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Pat Buchanan: ISIS Born Out of Syrian Rebellion, not GOP Hawks

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 07:06 PM

Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan tells Newsmax TV that he didn't agree with Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's assertion that GOP hawks are responsible for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS).

Paul made the statement Wednesday on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" show.

"ISIS really was born out of that Syrian revolution, rebellion against [President Basher] Assad," Buchanan said Wednesday on "Newsmax Prime." He said he does agree with Paul that it would have been a "horrible mistake" for America to bomb Assad's army, because that would have led to a battle for Damascus between al-Qaida, the al-Nusra Front, and ISIS.

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Buchanan said Paul also is correct in saying that the American-supplied armaments and equipment in Mosul fell into ISIS' hands because of the collapse of the Iraqi army.

The majority of the Republican Party is much more hawkish than Paul, but the public also isn't as willing as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham to put American boots back on the ground in Iraq, he said.

"I don't think the American people want to put in 10,000 Americans or 20,000 Americans or whatever it would take to win back Ramadi and then go win back Mosul," Buchanan said.

Buchanan also discussed Tuesday's Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling, saying that President Barack Obama had exceeded his authority in stopping the deportation of thousands of illegal immigrants.

"Barack Obama far exceeded his authority with his executive amnesty," he said. "He had been saying again and again and again, I don't have the authority to do that. He'd been telling his supporters, I can't do that by executive order, and then he contradicted himself and attempted to do it."

The burden now is on Republicans to present their own idea to deal with the nearly 12 million illegal aliens who have entered the country.

"What the Republicans have to say is that we are not going to give any blanket amnesty for millions of lawbreakers in this country," Buchanan said. "We're not going to put them on a path to citizenship; we are going to secure the border; we are going to deport individuals — beginning with the criminals — and we also are going to enforce the law with regard to businessmen hiring illegal aliens ahead of Americans."

Turning to a recent poll showing a decline in the number of Americans who identify as Christians, Buchanan blamed the cultural revolution of the 1960s.

"It used to be a counterculture, but now it is the dominant culture in America," he said.

The acceptance of same-sex marriage, abortion on demand, and calls for legalizing narcotics as well as the decline in morality seen in pop culture all are attributable to that cultural revolution, he said.

"The cultural revolution of the '60s, which was determinately anti-Christian in terms of its morality, that's in control of the cultural heights of the country," Buchanan said.

"Christianity's been in open retreat in Western civilization certainly since the French Revolution and here in America certainly since the 1960s. I don't know how the country remains one nation and one people if we have no common core of beliefs, no common morality, no common religion."


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Conservative commentator Pat Buchanan tells Newsmax TV that he didn't agree with Republican presidential candidate and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul's assertion that GOP hawks are responsible for the creation of the Islamic State (ISIS).
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