Fox Nation Rand Paul Backs Trump on Syria Withdrawal: 'If We Wait for Perfect Time, We'll Be There Forever'
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Numerous Republican lawmakers -- including perhaps most forcefully Sen. Lindsey Graham -- have criticized the removal of troops, particularly after four Americans were among several people killed by a suicide blast that struck near a U.S.-led coalition patrol in the city of Manbij on Wednesday.
Paul (R-Ky.) said ISIS has largely been defeated, but the ideology of radical Islam will always persist, so there will never be a "perfect time" to withdraw from Syria.
"If we wait for a perfect time, we'll be there forever," Paul said. "So I think it is time. I'm proud of the president for coming back out of Syria."
He said he's vocally encouraging Trump in the withdrawal because very few Democrats and only one Republican senator -- Mike Lee of Utah -- have done so.
"When you talk to him -- more so, I think, in recent weeks -- you hear him say things like 'perpetual war,' 'endless war,' so if anything, I'm encouraged that he's becoming stronger and more outspoken on this," Paul said.
He noted that the U.S. military presence in Syria could be "unconstitutional or illegal" to begin with, because it was never authorized by Congress.
Above and beyond that, however, Paul said the most critical point is that military experts and people on both sides of the political aisle agree that there is no military solution to Syria or Afghanistan.
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