Rand Paul: Hawks Intervention Emboldening ISIS

Rand Paul: Hawks Intervention Emboldening ISIS

Thursday on the Senate floor Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) gave an emotional speech on the folly of arming “feckless rebels” who are really a “pit stop” to arming ISIS. 

Paul said, “Intervention when both choices are bad is a mistake. Intervention when both sides are evil is a mistake. Intervention that destabilizes the Middle East is a mistake. And yet, here we are again, wading into a civil war.”

“The president and his republican allies have been clamoring for over a year for air strikes against Assad. Assad was our enemy last year. This year, he’s our friend. Had all those airstrikes occurred last year in Syria, today ISIS might be in Damascus.”

Paul argued that “had the hawks been successful last year we would be facing a stronger ISIS likely in charge of all Syria and most of Iraq intervention is not always the answer and often leads to unintended consequences.” 

“We have not been sitting around doing nothing. 600 tons of weapons have already been given to the Syrian rebels. What happened during the period of time we gave 600 tons of weapons to the moderate rebels in Syria? ISIS grew stronger. The the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result.”

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