Rand Paul: Blame Bush, Not Obama

by Eliana Johnson

It’s not something you hear from many — if any — of the top-tier potential GOP presidential candidates, but Rand Paul on Sunday said he doesn’t think President Obama has made the U.S. less safe. The 2003 invasion of Iraq is the root of the current chaos in the country, he said, so, as ISIS seizes cities and establishes strongholds across the country, he blames the Bush administration and its Republican supporters.

“What’s going on now I don’t blame on President Obama,” the Kentucky senator told NBC’s David Gregory. “Has he really got the solution? Maybe there is no solution. But I do blame the Iraq war on the chaos that is in the Middle East.”

Paul also said that the invasion of Iraq emboldened Iran and again pointed the finger at his fellow Republicans. “These are the same people now who are petrified of what Iran may become,” he said, arguing that the policies of the Bush administration made Iran the regional hegemon.

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