Well, that escalated quickly.

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal (R), Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and their respective campaigns launched one of the most aggressive media flame wars of the campaign season to date Wednesday, exchanging increasingly hostile statements over Paul's position on the Islamic State.

The fight began after Paul accused military hawks in his own party of creating the group through their Middle East policy during an appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Jindal, forcefully distancing himself from Paul’s stance, issued a cutting statement Wednesday saying that Paul was "unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief" and comparing him to President Obama and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.

"This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position,” Jindal said in a statement. “It's one thing for Senator Paul to take an outlandish position as a Senator at Washington cocktail parties, but being Commander-in-Chief is an entirely different job.”

An adviser for Paul fired back.

“It's ironic Gov. Jindal would level such a charge when he flip-flops on crucial issues like common core and national security, and he has cratered his own state's economy and budget," said Doug Stafford, Paul's top political adviser. "Just last week, Gov. Jindal spoke out in support of Sen. Paul and announced he now opposes the NSA’s illegal and unnecessary domestic bulk data collection, after previously cheerleading for it."

Top Jindal adviser Timmy Teepell defended the Louisiana governor late Wednesday afternoon, derisively pointing out that Paul is currently serving his first Senate term and comparing his experience to President Obama's before he took office -- the ultimate 2016 conservative burn.

“It's astonishing that Sen. Paul will blame conservative Americans for the rise of ISIS but will hide behind a staffer rather than defend his comments. This was clearly not a gaffe,” wrote Teepell in response. “What we’ve learned today is that Sen. Paul is to the left of President Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. … Senator Paul is a one-term senator, with no executive experience, and we all know how that has worked out in the current administration.”

Stay tuned.