Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Rand Paul Goes Full Neocon

Joshua Byers emails:
Rand goes full NeoCon.  This makes the Breitbart piece seem down right non-interventionist by comparison.  The sell out for power is complete.
Rand Paul writes in an op-ed for Time:
Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is a gross violation of that nation’s sovereignty and an affront to the international community. His continuing occupation of Ukraine is completely unacceptable, and Russia’s President should be isolated for his actions...

I recommend a number of specific and decisive measures to punish Putin for his ongoing aggression.

Economic sanctions and visa bans should be imposed and enforced without delay. I would urge our European allies to leverage their considerable weight with Russia and take the lead on imposing these penalties...

It is important that Russia become economically isolated until all its forces are removed from Crimea and Putin pledges to act in accordance with the international standards of behavior that respect the rights of free people everywhere...

The U.S. should suspend its participation in this summer’s G-8 summit and take the lead in boycotting the event in Sochi. If Putin’s troops remain in Crimea at the time of the summit, Russia should be expelled from the group.

I would reinstitute the missile-defense shields President Obama abandoned in 2009 in Poland and the Czech Republic, only this time, I would make sure the Europeans pay for it...

The real problem is that Russia’s President is not currently fearful or threatened in any way by America’s President, despite his country’s blatant aggression.

But let me be clear: If I were President, I wouldn’t let Vladimir Putin get away with it.

For the absurdity of this analysis and policy prescription one not need to look any further than the sound comments from President Emeritus and Board Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations Leslie Gelb. See: Leslie Gleb Warns on Rand Paul and Hillary Clinton-Type Posturing on Ukraine.

Here's RON Paul's take:
“I’d like to see the people [in Crimea] make the decision rather than outside parties,” [Ron] Paul tells U.S. News. “It’s pure hypocrisy on our part to think we have the moral high ground. The only question that remains is: Will there be an honest election? And I don’t see any reason there can’t be an honest election.”…
“We say, ‘We want you to be good democrats and have elections,’ but if they don’t elect the right people then we complain about it and throw them out, like we did in Egypt,” Paul says. “They’re doing exactly what they should do [in Crimea]. They should have an election.”…
Obama’s sanctions against Ukrainian and Russian officials, Paul alleges, are acts of theft.
“That’s just people looking to start a war,” Paul says. “This is criminal, it’s stealing and will just aggravate things and escalate things. Sanctions are acts of war … to freeze assets if you’re at war with Hitler and there’s a declared war, that’s a little different, but to do this so easily and casually as we do, that’s just looking for a fight.”


  1. Eyes open yet Rand supporters? See the (massive) difference between Rand and his father yet?

  2. Testing out Bush Senior's foreign policy already?

    Anyway, we warned the dupes and the deluded. Anyone supporting this cretin has no excuse.

    I don't even feel pretending anymore that anyone that still supports Rand Paul is himself a libertarian.