Rand Paul blasts Clinton, Obama policy on Syria
August 28th, 2014
01:25 PM ET
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Rand Paul blasts Clinton, Obama policy on Syria

(CNN) – Sen. Rand Paul continued his recent blitz against Hillary Clinton as a “war hawk,” blasting the former secretary of state for having a “shoot first” foreign policy.

In an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal, the Kentucky Republican highlighted Clinton’s advocacy to arm Syrian rebels when she was the nation’s top diplomat.

The militant Islamist group known as ISIS originated from the Syrian opposition forces, and Paul argues that those who sought to arm the rebels and help unseat Syrian President Bashar al-Assad may have done more harm than good.

“We aided those who've contributed to the rise of the Islamic State,” he said.

The Obama administration didn’t agree to send weapons until after Clinton left office, and it only sought to aid moderate elements among Syria’s opposition groups.

There’s been no clear indication, however, that U.S. assistance to Syrian rebels have directly benefited ISIS in a significant way.

Paul, who labeled Clinton a “war hawk” in a recent interview with NBC News, said Clinton was “eager to shoot first in Syria before asking some important questions.”

“We are lucky Mrs. Clinton didn't get her way and the Obama administration did not bring about regime change in Syria,” he continued. “That new regime might well be ISIS.”

CNN reached out to Clinton's spokesperson for comment but did not receive a response. Adrienne Elrod, spokesman for the pro-Clinton group Correct the Record, argued in a written statement that Paul's "belief in extreme isolation" is "wrong for our country, our people and our place."

While the United States has conducted air strikes against ISIS in Iraq, the administration has now taken steps that signal it could take similar action against ISIS in Syria.

Falling in line with his non-interventionist views, Paul said it would be “more realistic” to recognize that while some regimes are bad, they may be helping keep stability in a country.

“There are evil people and tyrannical regimes in this world, but...America cannot police or solve every problem across the globe,” he wrote.

While he didn’t offer any specific solutions moving forward, he detailed how he would handle the solution in a separate interview.

“If I were in President Obama’s shoes at this time, I would have called Congress back, I would have had a joint session of Congress, and I would have said ‘this is why ISIS is a threat to the United States, to the stability of the region, to our embassy, to our diplomats, and this is why I’m asking you today to authorize air attacks,’” he told the conservative news outlet Breitbart.

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  1. rs


    Is this Rand Paul so stupid or he is pretending it for future insanity acquittal ???
    I have often been left with the feeling he is simply trying out for Colbert's place on the Comedy Channel (you know, the wacky Rightie) after Colbert jumps to Letterman's show.

    August 28, 2014 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |

    The only thing LOWER then a GOP voter and less intelligent are THEIR GOP representatives in congress SUCH AS king of Iowa , the tea scank BACHMAN and BLACKBURN , Labrador , CRUZ, Rubio Bland Paul, to many to list here, I'll just VOTE AGAINEST THEM in November.

    August 28, 2014 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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