Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” 2016 Republican presidential candidate Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said so-called “hawks” like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) are responsible for creating ISIS by flooding arms into the Middle East.
Host Joe Scarborough asked, “A guy that works closely with John McCain will be running against you, we think. He’s going to be a heat-seeking Rand missile throughout the entire campaign, Lindsey Graham. Lindsey Graham would say ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said let’s not go into Syria. What do you say to Lindsey?”
Paul shot back, “I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and who is stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately. Most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’ job even easier. The created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party, they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya . They just wanted more of it. Libya is a failed state. It’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state.”
He continued, “So everything they’ve talked about in foreign policy they’ve been wrong about for 20 years, yet they somehow have the gall to point the finger otherwise.”
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