Rand Paul: US often creates greater instability when it gets involved in chaotic places

By REUTERS
April 19, 2015 04:35

 
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NASHUA, NH - Republican presidential hopefuls Rand Paul on Saturday accused fellow Republicans of being too willing to commit US troops to foreign conflicts without a clear idea of how to get them out.

"We have to decide when getting involved is good and when it's not so good," the libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator said at a gathering of 18 potential and actual White House contenders. "There's a group of folks in our party who think it's always good. There's a group of folks in our party who would have troops in six countries right now, maybe more."

Foreign policy could be an advantage for whichever Republican candidate goes on to face former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or another Democrat in the November 2016 election. Likely voters say Republicans are more likely than Democrats to deal with the threat of terrorism by a seven-point margin, according to Reuters/Ipsos polling.

Paul said the United States often creates greater instability when it gets involved in chaotic places. "Why in hell did we ever go into Libya in the first place?

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