Mar 17, 2017
In a splenetic outburst on the Senate floor that was unprecedented even by his standards, Arizona Republican John McCain accused colleague Rand Paul of Kentucky of being an agent of the Russian government. McCain’s harangue was provoked by Paul’s objection to a proposal that Montenegro, a small former province of Yugoslavia, be brought into the NATO alliance.
“The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin,” snarled McCain, offering no evidence to substantiate that accusation – and violating Senate rules of comity in doing so.
Asked about McCain’s calumny on MSNBC’s Morning Joe program, Paul stated that McCain “makes a really, really strong case … for term limits. I think maybe he’s past his prime. I think maybe he’s gotten a little bit unhinged.”
“We currently have combat troops in about six nations,” Senator Paul pointed out. “We have troops … actively stationed in a couple dozen others. We have a twenty-trillion-dollar debt.”
Paul referred to an article he had read in which a photograph of McCain’s glowering face – an icon called an “Angry McCain” – was placed on every country where the senator has urged active military deployments.
“If you put an `Angry McCain’ on the globe, on the map [where he wants to send troops] – it’s virtually everywhere,” Paul recalled. “So his foreign policy is something that would greatly endanger the United States – greatly over-extend us. There has to be the thought as to whether it’s in our national interest to pledge to get involved in war if Montenegro has an altercation with anyone.”