Following President Obama’s speech to the nation where he addressed questions he’s received from Americans about Syria and outlined his new hope for a diplomatic approach, Rand Paul felt the need to prove once again that he just doesn’t “get it.”
Speaking on Fox News (shocking, I know), Senator Paul showcased either his inability to understand the English language, or that he didn’t watch the president’s speech.
Paul said, “I think what he needed to lay out for the American public was a compelling American interest or national security interest in Syria.”
He went on to say that Syria has nothing to do with U.S. national security and isn’t a threat to us.
Funny thing is, Obama did exactly what Paul claims he didn’t do. He explained why allowing Syria to use chemical weapons without any kind of response emboldens our enemies, and opens the doors for other nations to do the same thing. How accepting the use of chemical weapons could then lead to, in the future, our military facing the very real possibility of chemical warfare.
The president also made it clear Syria doesn’t have the capacity to be a threat to the United States, but for the reasons he laid out before, their use of chemical weapons does pose a possible threat to U.S. national security. Maybe not right now, but in the future.
I guess Paul didn’t catch that part.
But the most ridiculous part of his comments came when he seemed to imply that people like him are responsible for the fact Syria has now not only admitted to having chemical weapons, but is willing to reveal their locations and turn them over to international authorities.
“Some will say that only the threat of force brought Russia and Syria to the negotiating table. But one thing is for certain. The chance for diplomacy would not have occurred without strong voices against an immediate bombing campaign. If we had simply gone to war last week or the week before, as many advocated, we wouldn’t be looking at a possible solution today. The voices of those in Congress and the overwhelming number of Americans who stood up and said ‘slow down’ allowed this possible solution to take shape.”
It was President Obama who didn’t push Congress to come back early to debate this issue. It was President Obama who decided to seek Congressional approval before any sort of military strike. It was President Obama who wanted this to go to a full debate.
Because let’s be clear, President Obama did not need Congressional approval to conduct limited airstrikes in Syria. He chose to allow Congress to be involved.
And as I outlined before, I believe this Syrian deal is exactly what President Obama had in mind all along.
So it’s preposterous that someone like Rand Paul is trying to imply that his actions, and those like him, were also big players in this deal being reached. That it wasn’t just the threat of military action.
Senator Paul, answer me this: If many members of Congress had already opposed any hint at our involvement in Syria, why then wasn’t a deal brokered for Syria to surrender their chemical weapons prior to Obama’s threat of military action?
The answer is pretty simple. Because Obama’s threat of military action was the cause of the deal being offered.
Rand Paul’s desperate attempt to bash the president no matter what he says or does is simply deplorable. I’m almost certain if President Obama came out later this week and said a deal had been reached to avoid military action and remove chemical weapons from Syria, Paul would spin it somehow into the president caving to “pressure” from people like him.
But what it really comes down to is Rand Paul is simply out of his league.
He’s a boy trying to play a man’s game and he simply doesn’t understand the fact that he’s vastly outmatched.
So while Rand Paul is playing partisan politics, trying to pander to his right-wing base, Obama is acting like something Paul will most likely never be…
The President of the United States.
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