The notorious RINO (Republican in Name Only), and supposed spendthrift Senator John McCain just went full Democrat. McCain officially declared war on Senator Rand Paul, on the Senate floor no less, saying Paul was “working for Vladimir Putin.” Senator Elizabeth Warren was kicked off the Senate floor for less.
While Paul has hit a rough patch lately, he still stands for something – I cannot say the same for McCain.
Paul is the latest constitutionalist to be targeted by McCain this year. Just last month McCain called then nominee for Office of Management and Budget Mick Mulvaney an ‘impediment’ to national security.
McCain is on the war path… for, you know, war.
The dust up between Paul and McCain came over a treaty bringing Montenegro into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
How could a person like Paul reasonably want to avoid bringing someone like Montenegro into NATO?
Well, here’s a guess. Article 5 of the NATO Charter states, “The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all… each of them… will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith.”
If the Senate votes to approve Montenegro’s entry into NATO, then any Russian involvement towards the tiny country on Montenegro would mean war. An American war with Russia. If we’ve learned anything from the history of NATO, America will have to pick up that bill.
With the Obama’s policies pushing us to the debt ceiling again, we couldn’t afford that war.
Military history teaches us a very important lesson on overextension. A multi-front war weakens the force. To drag the US into a war with Russia right now is dangerous. It’s a war we cannot afford, and a war that the people will not support.
But, hey no need to worry about those legitimate concerns about the unsustainability of multiple wars. The Hawks want war, and any detractors are going to feel their wrath.
John McCain has taken up the Democratic tactics and blamed the Russians saying “[Rand Paul] is now working for Vladimir Putin.” This is such a nuanced argument. It looks like this: ‘If you disagree with me, then you are working for the Russians.’
There is just one major problem, with this assessment. If I were Russia, and I were going to fight America, I would want to do it now. America has suffered under Obama for eight long years. Our military is not in good shape, and it lacks popular support.
If I were going to fight the biggest kid on the block, I’d want to fight when he’s tired from fighting a bunch of protracted wars in the middle east. I would want to fight him when his heart wasn’t in it. I would want to fight America right now, and the infamous war hawk McCain would be more than happy to join that fight.
Paul is standing on quite real and quite important concerns. If we bring Montenegro into NATO and Russia were to get involved, it would necessarily force us into another war. This war wouldn’t be a war with a small group of war lords, but a massive country. A country with a nuclear arsenal, a massive spy agency, and one who threatened the world for half of a century.
John McCain may want that war, but Rand Paul will not give way easily. Just this morning, Rand Paul struck back saying on Morning Joe, “I think he [McCain] makes a really, really strong case for term limits.”
John McCain’s desire for war is not to our advantage. We cannot let John McCain threaten US interests with his continual interest in war.