Read the story here. Advertise at Before It's News here.
Profile image
By synchrOMicity
Contributor profile | More stories
Story Views
Last hour:
Last 24 hours:

Presidential Debate - Rand Paul warns against toppling Syrian president

% of readers think this story is Fact. Add your two cents.

Rand Paul warns against toppling Syrian president


Republican presidential candidate Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul gestures during the Republican Presidential Debate, hosted by CNN, at The Venetian Las Vegas on December 15, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP photo)

US Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul says Washington’s policy of supporting and arming anti-Damascus militants fueled the rise of (Daesh) ISIL terrorists.

Speaking at the fifth Republican Party debate on Tuesday night in Las Vegas, Nevada, Paul also distanced himself from his GOP rivals by warning against the United States pushing to militarily oust Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

“We have to have a more realistic foreign policy and not a utopian one where we say, ‘Oh, we are going to spread freedom and democracy and everybody in the Middle East is going to love us.’ They are not going to love us,” Paul said.

He added that “by arming the allies of ISIS, the Islamic [sic] rebels [who were] against Assad, we created a safe space; we made that space bigger for ISIS to grow,” using an alternative acronym for the terrorist group.

The senator from Kentucky said “those who wanted a regime change had made a mistake.”

“I think when we toppled Gaddafi in Libya, I think, that was a mistake. I think ISIS grew stronger. We have a failed state and we’re more at risk,” he said.

He went on to say that “if you believe in regime change you are mistaken. In 2013, we put 600 tons of weapons – us, Saudi Arabia and Qatar – into the war against Assad. But pushing Assad back we did create a safe space [for Daesh].”

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad

Syria has been gripped by deadly violence since March 2011. The United States and its regional allies – especially Qatar, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – have been supporting the terrorists operating inside Syria since the beginning of the crisis.

The foreign-sponsored war against the Syrian state and people has killed more than 250,000 people and driven more than 10 million from their homes.

Elsewhere in his remarks, Senator Paul also slammed Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump, saying his policies infringe on the US Constitution.


Before It’s News® is a community of individuals who report on what’s going on around them, from all around the world.

Anyone can join.
Anyone can contribute.
Anyone can become informed about their world.

"United We Stand" Click Here To Create Your Personal Citizen Journalist Account Today, Be Sure To Invite Your Friends.

Please Help Support BeforeitsNews by trying our Natural Health Products below!

Order by Phone at 888-809-8385 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Order by Phone at 888-388-7003 or online at M - F 9am to 5pm EST

Humic & Fulvic Trace Minerals Complex - Nature's most important supplement! Vivid Dreams again!

HNEX HydroNano EXtracellular Water - Improve immune system health and reduce inflammation

Ultimate Clinical Potency Curcumin - Natural pain relief, reduce inflammation and so much more.

MitoCopper - Bioavailable Copper destroys pathogens and gives you more energy. (See Blood Video)
Oxy Powder - Natural Colon Cleanser!  Cleans out toxic buildup with oxygen! 
Nascent Iodine - Promotes detoxification, mental focus and thyroid health.
Smart Meter Cover -  Reduces Smart Meter radiation by 96%!  (See Video)

Report abuse


    Your Comments
    Question   Razz  Sad   Evil  Exclaim  Smile  Redface  Biggrin  Surprised  Eek   Confused   Cool  LOL   Mad   Twisted  Rolleyes   Wink  Idea  Arrow  Neutral  Cry   Mr. Green

    Load more ...




    Email this story
    Email this story

    If you really want to ban this commenter, please write down the reason:

    If you really want to disable all recommended stories, click on OK button. After that, you will be redirect to your options page.