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Rand Paul Accuses McConnell and Other Senators of Forming a ‘War Caucus’

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By Lesley Clark | 4 February 2019

THE KANSAS CITY STAR — Sen. Rand Paul accused his Senate colleagues Monday of being warmongers and serving in a “war caucus” — as fellow Kentucky Republican Mitch McConnell led a bid to protest the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

“What is the one thing that brings Republicans and Democrats together?” Paul asked. “War. They love it, the more, the better. Forever war, perpetual war.”

McConnell, the Senate majority leader, has led the Senate effort to warn President Donald Trump against a too-hasty retreat from Syria and Afghanistan. McConnell rarely breaks with Trump on any policy.

Paul, though, stood squarely with Trump. […]

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