Obama Speeches: “Are You Convinced Yet?” on Syria

Obama Speeches: “Are You Convinced Yet?” on Syria

President Obama took 15 minutes to spell out his vision for U.S. involvement in Syria. Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, in his own rebuttal afterward, said plain and clear.

‘It didn’t quite convince me,’ Paul said on Fox News after the speech. ‘I think what he needed to lay out for the American public was a compelling American interest or national security interest in Syria.’

Paul has been asking questions about the administration’s plans for Syria repeatedly, and reiterated on Tuesday night that some of those questions still have not been answered (despite President Obama having a full platform to do so, I might add).

The gist of Paul’s argument: The civil war in Syria has no bearing on the United States, and poses no clear threat to national security; nor does it involve national interests. Said simply: Syria is not a threat to us.

Paul did not specifically refer to Obama’s speech during his own remarks, but at one point said the recent developments – Russia proposing a non-violent plan in which Syria would turn over its stockpile of chemical weapons – were only possible because of the voices who spoke out against military action.

James Arkin of Politico quoted our PaulWorld leader:

‘Some will say that only the threat of force brought Russia and Syria to the negotiating table,’ Paul said. ‘But one thing is for certain. The chance for diplomacy would not have occurred without strong voices against an immediate bombing campaign. If we had simply gone to war last week or the week before, as many advocated, we wouldn’t be looking at a possible solution today. The voices of those in Congress and the overwhelming number of Americans who stood up and said ‘slow down’ allowed this possible solution to take shape.’

You can watch Paul’s full response to Obama’s speech below, then let us know your feelings in the comments. Thanks.

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