Watch Rand Paul’s response to the Obama speech. This ought to go viral. It’s serious, substantive, and far more sensible than what we heard from the Commander-in-Chief. Key lines:

“Just about any bad outcome you can imagine is made more likely by US involvement in the Syrian civil war.”

And:

“I will not vote to send my son, your son, or anyone’s daughter, to war, unless a compelling American interest is present. I’m not convinced that we have a compelling interest in the Syrian civil war.”

Amen. More, please.

Sen. Paul also made the important point that if the US had gone to war a week or two ago, as some were urging, we would not today be in a position in which a diplomatic solution might be at hand. Only strong pushback from the American people, saying, “Slow down!”, made this possible.

I’m only sorry that a vote wasn’t taken, so Congress had to take a stand on the legislative branch’s prerogatives in declaring war.