Paul: Hillary's 'Disastrous' Libya War Is to Blame for Middle East Chaos
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said today he blames former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for the rise of Islamic terror groups like ISIS in the Middle East.
Paul responded to reports that ISIS is spreading faster than al Qaeda ever did and that 20,000 foreign fighters have now joined ISIS in Iraq and Syria.
He said the problems in the region can be traced back to the Libya intervention that occurred on Clinton's watch.
"The disaster that is Libya is now a breeding ground for terrorists and is a breeding ground for armaments. So I really do blame Hillary Clinton's war in Libya for creating a lot of the chaos that is spreading throughout the Middle East," said Paul on "America's Newsroom" this morning.
Earlier today, President Obama formally asked Congress to authorize military actions against ISIS.
He said he favors troops on the ground to battle ISIS, but said the force should be made up of Arab troops like Iraqis and Kurds.
Paul said right now, he questions whether enough weapons are getting to the Kurds to battle ISIS.
"We're destroying our own weapons in Afghanistan. Maybe we ought to think about taking some of the weapons, if we're no longer using them in Afghanistan, and transferring them to the Kurds," he said, adding that Turkey should also contribute troops to take on ISIS.
Bill Hemmer asked Paul whether he can be described as a "reluctant warrior" when it comes to using U.S. military force.
Paul said no American leader is ever eager to go to war, citing Ronald Reagan, Dwight Eisenhower, and Colin Powell, but said the United States must confront ISIS militarily.
He argued that the U.S. has been "somewhat complicit" in allowing ISIS to grow out of the Syrian civil war.
"We and our allies sent 600 tons of weapons into that civil war. Most of those weapons wound up in the hands of ISIS," said Paul, adding that President Obama, Clinton and some Republicans supported the involvement in the Syrian conflict.
The conversation then turned to Paul's new bill that would audit the Federal Reserve. He said he's seen a lot of interest from young people in shining some light on what the Fed is doing.
"They own 2 trillion dollars worth of distressed assets. Should we know if they're buying their brother-in-law's bank? At the very least, we need to know whose stuff they bought and whether or not there's any conflict of interest here. ... I want to audit the Fed and so do a lot of ordinary people in Iowa and Kentucky for that matter," said Paul, who is considering a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.
He said he's "thinking about" setting up an office in Iowa following the move by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, adding a final decision on that will be made in March or April.
Watch the interview above.