Rand Paul on The War in Iraq
Dr Paul has stated that he would have voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.
At a speech in Paducah, Kentucky Rand Paul stated that he would have voted for the authorization to use force in Afghanistan but would have voted against the authorization for the use of force in Iraq
In 2010, the Courier-Journal asked the candidates in the 2010 Senate election a series of questions. When asked about Iraq, Rand Paul responded as follows:
Do you support America’s current military policy in Iraq and Afghanistan? How long should the United States keep troops in both countries?
Rand Paul: I believe that the primary Constitutional function of the federal government is national defense, bar none. Our greatest national security threat is our lack of security at the border. On 9/11, 16 of 19 hijackers were here on ‘legal’ Visas.
Ten years later we are still not policing who we grant Visas to. We gave a Visa to a Nigerian who had made two trips to Yemen, bought a one way ticket with cash and no baggage and his dad tipped off the US Embassy that he had been radicalized. I propose a moratorium on Visas from about ten rogue nations or anybody that has traveled to those nations. I would keep this in place until our government proves they can manage intelligently our Visa process.
We must try the terrorists captured on the battlefield in military tribunals. I do not believe in trying them in civilian court.
I believe that when we must fight, we declare war as the Constitution demands and we fight to win.
Repealing the Authorization for the Use of Military Force Against Iraq
In November of 2011, Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky proposed an amendment to the yearly defense appropriations act that would have repealed the authorization for the use of force in Iraq. The amendment failed 30-67 with Democrats equally split and a vast majority of Republicans opposing the measure. Rand Paul voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.
Rand Paul voted in favor of repealing the authorization for the use of force in Iraq.
Sponsored and Cosponsored Legislation
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