Sen. Rand Paul Insists, No, We Don’t Have To Go to War Against Iran
Sept. 16, 2019 (EIRNS)—Amidst the bombast coming from individuals such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—bomb the hell out of Iran—and others of his ilk, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered a voice of reason, in the aftermath of the Sept. 14 drone attack on Saudi oil facilities.
Speaking yesterday on CNN’s State of the Union program, Paul told host Jake Tapper,
“This all comes from the Yemeni civil war, where Saudi Arabia is heavily involved in another country, indiscriminately bombing civilians, killing children. And the Houthis are supported by the Iranians. So it’s back and forth. But, really, the answer is trying to have a negotiated ceasefire and peace in Yemen. And bombing Iran won’t do that. It would be a needless escalation of this. And those who loved the Iraq War, the Cheneys, the Boltons, the Kristols—they all are clamoring and champing at the bit for another war in Iran.”
But, he warned,
“it’s not a walk in the park. And you have to tell that to the 4,000 or so soldiers who died in Iraq, that, you know, are we going to send more to their deaths in Iran for something that, in the end, when you topple these regimes, you get more chaos and more terrorism, not less?”
Speaking more bluntly, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) issued a tweet slamming Donald Trump for saying he was waiting to hear from the Saudis before deciding what action, if any, to take. “Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters,” Gabbard wrote. “Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.’ ”