slamist Syrian rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra members lookout for warplanes loyal to Assad on Al-Khazan frontline (Reuters / Hamid Khatib)
US Senator Rand Paul has come out in favor of “destroying” the Islamic State extremist group, even suggesting the idea of bringing Iran and Syria into the fight. While backing US military action, he said it should only play a supporting role.
The comments were first made last Friday, when the Kentucky Republican – and potential 2016 presidential candidate – told the Associated Pressthat he would ask Congress for the authority to attack and annihilate Islamic State militants, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
“If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress,” he said via email. “I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily.”
Elaborating on his position during a radio interview with Sean Hannity on Wednesday, Paul said he would quickly end Congress’ current recess in order to seek military authorization, which he believes would be easily granted. He added that in addition to forming a powerful American response, he would “enjoin” Turkey, Syria, and Iran in the fight against the hardline Sunni Muslim group.
“Right now, the two allies that have the same goal would be Iran and Syria, to wipe out ISIS,” he said, as quoted by Buzzfeed. “They also have the means and the ability and they also have the incentive to do so because Assad’s clinging for power and clinging for life there.”
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) (AFP Photo / Eric Francis)
Despite the hawkish position Paul has now staked out, he reiterated his belief that US troops should not be the ones carrying out the bulk of the fighting. Instead, regional players like Iran and Turkey should step up their campaign against the militants while the US provides other forms of support.
“So I also think that Turks really should be enjoined in this. And I do think that there can be a role for America,” he stated. “We can give both technological as well as air support. That could be the decisive factor in this.”
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