Sen. Rand Paul has been the most consistent proponent of arming and aiding Kurdish fighters in the campaign against the Islamic State. The Kurds of Northern Iraq have been Allies with America for nearly 30 years. In both the Gulf War and the 03 Iraq war, the Kurdish Peshmerga played pivotal roles in influencing positive internal opinions and military combat.
“I think they would fight like hell if we promised them a country,” Sen. Paul recently said on the prospect of an independent Kurdistan. The senator is referring to Kurdistan’s long struggle to become an independent, western-loving, democratic nation, despite being surrounded and brutalized by despotic tyrants on all sides.
Even with Sen. Paul and other Republicans’ support, the long-term allies of America have not received sufficient support during ISIS advances. Rather than assist the Kurds with military and humanitarian aid, President Obama went on to outlaw Kurds from selling their own oil after the Iraqi government refused to pay the Kurds their constitutionally promised percentage of Federal money.
With the Kurds financially strangled and militarily isolated by the misguided Obama administration, the extremist ISIS was able to win key territorial battles, murder thousands and improve their appeal, and thus potential for new members, around the world.
While international outrage over President Obama’s lazier faire ISIS policy was reaching a fever pitch, the administration finally offered small arms to the struggling Kurds – but only through the central Iraqi government.
“The arms are going through Baghdad to get to the Kurds and they’re being siphoned off and they’re not getting what they need,” Paul said in an interview with Breitbart News. “I think any arms coming from us or coming from any European countries ought to go directly to the Kurds,” said Sen. Paul to Breitbart.com. The Libertarian senator seems doubtful that any arms we send through the Iraqi government will ever reach the Kurds.
If America does not respect and assist their allies, why would any country act to help American interests? Despite being scoffed at and called an isolationist, Rand Paul has proven that he has a greater understanding of the Middle East than any of the neo-cons on either side of the aisle. With the region in a state of perpetual civil war, America needs a president that can tell the difference between a friend and an enemy.