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Ron Paul on Crimea: What’s the big deal, why does the US care?

March 18, 2014

 As everyone who is paying attention already knows, Crimea voted to become part of Russia over the weekend. Many politicians in Washington are upset and the Obama regime has said it will not accept the results of the vote.

  Ron Paul has a slightly different opinion which basically amount to this: what business is it of the United States what Crimea determines is in that country’s best interest?

  Here is part of what he said in an op-ed he wrote for USA Today:

Residents of Crimea voted over the weekend on whether they would remain an autonomous region of Ukraine or join the Russian Federation. In so doing, they joined a number of countries and regions — including recently Scotland, Catalonia and Venice — that are seeking to secede from what they view as unresponsive or oppressive governments.

These latter three are proceeding without much notice, while the overwhelming Crimea vote to secede from Ukraine has incensed U.S. and European Union officials, and has led NATO closer to conflict with Russia than since the height of the Cold War.

What’s the big deal? Opponents of the Crimea vote like to point to the illegality of the referendum. But self-determination is a centerpiece of international law. Article I of the United Nations Charter points out clearly that the purpose of the U.N. is to “develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples.”

Why does the U.S. care which flag will be hoisted on a small piece of land thousands of miles away?

Critics point to the Russian “occupation” of Crimea as evidence that no fair vote could have taken place. Where were these people when an election held in an Iraq occupied by U.S. troops was called a “triumph of democracy”?

  I happen to agree wholeheartedly: how is this any of the United States’ business? What will we gain by interfering here and what are our national interests in becoming involved in a regional conflict?

  While I firmly believe that Vladimir Putin is emboldened because he rightfully feels as if Barack Obama is weak, and while I am embarrassed at the fact Russian officials are now openly mocking the United States of America, I fail to see any reason for us to get involved in edging the world closer to WWIII by supplying Ukraine with weapons, as John McCain has suggested.

  Perhaps I am being a naive isolationist here, and perhaps I am not seeing the bigger picture, and if that is the case I welcome people to enlighten me as to why Ron Paul and myself  are wrong about this issue.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. Libertarian Prick permalink
    March 18, 2014 7:15 pm

    It isn’t our business. Ever time President Obama opens his mouth America loses credibility. We don’t have to be feared, but we do need to be respected. There should only be fear if they are the enemy. Obama makes it look like WE’RE scared. If Latvia threatened to take over the United States, Obama would make the us look like we’re about to lose the war that hadn’t even started yet.

    Fuck Europe. Unless our allies are in dire straights or the situation is extraordinary (mass genocide for example) we have no business there. The world hates us when we step up first, and they hate us when we show up late (WW1 and WW2).The U.N. is useless, we ARE the U.N. But for some reason we’ve given other countries a say in decisions when we’re the ones who do the heavy lifting.

    Lets see how the world does without our help. I don’t like war, nobody besides mad men do. It’s so easy to avoid. It’s also easy to remain a proud country that is respectable but not to be fucked with when you’re THE STRONGEST COUNTRY THE WORLD HAS EVER SEEN. But with an incompetent leader, anything can happen I suppose…

    Well, have a good day my friend.

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    • March 18, 2014 7:21 pm

      I agree, I fail to see how this is any of our business and I am glad to learn I am not alone in this line of thinking.

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  2. March 18, 2014 7:36 pm

    Reblogged this on Brittius.com.

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  3. March 18, 2014 9:40 pm

    So, President Huff&Puff, is supporting al Qaeda in Syria and neo-Nazis in Ukraine. What’s up with that?

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  4. March 18, 2014 10:40 pm

    Obama needs to take care not to piss off the Chinese until Mooche, her mom and the two chillins return from their taxpayer financed junket from there.
    Actually Putin may be playing into Obama’s trap. Once Putin gives Iran the nod to finish building their bomb and thereby create a showdown with Isreal Obama’s Arab Spring will reach fruition. But where do the machinations of Biden, Lurch and McCainfit into this silly notion of mine?

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  5. March 19, 2014 4:17 am

    so, when mexico uses the same reasons (to protect the people who speak the same language we do!) to annex large portions of the southwestern US, this will become our problem.

    if we allow it to happen to others, we will have no gripe when it happens to us.

    my opinion is we promised to protect the ukranians if they gave up their nukes. we aren’t protecting them. give them back their nukes, and see how willing moscow is to push them around then.

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    • March 19, 2014 5:30 am

      It is a totally different story if it happens to us, naturally our interest would then be involved.

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      • March 19, 2014 1:06 pm

        yes, our interests would be involved..but try to get help from anyone else, and we’ve already established in that situation we’re on our own.

        once the “they speak like us, so we’re taking them over” becomes a legitimate reason for conquest, where does it end? do the french annex quebec? does brazil make portugal a colony? by allowing this, we are saying that is an acceptable way for a country to behave.

        dangerous times, that eventually show up on our doorstep. it is always cheaper and easier to solve problems when they are small, and far away.

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      • March 19, 2014 6:55 pm

        I understand your point, and believe me I am not defending Putin, but if we send weapons to Ukraine and China aligns with Russia we could very well be on the verge of WWIII and I fail to see how this will be cheaper and easier than letting these countries figure it out themselves. The fact that we would be alone if Mexico invaded the US is proof to me that we should let these countries be on their own as well. If they would not help us why should we help them? Perhaps that is the best way to prove to the rest of the world that we are needed.

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  6. lou222 permalink
    March 19, 2014 11:29 am

    They voted, let them deal with the aftermath of the situation if it turns out that they made the wrong decision. Ron Paul is right on a whole lot of issues, we need to keep our nose out of this. Obama has no power any more and more to the point he has no respect. That is going to be our downfall, he is a nothing in the eyes of the world. Ron Paul said we did not to stick our nose into alot of the places we now have troops, we need to bring them home, they resent us being there and we are losing lives that are NOT protecting US. Putin is not someone that I want to get pissed off, Obama is not on the same level as he is, sad to say.

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    • March 19, 2014 6:57 pm

      You are 100% right Lou, and I would ask; didn’t Obama promise to restore America’s standing in the world? It is not working out so well.

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  7. MaddMedic permalink
    March 19, 2014 2:29 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….

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  8. zip permalink
    March 19, 2014 6:25 pm

    American’s don’t care, but usurpers and bankers & cronies do. I found this interesting:
    “While I feel for the people in Ukraine, I know we need to stay out of there. These people are the latest pawns in the banker controlled world of lies and deception. These banker parasites have now apparently stolen 33 tons of Ukraine gold and sent it to their vaults in NY.” http://projectchesapeake.wordpress.com/2014/03/18/here-we-go-again/

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    • March 19, 2014 7:00 pm

      And let’s not forget about the defense contractors who are pouring thousands of dollars into Washington as well. There is no doubt they are also influencing the politicians in Washington!

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