Rand Paul Absurdly Proposes Russian Help as Best Hope for Christians in Syria

rand-paul-is-a-damn-foolRand Paul took to the airwaves Sunday morning to speak with David Gregory on Meet the Press.  During his conversation, he took the ridiculous stance that Russia poses the best hope for a “peaceful transition of government” in Syria, and that it doesn’t serve Christians in Syria for the rebels to win—because they’ll be persecuted.

He said:

“The Russians have every reason to keep their influence in Syria, and I think the only way they do is if there’s a change in government where Assad is gone, but some of the same people remain stable.  That would also be good for Christians.  I think the Islamic rebels winning is a bad idea for the Christians.  All of a sudden we’ll have another Islamic state where Christians are persecuted.  Really, the best outcome for all the major powers would be a peaceful transition in government, and Russia could influence that.”

In other words, his “plan” for Syria would somehow be a Russian-controlled transition in the current government, where “some” of the same people associated with Assad remained in power.

Let me say that another way.  Rand Paul is advocating that the best plan is to let some of the very people responsible for killing over 120,000 Syrians, possibly using sarin gas as well, stay in power—and let Russia aid in the transition.

Russia.  

A country that hates the United States and almost goes out of its way to antagonize us by supporting some of our biggest enemies.

First, if he really thinks there’s a possibility of a “peaceful transition” in government—he’s an idiot.  You don’t wage a nearly three-year-long civil war, use chemical weapons and commit genocide, then agree to a “peaceful” transition of government.

Especially when another part of his plan would be the retention of some of those who are currently part of the corrupt and genocidal Assad regime.

Then his biggest player in all of this that he trusts to help in this transition is—Russia.

All because he feels this would be the best outcome for Christians.  Not the majority of the Syrian people, or the country itself, but it’s what is supposedly best for the Christians in Syria.  Christians, by the way, who make up only 10% of the Syrian population.  But who cares about that other pesky 90%, right? 

Who cares if the continued presence of parts of the current monstrous regime, with an aided transition to this new regime from Russia (one of our biggest enemies), isn’t best for the majority of the country—it’s what’s best for Christians!

It’s asinine statements such at these that make me laugh because they’re absolutely ridiculous.  While most of the world is worried about the genocide that’s happening in Syria; the 120,000 that have died, the seemingly endless civil war and the possible use of chemical weapons; Rand Paul is worried about “what’s best for Christians.”

I’m worried about what’s best for humans — all of them.  Regardless of their religion.

And that damn sure doesn’t include a “transition in government” by keeping elements of the current regime with the aid of Russia.

Only a fool would think that was the “best plan.”  And with Paul’s comments that’s exactly what he looks like—a damn fool.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Pipercat

    Can you say, “pander?”

    • Matt Mcneill

      Can you define pander? How is this pandering in anyway? The only pandering is to those who oppose Obama because he’s well Obama. Paul could say ANYTHING and the small minority who will oppose Obama cause he is Obama will agree.

      • Pipercat

        Go back and read the article and try again. It’s really, really apparent if you take your predisposed glasses off.

  • mike

    All together now,……”rand paul is a fuc king IDIOT!!!!”…..where does Kentucky get all these IDIOTS

    • frank elliott

      Rand Paul is from Texas and Mitch McConnell is from Mississippi…..a couple of “carpetbaggers”.

      • Pipercat

        The carpet, in Rand’s case, is on his head…

      • Matt Mcneill

        So we can fairly call Obama a carpetbagger as well?

    • Matt Mcneill

      WOW! Now there is a compelling argument! My God you’ve changed my mind now! I love the tolerance people like you show towards those of differing views.

  • Rich Ashford

    While I’m never one to agree with much of anything Rand Paul has to say, in this case he is partially correct and the writer of this piece readily shows an ignorance of Russia and it’s concerns. I thought I was reading something from the 1950’s with lines like “a country that hates the US”. As for Paul, while his focus is primarily for protecting christians, the fact that a change in some of the players while maintaining a structure for stability will go a lot further than blowing the whole thing up. It is in this realm that Russia can be more effective than anyone else. What is missing here is the influence that Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church has with Putin and most of the christians we are talking about are Orthodox faithful. As a progressive I am also concerned with many of the same things the writer points out at the end but with a better understanding of Russia today I wouldn’t throw Sen. Paul totally under this bus. Even a blind squirrel can find an acorn.

  • grwurown

    Here’s an idea. Let’s call a spade a spade. We want Syria so we can control it for it’s resources. Stop claiming that anyones best interests, other than the powers that be, are in mind. They are in civil war. We have been enabling such unrest for decades and will continue to do so as long as a god and oil are in the mix. As for Christians, as soon as our Christians begin practicing what they preach (and bomb for) only then can we truly help to make a difference. Until then let’s help ourselves for a change and listen to America. It is dying and screaming for positive change. God is NOT the answer. Acting the way this god has told us to, that is the answer.

  • akfletch

    Rand Paul is Rand Paul. But this is a piece of really bad writing. What’s the point of name calling teapartiers on a ‘progressive’ site. Does Allen Clifton have a solution to offer?

    • Charles Vincent

      “What’s the point of name calling teapartiers on a ‘progressive’ site.”
      It’s the S.O.P. of those out in far left field when people don’t conform to their ideology. You want proof look at the responses to my posts here.

      • Matt Mcneill

        Charles you need to look at posts of your fellow lefties. Like Mike up there or Frank. I mean fuc king idiot and carpetbaggers? The reason you’re insulted is quite often you and your fellow lefties resort to insults as a first option.

      • Charles Vincent

        Whoa whoa whoa chief I am not a lefty, or a righty for that matter so you might want to reassess your comment

      • Matt Mcneill

        You’re right I misread your comment. My bad.

      • Charles Vincent

        No worries

  • handmadehand

    This is not your best writing, Allen. At first, I thought it you were providing a platform for a guest writer. Your prose is generally smoother.
    Also, I believe it would be more accurate to say that Russian Aristocrats have national interests different from our own American Aristocrats, and that they aren’t afraid to use their mouth-puppet Putin to aggressively highlight those differences. Syria has Russia’s only foreign military naval base, and they REALLY want to keep it. That one fact is enough for RAMPP (Russian Aristocrat Mouth-Puppet Putin) to want to support Assad and his political infrastructure.
    I look forward to your usually spot on commentary.

  • handmadehand

    This is not your best writing, Allen. At first, I thought it you were providing a platform for a guest writer. Your prose is generally smoother.
    Also, I believe it would be more accurate to say that Russian Aristocrats have national interests different from our own American Aristocrats, and that they aren’t afraid to use their mouth-puppet Putin to aggressively highlight those differences. Syria has Russia’s only foreign military naval base, and they REALLY want to keep it. That one fact is enough for RAMPP (Russian Aristocrat Mouth-Puppet Putin) to want to support Assad and his political infrastructure.
    I look forward to your usually spot on commentary.

  • strayaway

    One thing not mentioned in this article is that this civil war has been expanded and exasperated because of all the help rebels have received from the US, Al-Queda, and the Saudis.

    Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) says the reasons we should stay out of Syria is because Syria is not our business, no matter what we do there, we won’t accomplish anything useful, and a military action on Syria will be expensive and dangerous. I think these are better reasons for staying out of Syria than saving Christians. However, Grayson and Paul are a lot closer to agreeing on this matter than either is to agreeing with the President and McCain.

  • Cody

    Look I know this is a biased website but come on, some of this stuff is no less than propaganda against who the journalist deems to be the antagonist of the American story.