Rand Paul responds to his critics on ISIS and foreign policy

In general, I do think the war on the ground should be fought by those who live there. It offends me that sixteen of the nineteen hijackers were Saudis, it offends me that they finance radical Islam, and it offends me that they get rich off of our buying their oil and they don’t fight. So I’d like to see the first several thousands in the front lines attacking ISIS be Iraqis, but I’d also like to see the Saudis up there, Kuwaitis, Qataris. I’d like to see them fight. Ultimately, and this is where I in some ways I agree with the president, this is a long war against radical Islam, but the ultimate victory over radical Islam will have to come from civilized Islam.

That doesn’t mean that we don’t have a part to play. I think we do have a significant role to play because they do want to attack us, so we have to protect ourselves, we have great military strength and technology that we can use to come to bear. I think our technology, our Air Force, our drones, our intelligence, all that can be used to help, but really I think the coalition needs to be a coalition of Arab and Muslim forces that crush ISIS and send a message to the world that this isn’t Christians killing radical Muslims, this is civilized Islam crushing barbaric Islam.

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