Rand Paul speaks out against calls for increased military presence in Syria
The U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee held a hearing Tuesday entitled, “The Plan to Defeat ISIS: Key Decisions and Considerations”, in which the panelists in front of the committee called for increasing the United States’ military presence on the ground in Syria in the fight to retake Raqqa.
The panelists were former Defense Department and CIA Chief of Staff Jeremy Bash and national security adviser and U.S. Ambassador James Jeffrey. Of course the recommendations included increased US military- including ground combat forces.
In fact, one of the panelists noted that Russia put combat troops there to some success. The other panelist went on to say, “I would have no problem with some small number of US special operations forces…”
These and other statements and testimony didn’t sit well Kentucky Senator Rand Paul who said, “I’d like to go on record as saying that it would be a really rotten, no good, bad idea to have ground troops in Syria, and very naive to think you’re going to put 1000 troops in there, and everybody’s going to welcome us.
“It’s very presumptuous to think that we’re going to decide who takes Raqqa and who occupies Raqqa. Don’t you think the people there would be aghast, to think we’re 3000 miles away, to decide who’s going to take over Raqqa and who’s going to occupy it?”
LISTEN to the entire committee hearing HERE
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