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Ron Paul Slams Rumsfeld Over Syria Comments

Wednesday, 28 Aug 2013 07:44 PM

By Greg Richter

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Former Texas Rep. Ron Paul, appearing on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" on Wednesday, criticized former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld about his thoughts on Syria's use of poison gas on civilians.

"Hardly should he be considered an expert on the region," Paul told host Neil Cavuto.

Earlier on "Cavuto," Rumsfeld, who last served under President George W. Bush, had criticized the Obama administration for telegraphing American intentions to strike Syria with missiles.

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Rumsfeld also said the White House has not yet made clear what America's national interest is in the ongoing civil war.

Paul, a 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has always opposed American intervention abroad, so it isn't surprising to hear him criticize U.S. military action against Syria.

Paul accused Rumsfeld of being "buddies" with Saddam Hussein when he was president of Iraq, and said "Saddam Hussein was actually using poison gases, and look at where Iraq is today."

Iraq is a "disaster," Paul said, with the country more aligned with Iran and the death toll growing. "We hear about the death — so hardly would he be able to give us advice on what to do in Afghanistan."

The interview with Ron Paul airs on Fox Business Network's "Cavuto" at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.

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