in the vicinityVideoSen. Rand Paul: It is a mistake to keep ramping things up in the Middle East
Foreign Relations Committee member Sen. Rand Paul to the United States to send additional troops in the Middle East amid tensions with Iran.
Sen Rand Paul, R-Ky, said that a war with Iran would be an even bigger mistake than the war with Iraq, and urged Congress to get involved in the process of approval.
Paul appeared on “your world with Neil Cavuto” on Tuesday and pointed to the possibility of President Trump to send additional troops to the Middle East.
“You know, I’m for fewer troops in the Middle East. I think it is a mistake to keep ramping things up,” Paul said.
“One of the things I like about President trump, he said, the Iraq war was a mistake. I think that an Iran war would be even a bigger mistake than Iraq. We lost over 4000 soldiers over there. I don’t think we need to get involved in another war.
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“Iran is not really someone that we depend on for oil. In the Middle East, in fact, we don’t depend on for oil. And so, no, I think it would be a mistake to get involved in another shooting war.”
Paul also spoke of the comments of sen. Tom cotton, R-Ark., trump pushing for the introduction of a unilateral attack against Iran in response to the oil tanker incident in the Gulf of Oman.
“Well, that would be incompatible with the Constitution. The Constitution is quite clear that we do not go to war unless it is elected by the Congress,” said Paul. “The Declaration of war is required to go to a vote by the Congress.
“Now, if a ship is shooting at you, you can return fire. You can defend your self. But to go out and retaliate and say, ‘oh, we’re going to blow up one of their naval ships or are we going to drop a bomb on Tehran,’ … no, that’s completely wrong-headed and unconstitutional ideas.”
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The Kentucky Republican also highlighted why Saudi Arabia should be radar on America’s and said that she is currently locked in an escalating confrontation with Iran, which could have an impact on the United States.
“What a lot of people not from this and not check, that’s not thoughtful, that Saudi Arabia and the Gulf allies Saudi Arabia and spent eight times more on the military than Iran. Saudi Arabia is the third largest buyer of weapons in the world,” said Paul.
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“I do not believe that Saudi Arabia is suddenly going to be overrun by Iran, if we do not sell more weapons to you, and I don’t think that Iran is threatened by Saudi Arabia. I think there is something of a draw between the two, and a counter-weight.
“But I think Stokes just dump the poor in these boilers, the arms race and especially the nuclear technology. If Saudi Arabia is to follow the misuse of the nuclear technology, Iran is fast … So if you had three powers in the region, all within a few hundred miles of each other with nuclear weapons, I think that would be the worst catastrophe that any of us could imagine.”