Rand Paul: Neo-Cons Like Lindsey Graham "Shifting Goalposts" In Syria; "Are We Going To Fight Turkey, Our NATO Ally?" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Rand Paul: Neo-Cons Like Lindsey Graham "Shifting Goalposts" In Syria; "Are We Going To Fight Turkey, Our NATO Ally?"

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Republican Sen. Rand Paul defended President Trump's decision to withdraw several dozen U.S. troops from Northern Syria in an interview Thursday on "CBS This Morning."

SEN. RAND PAUL: I think initially when President Trump decided to go in he said our goal was to defeat ISIS, and I think we've achieved that goal. Many people keep shifting the goalposts, many of the neo-conservatives like Lindsey Graham say, "Now we're going to stay util Iran goes or until Syria is a country."



Well, good luck. That could be a long time. It is a very complicated war. Think about what we're talking about, we're talking about fifty soldiers. What kind of war do you go to with 50 soldiers? 50 soldiers against the onslaught of tens of thousands of Turkish troops.

So really, I think it is a smart thing to do, and it reminds me of Beirut, do you remember when Reagan had 300 people in a barracks unprotected, and then there was a suicide bombing. So what I don't want to have happen, I have three nephews in the military, I don't want them to be sitting ducks with 50 or 100 of them being killed by a suicide bomber and then all of a sudden we're dragged into a greater war we have to fight. Are we going to fight Turkey, our NATO ally? Are we going to fight the Kurds? Fight Assad? The Russians? Iranians? Iraqis? The whole place is a mess.

What we need is not 50 soldiers fighting a war, what we need is a multilateral group to sit down and try to hammer out a peace. I actually think the Kurds are more likely to find peace now that they know they're either going to have to fight or find peace. So maybe we have been impeding peace talks.

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