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March 13, 2014 - 3:00 pm

Ron Paul has just sided with Putin over the invasion of Ukraine.

Former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) appeared on the Fox Business Network’s The Independents on Wednesday night where he was asked for his thoughts about the worsening situation in Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula. Paul said that the United States and the West have engaged in hypocrisy and alleged that they participated in the overthrow of Viktor Yanukovich’s government. He added that Russian President Vladimir Putinhas “some law on his side” in Crimea because Russia held a lease on a naval base in the Crimean city of Sevastopol.

“This whole thing that Putin is the big cause of the trouble, and yet there’s pretty good evidence that the Europeans as well as the American government had to contrive to have the overthrow of a government that most people say had been elected,” Paul asserted.

“And then for them to come along and say, ‘Well, it’s an illegal government,’ and they want to have a referendum now, you know, in Crimea, ‘Oh, no, that’s not permissible,’” Paul continued. “Everything that Putin does is illegal. He’s no angel, but actually he has some law on his side.”

How does Putin have any law on his side? Crimea is not even Russian territory. Putin is taking advantage of the turmoil in Ukraine to seize and annex Crimea, probably on the way to either dismembering Ukraine or absorbing all of it by force.

Paul asserted that “contracts, and agreements, and treaties” associated with the Sevastopol base provide Putin with the legal basis to militarily occupy the peninsula. He said that Russia could accuse America of occupying Cuba because it, too, holds a lease on the land around the Guantanamo Bay prison.

“It’s such a façade,” he continued.

The facade is Ron Paul trying to sound reasonable. He leaps to blaming America in just about every instance — note the swipe about Cuba. The United States does not occupy Cuba just because we have a base there, and we are not about to absorb it. Gitmo was established long before the Castro regime took power.

If Sen. Rand Paul is to become a serious presidential contender, he is going to have to find a way to keep his cranky father off the TV. All Ron Paul does is blame America for the misdeeds of others, including Putin.

Host Matt Welch asked if Crimea’s snap referendum, scheduled to be held on Sunday, could really be considered legitimate given that it is being orchestrated by an occupational government “in the shadow” of the Russian government amassing forces on the Ukrainian border.

“Yeah,” Paul said. “I don’t think we should do all that threatening.” Welch attempted to clarify his question, but Paul went on to say that the Crimean invasion is being used as an “excuse” to erect interceptor missiles in “Russia’s backyard.”

The ballot in that referendum doesn’t even provide a “no” option. How can it be legitimate?

Paul goes on from there to assert that people have a right of secession, which is correct, but he then applies it to Crimea, which is incorrect. Crimea has not chosen secession yet. The Sunday vote isn’t about secession, it’s about annexation. Russia swooped in and put 30,000 troops on it and is now holding a snap vote to put a gloss of legitimacy on its invasion. Russia is also massing troops on Ukraine’s borders for what looks like a broader offensive.

Ron Paul would never, ever let any American administration get away with such obvious aggression. But he’s fine with Putin doing it.

Why?

Update: Putin is moving broadly against opposition, even outside of Russia. Does Ron Paul support this?

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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"The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine … to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine."

-The Budapest memorandum, 1994, signed by the leaders of all three countries.
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For god's sake read some history. The Crimea was annexed to Russia in 1783, this is Catharine the Great folks. Sevastopol is Russia's only warm water port. Virtually the whole population is ethnic Russian, they all speak Russian, they would all be Russian if Nikita Khrushchev hadn't performed a vanity act and "given it back" to Ukraine because he was Ukrainian.

Russia essentially had dominion over Ukraine, now they lost it. Now they are going to secure the Crimea because it would be idiotic not to. Seriously, would someone please like to suggest a way this *wouldn't* happen? I mean really?

The Russians bound this all up in treaties that essentially scream "If anything happens to Ukraine, we get the Crimea, and we'll do a referendum or something to make it all 'legal', so if that happens chill..." I am not a big fan of Ron Paul. I think he drank too much of the non-intervention Kool-Aid, but good grief, he has a point and it doesn't have anything to do with Jews or Lew Rockwell, or the voices in his head.

Are we all just going crazy because this is the Russians?
39 weeks ago
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I'm usually apathetic about Ron Paul, but I can't comprehend how a person considers discouraging invasions worse than actually invading other countries.
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No, Rand Paul is not his father, which is all to the good. Still, he is going to have to keep his dear old dad on a short leash if he wants to run for office, especially high office. Our leftist media would have a field day reminding everyone of Crazy Ronnie's racist newsletters, Stormfronter groupies, 9/11 trooferism, anti-Semitic ravings, and treasonous anti-Americanism. Crazy Ronnie makes Billy Carter look like a well-behaved brother.
38 weeks ago
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I am not sure why Ron Paul is a problem for Rand Paul. My dad had some twisted ideas too, are those to be held agains me? He swore the space shuttle liftoffs in Florida were adversely affecting the weather in Tennessee, even after I researched and shared the relative volumes involved. He was known to use the n-word in the 70s, though he was a Republican and supported the civil rights movement back when it was not a popular position around these parts. But those views and actions are not mine, and I would strongly object to being held accountable for my father's words and actions.
39 weeks ago
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They would be held against you if you were running for office. Remember, the far-left media jackals only run interference for fellow Commies. They wouldn't hesitate to use any and every guilt-by-association tactic on you or anybody running against their latest Marxist Messiah.
38 weeks ago
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Ron Paul is an isolationist. He doesn't much care what happens outside the US's borders and he certainly doesn't want the US to interfere in affairs of other countries. Ron starts from that position and then rationalizes a reason why Putin can do whatever he likes. That's why Ron is fine with Putin taking over Crimea or all of Ukraine for that matter.

Rand is his own special kind of crazy, not far removed from his father's special kind of crazy. But Rand has gotten lots of money for his campaigns based on his affiliation with his father. He'll never disassociate himself from his father or try to get his father to keep his mouth shut.
39 weeks ago
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The plain fact is that Putin does not need to worry about what Europe or America thinks about the Crimea. Europe was long a given but the American thing is so new it's hard for Putin to resist rubbing dirt in her eye.

Obama-Kerry are fools of a type, but Ron Paul is a fool who can't even represent an isolationist concept well. Picking sides between them is a guaranteed loser.
39 weeks ago
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It looks like both Rand Paul and Ted Cruz need to stuff their dads into a closet some place.
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"If Sen. Rand Paul is to become a serious presidential contender, he is going to have to find a way to keep his cranky father off the TV."

ROFL! Good luck with that. lololol !
39 weeks ago
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Ron Paul is no longer politically relevant; Rand Paul most definitely is. Moreover, the younger Paul has made his own opinions on foreign policy and international affairs fairly explicit. Wherefore, then, this conflation of Rand with Ron, as if parentage predetermines one's opinions and actions in some genetic fashion?

Has anyone asked Rand's mother for *her* foreign-policy positions?

What you have done here, Mr. Preston, is exactly the sort of guilt-by-association -- in this case, genetic association -- that you would condemn unequivocally were leftists to wield it against some figure of whom you approve. It blots your generally excellent record for letting persons and facts speaks for themselves.
39 weeks ago
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In reference to your last paragraph, the same could be said with regard to Jeb Bush & his alleged presidential aspirations. He was a very good governor & if he ever emerged as the Pub candidate for POTUS, I'd vote for him in a NY second.
39 weeks ago
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You DO know he's militantly pro-amnesty, don't you?

39 weeks ago
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And also like Common Core.
39 weeks ago
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Ron Paul has a major problem. He's a principled man who understands and honors the U.S. Constitution. To those without real principles, that's regarded as un-American and anti-American.

I don't see why America and the administration aren't getting all moist and tingly about the Crimean Spring.
39 weeks ago
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uh huh... So you either completely adopt Ron Paul's love of making excuses for Putin, Al Qaeda and every other thug on the planet, or you're unprincipled.. insulting the other 90% of the base didn't win him any converts then, it won't now... He is simply wrong.

I haven't decided about Rand Paul, but I'd write off this party forever if the guy who's sole argument during the debates was to simply make up an alternate fictional history and scream "warmonger" at his opponents came any closer to the White House than he did..

The only thing missing for him to make his image complete was a beanie hat with a propeller on it.
39 weeks ago
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For god's sake read some history. The Crimea was annexed to Russia in 1783, this is Catharine the Great folks. Sevastopol is Russia's only warm water port. Virtually the whole population is ethnic Russian, they all speak Russian, they would all be Russian if Nikita Khrushchev hadn't performed a vanity act and "given it back" to Ukraine because he was Ukrainian.

Russia essentially had dominion over Ukraine, now they lost it. Now they are going to secure the Crimea because it would be idiotic not to. Seriously, would someone please like to suggest a way this *wouldn't* happen? I mean really?

The Russians bound this all up in treaties that essentially scream "If anything happens to Ukraine, we get the Crimea, and we'll do a referendum or something to make it all 'legal', so if that happens chill..." I am not a big fan of Ron Paul. I think he drank too much of the non-intervention Kool-Aid, but good grief, he has a point and it doesn't have anything to do with Jews or Lew Rockwell, or the voices in his head.

Are we all just going crazy because this is the Russians?
39 weeks ago
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hornspe,
Crimea is one thing, with the lease/agreement on the naval base. The entire country of Ukraine is something else entirely. Notice the difference?
39 weeks ago
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Maybe we are going a bit crazy because it's the Russians. Russia is a rogue nation dying on the inside and using it's last gasps in one final attempt at empire. They know Western Europe is powerless to stop them and if the US is seriously withdrawing from it's role as a superpower, why not go for it?
39 weeks ago
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"...Western Europe is *powerless* [my emphasis] to stop them...."

Bulllshit! What is the combined gdp of Western Europe/ the European Union? Willingness is one thing, actual capacity is another. This is not 1945; this is not even 1985. The Soviet Union is gone (Putin's Russia isn't anywhere as powerful as the Soviet Union), and the E.U. is much larger. Even the United States is not as powerful as we once were. (Most of the military units that existed at the end of the Eighties and were available for Operation Desert Storm are now long gone.)

Germany's financial situation is much better than our own. What do they spend on defense (as a percentage of gdp)? What would they be spending if we Americans pulled out of NATO --which we should have done a long time ago.
39 weeks ago
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"The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine … to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine."

-The Budapest memorandum, 1994, signed by the leaders of all three countries.
39 weeks ago
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What are you talking about? Crimea was annexed by Russia in 1783! Treaties in 1994 are irrelevant!
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Yeah, good point. What was I thinking?
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It's obvious, people. Rand and Ron are Russian agents....

http://nyyrc.com/blog/2013/08/ron-rand-and-the-mises-institute/

Another aspect to the Mises Institute’s intellectual oeuvre is their close tracking to neo-Confederate themes, including secession. One of their scholars is Thomas DiLorenzo, whose books include “The Real Lincoln: A New Look at Abraham Lincoln, His Agenda, and an Unnecessary War,” and “Lincoln Unmasked: What You’re Not Supposed to Know About Dishonest Abe.” Suffice to say that Mr. DiLorenzo would likely have fired on Fort Sumter. Then there’s Thomas E. Woods, whose book “The Politically Incorrect Guide to American History” features a Confederate soldier on the cover. Robert Murphy, another economist at the Mises Institute, has appeared on a neo-Confederate radio program. The article advocating secession was published shortly after the election of Barack Obama, and closely tracks the prediction of a Russian Professor and former KGB analyst Panarin a few months earlier.

The Mises Institute employs Yuri N. Maltsev, a Russian economist with degrees from Moscow State University – the same University where Aleksandr Dugin teaches “Conservative Revolutionary” studies. Interesting, the map included in the Wall Street Journal article of Maltsev’s prediction has Alaska going to Russia, not Canada. (?!)
39 weeks ago
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The so-called "Ludwig von Mises Institute" really should be called the "Murray Rothbard Institute". The Austrian born economist Ludwig von Mises had nothing to do with the creation of that organization and never authorized them to use his name. I think it was his widow, Margit, who of course inherited his estate, who allowed Lew Rockwell and Rothbard to use von Mises' name.

These people represent the nihilist-anarchist, left wing (...or maybe paleo-con right wing, I don't know...) of the libertarian movement. This is in contrast to the Cato Institute, which represents the more mainstream of the libertarian movement. (....However, even the guys at Cato subscribe to the standard 'non-interventionist' foreign policy position that seems to be an important aspect of the "official" libertarian political philosophy ever since it first coalesced around 1970....)
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