Sen. Rand Paul says his aide Jack Hunter is "incredibly talented."(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), in a new op-ed, takes issue with the Obama administration's claims that the threat of military force caused Syria's government to consider turning over its chemical weapons.

Instead, Paul writes, it was the opposition to military action in Syria — and the delay that it caused — that led to diplomatic progress.

"One thing is for certain: The chance for diplomacy would not have occurred without strong voices against an immediate bombing campaign," Paul wrote for the Washington Times. "If we had simply gone to war last week or the week before without asking any questions, as many advocated, we wouldn't be looking at a possible solution today."