Skip to comments.Rand Paul: I Don't Blame Obama for Iraq Turmoil [NBC Goes To Town With This Byline!]
Posted on 06/20/2014 12:54:01 PM PDT by Steelfish
Rand Paul: I Don't Blame Obama for Iraq Turmoil BY CARRIE DANN Sen. Rand Paul says he doesnt blame President Barack Obama for the ongoing turmoil in Iraq and that former Vice President Dick Cheney and other proponents of the Iraq War should ask themselves the same questions Cheney is raising now about the conflict.
Whats going on now -- I dont blame on President Obama, Paul said in an interview with NBCs David Gregory to air on Meet the Press Sunday. Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq War on the chaos that is in the Middle East."
In an op-ed this week authored with his daughter Liz, Cheney wrote of Obama that "rarely has a U.S. president been so wrong about so much at the expense of so many."
Paul, a possible 2016 presidential candidate known for his breaks with Republican defense hawks on foreign policy, said that Cheneys criticism of the presidents strategy should also be questioned. Cheney is widely credited as a key architect of the 2003 war.
I think the same questions could be asked of those who supported the Iraq War, Paul said. You know, were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? Thats what the war was sold on. Was democracy easily achievable? Was the war won in 2005, when many of these people said it was won? They didnt really, I think, understand the civil war that would break out.
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Rand Pauls old man was a real idiot when it came to foreign policy and national defense issues. Apparently the nut doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Libertarians, the gift that keeps on giving.
Ron Paul needs to read this!
Romney/Paul 2016!!! Yay! Yay! Yay!
It's pretty crazy but crazy is normal for them, it seems. Someday, maybe, they'll work out their differences. It's up to them.
It looks like I will have to revise the family budget. I’ll strike the planned contribution to the Rand campaign.
They claim to be Conservatives but poke Conservatives in the eye every chance they get!!
I Obama had left an American Coalition on the ground in Iraq, the sunni muslims would not be so brazen!
Can Rand Paul or his daddy explain this?
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Yeah, it was so stable and peaceful up until then.
Let’s hope they never work out their differences. It may be the main reason they did not take over the world in the past, and perhaps it is our best hope for our future.
Nonsensical. When you win a war, that war isn't "unwon" because the defeated nation falls into civil war later on.
I honestly had to check the post you were responding to to figure out if you were talking about the muslims or the Pauls!
You may question whether we should or should not have gone into Iraq in the first place, which I think we probably did not have a choice - I still believe there were WMD and the Saddam was playing footsie with terrorists. Once we did, and you permanently altered the balance of power in the region, it is a given that you have to stay for a good long while. Because if you leave prematurely, there is no doubt that really bad folks who hate us will fill the vaccuum. Choose your poison: ISIS, Al-Queda, Iran. None are good choices. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
Why is staying for the long haul such a foreign thought? We are still in Korea, Japan, Italy and Germany. This emphatically is Obama’s fault because we should have never left.
Yes there were, and it's about damn time someone grew the balls to say so.
Was democracy easily achievable?
It is *never* easily achievable. Which is not relevant anyway. We should have cleaned out Hussein and the weapons, installed some sort of western friendly autocratic regime and left.
It is not our job, nor is it achievable, to nation build. Ditto in spades for Afghanistan. Three months after we took out the guts of the Taliban we should have, as I suggested above regarding Iraq, just left.
Our job was to remove the near term threat to our own national security (Iraq), and to eradicate those Taliban bastards to the maximum degree possible (Afghanistan) and get the hell out both countries as expeditiously as possible.
That is all. Period (as Dear leader would say).
Rand Paul, you have really disappointed me.
Sorry about that. I should have made it clear that I was talking about Muslims.
I was shocked when a friend first told me that Islam was as much a political movement as it was a religion. It turns out he was right.
I rest my case with that turdbrain Rand Paul. What in blazes will he come out with next; That Osama bin Laden was a poor misunderstood Eagle Scout?! Rand Paul may be O.K. as a surgeon, but as a legislator he’s in a class with John McCain; and I’d never risk him doing surgery on me!
DO NOT TRUST RAND PAUL!!!!!
That's Ann Coulter's dream team! She's gone whackadoodles!
Not a single penny to this ass after this comment. What idiocy!
Here’s Mona Charen:
What is it with these liberal Republicans that they seem to believe they need to defend democRATs?
“United Nations Security Council Resolution 687 passed in April 1991 established formal cease-fire terms at the close of Operation Desert Storm. The controversies over enforcing this and subsequent resolutions would lead to the outbreak of another war 12 years later.” So reads the wikipedia article on the Iraq/Kuwait War (Desert Storm) The WMD controversy that has been cemented over the years gives the dims and the UN that voted for this mess cover, while leaving Bush and Cheney as the sole responsible parties - according to the Rand Pauls of the world. He’s just doing anti-war simpleminded lip-service to gain that all important “independent” voter. What does Rand Paul know about anything outside of his fantasies?
What should have happened since we were hell bent on going to Iraq in the first place, when we caught Saddam, tried and hung him it was time to saddle up and head for the house and let the rag heads sort their own s*** out.
He didn’t say he blamed the chaos on the Iraq war. He said he blamed the (current) Iraq war on the chaos there. You seem to have read that backwards.
As easy as it is to want to blame Obama, the truth is it was Bush who set the withdrawal timetable, and the elected government of Iraq didn’t want to extend it. The Shiites couldn’t wait to boot the Sunnis out of any power in the government, which is why the Sunni troops don’t consider fighting ISIS their battle. Both sides wanted us out so they could get back to killing each other.
Ironically, Joe Biden may have been right about something for the only time in his life when he suggested the only long term solution might be splitting Iraq into Sunni, Shiite and Kurdish states. OTOH, as long as Muslims are killing each other, we can hope they will be too busy to cause us trouble.
So why did Rand Paul do that filibuster if Obama has no control of military decisions?
I considered that reading, which is closer to his words, but in context that really didn't make much sense.
What's going on there now is not a war exactly, chaos would be more accurate. The Iraq war ended when Iraq surrendered.
I think he just phrased it awkwardly. Watching the video, immediately after he says that he continues with "these are the people" and he's talking about it Cheney etc.
To me, it's clear that he's blaming the current chaos on the Iraq war Cheney supported.
Typical....Another R begging for the votes of anti-Americans on the backs of those who love this country dearly.
Dead to me.
Your 15 minutes is up Rand! Time to go away!!
Let’s see how long it takes him to WALK THIS BACK.
I predict by noon tomorrow.