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Rep. Paul fears US will invade Pakistan



Jordan Fabian
The Hill
May 18, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul is worried the U.S. could invade Pakistan after Osama bin Laden’s death.

“I am absolutely afraid we will be in Pakistan trying to occupy that country,” Paul, a congressman from Texas and a critic of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Wednesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Paul acknowledged he has no solid evidence that the U.S. has plans to “invade” Pakistan, but described his observation as being based on American foreign policy over the past two or three decades, and its “unintended consequences.”

Paul implied that the Obama administration’s apparent mistrust of Pakistan’s ability to fight terrorism could lead to a full-scale invasion.

While most politicians in both parties have celebrated the mission ordered by President Obama to enter Pakistan and take out bin Laden, Paul has been a critic.

He has said he would not have auhorized the mission to kill bin Laden, because of problems with international law. Paul also has said that the killing of bin Laden should convince the U.S. to bring home its troops from Afghanistan.

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