Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is warning Americans that the Biden administration and the “bipartisan neocon consensus” in Congress are eager to drag the U.S. into a new war over the looming conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
“I was heartened when President Trump spoke of stopping our ‘endless wars’ and I was hoping for more restraint from President Biden,” Paul wrote in an op-ed published Wednesday in Louisville’s Courier-Journal. “Unfortunately, that wasn’t his history and it doesn’t seem to be his current direction.”
“The endless wars are ramping up again even as I write today,” Paul warned.
The libertarian-leaning senator is not happy with how the Biden administration has approached the Ukraine issue thus far.
“The war-as-first-resort crowd, including the Biden Administration, put 8,500 troops on heightened alert for possible deployment to Eastern Europe,” Paul observed. “Folly best describes the idea of sending a small contingent off to a potentially big war. This mistake was made in Syria and elsewhere in recent years.”
Paul explained that there is no U.S. interest in Ukraine.
“From our perspective, Ukraine should not and cannot be our problem to solve,” Paul said. “It is not our place to defend them in a struggle with their longtime adversary, Russia.There is no national security interest for the United States.”
The senator targeted “neocons” as the ones wanting Ukraine to become a full member of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) and wanting a new war the most.
“The bipartisan neocon consensus in Congress steadfastly states that they will not deign to consider any agreement that would assure that Ukraine doesn’t join the military alliance of NATO,” Paul wrote.
Ukraine being a full member of NATO would likely mean U.S. boots on the ground if Russia invaded its borders.
“The neocons are trying to fool people that NATO entrance would lead to deterrence and peace, when in fact it is a recipe for war and disaster,” Paul said.
“Let’s hope diplomacy succeeds before we are dragged into yet another war,” the senator finished.