Brian Kilmeade, a pro-war neocon, argues for US troops to remain in Syria to ‘stop the next 9/11 attack’. Meanwhile, Senator Rand Paul points out that 99% of ISIS has been eradicated and that Syria should be able to finish the job. He says the US has been in Afghanistan for 17 years, and Islam needs to police Islam.
AIPAC bought ads on Facebook complaining of Paul’s hold on the funds while CUFI, Christians United for Israel, a Christian-Zionist organization, launched an email campaign to pressure the senator to back away from is position. Paul says he wants time limits on assistance to Israel and cuts in aid to countries that are hostile to the US.
Paul is seeking support for a new Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Act, because he sees the existing version as a blank check for costly and unfettered war. The inclusion of the amendment in the GOP package to end indefinite detention to be attached to the new military spending bill requires consent from all senators but is short by one vote, believed to belong to Senator Lindsey Graham.
Rand Paul’s ‘Penny Plan Budget’ bill would have cut one penny from every dollar over five years, delivering a balanced budget. He suggested that much of the cuts could have come from defense, education, and corporate welfare. 76 Senators, including RINOs (Republicans in name only), have now been put on record voting for uncontrolled spending.
A boy who was featured in the viral video that showed children being showered with water because of a chemical attack expressed confusion over why he was grabbed and had water poured over him. An Arabic-speaking British investigative journalist interviewed locals in Douma who reported that there was no chemical attack. Rand Paul questioned the attack and told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer that if Assad did it, he has to be the stupidest dictator on the planet because Assad is winning the war.