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When U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) defended President Obama on Meet the Press last week, some observers thought it was just a fluke. Now, however, Rand Paul has appeared on Sean Hannity’s show to make the case that the situation in Iraq can’t be blamed on President Obama.
“I don’t blame on President Obama” Paul told Meet the Press host David Gregory. Since then, Paul hasn’t changed his tune, making the same point to Sean Hannity this week.
Hannity made the case that by withdrawing from Iraq, Obama left open the door for the Islamic fundamentalist group ISIS to take hold, but Sen. Paul disagreed.
“By leaving the Iraqis hanging like President Obama did, it opened the door where all of these groups could reorganize with any ramifications,” insisted Hannity.
“We shouldn’t always say that it is just our fault, or any one person’s fault over here,” Paul said, adding that Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki is “the person most culpable” for ostracizing the Sunnis and bringing about this unrest. “Really Maliki deserves a lot of blame,” he explained.
Paul said although some things could have been done differently, it’s not fair to lay blame at the feet of Pres. Obama.
“Could we have stopped this outbreak of ISIS?” Paul asked. “Yeah, but how many troops would it have required? 50-, 100,000?” Paul said it’s the job of the Iraqis to save their country and if they’re not willing to do it, he’s not willing to send his son to die for it.
About a week ago Paul laid blame squarely with the Bush administration.
Questioning those inside the Bush administration who pushed for war, Paul observed, “Were they right in their predictions? Were there weapons of mass destruction there? Was the war won in 2005, when many of those people said it was won?”