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September 9th, 2013
07:26 PM ET

Paul: We can't be allies with al Qaeda

(CNN) – The United States should not take action in Syria, because it would appear to be siding with an opposition force that has extremist elements, Sen. Rand Paul said Monday in the debut of CNN's new "Crossfire."

"We've seen priests beheaded by the Islamic rebels...We've also seen an Islamic rebel eating the heart of a soldier. So it's not like there's no atrocity on the other side, and al Qaeda is on the other side," he said. "I can't conceive of how we would go in and be allies with al Qaeda."


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  1. So Political

    "When you control opinion, as corporate America controls opinion in the United States by owning the media, you can make the masses believe almost anything you want, and guide them as you please."

    September 24, 2013 at 12:25 am | Reply
  2. So Political

    Who Fact Checks, Fact Check!?

    September 24, 2013 at 12:20 am | Reply
  3. Wrong Choice

    Wow Stephanie Cutter was the wrong choice for this show. She spent so much time having to defend everything that Obama has ever said that she does not know how to have her own thoughts. Being liberal is one thing, being in the bank for the administration is another. At least I have seen Van Jones disagree with Obama, Stephanie cannot do that.

    September 16, 2013 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  4. S. Petrovich

    I honestly think that we are broke and that we cannot play the World's Policeman any more! (We should have never had) Another military involvement of US should be only in self defense.
    When Joe Liberman says that "we are (financially) strong" he should speak for himself and his synagogue buddies. I don't see anything offensive in Putin's article in NYT.
    If we really want to be honest – everything he said it painful , but true.

    September 13, 2013 at 12:27 am | Reply
  5. rude

    Fact Check says the Beheading of the Priest in Syria NEVER happened.
    Please check outrages for authenticity as many are LYING to brainwash the gullible.

    September 12, 2013 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  6. Kat

    Cutter is the poison gas of crossfire. Thought I was gonna start watching mainstream media again.....thought CNN saw the light. How could you put someone so rude and childish as your spokesperson?

    September 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  7. papernpaste

    I submit that this al-Assad issue is a diversion. The real issue has to do with Iran, Syria's neighbor, ally, and supplier. Iran has apparently been on the wrong side of U.S. relations ever since the Islamic Revolution to the Power to Rule from the Shah, a ruthless dictator and a long-time ally of the U.S. When the IR nationalized the Oil Fields that certain foreign investors that spent the money to harvest their oil and had laid claim to the Lion's Share of the profits. Isn't it always about money and wouldn't the failed policy-makers in DC love to get foot in the doorway with this Sovereign Nation? What we are witnessing is nothing more or less than Imperialism holding the Club of righteous retribution (the Industrial Military Complex that Eisenhower had mentioned and about which he cautioned the American People back in the 1950s. A good read into the History of the area will bring all to light. I have yet to read a UN Report of their findings. I read that the delivery devices and the gas were "homemade" and not physically comparable with what CW stockpiles al-Assad is suspected of having. I truly believe that, regardless of al-Assad's guilt, the American People are vehemently opposed to ANY U.S. "punitive" action, here. My attitude is" who the hell are we?" the one's that supported Saddam Hussein (with his CW that he used) during the Iran-Iraq war We're so righteous, after all.

    September 10, 2013 at 7:21 pm | Reply
  8. Dhani Schimizzi

    Why's the world so keen on RED-LINING poison gas, but not NUCLEAR BOMBS? Gas=baby powder compared to the dyno-MIGHT of one nuclear bomb on a city of 20 million souls.

    September 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Freefroggy

      ASK obama HE RED-LINED IT!

      September 10, 2013 at 8:44 pm | Reply
  9. Dhani Schimizzi

    PEACE or war, Mr. President? Little wings will always choose wars -so ask not the sparrow how the EAGLE soars...

    September 10, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  10. P. McLean

    Everyone can rightly be tired of war, but that does not mean that we can use it as an excuse to ignore gross crimes against humanity by scum bag dictators like Assad. There is way too much discussion and not enough decisive action! Those who ignore history are domed to repeat it! Assad is a member of a very elite group of mad men in history – Hitler, Saddam Hussein and himself – the only users of chemical weapons of war in almost 100 years. He must be stopped,,,no matter if we are tired of war or not. Otherwise when some of his stockpile explodes in the United States or their allies cities....WHO IS TO BLAME?

    September 9, 2013 at 9:02 pm | Reply
    • S. Petrovich

      First of all how can you be sure that Assad used the chemical weapon! It doesn't make sense that he would use it because he was gaining ground against rebels and in the middle of an offensive there was this incident. Our government HAS NOT given us ANY EVIDENCE so far and we are not going to trust to their word. Even if he did use chemical weapons, it doesn't mean that US should get involved into another war that could escalate into WWIII Remember, Assad is fighting the Al Qaida and terrorists and any kind of US interference by force would bring us more harm than good. There is no one who can make a point that this war would be in the interest of the United States. Maybe it's in the interest of Israel, but not in our interest .

      September 12, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply
  11. P. McLean

    Rand Paul reminds me of a sorry statesman just prior to Hitler launching his Blitzkrieg across Europe and instigating World War 2. Prime Minister Chamberlain of England had went to Hitler and negotiated an agreement of no further aggression after Hitler absorbed Bavaria and invaded Hungary. Chamberlain stepped out of his aircraft waving the "Agreement" and calling it "Peace in Our Time!" about the same time as Hitler was organizing his assault on Poland and the rest of Europe. Chamberlain played the fool and lost the election to Winston Churchill – thank God! The limp offer of Russia taking all of Assad's chemical weapons is simply a load of last minute bull-crap. Assad is looking for any straw to grab to avoid justice from the sky and the Russians are playing the only ruse they can – a desperate delaying tactic to try to hold on to their Syrian naval base which is their only access to the Mediterranean Sea! Neither can be trusted. What Obama should do is in the interest of National Security given Assad's threats is to remove the center of Damascus from the face of the planet. Assad and his supporters have murdered over 100,000 people including many from chemical attacks over the last few years! They are War Criminals and have committed Crimes Against Humanity. He should NOT be allowed to carry on and murder thousands more. Russia and China are playing him for a fool if he believes they have suddenly became altruistic and did a 180 degree about face! If Obama allows this...his place in history will be as an abettor to Assad. Obama's lack of decisive action will permit the slaughter to continue!

    September 9, 2013 at 8:49 pm | Reply
    • papernpaste

      I disagree with your choice of comparison. Hitler was an obvious Imperialist who's goal was to go as far as he could to control Europe. Al-Assad is dealing with a civil war and is made to look like a villain by our Government and the MSM. "People do what you tell them to do." (or believe what you want them to believe about what they see or hear on the one-eyed monster). The quote was Hitler's, by the way.

      September 10, 2013 at 7:27 pm | Reply
  12. JJ Camp

    Rand Paul is making the best and true argument to America. "Telling it like it is" in an articulate calm manner. Thousands like menendez who infest the regulatory state. He is not just a bureaucratic bully and a slithering partisan. Now He is also is a national security problem .

    September 9, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply

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