Rand Paul and John McCain were adversaries. On March 15, 2017, they had quite the scuffle in the Senate, when the topic of Montenegro being admitted to NATO came up. That was captured on C-Span and you can read part of that transcript below. But first, take a look at the hogwash that Rand Paul is spewing on right-wing media. The man is not only a liar and a sophist, his misrepresentation of conditions in a war zone is criminal. (Fast forward to :50 to hear the Ukraine material.)

“Paying government workers” is not the way he’s making it sound. The country is at war. The workers who are getting “paid” — as if money for food and shelter is trivial — are the ones keeping the Ukraine war effort afloat. The man is either shockingly naive and uninformed or he’s a liar. Possible all three. Here’s another one.

The man is a lying sack of $hit. Which is what John McCain told him, back in the day, when the topic under discussion was Montenegro joining NATO and Paul objected. Here are excerpts from C-Span.

“You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin… trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject of an attempted coup.” McCain continued: “If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.”
Senator Paul then stalked out of the room. Apparently the truth hurts and he wasn’t expecting McCain to be that direct.
“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. “The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is 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.”
“Senator McCain believes that the person who benefits the most from Congress’s failure to ratify Montenegro’s ascension to NATO is Vladimir Putin, whose government has sought to destroy the NATO alliance, erode confidence in America’s commitments to its allies, overthrow the duly-elected government of Montenegro, and undermine democratic institutions throughout Europe.”
Rand Paul replied: “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),” he told The Daily Beast.“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.”
Rand Paul doesn’t understand NATO, if that’s possible, or he is in the employ of Putin, as McCain suggested. And Donald Trump sure as hell didn’t understand NATO.
In a meeting with The Washington Post‘s editorial board, Donald Trump suggested NATO has outlived its usefulness and is a waste of money. According to the Post, the Republican frontrunner questioned the United States’ involvement in the intergovernmental military alliance, charging that some U.S. allies are “not doing anything.” He alleged that “we’re doing all the lifting” on Ukraine while other European powers remain silent. “Why are we always the one that’s leading, potentially the third world war with Russia?” he added. Ultimately, he reportedly concluded, NATO will need to be diminished in coming years: “We certainly can’t afford to do this anymore,” he said. “NATO is costing us a fortune, and yes, we’re protecting Europe with NATO, but we’re spending a lot of money.”
Money isn’t going to be the chief concern if and when Vladimir Putin takes over the world. This is idiotic people discussing idiotic things. And of course it got worse.

Rand Paul went on NBC the following morning, saying that it was “over the top” to call somebody a traitor.  Paul also said, “I think he makes a really, really strong case for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime, maybe he’s gotten unhinged.” Then it got ugly when Paul referenced a Mother Jones article rating each country McCain has wanted to attack with between 1 to 5 “Angry McCains.” The Arizona senator’s “foreign policy would greatly endanger the United States and overextend us,” Paul added.

Paul said in essence that McCain was a senile warmonger. No, McCain was somebody who understood the realities of war and who also understood what dictators were about. And McCain understood that Nikita Khrushchev was spot on when he said, in 1956, “We will take you over without firing a shot.”

If Ukraine falls, Poland will be next and Putin will seek to take over Europe. The United States and NATO can’t sit by and watch that happen. Rand Paul is a traitor, as John McCain depicted him to be. Democracy can only work when people of integrity run for office and we are seeing the worst people in our culture get elected to office.

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  1. I still contend his neighbor should have finished the job, and sent him to a facility to spend his life sipping his meals through a straw like Boggs from Shawshank. He might have gotten arrested, but through Gofunding and a hung jury, he would have walked. He would have saved American lives.

  2. Ever since rand came on the political scene I have wondered if becoming an “eye doctor” is somewhat, no, a LOT, easier than becoming an M.D. I can’t say he is the stupidest person in congress (he has Bobo, Rojo, and Margie Kooky pants to thank for that) but damn he’s close.

    • He actually is an Ophthalmologist, an M.D. that specializes in eyes and eye surgery in particular. If memory serves Paul did his medical training at Duke. He apparently had a fine medical practice going and did well financially but things got weird when it came to renewing his Board Certification back I think in the 1990s. Most specialties have National Board Certification processes that vary by specialty. Not all physicians sit for them but the bulk do. Many also require re-certification after a certain period of time to ensure those in said specialties have kept up with advances in their chosen field. Given the rapid advances in technology as well as new treatments for so many things becoming accepted medical practice I for one think recertification is a good idea. Certainly given all the changes that were and continue to happen in Paul’s specialty that’s the case and that’s where things went sideways. His governing Board decided Ophthalmologist would have to begin undergoing re-certification and he objected. Look, I can understand why a successful doctor (and from what I gather he didn’t have a rash of patients that had filed claims against him) wouldn’t want to go through the hassle but some take Continuing Medical Education (CME) more seriously than others.

      I for one have found comfort when seeing a big ole National Board certification “diploma” on a doctor’s ego wall but if the sucker is two or three decades old I don’t think I’d find it so comforting after all. Anyway, Paul got pissy about the whole thing so he (and his wife) created their own “Board” and he and some (too many) others in his specialty are “Board Certified” not through the standard National Board for Ophthalmologists (which doesn’t recognize Paul’s group) but through the entity Paul created. If I’m not mistaken he has continued to practice medicine but even before I learned some of the details on his refusing to sit for re-certification given his other kookiness I wouldn’t let that asshole anywhere near my eyes. Especially for surgery!

  3. Rand is a so called Libertarian, he may not want to spend on Ukraine, he also doesn’t want to spend money here either on those who haven’t pulled themselves up by their own bootstraps!

  4. Aynrand Paul is a d*ck. Always has been. I was never a McCain fan for many reasons (often voted against veterans’ bills,and if two were up for a vote,he’d vote for the cheaper; would have been expelled for flunking a final.because he was hungover and only his grandfather and father were flag rank 0s;ditto downing two planes; caused a divorce and then dumped that wife for Cindy in other words,not a role model) but compared to Paul, he was a saint. I.have sympathy for Paul’s neighbor because Randy could easily have moved the leaf pile but refused out of sheer mean stubbornness.


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