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Rand Paul the Warmonger?


Libertarian, small government, anti-war US Senator Rand Paul wrote an op-ed piece for left-wing TIME magazine calling for aggressive action against Russia.

Rand Paul publicly called for US missiles in Poland and the Czech Republic, which would be aimed at Russia. Placing missiles in Poland and Czech Republic would be a provocation for WWIII. Another world war in Europe would surely bring the end of Western Civilization and the genocide of the European people.

He also calls for the sale of subsidized US oil to the Ukraine. The US already subsidizes gas in the Ukraine, but the gas comes from Russia. So Russian companies make money off of it. Imagine how much it would cost the US taxpayer just to transport oil from the United States to the Ukraine.

In the TIME magazine column Paul doesn’t include a single sentence about the history or demographics of the Crimea. The region is majority Russian and was part of Russia until 1959. The region is 60% ethnic Russian and the most pro-Russian region of the Ukraine. It is also the home to Russia’s main naval base on the Black Sea.

From TIME (written Sen. Rand Paul)…

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. I would do everything in my power to aggressively market and export America’s vast natural gas resources to Europe.

I would immediately remove every obstacle or current ban blocking the export of American oil and gas to Europe, and I would lift restrictions on new oil and gas development in order to ensure a steady energy supply at home and so we can supply Europe with oil if it is interrupted from Ukraine.

Because of so many of our current needless laws and regulations, President Obama has left Europe completely vulnerable because of its dependence on Russian oil and gas.

I would support immediate construction of the Keystone Pipeline.

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.

We should also suspend American loans and aid to Ukraine because currently these could have the counterproductive effect of rewarding Russia. Ukraine owes so much money to Russia that America would essentially be borrowing from China to give to Russia.

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 problem with the foreign policies of both Democratic and Republican administrations is that they never give a second thought to how America can afford what they implement.

America is a world leader, but we should not be its policeman or ATM.

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.