U.S. Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky thrashed Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden as someone who has “consistently called for more war” and suggested he’d continue that strategy if elected.
“I fear Biden will choose war again,” Paul said in his speech during Tuesday night’s virtual gathering of the Republican National Convention. “He supported war in Serbia, Syria, Libya. Joe Biden will continue to spill our blood and treasure. President Trump will bring our heroes home.”
Paul has often praised the foreign policy of President Donald Trump, who ran in 2016 criticizing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“If you hate war like I hate war, if you want us to quit sending $50 billion every year to Afghanistan to build their roads and bridges instead of building them here at home, you need to support President Trump for another term,” said Paul, who was a frequent critic of former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy.
“President Trump is the first president in a generation to seek to end war rather than start one. He intends to end the war in Afghanistan. He is bringing our men and women home. Compare President Trump with the disastrous record of Joe Biden, who has consistently called for more war.”
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has said the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, which began following the hijackings of civilian airliners that were flown into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon in 2001, would be reduced to 5,000 by Election Day in November.
Paul specifically pointed to Biden’s vote in the U.S. Senate to authorize the Iraq War, which Trump “as long called the worst geopolitical mistake of our generation,” he said.
“I’m supporting President Trump because he believes as I do that a strong America cannot fight endless wars. We must not continue to leave our blood and treasure in Middle East quagmires,” Paul said.
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