Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) tried to clear the air with constituents during his time back home in Kentucky, recently talking to local voters about ongoing criticisms of foreign policy flip-flopping with regard to providing U.S. aid to Israel. The Senator also discussed his opinion on the U.S.’s current actions against the ISIS terror group.
Paul said that controversy over his positions on Israel has resulted from misinformation, noting that he favors reducing aid across the board— but most importantly that provided to countries with anti-American sentiments.
“I’ve never said oh my goodness! Let’s target aid to Israel. I’ve said all foreign aid really shouldn’t be borrowed from other countries and spent. I said you know what, to get to an ultimate goal maybe we should start by eliminating aid to countries that hate us, countries that burn our flag. I’ve been very up front to acknowledge that Israel isn’t one of the countries. Israel is our friend. I have never had a bill that had Israel’s name in it to eliminate aid to Israel. So, people who make it out to be something like that, I think are distorting what I’m actually for,” he said, according to WBKO.
Paul also explained his view on the American response to the situation that currently exists in Iraq, where ISIS terrorist advances have been temporarily slowed by U.S. bombing campaigns.
“I have mixed feelings about it. I’m not saying I’m completely opposed to helping with arms or maybe even bombing, but I am concerned that ISIS is big and powerful because we protected them in Syria for a year. Do you know who also hates ISIS and who is bombing them? Assad, the Syrian government. So a year ago, the same people who want to bomb ISIS wanted to bomb Syria last year. Syria and ISIS are on opposite sides of the war. We’re now bombing both sides of one war that has spread into another country,” said Paul.