BEIRUT, LEBANON (9:40 P.M.) – Former U.S. congressman and presidential candidate, Ron Paul, .
“The real hypocrisy comes in our justification: We’re there to fight for our constitution, our liberties, and get rid of al-Qaeda* (and Daesh*), because al-Qaeda is the threat. But there’s no evidence that we ever did anything – al-Qaeda is losing but it was in spite of us,” Paul stated.
The former congressman said that it was the Russians and Assad who have nearly defeated Al-Qaeda, not the U.S.
“There’s no evidence we ever did much – it was the Russians and Assad who bought it to the point where we’re just about ready to get rid of al-Qaeda,” he .
When asked about the U.S.’ presence in Syria, Paul stated that the Trump administration has no authority to be in Syria.
“First off, our government has no authority to be there. Another thing is it [Syria] is 6,000 miles away from home, there’s no threat to our security, our constitution, or our liberties. And we weren’t invited to be in there,” he continued.
“But on the other hand, it’s close to Russia, Russia has a base there, they were invited in, and Russia is fighting al-Qaeda. And yet, that information never gets out,” he added.
Ron Paul has been an outspoken critic of the U.S.’ presence in Syria and has often called on Washington to reconsider its regime change priorities in the region.
Below is the full video from Ron Paul’s YouTube channel: