Despite a vote in Congress to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from funding Nazi training in Ukraine, the American foreign policy of interventionism remains unchanged, according to Ron Paul.
In his latest Liberty Report, the three-time presidential candidate and former U.S. representative from Texas juxtaposed the North Atlantic Trade Organization’s move—supported by the U.S.—to curtail Russian aggression by sending weaponry and 5,000 troops to eastern Europe, with the House of Representatives’ recent vote to prohibit funding for the Azov Battalion, an openly Nazi volunteer brigade in Ukraine.
“It’s hard to figure out exactly why we would need to be doing this,” Paul said. “Who do you think is behind this? What benefit do you think the American people are going to gain from us sending a lot of equipment to eastern Europe?”
Daniel McAdams, co-host of the Liberty Report, reminded the audience of a longstanding agreement between NATO and the Russians that the organization would not permanently position western troops or weaponry in the Balkans. “This would certainly, if not violate the agreement, come up against it,” McAdams said. “But the whole idea that putting 5,000 Americans as some sort of a tripwire against an 800,000-person strong Russian army, it makes absolutely no sense from a military perspective.”
Paul pointed out that the blame for this action is that we have to curtail Russian aggression. But what has the Russian government had to say about the matter? Paul read the following statement made by Russian President Vladimir Putin: “I think that only an insane person and only in a dream can imagine that Russia would suddenly attack NATO. I think some countries are simply taking advantage of people’s fears with regard to Russia.”
McAdams compared the movement of NATO and American troops to Russia’s border to a bad dream, noting that if Russia moves some troops within its own country, it could be considered Russian aggression.
Though the New York Times and other media outlets reported that this action hasn’t been approved by the U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter or President Obama, Paul wondered how far this could go without the two at least knowing about it. Congress hasn’t had an agreement either on these plans either, Paul said.
Running parallel to this story is the fact that U.S.-led training of in Kiev might be helping the wrong people. Paul cited a report from Robert Perry on how many of the volunteer brigades receiving American support are openly Nazi. Now the House has passed an amendment that prohibits this sort of training for one Nazi group in particular—the Azov Battalion.
Is this any assurance? Even if there is an amendment, does that change anything?
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