90 Miles From Tyranny : Rand Paul Defends Trump, Shreds Mattis And Media Over Syria Withdraw

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Monday, December 24, 2018

Rand Paul Defends Trump, Shreds Mattis And Media Over Syria Withdraw

On Sunday Sen. Rand Paul tore a strip off of the media and Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis, for not backing President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

The Kentucky senator appeared on CNN’s “Face The Nation” with Jake Tapper and he went to war for the president.

Host Jake Tapper asked the senator if he had spoken to President Trump about his decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

The senator said he did speak to him and that he supports the president’s decision.

“I’m very proud of the president. This is exactly what he promised. And I think the people agree with him, actually. I think people believe that we have been at war too long and too many places, and that we do need to turn attention to problems we have in home here, roads, bridges, schools,” he said.

“We have a lot of problems in our country. And I think people are tired of spending — you know, we have spent several trillion dollars on these wars everywhere. And I think the president promised that he’d be different,” the senator said.

“And it’s really one of the reasons he won, because he actually attracts independents, who aren’t beholden to either party, who say, you know what, why don’t we turn attention back to America,” Sen. Paul told Tapper.

Tapper said that the decision was one of the reasons Gen. Jim Mattis resigned as defense secretary and asked the senator what he thought of that.

“Well, even General Mattis has sort of admitted that there is no military solution to Syria and that there’s no military solution to Afghanistan,” he said.

“So, I think really it’s the opposite. I think the burden should be on General Mattis and those who want to stay forever in every war theater around the world, the burden is on them to say, if there’s no military solution, why are we still sending more military?

“Syria is an absolute mess. And the one lesson from Syria is that we need more diplomacy, and we actually need to have conversations with Russia. We have made it toxic for anybody to talk to Russia. But, if you’re not willing to talk to Russia, Russia is a big player in Syria, has been for decades, is not going anywhere, and if we don’t talk to Russia, we’re never going to find a peaceful solution to the Syria mess,” Paul said.

He also took aim at the generals, like Gen. Mattis, who he said want to...

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1 comment:

Doom said...

As a diehard hawk, generally, I am with Trump on this one. Actually I have been for getting out for quite a while. Bolster forces in Iraq. Afghanistan? I am pleased with Trump on this. It also takes a large moneymaker from his (our) enemies... political, domestic.