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Published On: Thu, Aug 29th, 2013

Rand Paul: ‘The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the US’

With US warships in the Mediterranean ready to act on President Obama’s order, some in Congress are urging President Barack Obama to consult with Congress before taking military action in Syria.

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One such member of Congress is Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) who said Wednesday, “The United States should condemn the use of chemical weapons. We should ascertain who used the weapons and we should have an open debate in Congress over whether the situation warrants U.S. involvement. The Constitution grants the power to declare war to Congress not the President.

“The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States,” Sen. Paul said.

Paul still wants to see the evidence of who used the chemical weapons. In an interview with Reason, Sen. Paul cites conservative columnist, Pat Buchanan saying, “to whose benefit does this redound? I think it’s a pretty important question.

“This is of absolutely no benefit to Assad. If you were Assad would you set off chemical weapons? No—the whole world now is interested in coming in and attacking him. It makes absolutely no sense from a logical point of view. There was no sort of major assault where he was getting ready to be wiped out. I don’t know why he would use chemical weapons.”

This goes against what Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said in an interview with BBC, “Most U.S. allies, most U.S. partners and most of the international community have little doubt that the most basic international humanitarian standard was violated by the Syrian regime in using chemical weapons against its own people.

“The deeper we get into this, it seems to me it’s clearer and clearer that the government of Syria was responsible,” he added.

Earlier today, Prime Minister David Cameron said that Britain would not participate militarily in any strike against Syria after he lost a parliamentary vote by 13 votes on Thursday on an anodyne motion urging an international response.

 

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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