It is unclear to many Americans how deeply devoted and indebted to Russia the current occupant of the White House is, but there is definitely a potential conflagration based on the amount of smoke surrounding the Ruskie-Trump partnership.
What is crystal clear to Arizona Senator John McCain is that he is finished showing any tolerance for Republicans intent on doing the bidding of Russian president Vladimir Putin and he unleashed a serious charge against libertarian Kentucky Senator, “Ayn Rand” Paul on the floor of the U.S. Senate and stated emphatically that he is “now working for Vladimir Putin.”
Of course Mr. McCain didn’t unleash a completely valid accusation without good reason, and it isn’t because the Vietnam war veteran, combat pilot, and prisoner of war did battle with Russian MIGs during the horrible “conflict” alleged to stop the spread of communism. What earned Senator McCain’s outrage was the Kentucky libertarian Rand Paul’s “objection,” without any rationale whatsoever, to the tiny nation of Montenegro’s ascension into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); a goal it has sought for ten years. What seemed to infuriate Senator McCain even more was after saying “I object,” Rand Paul turned and walked out.
Montenegro is facing a very real Russian threat of “dismemberment” by the Kremlin and that apparently is acceptable to Rand Paul. It is also acceptable to the corrupt fascist sitting in the White House and there is no telling how long Mr. McCain struggled to maintain his silence. McCain was working with two Democrats and introduced a bill allowing the beleaguered Balkan nation entrance into NATO, specifically to protect it from exactly what Putin accomplished in America. In a statement from McCain’s spokeswoman:
“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. Senator McCain, and certainly the people of Montenegro, would appreciate an explanation from Senator Paul as to why he sought to prevent this small, brave country from joining in the defense of the free world.”
Mr. McCain’s “belief” is not unfounded. Quite the contrary it is likely spot on. At least based on Trump’s statements throughout the presidential campaign about America not supporting its NATO allies under his administration. No small number of pundits assessed Trump’s campaign comments as a nod to the his hero Vladimir Putin that if he won the White House, he would have no qualms allowing the Kremlin to undermine democracies throughout Europe exactly like he did in America. McCain said of Rand Paul:
“You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin…trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject an attempted coup. If they object, they are now carrying out the desires and ambitions of Vladimir Putin and I do not say that lightly.”
Shortly thereafter, Senator Paul strolled up to the microphone and said, “I object,” turned on his heels, and marched out. Clearly stunned, and visibly enraged, Senator McCain had no reservations expressing his valid indignation towards Paul. He said:
“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.”
Apparently, some observers thought McCain had violated a ridiculous rule, Senate Rule 19. It is a rule open to interpretation and one Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell used to silence Senator Elizabeth Warren for attempting to read a letter from the Reverend Martin Luther King’s widow regarding the dirty lying racist and religious extremist now serving as attorney general. The rule states:
“No senator in debate shall, directly or indirectly, by any form of words impute to another Senator or to other Senators any conduct or motive unworthy or unbecoming a Senator.”
Although it isn’t entirely clear if Rand Paul is actually “working for Vladimir Putin,” it is obvious that his objecting to Montenegro’s entrance into NATO is, in fact, working to further Putin’s goal of “dismembering” not only Montenegro’s democracy, but the NATO alliance as well. It is possible that in Republican circles, stating the obvious about another senator is “unworthy and unbecoming a senator.” Truth may be a violation of Senate rules, but when five cabinet-level nominees commit perjury under oath in the Senate, is an honorable achievement according to Republicans.
Regardless of what anyone thinks about John McCain, he is intricately aware of the Russian Putin’s goal in breaking NATO and undermining NATO member nations’ democracies. It is what he accomplished in the United States and although there is nothing John McCain’s political party is going to do about it, the Arizona Senator is intent on helping other democracies avoid falling victim, like America, to Trump’s love and financial interest Vladimir Putin.