Former Texas congressman and presidential candidate, Ron Paul, recently slammed President Barack Obama's decision to help the rebels fighting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's government forces.
Paul even went as far as to compare Obama's aid to the rebels to President George W. Bush invading Iraq.
Writing on his website The-Free-Foundation.org, Paul stated:
This plan to transfer weapons to the Syrian rebels had become policy much earlier than that, as the Washington Post reported that the CIA had expanded over the past year its secret bases in Jordan to prepare for the transfer of weapons to the rebels in Syria.
The process was identical to the massive deception campaign that led us into the Iraq war. Remember the famous quote from the leaked “Downing Street Memo,” where representatives of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s administration discussed Washington’s push for war on Iraq?
That is exactly what the Obama administration is doing with Syria: fixing the intelligence and facts around the already determined policy. And Congress just goes along, just as they did the last time.
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However, Obama's policy is different from Iraq, as the United States is not leading the accusations of the Syrian government using chemical weapons.
Britain and France claimed Syria was using chemical weapons before the United States did, reported the Washington Post. Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Assad's forces had been using chemical weapons against the rebels back in May, noted YnetNews.com.
Unlike the "Downing Street Memo," where Bush pushed then-British Prime Minister Tony Blair into following his lead on the nonexistent WMDs, the United States has actually been the holdout, reported Reuters.
Paul then switched gears and claimed the United States move to help the Syrian rebels was like Vietnam:
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The Obama administration promises us that this is to be a very limited operation, providing small arms only, with no plans for a no-fly zone or American boots on the ground. That sounds an awful lot like how Vietnam started. Just a few advisors.
After making that more accurate comparison, Paul claimed that Obama was going to send weapons to Syrian rebels who "have pledged their loyalty to al-Qaeda" and adds: "Does anyone really think this is a good idea?"