Rand Paul is tired of hearing Lindsey Graham and company criticize his foreign policy and it doesn’t sound like he’s going to take it anymore.
Only hours after Graham told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that the Kentucky senator has “been more wrong than right” about foreign policy, Paul took Graham and fellow Sen. John McCain to task for their worldview.
In an interview with Fox’s Bill Hemmer Tuesday, Paul called the pair “lapdogs for President Obama” while adding that they’ve been wrong about “every policy issue” over the past 20 years on the world stage.
“This comes from a group of people wrong about every policy issue over the last two decades,” Paul told Fox’s Bill Hemmer.
“I’ll give you a couple examples where they support the president’s foreign policy and I don’t,” Paul said going on. “They supported Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They supported President Obama’s bombing of Assad. They also support President Obama’s foreign aid to countries that hate us.”
“So if there is anyone who is most opposed to President Obama’s foreign policy, it’s me,” Paul said. “And these people who call loudest to criticize me are great proponents of President Obama’s foreign policy — they just want to do it ten times over.”
“But I’m only one actually standing up and saying the war in Libya was a mistake, the bombing of Assad would make ISIS stronger, the arms to the Islamic rebels would make ISIS stronger,” he continued. “So I’m really the one standing up to President Obama. And these people are essentially the lapdogs for President Obama and I think they’re sensitive about that.”
“I’m a Reagan Republican,” Paul responded. “I believe in strong national defense, I believe in peace through strength. I think that intervention is not always the answer and that some interventions lead to unintended consequences.”
Paul went on to hit Hillary for escalating the situation in Libya after Muammar Gaddafi was toppled, allowing ISIS and other groups to take rise in the African nation.
“Their foreign policy is so disjointed, confusing, and chaotic, that really people need to reexamine those who want to be involved with any war,” Paul said. “I think we get involved when there’s an American interest. I think we have to militarily stop ISIS. But I am sad that ISIS got a lot of weapons from interventionists in my party and the president who gave them weapons indirectly.”
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