Appearing today on the State of the Union with Candy Crowley, US Senator Rand Paul (R-K), told the CNN chief correspondent that he believes the US should keep its sons and daughters out of Iraq’s violent conflict, even adding:
“I’m not willing to send my son into that mess.”
Paul acknowledged during his appearance that the advances by ISIS on the Iraqi government don’t pose an immediate threat to United States national security. And while he refused to rule US help out of the picture entirely, Paul said that the Obama administration shouldn’t send ground troops to aid al-Maliki’s government.
The situation he painted was as a battle between a “feckless” ally in al-Maliki and ISIS, the “allies of Al Qaeda.” He expressed doubt that the jihadist fighters would even think about attacking the United States while they were in the middle of their war to take Baghdad, telling Crowley that:
I don’t believe that ISIS, right now, is in the middle of a battle saying, ‘Hmm, I think we’re going to send intercontinental ballistic missiles to America.
Republicans like Paul have blamed Obama since the situation exploded on the scene earlier in the month, and Paul reiterated the common conservative trains of attack today, telling Crowley that,”I think there’s chaos in the Middle East, and the chaos is because we’ve created a vacuum. One of the reasons why ISIS has been emboldened is because we’ve been arming their allies.”
The Obama administration has reportedly been giving weapons and other military assistance to the moderate opponents of President Bashar al-Assad’s administration in Syria, although according to CNN, the details about just where the resources ended up a little less clear. Paul suggested some of the Sunni militants the US armed were more radicalized than previously thought, and are now using US weapons to attack major Iraqi cities.
Calling the situation a “jihadist wonderland,” he blamed the arming of the Syrian rebels, saying that “we have been fighting along side Al Qaeda:”
It’s now a jihadist wonderland in Iraq precisely because we got overinvolved – not because we had too little involvement.
We are where we are because we armed the Syrian rebels. We have been fighting alongside al Qaeda
Paul added that any further action in Iraq should be put before Congress to vote on.
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