"The hawks wanted to bomb Assad, which would have made ISIS's job easier," Paul, a Republican presidential candidate, continued. "They created these people. ISIS is all over Libya because of the hawks in my party."
Paul has tacked to the right on foreign policy in recent years, but still openly feuds over the issue with more military-minded members of his party, including Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who is himself a potential GOP presidential candidate. Paul's answer on the Islamic State came in response to a question about whether people like Graham may say that those like Paul, who would prefer to cut down on foreign entanglements, created the Islamic State by not wanting to go into Syria.
Paul said that Iraq is a "vassal state" for Iran and that the hawkish members of his party are wrong - and have been for decades.
"Everything they’ve talked about in foreign policy, they’ve been wrong about for 20 years but they have somehow the gall to keep pointing fingers and saying otherwise," Paul said.
In order to defeat the Islamic State, Paul said, Kurds must be armed, Turkish troops must be involved and Arab coalitions and ground troops must be deployed.
Paul said he would seal a peace treaty between the Kurds and Turks and would put Turkish troops on the Iraq-Turkey border. Paul said on "CBS This Morning" Tuesday that he would arm the Kurds with American equipment that is "rotting" in Afghanistan. He would circumvent the Shiite government and give the arms directly to the Kurds, and would recognize them as a sovereign nation.
"I would tell the Shiite government that, you know what, if you don’t include Sunnis you’re never winning this war," Paul said on CBS. "This war will never be won you can never occupy Sunni territories, Shiites won’t be able to do it and Americans won’t be able to so it. So you need to incorporate Sunnis into the government and into the army."
The Kentucky Republican said that "everybody who is willing to fight" must be conscripted into the battle against the Islamic State. When asked about Shiite militias, Paul said: "We have tolerated the Shiite militias and we have tolerated the Iranian influence. I’m not sure we could stop it if we wanted to. People need to understand that the Middle East is complicated and there are no easy answers."
Paul once called for big reductions in defense spending, including cuts to operational costs and war spending from $159 million to zero. He has since changed course and in March proposed increasing defense spending by $190 million, offset by cuts to domestic agencies. On "Morning Joe," Paul reiterated his view that defense is the nation's top priority, but said that the budget needs to be examined.
Host Joe Scarborough asked Paul about countries that are cutting their defense budgets, including Germany and Britain. The United States, both said, picks up where the cuts left off.
"Sugar daddy Uncle Sam will take care of it," Paul said.