Rand Paul: Where’s the ‘Clear-cut American Interest’ in Fighting ISIS?

Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) told Meet the Press’ David Gregory Sunday morning that he didn’t see the U.S.’s interest in engaging in military operations against ISIS, the Sunni militant group that has plunged Iraq back into sectarian violence.

Paul wondered whether American lives should be put at risk when Iraqi soldiers were abandoning their posts rather than fighting to maintain control of cities like Mosul. When Gregory asked if the U.S. had an interest in stopping terrorists before they gained a foothold in Syrian and central Iraq, Paul replied that the U.S. should have thought of that before arming ISIS’ allies against President Bashar al-Assad in the Syrian civil war.

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Pail also said he would not “nitpick” President Barack Obama’s decision this week to send 300 military advisors to Iraq, especially to defend the American embassy in Baghdad. “I’ve been talking a lot about Benghazi and how we didn’t protect them,” Paul said, “so I’m not going to get involved or criticize the president for trying to protect our embassy in Iraq.”

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