Rand Paul: Generals Who Surround Trump ‘Don’t Wish To Confess’ There Isn’t Really a Military Solution for Afghanistan

Sunday on CBS’ “Face the Country,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said while President Donald Trump was “most likely the least interventionist minded president we’ve had in a very long time,” the generals who surrounded him with didn’t ‘wish to admit that there isn’t a military solution” in Afghanistan.Partial transcript as


From your viewpoint, Senator, on the defense side of the formula is the costs and the mission, are they reckless?PAUL: I think the mission is-is beyond exactly what we require to be we’re actively in war in about seven nations. And yet the Congress hasn’t voted on stating or authorizing using military force in over 15 years now. So I have actually been one that’s been badgering the Senate and Congress to state how can we be at war without ever voting on it don’t the American individuals through their agents get an opportunity to state when we go to war. I believe the Afghan war is long past its mission. I believe we eliminated and captured and interfered with individuals who attacked us on 9/11 long back. And I think now it’s a nation building workout. We’re investing 50 billion dollars a year. And if the president really is serious about facilities, a great deal of that money could be spent in the house. Instead of constructing bridges and schools and roads in Afghanistan or in Pakistan. I believe we might do that in your home and the fascinating thing is I think the president’s instincts lean that way but– GARRETT: His policies, his policies, have not though.PAUL: Which’s sort of the problem and this is something that we’ve seen even going back to Reagan conservatives said,” Oh, we like Reagan. “Then the individuals appointed around him were frequently big government types. That’s a bit of the issue I see here is that I think Donald Trump is probably the least interventionist minded president we have actually had in a long period of time. I suggest he criticized George Bush for the intervention in the Iraq war. I believe he’s not that excited about continuing the Afghan war forever. The generals who surrounded him with don’t want to confess that there isn’t a military service. Therefore the war continues and on. And really I believe after 15 years and a trillion dollars that the Afghan it’s time for them to take control of their country.Follow Pam Secret on Twitter @pamkeyNEN


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