Rand Paul: U.S. involvement in Syria a 'mistake'

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Sunday, September 1, 2013 - 10:07am

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, said Sunday the United States should avoid military involvement in Syria. He challenged Secretary of State John Kerry on his assertion America should launch a strike.

"He's famous for saying, 'How can you ask a man to be the last one to die for a mistake?' I would ask John Kerry, 'How can you ask a man to be the first one to die for a mistake?'" Paul said on NBC's "Meet The Press."

Kerry famously asked that question during his 1971 testimony at the Senate Foreign Relations Committee following his military service in Vietnam.

Paul previously spoke against U.S. involvement in Syria, and though he did applaud President Barack Obama's decision to consult with Congress on the matter, he said the situation in Syria is simply too murky for American success.

"I think the war may escalate out of control and then we have to ask ourselves who is on America's side over there," Paul said. "If the rebels win, will they be America's ally?"

Ultimately, Paul said the Obama administration should diplomatically engage more effectively with China and Russia, two of Syria's closest allies.

"I think the best outcome for all the major powers would be a peaceful transition in government. And Russia could influence that if they told Assad, 'No more weapons,'" Paul said. 

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