• Charles Krauthammer: Rand Paul’s ‘Ignorance Really Astonishes Me’

    Syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer blasted Sen. Rand Paul Friday on the “Hugh Hewitt Show” for the remarks he made earlier in week claiming  “hawks” in the Republican Party were to blame for the rise of ISIS.

    Krauthammer said he was “astonished” by Paul’s ignorance and laid out his dissent point-by-point.

    “Who is right in this spectrum of explanation for ISIS?” Hewitt asked Krauthammer.

    “You know, sometimes Ron Paul’s ignorance really astonishes me,” Krauthammer said,

    “You mean Rand Paul,” Hewitt said, correcting Krauthammer for referring to Rand’s Father.

    “Yes, that’s a Freudian slip,” he replied.

    “Is he aware of the fact that until…ISIS took over Palmyra, ISIS had not once taken a city or a town from the Assad government. Every place it has taken over was swallowing up territory from anti-Assad insurgents.” Krauthammer continued. “He doesn’t even understand that ISIS and the Assad government, until last week, when ISIS grew so strong that it could be bold and invade, essentially, Assad territory, Assad and ISIS has had this cozy, tacit, non-aggression agreement where they essentially split the country in two. And Assad relied upon ISIS to swallow up all the anti-Assad opposition.

    “Number two, the idea that these weapons that we had given — well, that mostly occurred in Mosul. That was the outer — that’s after ISIS had taken over Syria. That’s after ISIS had already swept into parts of Iraq, and yes, it got a lot of weapons at the end. And I think our policy is misguided to arm the Iraqi Security Forces, which are unreliable, as our own Secretary of Defense has said, they don’t have the will to fight.

    “But that’s not our mistake.” he concluded, “The big mistake is — we should not be refraining from sending weapons. We should be sending them to the right people, to the Kurds who want to fight, and who are pro-American, and to the Sunni Anbar tribes, the few remaining right now cause it’s so late in the game, who are pro-American and desperate for weaponry to fight off ISIS.”

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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