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September 10th, 2013
11:19 PM ET

Rand Paul on a lack of national support for a war in Syria: "We've had that on occasion but we don't have that here"

In a special edition of "Piers Morgan Live" that directly followed Barack Obama's national address, on Tuesday evening the host spoke live with Rand Paul, asking the junior U.S. Senator from Kentucky for his insight into the dangerous and tyrannical ways of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad.

"He's killed 100,000 people with conventional weapons, so, yeah, that's the question: even if the gas leaves the country, which would be a good idea to have it under international control, the slaughter still goes on," noted Paul, responding to any perceived notion that removing Syria's chemical weapons might essentially solve the problem. "He still has a great conventional weapon advantage in Syria."

Concluding an interview that began with Wolf Blitzer serving up the questions, the 50-year-old Republican expressed his dissatisfaction with Obama's speech, suggesting that employing U.S. military is not the answer at present:

"The doctrine for a military, when you get your military involved, should be that the country should be completely behind you and that you should go in to win and it should be with reluctance that we go to war, and it should be with an overwhelming force with the entire country behind you," said Paul, while seated next to Blitzer in Washington, but responding to Morgan in New York. "We've had that on occasion but we don't have that here."

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    It`s Russias fault,it`s Russias fault. It`s that damn Russia and Chinas fault. They stopped us from getting a UN resolution against Syria. In case you hav`nt heard, So did the British! I hav`nt heard anyone throwing them under the bus though.
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    September 11, 2013 at 3:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
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    September 11, 2013 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. W Furrey

    I I am wondering something similar to Mr Boone.
    I am wondering why the network continues to bring people like Mr Santorum and Mr Paul on air every day. I have never been much of an Obama fan, but to state my stance, briefly, I am in agreement with him on Syria and the need to act. I find it a sad state of affairs if the two aforementioned gentlemen are the best the Republican party has to offer in 2016.
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    The majority of interviews lately on CNN seem to be by critics of the President. John McCain and Graham are on so much you would think they work for CNN. Ditto with Paul, Cruz, Rubio, Grayson (DINO) and all of the others who can't open their mouths without slamming the President. Shouldn't the country come together in a crisis? Is this really the time to play politics? Isn't slamming the President and trying to make him look weak playing into Putin's and Assad's hands? There are many, many intelligent politicians who understand and support the President. How about having them on an equal amount of time?

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