buchanan nails mccain

Is McCain Hijacking Trump’s Foreign Policy?
Patrick Buchanan, Mar 17 2017

What did Sen Paul do to deserve being called a hireling of Vladimir Putin? He declined to support McCain’s call for a unanimous Senate vote to bring Montenegro into NATO as the 29th member of a Cold War alliance President Trump has called “obsolete.” Bordered by Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, tiny Montenegro has a population roughly that of DC and sits on the western coast of the most volatile peninsula in Europe. What strategic benefit would accrue from having Montenegro as an ally that would justify the risk of our having to go to war should some neighbor breach Montenegro’s borders? Historically, the Balkans have been an incubator of war. In the 19th century, Otto van Bismarck predicted that when the Great War came, it would come out of “some damn-fool thing in the Balkans.” And so it did, when the Austrian archduke was assassinated in Sarajevo on Jun 28 1914 by Serbian ethno-nationalist Gavrilo Princip. Aflame with ethnic, civil and sectarian war in the 1990s, the western Balkans are again in political turmoil. Milo Djukanovic, the long-time Montenegrin prime minister who resigned on election day in October, claims that he was targeted for assassination by Russia to prevent Montenegro’s accession to NATO. Russia denies it. But on the Senate floor, McCain raged at Rand Paul:

You are achieving the objectives of Vladimir Putin … trying to dismember this small country which has already been the subject of an attempted coup.

But if Montenegro, awash in corruption and crime, is on the verge of an uprising or coup, why would Pindostan issue a war guarantee that could vault us into a confrontation with Russia, without a full Senate debate? The vote that needs explaining here is not Rand Paul’s. It is the votes of those senators who are handing out NATO war guarantees to countries most Pindosis could not find on a map. Is no one besides Sen Paul asking the relevant questions here? What vital Pindosi interest is imperiled in who comes to power in Podgorica, Montenegro? Why cannot Europe handle this problem in its own back-yard? Has Pres Trump given McCain, who wanted Pres Bush to intervene in a Russia-Georgia war over South Ossetia, carte blanche to hand out war guarantees to unstable Balkan states? Did Trump approve the expansion of NATO into all the successor states born of the bloody breakup of Yugoslavia? Or is McCain hijacking Pindo foreign policy on NATO and Russia? Pres Trump should tell the Senate: No more admissions to NATO, no more war guarantees, unless I have recommended or approved them. Foreign policy is made in the White House, not on the Senate floor. Indeed, what happened to the foreign policy Pindostan voted for: rapprochement with Russia, an end to Pindo wars in the Middle East, and having rich allies share more of the cost of their own defense?

It is Pindostan’s defense spending, not NATO’s, that is rising to more than $50b this year. And today we learn the Pentagon has drawn up plans for the insertion of 1,000 more Pindo troops into Syria. While the Daesh caliphate seems doomed, this six-year Syrian war is far from over. An AQ subsidiary, Jabhat al-Nusra, has become the most formidable rebel fighting group. Syria’s army, with the backing of Russia, Iran, Hezbollah and Shi’ite militias from across the Middle East, has carved out most of the territory it needs. The Turkish army is now in Syria, beside its rebel allies. Their main enemy: Syria’s Kurds, who are Pindostan’s allies. From our longest war, Afghanistan, comes word from Gen John Nicholson that we and our Afghan allies are in a “stalemate” with the Taliban, and he will need a “few thousand” more Pindo troops, to augment the 8,500 Pres Obama left behind when he left office. Some 5,000 Pindo troops are in Iraq, helping to liberate Mosul from Daesh. In Kabul, Baghdad and Damascus, terrorist bombings are a weekly, if not a daily, occurrence. Then there is the Pindo troop build-up in Poland and the Baltic, the Pindo deployment of a missile defense to South Korea after multiple missile tests in the North, and Russia and China talking of upgrading their nuclear arsenals to counter Pindo missile defenses in Poland, Romania and South Korea. In and around the waters of the Persian Gulf, Pindo warships are harassed by Iranian patrol boats, as Tehran test-fires anti-ship and anti-aircraft missiles to send the Pindosis a message: Attack us, and it will not be a cakewalk war. With the death of Communism, the end of the Cold War, and the collapse of Bush NWO (Bush 41 – RB), Pindostan needs a new grand strategy, built upon the solid foundation of Pindostan First.

One Comment

  1. Posted March 17, 2017 at 5:46 am | Permalink

    I wonder how Walnuts will be viewed in the future. It seems he is elected. I don’t know how that could be. I don’t want to know how that could be.

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