Rand Paul warns of US weapons killing Christians in Syria

Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Finger-pointing on Capitol riot; GOP balks at Biden relief plan Sanders votes against Biden USDA nominee Vilsack Senate confirms Vilsack as Agriculture secretary MORE, (R-Ky.) said that he doesn’t want the United States using weapons to kill Christians in Syria.

He said President Obama must realize “that there are 2 million Christians living in Syria, more than just about anywhere in the Middle East.”

“They’re on the other side of this war,” Paul said in a radio interview with former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Thursday. “I don’t want to see my kids or weapons of the United States being used to kill Christians in Syria.”

Ten percent of Syria’s population of 22 million is Christian, according to the CIA’s World Factbook.

The junior senator joins a growing number congressional lawmakers who have said Obama must receive Congress’s authorization for action in Syria.

“If the president is contemplating war, or contemplating offensive action against Syria, there should be a joint session of Congress,” Paul said to Huckabee. “He should try to convince us of the need for it. He should try to convince us how it’s in our national security. “

On Wednesday, Paul made a similar plea in a statement that also said, “We should ascertain who used the [chemical] weapons.”

Paul explained to Huckabee he’s not confident U.S. military involvement in Syria would have any positive outcome.

“They’ll lob a few cruise missiles or Tomahawks in there; it won’t change anything,” he said. “And that’s the question: If they don’t want regime change, then what are we fighting for? Are we fighting for stalemate?”

Paul said he’s skeptical whether Obama has sufficient evidence to greenlight an operation without Congress.

“To my knowledge, there is no evidence that Syria is any threat to any U.S. personnel here, abroad or anywhere.”