Update at the end
Senator McCain suggested on the Senate floor Thursday that anyone disagreeing with him about allowing Montenegro to join NATO is working for Russian President Putin. His comments were directed at Rand Paul who would not agree to it.
If you disagree with Progressive Republican McCain, you’re naturally a Russian operative.
McCain doesn’t understand why Paul is disagreeing with 98 senators. How could they all be wrong he suggested. In reality, numbers don’t equal right. For example, all the Germans were wrong in 1930’s Germany.
Paul and McCain have been feuding and it got a whole lot worse when Paul didn’t support a treaty that would allow tiny little Montenegro to join NATO.
If you disagree with allowing the inclusion, you’re a Russian operative according to McCain.
“If there’s objection,” McCain warned, “you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin. If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin, and I do not say that lightly.”
Actually he does say that lightly.
Paul responded saying, “I object,” then abruptly left the Senate.
McCain faulted him for leaving after his accusations, “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 argument to be made.”
“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” McCain concluded.
Senator Paul issued a statement to Business Insider, stating it would be “unwise to expand the monetary and military obligations of the United States given the burden of our $20 trillion debt.”
“Currently, the United States has troops in dozens of countries and is actively fighting in Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen (along with the occasional drone strike in Pakistan). In addition, the United States is pledged to defend 28 countries in NATO.”
Apparently, the Senate has to unanimously agree before a nation can join NATO, which is what set McCain off.
Last month, Paul said of McCain, “He would bankrupt the nation. We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge because I think we’d be in perpetual war.”
Oh, boy, he’s got that right.
Are we really going to pledge to go to war, send money and troops to Montenegro? Why can’t Paul disagree without being accused of working with Putin?
What really needs to be done is to backbench McCain and Graham — take them off the key committees and make them as irrelevant as they need to be.
In an UPDATE, Senator Paul said he’s “unhinged” and he – McCain – “makes a good case for term limits.”
McCain sees Russians like alcoholics see pink elephants. The Russians Are Coming! The Russians Are Coming!