Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) decided to fire back at the comments from Senator John McCain (R-AZ) that he was “working for Vladimir Putin” by voting against the treaty that would allow Montenegro into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), saying that McCain was “past his prime,” and “a little unhinged.”
On Thursday, Paul decided to respond to McCain and he did seem to put him in his place.
“You know, I think he makes a really, really strong case … for term limits,” Paul said on MSNBC. “I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little unhinged.”
Paul went on to explain how McCain’s foreign policy is dangerous for America.
“His foreign policy is something that would greatly endanger the United States, greatly overextend us and there has to be some though if it’s in the United States’ interests to get involved,” he said.
Senator Paul also disagreed with wanting to expand NATO. While many in Washington want to make NATO as big as possible, Paul reminded listeners that if that were to happen, the US would be at war with Ukraine and Georgia at this very moment because of Russia’s involvement in both. Is that really what we want?
All of this was in response to what took place on Wednesday when Songbird McCain, who was crucial in helping to create the Islamic State and an insane traitor masquerading as an American hero, stood on the floor of the US Senate and stated that Paul and those objecting to the treaty were “achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin.”
McCain warned before the vote that “If there’s objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin…and I do not say that lightly.”
After Paul voted against the accession protocol and left the chamber, McCain tore into him.
“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made,” McCain said. “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
Immediately after McCain made his statement and called for the US to allow the treaty to advance Montenegro into NATO, Paul objected and then left the Senate, again.
“That is really remarkable,” McCain said. “That a senator, blocking a treaty that is supported by the overwhelming number, perhaps 98 at least of his colleagues, would come to the floor and object, and walk away.”
“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made,” he said. “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
Senator Paul is not working for Vladimir Putin, but we know that John McCain has been working for the Islamic State. Paul’s point of contention was about our ability to fulfill our obligations and the tremendous debt we are under as a nation. His principles have not changed on those issues. They have been consistent, something that no one can say about Senator McCain.
“Currently, the United States has troops in dozens of countries and is actively fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen (with the occasional drone strike in Pakistan),” Paul said in a statement in response to McCain’s baseless charges. “In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO.”
“It is unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt,” he added.
While I get the joke Paul was making about McCain making the case for term limits, sadly they are not the answer. The answer is for an educated state of Arizona to remove him from office in the next election and vote in someone who will actually perform their duty under the law.