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September 1, 2015

Rand Paul Wants Obama to Seek Approval for Extended Iraq Effort (Video)

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Sen. Rand Paul has joined the calls for President Barack Obama to seek congressional approval for an extended military campaign to fight Islamic State forces in Iraq.

The Kentucky Republican’s statement via Twitter followed comments made Tuesday at a luncheon meeting in Louisville, which were recorded by local news outlet cn|2.

“Constitutionally, he should come forward with a plan to Congress and we vote for it or against it. It’s the same way with, you know, bombing Libya, war with Libya or bombing Iraq,” Paul said. “With regard to Iraq … I have an open mind as to exactly what we do.”

Paul said he was open-minded to a variety of U.S. actions, including targeted airstrikes and assistance to the Iraqi government to fight against the threat of the group known as ISIS or ISIL.

“It shouldn’t be done unilaterally by our president,” Paul said.

On Tuesday, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., issued a statement saying that Obama needed to seek approval from Congress.

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  1. Ash Rdrr

    Aug. 13, 2014
    5:31 p.m.

    randy should seek a lobotomy

    • Rich Vail

      Aug. 14, 2014
      11:20 a.m.

      Gee, that’s really telling him and contributing the to conversation.

  2. Killary Clottin'

    Aug. 13, 2014
    6:37 p.m.

    Rand Paul is right.

    This is why he will be such a great POTUS.

    He honors his oath of office.

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    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:20 a.m.

    Paul is right, but a debate among our leaders? There are no leaders in Washington D.C.

  5. Ram Zhee

    Aug. 14, 2014
    9:55 a.m.

    Ten years later, here’s a look back at Iraq: http://bit.ly/1sqM4PM

  6. Rich Vail

    Aug. 14, 2014
    11:18 a.m.

    Sorry Rand, but this is covered by the bill that permitted the invation of Iraq in 2002/3. But, Obama was incompetent not negotiating a status of forces agreement. His derliction of duty is what has given ISIS the ability to fill the vacuum created when he ran away…this is his fault.

    Now it’s going to take 2-3 Divisions on the ground in order to fix what he FUBAR’d…

  7. PFPorlock

    Aug. 14, 2014
    12:57 p.m.

    ISIS is unique in that it has declared itself to be a state and announced its intention to attack the continental US as soon as it can. We would be perfectly justified in declaring war on it with the object of its complete destruction: no need for a carefully-worded AUMF this time.

    We will, of course, do no such thing because our government is not, for the moment, being run by serious people. Humorless, yes, but not serious.

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    In August of 2013, John McCain and Lindsey Graham were adamantly insisting that the US to provide weapons to ISIS.

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    1:07 p.m.

    Here we find even more evidence of serious lies told by Obama’s regime about the situation in Syria: http://bit.ly/1sUNHCU

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