Rand Paul

Rand Paul Says Situation in Syria Has "No Clear National Security Connection" to the US

Points out that Congress, not the president, is supposed to declare war

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Sen. Rand Paul on Wednesday said the United States has "no clear national security connection" to the war in Syria and called for a debate in Congress over possible military action in the country.

The Kentucky Republican — who has been an outspoken advocate against military action in Syria — said in a statement the U.S. should "condemn" the use of chemical weapons and determine who deployed them. But the decision of whether the conflict demands U.S. action should come from Congress, he added, not President Barack Obama.