Republican Kentucky senator and presidential candidate Rand Paul said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that ISIS “exists and grew stronger” because of hawks in the Republican Party. (VIDEO: Megyn Kelly And Rand Paul Get In Heated Debate Over Patriot Act)
HOST JOE SCARBOROUGH: Lindsey Graham would say, ISIS exists because of people like Rand Paul who said, ‘Let’s not go into Syria.” What do you say to Lindsey?
PAUL: I would say it’s exactly the opposite. ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave articles indiscriminately, and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS’s job even easier.
They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because these same hawks in my party, they loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya. They just wanted more of it. But Libya is a failed state and it’s a disaster. Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran.
So everything that they have talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years. And yet they have somehow the gall to keep saying and pointing fingers otherwise.