On MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday, Joe Scarborough asked Sen. Rand Paul to respond to Sen. Lindsey Graham’s contention that a restrained U.S. foreign policy has aided and abetted ISIS. Paul turned the question on its head, laying the blame for ISIS at the feet of Republican and Democratic war hawks:
ISIS exists and grew stronger because of the hawks in our party who gave arms indiscriminately and most of those arms were snatched up by ISIS. These hawks also wanted to bomb Assad which would have made ISIS’s job even easier. They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because the same hawks in my party loved Hillary Clinton’s war in Libya, they just wanted more of it. But Libya is a failed state and a disaster, Iraq really is a failed state or a vassal state now of Iran, so everything they’ve talked about in foreign policy they’ve been wrong about for 20 years and yet they somehow have the gall to keeping saying and pointing figures otherwise.
It’s a great clip. Paul is at his best when he’s pointing out the absurdities of the neoconservative line on Iraq, ISIS, Syria, and Libya.