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USA: No clear interests for US in attacking Syria - says Rand Paul01:14

USA: No clear interests for US in attacking Syria - says Rand Paul

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September 4, 2013 at 00:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

USA: No clear interests for US in attacking Syria - says Rand Paul

Republican Senator Rand Paul has questioned whether there is a clear national interest for the US in taking military action against Syria, and whether the US administration will obey Congress if it votes against such strikes. Paul was answering questions after a debate in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

When asked whether he had been convinced by Obama's rationale for military strikes against Syria, Paul said: "No, I think there is not clear national interest for us in Syria. It's an atrocity, it's terrible. The thing is that there are so many atrocities around the world, throughout Africa, throughout Asia, throughout history in time, there have been atrocities everywhere. But we really don't have a clear-cut national interest there, and I'm not sure which side is the worst. Whether it's Assad or the Islamic rebels, I don't think either one of them being in power will be a guarantee that they'll be an ally to the United States."

He questioned whether President Barack Obama's decision to allow Congress to vote on military action is just "theatre," saying: "Part of the problem here though is, and my biggest complaint about it is you know, I want to be proud of the president for bringing this forward, but then they say well they won't adamantly say that they're going to adhere to congressional verdict. So is the vote just theatre? Is it just pretend? And that's a pretty important thing, if the president wants credit for believing in congressional authority and coming forward with us, he needs to say 'yes the vote's binding, absolutely I would never go to war if I lose the vote'. But it's telling that they're not willing to say that."

Asked whether he was concerned about the possibility of the US putting "boots on the ground", Paul responded: "You know I think they spelled that out pretty clearly, that it's not their intention but the devil's in the details. We need to look at what the actual resolution will say, and we need to make sure that it doesn't allow for that."

Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. He is a member of the Republican Party.

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USA: No clear interests for US in attacking Syria - says Rand Paul

Republican Senator Rand Paul has questioned whether there is a clear national interest for the US in taking military action against Syria, and whether the US administration will obey Congress if it votes against such strikes. Paul was answering questions after a debate in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.

When asked whether he had been convinced by Obama's rationale for military strikes against Syria, Paul said: "No, I think there is not clear national interest for us in Syria. It's an atrocity, it's terrible. The thing is that there are so many atrocities around the world, throughout Africa, throughout Asia, throughout history in time, there have been atrocities everywhere. But we really don't have a clear-cut national interest there, and I'm not sure which side is the worst. Whether it's Assad or the Islamic rebels, I don't think either one of them being in power will be a guarantee that they'll be an ally to the United States."

He questioned whether President Barack Obama's decision to allow Congress to vote on military action is just "theatre," saying: "Part of the problem here though is, and my biggest complaint about it is you know, I want to be proud of the president for bringing this forward, but then they say well they won't adamantly say that they're going to adhere to congressional verdict. So is the vote just theatre? Is it just pretend? And that's a pretty important thing, if the president wants credit for believing in congressional authority and coming forward with us, he needs to say 'yes the vote's binding, absolutely I would never go to war if I lose the vote'. But it's telling that they're not willing to say that."

Asked whether he was concerned about the possibility of the US putting "boots on the ground", Paul responded: "You know I think they spelled that out pretty clearly, that it's not their intention but the devil's in the details. We need to look at what the actual resolution will say, and we need to make sure that it doesn't allow for that."

Rand Paul is the junior United States Senator for Kentucky. He is a member of the Republican Party.