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Rand Paul Hits Lindsey Graham, Liz Cheney on Syria

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 09 October 2019 04:51 PM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., continued his support of President Donald Trump's Syrian decision Wednesday by ripping fellow Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyo., as the "neocon War Caucus" for attacking the president amid Turkey's assault on Kurdish forces in the region.

"The Cheney/Graham neocon War Caucus wants to come back to D.C. and declare a war," Paul, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, tweeted. "My question for them is: Who will you declare it on?

"Will it be out NATO allies the Turks? Will it be Assad? Will it be Islamic rebels? Which ones?

"They want to keep starting endless wars in conflicts that go back hundreds of years, but what they want makes no sense," Paul said in a second post.

In a third tweet, he said: "I know this: @realDonaldTrump is the first president in my lifetime to understand what is our national interest and what is not.

"He is stopping the endless wars and we will be stronger as a result.

"The Cheney/Graham Neocon War Caucus has cost us too much fighting endless wars," Paul said.

Graham, also a Foreign Relations panel member, and Cheney have blasted President Trump since he announced Sunday that he would remove U.S. troops from northern Syria.

The president said Wednesday that 50 soldiers had be re-deployed as he announced Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's offensive against the Kurds in the region.

"This morning, Turkey, a NATO member, invaded Syria," Trump said in a statement. "The United States does not endorse this attack and has made it clear to Turkey that this operation is a bad idea.

"There are no American soldiers in the area," the president's statement continued. "From the first day I entered the political arena, I made it clear that I did not want to fight these endless, senseless wars — especially those that don't benefit the United States."

Graham told Fox News on Wednesday that Trump's decision was the "biggest mistake of his presidency" — while Cheney has ripped it as "a catastrophic mistake."

Paul praised Trump on Syria in tweets Monday and Tuesday, saying in the latter post that "I support bringing our troops home from endless wars in the Middle East!"

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Ripping fellow Republicans Sen. Lindsey Graham, S.C., and Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyo., as the "neocon War Caucus," Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., continued his support of President Donald Trump's Syrian decision Wednesday.
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