WASHINGTON (CNN) - Republican presidential candidate Rand Paul spoke with CNN's Wolf Blitzer about the role of U.S. troops in Afghanistan. He also talked about gun control and Syria airstrikes.
Paul, R-Kentucky, told Blitzer that the U.S. military strike that hit a hospital in Afghanistan raises questions over the U.S.'s continued involvement in that country, 14 years after the U.S. first deployed troops there.
Paul said there is a bigger question President Obama "should have to answer."
"Why are we still at war in Afghanistan? What is the U.S. object? What's the U.S. mission? And why are we bombing anyone in Afghanistan?" Paul asked. "I think we had a clear cut mission after 9/11, but that's been long gone for many years now ... there's no reason for the U.S. to be involved there at all."
Paul was critical of the U.S.'s unintended strike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital, saying it was completely unacceptable. He told Blitzer that tragic accidents happen when you're involved in war, but "I don't see why we're still involved in Afghanistan."