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Sen. Rand Paul: Why Im Voting No on Syria
Time ^ | September 4, 2013 | Rand Paul

Posted on 09/04/2013 7:16:19 PM PDT by grundle

War should occur only when America is attacked, when it is threatened or when American interests are attacked or threatened. I don’t think the situation in Syria passes that test. Even the State Department argues that “there’s no military solution here that’s good for the Syrian people, and that the best path forward is a political solution.”

The United States should not fight a war to save face. I will not vote to send young men and women to sacrifice life and limb for stalemate. I will not vote to send our nation’s best and brightest to fight for anything less than victory.

Bashar Al-Assad is clearly not an American ally. But does his ouster encourage stability in the Middle East, or would his ouster actually encourage instability?

Are the Islamic rebels our allies? Will they defend American interests? Will they acknowledge Israel’s right to exist? Will they impose Sharia law? Will they tolerate Christians or will they pillage and destroy ancient Christian churches and people?

The president and his administration have not provided good answers to any of these questions. Those who seek military action have an obligation to publicly address these concerns before dragging our soldiers into another Middle Eastern war. Shooting first and aiming later has not worked for us in the past, and it should not be our game plan now.

In 2007, then-Sen. Obama stated that no president should unilaterally go to war without congressional authority unless there is an actual or imminent threat to our nation. James Madison argued this same position. Our Founding Fathers understood that the executive branch was the most prone to war. That is the constitutional position.

President Obama’s new position, though, is that while he requests congressional input, he doesn’t necessarily need Congress’ approval.

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To: grundle

Thank-you Sen. Paul.


41 posted on 09/05/2013 3:01:30 AM PDT by Biggirl (“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”-Pope Francis)
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To: Alberta's Child
"just how many people out there in the U.S. military are still delusional enough to believe that there is anything honorable and patriotic about signing up to get sent to some sh!t-hole halfway around the world just because some @sshole in the White House tells you it's important to do it. "

I absolutely agree. I'm damned tired of getting involved in Muslim countries to pull Muslim nuts out of the fire. As long as the world exists, Islamists will be killing each other....if we try to intervene in all of their fights, our military will NEVER come home.

Also, ask yourself this.....would Obama be willing to use "his military" to save the lives of Israelis...?

42 posted on 09/05/2013 6:08:50 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: CatherineofAragon

Demicans and Republicrats washing each other’s hands.


43 posted on 09/05/2013 6:10:09 AM PDT by ReformationFan
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To: ReformationFan

Precisely


44 posted on 09/05/2013 6:30:04 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: grundle

He has principles.

He really does not need to waste his breath and go any further than that.


45 posted on 09/05/2013 6:34:12 AM PDT by freedom46and2
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To: CatherineofAragon

“rescue his credibility.”

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What credibility? The little bat eared Kenyon PUNK has none!


46 posted on 09/05/2013 9:47:01 AM PDT by mongo141 (Revolution ver. 2.0, just a matter of when, not a matter of if!)
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To: mongo141
"What credibility? The little bat eared Kenyon PUNK has none!"

The GOP morons are too stupid to recognize that obvious fact.

47 posted on 09/05/2013 10:07:11 AM PDT by CatherineofAragon (Support Christian white males----the architects of the jewel known as Western Civilization.)
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To: Abathar; Abcdefg; Abram; Abundy; albertp; Alexander Rubin; Allosaurs_r_us; amchugh; ...



Libertarian ping! Click here to get added or here to be removed or post a message here!

48 posted on 09/05/2013 4:49:43 PM PDT by bamahead (Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master. -- Sallust)
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To: Rona_Badger

God Bless you. You are doing what we can in what is in a “free” society.


49 posted on 09/05/2013 4:52:40 PM PDT by SADMILLIE (r)
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To: mouske

It needs to actually be on the 7th At Boehner’s D.C. office!@


50 posted on 09/05/2013 5:07:45 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: Rona_Badger

Next it’s on to the streets, but we need organization..!


51 posted on 09/05/2013 5:10:37 PM PDT by JSDude1 (Is John Boehner the Neville Chamberlain of American Politics?)
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To: Post5203

“And now brit hume telling greta why we need to strike syria.”

I almost get a daily reminder that makes me remember why I stopped watching Fox News after the election. I am much happier after replacing them with The Blaze.


52 posted on 09/06/2013 8:39:50 AM PDT by CSM (Keeper of the Dave Ramsey Ping list. FReepmail me if you want your beeber stuned.)
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