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While the double standards the United States sets for its close ally, Saudi Arabia, have been criticized by members of the public, it is not often that politicians call out the hypocrisy—and then there’s Rand Paul—the man, who on Wednesday, was dodging .556 rounds fired at him by an anti-Trump lunatic.

The Republican senator from Kentucky went off on an aggressive Twitter rant, before taking to the Senate floor on Tuesday to speak out against the proposed $350 billion arms deal between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia, which was praised by President Trump during his first official trip abroad.

“Saudi Arabia is causing a humanitarian crisis with a war in Yemen,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “It funds extremism worldwide. Abuses human rights. Stop arming them now.”

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During his speech, Paul noted that by arming Saudi Arabia, the U.S. is directly supporting the Saudis’ horrific war in Yemen, which has resulted in the deaths of over 10,000, and has left millions of civilians malnourished, and in desperate need of food assistance.

“Should the United States be actively involved with refueling Saudi planes, with picking targets, with having advisors on the ground? Should we be at war in Yemen?” Paul said on the Senate floor. “If you remember your Constitution, it says no president has that authority. Only to repel imminent attack, but no president alone has the unilateral authority to take us to war. And yet, here we are on the verge of war.”

Paul also said that while it won’t solve every problem the Yemeni people are currently facing, he believes halting the arms sale will have an impact on helping to stop some of the suffering.

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“One group said that the impending famine in Yemen may reach biblical proportions — think about that,” He said. “It is astounding what is being done, and it is not being done with your weapons, but with your — we will force this vote for these children in Yemen because we have a chance today to stop the carnage. We have a chance to tell Saudi Arabia we’ve had enough.”

Paul then went on to bring up the fact that less than one year ago, Congress supported giving the families of 9/11 victims the right to sue Saudi Arabia for the attacks. When President Obama vetoed the bill in September 2016, it became the first veto of his presidency that Congress overturned.

“There is an abundance of evidence that high level Saudis were complicit in 9/11,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “The 28 pages show that. Why would we give them arms?”

In a segment of the speech posted on his Facebook page, Paul quoted former President Dwight Eisenhower, who said he was worried the U.S. would start to make decisions in the name of the military industrial complex, rather than national defense.

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“I am embarrassed that people would bring up trying to feather the nests of corporations in order to sell these weapons,” Paul said. “This should be made pure and simple on our national defense. Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally. Saudi Arabia should not get these weapons. For every supposed good thing they do, they do five things that are bad for America.”

Senator Paul Speaking in Opposition to the Saudi Arms Deal

I am embarrassed that people would bring up trying to feather the nests of corporations in order to sell these weapons. This should be made pure and simple on our national defense. Saudi Arabia is not a reliable ally. Saudi Arabia should not get these weapons. For every supposed good thing they do, they do five things that are bad for America. They are the biggest purveyor of hatred of christianity and judaism. I request a no vote.

Posted by Senator Rand Paul on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Paul was joined by Sens. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Al Franken (D-Minn.) on Tuesday. The senators sought to invoke the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, in order to force a vote on blocking the portion of the arms sale that would be used to deepen the conflict in Yemen. As a result, 47 senators voted the halt the sale, and 53 senators voted to provide the weapons to Saudi Arabia.

“Today, a bipartisan group of senators took a stand against the escalating war Saudi Arabia is waging with Yemen,” Paul said in a press release. “This is just the beginning, and we will continue to take a stance against waging an undeclared war and fueling an arms race in the Middle East. I applaud those who voted with me to block this proposed arms sale, and I hope this sends a clear message to Saudi Arabia that the United States will not just stand by as they massacre their unarmed neighbors.”

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Rachel Blevins is a Texas-based journalist who aspires to break the left/right paradigm in media and politics by pursuing truth and questioning existing narratives. Follow Rachel on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  • John C Carleton

    I am disgusted also about the USA giving weapons of mass destruction to the perpetrators of 911.
    ‘911-Israel did it’
    https://wikispooks.com/wiki/9-11/Israel_did_it

    And i am tired of Americans taking it up the rear because Washington DC pedophiles are being blackmailed.
    ‘The Danger to America and American’s from the USA/Washington DC Pedophiles’
    http://www.johnccarleton.org/BLOGGER/2017/06/14/the-danger-to-america-and-americans-from-the-usawashington-dc-top-shelve-government-pedophiles/

    Perhaps this is the answer.
    ‘The Urgent Need to Reinstate Dueling in America’
    http://www.johnccarleton.org/BLOGGER/2017/04/02/the-urgent-need-to-reinstate-dueling-in-america/

  • sab1053

    What does Senator Paul say about the Israeli Government?? How about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza? He’s a hypocrite calling the American Government a hypocrite. I do agree with his statements about Saudi Arabia. Why does he leave out Israel?

    • junktex

      And commit political suicide?To learn who rules over you,first identify whom you may not criticize.Trump learned that long ago.

      • sab1053

        I agree with all you said. It’s still hypocrisy. It takes one to stand up and then another and another. The State of Israel is pure evil. His father condemned Israel in a round about way as he did Saudi Arabia.
        One could argue that Saudi Arabia can’t be critisized because of their influence with OPEC and control of the US dollar. Back in 1972 Kissinger made a deal with the Saudis to convince all OPEC members to make all oil transactions with the US dollar better known as the Petro dollar. In short whether the Chinese buy oil from the Russians or the US buys oil from the Iranians, the transactions are conducted in the US dollar. This artificially props up the US dollar. Now if the Saudis get screwed the Saudis can do two things :
        1. Call in their hundreds of $ billions of US Treasury Notes.
        2. Convince all OPEC members to have oil trasnactions completed in gold.
        So, this too can be political suicide screwing with the US dollar. The dollar would drop like a stone in water. Kissinger promised the Royal family that the US would buy a load of oil if the Saudis would promise to use the US dollar and convince other OPEC members to do the same. Ellen Brown describes this Kissinger scheme quite well. She is a brilliant lawyer and economist.
        Now let’s look at the countries who tried to screw with the Petro dollar.
        Kaddafi wanted gold for oil and pressed hard for it – dead
        Saddam Hussein wanted gold for oil and – dead
        Chavez wanted gold for oil – dead (was it really cancer?)
        Iran wants gold for oil. Are we pressuring the Iranians for their nuclear program or are we really nervous about their wish of gold for oil? Is the nuclear program used as a smoke screen? With 33 military bases surrounding Iran, can they really fly anything out of their country. Iran couldn’t be taken over like the puppet dictatorships.
        Hypocrisy is hypocrisy, but I do agree, it could be political suicide if it’s done in the wrong way.

  • billdeserthills

    Where was Rand Paul when obama allowed the saudis to purchase

    $120 billion in these same military arms?

    • junktex

      He strenuously objrcted to that as well and was really the only voice calling for prosecution of Hillary.

    • sab1053

      You’re right. Doesn’t make sense though because he wasn’t fond of President Obama.

      • billdeserthills

        I heard Ron Paul said he went for a magical ride on an alien rocket-type ship*

        *probing may have been optional

        I’m still hold his dropping out at the last minute on his last run for prez against him. I had a gunstore at the time and I had his ‘RP for Prez’ in & on my shop and posted a gunshows and then he f uckin’ just pussed out and quit & I think all cause Borat freaked him out with his stupid movie

        • sab1053

          Lol. Rand is not like his father and will never be. I was excited when I heard that Rand Paul was running, but after a while he turned out to be a whimp unlike his dad. Ron Paul spoke out against Israel and Saudi Arabia.Oh well.