Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) took a break from defending his noxious “president” during an appearance on Fox News to criticize the airstrike that killed Iran’s top military leader Qassim Soleimani. While Republicans like Nikki Haley are straight-up lying with claims that Democrats are “mourning the loss of Soleimani,” Paul, in a rare moment for him, dropped a truth bomb.
“If you’re asking yourself, will there be attacks on America, I think there’s much more likely to be attacks now with his death,” the Kentucky Republican said, “But you also have to ask if anybody thinks there’s a possibility that diplomacy would work, how it’s going to work when you kill the major general of another country.”
“I think what we’ve done is taken diplomacy off the table, and the only possibility now is military escalation,” Paul added. “It’s unknown how much military escalation, but I think there will be an escalation.”
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Iran has already vowed to retaliate.
.@RandPaul: “If you ask the question now: Is it more or less likely that there will be attacks on Americans? I think it’s much more likely… While Soleimani may have been plotting attacks, it’s now a certainty that there will be attacks in revenge for his killing.”
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) January 7, 2020
This isn’t the first time Paul has spoken out over the deadly strike. On Friday, he said “there will be war with Iran” after the US killed its top general in an airstrike in Iraq, an action that he characterized as a “the death of diplomacy.”
“I do fear that the Iranians are going to escalate this … I do not see any avenue or any way that talks could begin again,” Paul continued to say. “And I have been one in favor of talks. But I think, unfortunately, diplomacy is dead now in the Middle East with Iran.”
If you’ve been vetting the conservatives’ talking points following the strike, many of them claim that Trump’s actions were not a declaration of war even though the “president” has doubled down on targeting Iran’s cultural sites. And if you ask soldiers who are being deployed, they know they’re going to war. “We’re going to war, bro,” one soldier cheered while giving a two thumbs up.
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