(Angry Patriot) – Senators John McCain and Rand Paul have been at each other’s throats, and Paul just went in for the kill.
John McCain recently attacked Rand Paul for his commitment to block the expansion of NATO membership to the Baltic nation of Montenegro, calling him an agent of Vladimir Putin. Rand Paul retorted, “I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.”
— POLITICO (@politico) March 16, 2017
The fake news narrative of the Russian Boogeyman is now being used to shame even Rand Paul, one of the most consistent senators on the hill.
McCain and Paul are fighting over the proposed expansion of NATO to include the Baltic nation of Montenegro. Montenegro only recently became an independent nation, gaining its independence from Serbia in 2006. McCain is raising concerns that the country may be attacked by Russia while Paul is worried about American forces promising to pay for the defense of yet another country.
Senator Rand Paul is siding with President Trump, who promised in his inaugural speech that he will place “America first,” yet Paul is facing overwhelming odds in the Senate where it is assumed that 98 of the 100 members will vote in favor of expanding NATO.
John McCain has a long record of being a hawk and supporting military intervention, and he has called for an expansion of NATO that could lead to a new cold war. “We should push for the completion of all phases of our missile defense programs in Europe and move expeditiously on another round of NATO expansion,” McCain said in 2013, via Mother Jones.
Rand Paul referred to this and other statements made by McCain. He levied that we would be fighting “virtually everywhere” if we went to war every time McCain called for intervention.
The expansion of NATO to Montenegro is a very contentious issue. While the expansion of the military alliance has the support of all current NATO members, a majority of those in Montenegro oppose membership. To further complicate matters, Russia considers any eastern expansion to be an act of aggression. NATO members promised no eastern expansion during negotiations around the dissolution of the Soviet Union. Russia agreed to dismantle the iron curtain if NATO forces did not expand to their border, via Politico.
However, that promise was already broken when Albania and Croatia joined the alliance in 2009. Senator Rand Paul is not an agent of Putin, and he has a long record of opposing U.S. military intervention while John McCain appears willing to offer American forces to any global conflict.
Ultimately, the decision to expand NATO will be left to President Trump, who is stuck between a rock and a hard place. If he agrees to expand NATO, he will be threatening Russia and breaking a major campaign promise whereas if he opposes expansion, it will be used as “proof” that he is a Russian agent, which McCain demonstrates in his baseless assault against Senator Paul.