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Rand Paul on Iraq: ‘What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama’
Washington Times ^

Posted on 07/07/2014 9:06:51 AM PDT by SoConPubbie

Sen. Rand Paul sided with President Obama over some of his more hawkish conservative colleagues, saying the recent surge of violence in Iraq at the hands of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant terrorists is not the White House administration’s fault.

“What’s going on now, I don’t blame on President Obama,” Mr. Paul said during a “Meet the Press” interview. “Has he got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq war on the chaos that is in the Middle East. I also blame those who are for the Iraq war for emboldening Iran.”

Mr. Paul’s statements counter those of some of his fellow Republicans. Sen. John McCain, for example, along with Sen. Lindsey Graham have been consistent in their insistence that the United States needs a strong military presence in Iraq — one that remains on ground for some time, Time reported.

They’ve also placed blame for the uptick in violence in the region on the White House’s telegraphing of troops’ withdrawal.

“I predicted this fully and completely and did it time after time after time,” Mr. McCain said weeks ago, Time reported. Mr. McCain hasn’t yet called for more ground troops, but has pressed for the arming of Syrian rebels — something the White House has begun mulling — and for airstrikes over Iraq, Time reported.

Mr. McCain also said many in the Republican Party agree with him.

“I talk with them constantly,” Mr. McCain said in the Time report. “They understand what Sen. Graham and I are pushing. Most of them that I can see agree.”

Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, said at an event last year: “I consider myself somewhere in between those two poles,” of foreign policy put forth by

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: rand; randpaul
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1 posted on 07/07/2014 9:06:52 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: SoConPubbie

Just switch parties, nutcake.


2 posted on 07/07/2014 9:08:22 AM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself.)
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To: SoConPubbie
Rand is Democrat who is even more dishonest than the average Democrat because he won't admit he's a Democrat.
3 posted on 07/07/2014 9:09:10 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: SoConPubbie
You just know that when the full impact of Obamacare hits the American people, high profile Republicans will come out in defense of it and Obama, effectively diffusing any Democrat culpability and negating Republican political gains.

Fish gotta swim.

4 posted on 07/07/2014 9:09:11 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Conservatism is the political disposition of grown-ups.)
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To: SoConPubbie

So, if we had kept 25,000 strategically placed U.S. troops and our bases in Iraq, the ISIS incursion would’ve happened ANYWAY? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT.


5 posted on 07/07/2014 9:16:08 AM PDT by CivilWarBrewing
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To: SoConPubbie

HEY RAND PAUL! Keep up the good work proving myself, and so many other FReepers to be correct “the nut doesn’t fall far from the tree!”


6 posted on 07/07/2014 9:19:46 AM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: SoConPubbie

If Saddam was left in power, there would have been a war between Iraq and Syria. Saddam was the old ISIS without all that Islamic trapping.


7 posted on 07/07/2014 9:20:31 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: rockinqsranch

Hey Rand..... Even if Bush had stacked the kindling it was Obama that lit the match and threw it on the pile of firewood....


8 posted on 07/07/2014 9:21:29 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

He’s just so politically inept.

Rubio did the same thing.

These two are not strong characters.

I imagine the pressure to be liberal and Obama apologetic when they get to the senate is tremendous. Weak characters falter. Dems haven’t got the pressure, they’re already there

Not surprised. When has he ever shown strength of character.


9 posted on 07/07/2014 9:22:04 AM PDT by stanne
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Well, I’d get booted for it if I spelled it out, but you can easily relate to the common expression, “N-word, Please!”


10 posted on 07/07/2014 9:23:22 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: CivilWarBrewing

OK..THAT’S IT. I AM DONE WITH RAND.


11 posted on 07/07/2014 9:27:24 AM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Bush won the War in Iraq, Obozo lost the peace..and gave Iraq back to the Terrorists!)
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To: SoConPubbie

The Liberaltarians, who typically side with big government leftist in order to advance their legalized depravity agenda, are all giddy about the disaster in Iraq. They ignore that Iraq was won and Bammy intentionally lost it. You have to ignore facts to be a Liberaltarian.


12 posted on 07/07/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT by demshateGod (The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.)
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To: SoConPubbie

Doufus Paul. . . the scumbag president CREATED this problem!!!!! He deserves ALL the blame!!!!


13 posted on 07/07/2014 9:38:17 AM PDT by RatRipper (The political left are utterly evil and corrupt)
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To: CivilWarBrewing
So, if we had kept 25,000 strategically placed U.S. troops and our bases in Iraq, the ISIS incursion would’ve happened ANYWAY? I SERIOUSLY DOUBT THAT.

That part of the world has been in turmoil for at least the last 4000 years. No nation, repeat, no nation has ever been able to realign the tribalism there into a stable government. The people are unable or unwilling to accept democratic style rule. They don't understand it. They don't believe in it. They don't want it. They want their tribal overlords and their colorful flags and that's a fact. Accept it.

14 posted on 07/07/2014 9:41:32 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: justa-hairyape
Saddam as a whole, was a stabilizer. He kept Iran and Syria in check. Once he was taken out, this is the obvious result. The ME and Iraq has never been kept in check unless with mass slaughter. War works, yet we don't do that these days.
15 posted on 07/07/2014 9:49:43 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: SoConPubbie

As a Texan, I’m proud that we no longer have a ‘Paul’ representing one of our districts.


16 posted on 07/07/2014 9:52:25 AM PDT by lormand (Inside every liberal is a dung slinging monkey)
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To: Jeff Chandler

I hardly expect Rand Paul to come out in defense of obamacare....but you never know.


17 posted on 07/07/2014 9:56:24 AM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Theoria

That is false. Saddam destabilized the entire region by fighting a 10 war with Iran, using chemical weapons on the Kurd’s and invading Kuwait. He also wanted OPEC off the dollar and he wanted an oil embargo.


18 posted on 07/07/2014 10:18:10 AM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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To: justa-hairyape

Compared to the chaos today, that was nothing. Fighting Iran via Iraq was great, just ask Reagan.


19 posted on 07/07/2014 10:20:09 AM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: SoConPubbie

This is what the GOP is thinking of running again. Rand, Rick, Romney and now Christie. What an embarrassment.


20 posted on 07/07/2014 10:44:11 AM PDT by bgill
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

He snivels constantly, like he was just dumped by the girl. How long we going to be hearing from this clown, same thing over an over again


21 posted on 07/07/2014 10:55:40 AM PDT by reefdiver (Be the Best you can be Whatever you Dream to be)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Scratch Mr. Paul. He now joins Ryan, Rubio, and other assorted members of the GOP establishment.


22 posted on 07/07/2014 11:11:23 AM PDT by hdstmf
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To: SoConPubbie

With deductive skills this bad how did Paul get through medical school? His father’s legacy?


23 posted on 07/07/2014 12:37:16 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Rand Paul has been taking some incredibly weird positions. Is he trying to piss off folks who might have voted for him ?

A little weird I can handle. Sucking along with Obama, nope.


24 posted on 07/07/2014 1:51:10 PM PDT by jimt (Fear is the darkroom where negatives are developed.)
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To: Theoria
Compared to the chaos today, that was nothing.

Yeah right. Both Iran and Iraq were using WMD on each other during that war. They also fired Ballistic missiles into each others cities. Just because it was state sponsored, does not mean it was not terrorism.

25 posted on 07/07/2014 2:43:15 PM PDT by justa-hairyape (The user name is sarcastic. Although at times it may not appear that way.)
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'Yeah right. Both Iran and Iraq were using WMD on each other during that war. They also fired Ballistic missiles into each others cities. Just because it was state sponsored, does not mean it was not terrorism.'

Iraq and Iran fighting each other weakened them, and helped us. Iraqis and Iranians killing each other was fine. The Reagan admin agreed.

We now have transnational threats being created out of the crisis in Iraq other hot spots because of the lack of a powerful central authority.

26 posted on 07/07/2014 3:00:37 PM PDT by Theoria (End Socialism : No more GOP and Dem candidates)
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To: SoConPubbie

George W Bush and his advisers who thought Iraq can be democratized do not understand Islamists from middle-east.
IMO Iraq was the biggest blunder of American foreign policy in 100 years. Thousands of Americans killed or maimed, Trillions spent with borrowed money from China which we can not pay back, so will be paying interest for ever...

But the real question is have we learned from this experience? I doubt it. Neocons are eager to start a war with Iran next.


27 posted on 07/24/2014 9:38:15 AM PDT by entropy12 (Obummer = worst president ever, Jimmy Carter is relieved!)
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