Alas, Poor Montenegro

Montenegro

Rand Paul Now Works for Putin

As you know, gentle readers, Aardvark finds nothing more delightful than sharing with you the views of the Heritage Foundation. Accordingly, I direct your attention to their fine article, Support for Montenegro’s Accession to NATO Would Send a Message of Strength—and I am sure you know to what address the folks at the Heritage Foundation would like to send the message.

Regrettably, Rand Paul did not get the memo, and is now blocking Senate consideration of the treaty that would let Montenegro into the club. Asked why, Senator Paul cited the national debt and the need to avoid expanding our military obligations.

According to John McCain, Paul’s position is irrefutable proof that the senator from Kentucky is now the senator from Moscow:

‘The senator from Kentucky is now working for Putin’: John McCain slams Rand Paul for blocking Montenegro from joining NATO

Republican Sen. John McCain slammed his GOP colleague, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, on Wednesday after Paul blocked the passage of a treaty that would allow Montenegro to move forward with joining NATO, Defense News’ Joe Gould reported.

McCain warned before the vote that “If there’s objection, you are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin…and I do not say that lightly.”

Paul then entered the Senate chamber, voted against the accession protocol, and exited.

“The only conclusion you can draw when he walks away is he has no argument to be made,” McCain said after Paul walked out abruptly, according to The Washington Examiner. “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin.”

Nero Wolfe—Montenegro’s most famous native son—is very unhappy.

Nero Wolfe