These days, the absolute worst thing you can be called is an agent of Putin or a secret Russian spy. It all stems from a conspiracy theory concocted by the media and the left to explain why they lost the election. If Hillary had won, Russia would cease to exist.
Senator John McCain (R-AZ) asked for unanimous consent in approving a treaty which would allow the accession of Montenegro into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) – which, in turn would pledge U.S. military and financial support of the Southeastern European country in case they’re ever under attack.
McCain wanted unanimous consent, but he didn’t get it. The Senator from Kentucky Rand Paul objected. That didn’t make McCain very happy.
Before Paul had officially objected, McCain warned him and other potential objectors that “you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… of trying to dismember this small country.”
Senator Paul objected and then left, leaving McCain to lecture him about how he’s an agent of Putin:
“I note the senator from Kentucky leaving the floor without justification or any rationale for the action he has just taken. That is really remarkable, 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. And walk away! The only conclusion you can draw, when he walks away, is he has no argument to be made, he has no justification for his objection to having a small nation be part of NATO that is under assault from the Russians. So I repeat again: The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”
Paul explained his rationale in a statement released by his office to Business Insider:
“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). 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.”
In an interview on Morning Joe, Rand Paul said that McCain did make a good case…
…for term limits.
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