominately Sunni and they ran when the war came. So really Maliki deserves a lot of blame.”
Hannity said that he was not disputing any of that — just before he went on to dispute it.
Listen to the entire conversation below.