Transcript for Rand Paul doubles down on withdrawal of US troops in Syria
You know, one of the things I have always supported about president trump is one of the things I liked about president Obama that we said we were overextended, that the Iraq war was a mistake. It's one of the reasons that president Obama beat Hillary Clinton because Hillary Clinton had supported the Iraq war. I think the Iraq war, and the regime change in the Middle East are senseless, and so does president trump. He doesn't want to get involved in another Iraq war in Syria. In anything, Syria is more the other thing is a practical concerned. 50 soldiers. Who goes to war with 50 soldiers? You have 50 soldiers and tens of thousands of kurds amassing. They're allies with the Turks. The kurds have been our allies, and the kurds are in all likelihood going to be allies with Assad. From my perspective, you say, any of these people out here, their kids have to go to war. War is not a chess game. People lose or limbs and people die, and I think it's the least we owe to the kids we're going to send to this war. Why are we going to war, and who are we fighting? Is there -- go ahead. I'm sorry. So if you have allies and they are working with you and fighting with you, and in 24 hours, somebody wakes up and says, no. We're out. Is that the right way to do this? I think the way we look at war is -- No, no, no. Is that the right way to do it? Let me answer the question. Okay. If we decide whether or not we're sending young people into harm's way, we should obey the constitution, we should declare war and put them in a war if you ask these people, Lindsey graham, and all these people who want to stay in war forever, who are we declaring war on? It's like walking out and never being there in the first place. That's not the question. That's all good, but we're in there. For many years the left agreed with me. I am not a left nor right. I'm just American. I want to know. Should we be taking -- should we be walking out on them? Left and right have agreed in the past that regime change doesn't work. When we got rid of hussein, we got chaos and more terrorism. When we got rid of gaddafi, more terrorism. We're here. We have 50 people. We're not doing anything. 50 people -- They are symbolic, and that is why it kept Turkey from invading that. You tell the parents of those 50 kids how great the symbolism is when a suicide bomber comes in. That gave Turkey the green light. Isn't that true? You tell their parents why they're there. We're seeing kurds getting slaughtered. I find the position of pulling out of these wars as a popular one, and I am there. There's a difference in having a strategy and leaving the kurds there to die, which is where they are now. They were left there to die, and here's why I'm arguing -- now it's the GOP's problem. ISIS fighters, thousands will escape. That's the people who don't like the policy. That's the people who want to these are the same people -- I don't want the stay forever. Let me answer the question. I let you talk. You let me talk. These are the same people -- these are the same people that would have us still in Vietnam. They say stay at war. It has not helped us. We have been in Afghanistan for 19 years. The same people complaining about this. The cheneys, Lindsey graham. They say, it would be precipitous to leave. We have been there 19 years, and there's no mission. Go ahead. It's breaking our word as Americans of breaking or word to allies, of having people who risk their lives who have been there for years, and what message does that send specially to other allies if we abandon them? I think the only duty we owe, and the only oath I take is to the constitution. I didn't promise to take the country to war. I promised not to take the country to war. So did president trump by the way. I mean, the constitution says protecting you from enemies, foreign and domestic. And there's many of us who feel that this puts us in greater danger because of what it means vis-a-vis ISIS. We're not alone on this planet. Anyone who tries to make the argument someone in Syria is a danger to our country, is not paying attention. Assad is a danger to our country and our world. The world is very complicated. You have Assad on one side. On the other side, you have Al nusra. They have been promoting islamism, and islamic strategy around the world, and jihadism. We might be in more damg, and I don't like Assad, but the other side is extremists I don't like either.
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