The Washington Times - August 28, 2013, 01:35PM

Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the U.S. has no direct national security interests at stake in Syria’s civil war, as he cautioned President Obama against ordering military strikes on the Middle East nation.

Mr. Paul, possibly the leading anti-war Republican in the Senate, said the U.S. should condemn use of chemical weapons — an accusation rebels have made against the Syrian regime — but said if a decision to take military action is made, it should come from Congress, not from the White House.

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“We should ascertain who used the weapons and we should have an open debate in Congress over whether the situation warrants U.S. involvement,” he said.

“The war in Syria has no clear national security connection to the United States and victory by either side will not necessarily bring in to power people friendly to the United States,” the first-term lawmaker said.