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Paul: US has been arming ISIS in Syria
The Hill ^ | Sunday, June 22, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad

Posted on 06/22/2014 9:01:49 AM PDT by kristinn

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Sunday that the Sunni militants taking over Iraq have quickly gained power because the United States has armed their group in Syria.

“I think we have to understand first how we got here,” he said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “We have been arming [the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria] ISIS in Syria.”

ISIS, an al Qaeda offshoot, has been collaborating with the Syrian rebels whom the Obama administration has been arming in their efforts to overthrow Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Paul explained.

The administration has reportedly assisted the moderate opposition in Syria, but details about the dissemination of those resources are unclear.

“That is the real contradiction to this whole policy,” Paul said. “If we were to get rid of Assad,” it would become a “jihadist wonderland in Syria.”

Asked what he would do as president on Iraq, Paul deflected and did not give a straight answer. Instead, he pointed to the Reagan doctrine, and said Congress must ultimately determine the U.S. plan after engaging in a “full-throated debate.”

“The president doesn’t have unilateral authority to begin war,” said Paul, who couldn’t say whether he would support U.S. airstrikes in Iraq.

He said he’s not ruling U.S. assistance out, but said first Shiites must show they will fight for their country.

Paul downplayed the idea that ISIS is an immediate threat to the U.S., but said it could be “at some point.”

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; Syria; US: Kentucky; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: demagogue; iran; iraq; isis; israel; kentucky; lebanon; randpaul; randpaultruthfile; randsconcerntrolls; ronpaultruthfile; russia; syria; thekycandidate

1 posted on 06/22/2014 9:01:49 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

Ugh

He is so weird


2 posted on 06/22/2014 9:05:05 AM PDT by stanne
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To: kristinn

Watergate
IRS as a political weapon
phone tapping
Iran-Contra
etc
etc

Every political scandal of my lifetime has comeback and been re-lived in the past 6 years. One right after the other.

And the media yawns.


3 posted on 06/22/2014 9:05:43 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy ("Harvey Dent, can we trust him?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HBsdV--kLoQ)
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To: kristinn

I knew we were arming Syrian “rebels” through Turkey.

And .. it was a secret gun running scheme .. but then all the pieces of this story seem to fly all over the place.

Did Benghazi happen because AQ found out we were arming ISIS ..?? Since the general consensus is that AQ did not support ISIS ..??

Wow .. what a tangled web this is.


4 posted on 06/22/2014 9:10:14 AM PDT by CyberAnt (True the Vote: MY AMERICA, "... I'm terrified it's slipping away.")
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To: kristinn

5 posted on 06/22/2014 9:13:35 AM PDT by Delta 21 (Its my freedom. YES. I will be keeping it.)
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To: kristinn

Hey Randy, why don’t take a page from your good friend Hillary! RE historical events...


6 posted on 06/22/2014 9:14:38 AM PDT by mikrofon (** WDDIM Graphic Withheld Upon Request **)
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To: kristinn

Treason doth never prosper: what’s the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason.


7 posted on 06/22/2014 9:20:52 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (we shouldn't fear the government. the government should fear us.)
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To: CyberAnt

Yup. People were going ballistic over ISIS “seizing” Stinger Missiles in Iraq when it was reported in 2012 that Turkey was shipping them to “rebels” in Syria.

Maybe John McCain would like to go back for another photoshoot.


8 posted on 06/22/2014 9:24:50 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: mikrofon

Paul is right on this.


9 posted on 06/22/2014 9:27:03 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: stanne
full-throated

And Libertarians know a thing or two about that.

10 posted on 06/22/2014 9:29:52 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (June IS "Republicans Freed the Slaves" Month.)
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To: kristinn

He blamed Bush for the problems earlier.

He seems as bat crap crazy as his father, with zero impulse control with his mouth.


11 posted on 06/22/2014 9:33:50 AM PDT by Grampa Dave ( Herr Obozo, the Sunni WonDoer, will not divert $'s from his war on Americans to help our Veterans!)
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To: kristinn
I wonder who?


12 posted on 06/22/2014 9:35:24 AM PDT by McGruff (What if we bombed our own citizens?)
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To: laplata

Paul is a member of congress.

We have been needing congress to get to the bottom of the Benghazi scandal for over a year and a half, precisely because, after the diplomats having been abandoned, the suspicions of unilateral action on the part of the administration and any covered up action on the part of corrupt congress members, acting in collusion, not in the best interest of the country, we want stopped, rooted out and sanctioned.

Paul’s position then is not to announce to the universe that the US, meaning the Country, We the People, with the government who works for them, is at the bottom of this, because that is not his position even if it were true

WE actually want him with no excuses to get to the bottom of this and fix it.

He is weird

And he is incorrect. THe US does not want to arm these people.

NO


13 posted on 06/22/2014 9:39:01 AM PDT by stanne
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To: kristinn

What I am waiting for is “ In light of this malfeasance in protecting and defending the Constitution, I am today calling on Barack Obama to resign the Presidency.”

Outrage is getting trite and passe’


14 posted on 06/22/2014 9:41:46 AM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever!)
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To: cripplecreek

These are John McCain’s heroes. If we arm Mexican drug cartels why not arm ISIS. At this point what difference does it make?


15 posted on 06/22/2014 9:43:01 AM PDT by Vehmgericht
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To: stanne

One minute he’s blaming Bush for the current Iraq flare up, then he says what’s been obvious the whole time.

I really liked him, but this is too much.


16 posted on 06/22/2014 9:43:24 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: stanne

And he is incorrect. THe US does not want to arm these people.


He does not want to arm them.


17 posted on 06/22/2014 9:46:46 AM PDT by laplata (Liberals don't get it .... their minds are diseased.)
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To: Grampa Dave

Yeah. You can’t have it both ways. Can’t say I told you, there would be civil war, then turn around and say the U.S. is arming the exact group that’s causing the current aggression. That’s just an admission what’s happening right now is the fault of the current administration, if you believe this claim.


18 posted on 06/22/2014 9:49:39 AM PDT by CommieCutter ("For an idea to be too simplistic, it must first be proven wrong" --Thomas Sowell)
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To: Vehmgericht

No different than Libya. Take down the bad guy by arming even worst guys and when it blows up in our faces, deny deny deny.


19 posted on 06/22/2014 9:50:31 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: kristinn
#Obamasfault

Then quit defending Obama, Rand....and quit blaming Bush and Cheney.

What a maroon.

20 posted on 06/22/2014 9:52:59 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
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To: laplata

He says the US has been arming these people.

That’s the headline.

If the Administration has been arming them, it is without congressional approval, and unilaterally.

His language and his positions are incoherent, as usual, and he is incorrect.


21 posted on 06/22/2014 10:09:51 AM PDT by stanne
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To: kristinn
I thought it was George Bush's fault.

Paul is just like Obama.

He takes 4 positions on every issue.

22 posted on 06/22/2014 10:10:56 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: kristinn

“US has been arming ISIS in Syria”

DUH....
And he was willing to take us to the brink of a war with Russia to support these killers.


23 posted on 06/22/2014 10:13:02 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Q)
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To: kristinn

Arming ISIS while methodically disarming American citizens.


24 posted on 06/22/2014 10:18:57 AM PDT by Old Yeller (Anything is possible, if you don't know what you're talking about.)
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To: stanne
So the U.S. Government didn't send weapons to ISIS in Syria?

Our foreign policy is a disaster for everyone involved except for the barbaric jihadis building a caliphate out of piles of human heads.

25 posted on 06/22/2014 11:15:17 AM PDT by EricT. (Everything not forbidden is compulsory.)
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To: EricT.

Paul should not be taking this up on a national news show.

If the US government is arming ISIS, it is doing so without congressional approval, and, therefore, without our approval, so, Paul needs to take it up in the appropriate channels, such as in a proper investigation in Benghazi, which the US populace is a way more approving of than whatever covert ops were taking place there.


26 posted on 06/22/2014 11:24:36 AM PDT by stanne
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Rand the Demagogue.
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[Posted on 08/15/2013 5:44:10 PM PDT by Hoodat]
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[Posted on 11/19/2013 12:16:51 PM by Third Person]
Rand Paul: Time for GOP to soften war stance
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[Posted on 01/31/2013 5:08:50 PM PST by xzins]
Rand Paul's immigration speech
...The Republican Party must embrace more legal immigration.

Unfortunately, like many of the major debates in Washington, immigration has become a stalemate-where both sides are imprisoned by their own rhetoric or attachment to sacred cows that prevent the possibility of a balanced solution.

Immigration Reform will not occur until Conservative Republicans, like myself, become part of the solution. I am here today to begin that conversation.

Let's start that conversation by acknowledging we aren't going to deport 12 million illegal immigrants.

If you wish to work, if you wish to live and work in America, then we will find a place for you...

This is where prudence, compassion and thrift all point us toward the same goal: bringing these workers out of the shadows and into being taxpaying members of society.

Imagine 12 million people who are already here coming out of the shadows to become new taxpayers.12 million more people assimilating into society. 12 million more people being productive contributors.
[Posted on 03/19/2013 7:04:07 AM PDT by Perdogg]
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[Posted on 04/21/2013 1:52:42 PM PDT by SoConPubbie]
[but he's not in favor of amnesty, snicker, definition of is is]

27 posted on 06/22/2014 12:40:25 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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