One of the only sane voices chiming in on the announcement that The Pentagon will train 5,000 Syrian rebels per year as part of Obama’s new campaign to battle Islamic State militants, is that of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, who doubled down on his assertion that arming rebels is akin to placing weapons into the hands of ISIS.
“It’s a mistake to arm them. Most of the arms we’ve given to the so-called moderate rebels have wound up in the hands of ISIS, because ISIS simply takes it from them, or it’s given to them, or we mistakenly actually give it to some of the radicals,” Paul said on CBS’s “This Morning.”
Paul was commenting on the $500 million plan to train and equip Syrian rebels, details of which emerged Friday. He noted that while Iran, Turkey and Syria may be focused on fighting ISIS, the rebels in Syria have other goals.
“I would say one insightful piece of news from the last week is, some of the moderate rebels, so-called moderate rebels have now signed a cease-fire with ISIS,” Paul added. “So, really their enemy is really Assad. They don’t really care what ISIS does.”
It is common knowledge that the US has for three years now funded and supported rebels in Libya and Syria. Indeed, the same extremists who overthrew Gaddafi in Libya were reportedly airlifted into Syria by NATO forces. The same extremists who Killed US and NATO Troops in Iraq were supported all the way by the US and its allies in Libya and Syria.
ISIS terrorists had already infiltrated those groups and the US government knew it from their own intelligence and from independent intelligence. Like a cancer, the group grew and eventually consumed the so called rebels fighting against the Syrian government.
In the wake of criticism leveled at Senator Paul for expressing support for a campaign of limited military support against ISIS, Paul explained “I am, like most Americans, I am influenced by the beheading of Americans, now the beheading of a British journalist,” he said. “I think it’s going to unite the world against ISIS.
The Washington Post has led the charge in attempting to smear Paul, alleging that the Senator is abandoning his “outsider” libertarian principles in favor of mainstream credibility. Of course, the fact that this comes from a mainstream media outlet speaks volumes.
The Senator himself denies he is making such a move.
“I have steadfastly been against Hillary Clinton and President Obama’s intervention in Libya as well as Syria, because I think they have helped to create the situation that we now face with ISIS,” Paul urged.
“Had we bombed Syria — had the president actually got what he wanted and what Hillary Clinton wanted, to bomb the heck out of Assad — my guess is ISIS would now be in Damascus,” he said.
He also defended his position, compared to that of the president, noting “Since the beginning of my public life, I’ve always said Congress declares war, not the President. The President used to agree with me. It’s actually the President who has changed his position. Back when he ran for office, he said that no president should unilaterally go to war without the consent and the authority of Congress. I still maintain that view and always have maintained that view.”
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.