Putting Down the Hammer on Putin

Putting Down the Hammer on Putin

Rand Paul understands that there is more to the current situation in Europe regarding oil than literal oil itself—Ukraine and Russia—but because of his stance of limited foreign interference, Paul finds himself in an interesting situation here.

For those who do not know, Russia holds a strong global position in the oil industry. With that said, much of Europe (and the rest of the world) heavily rely on Russian supply. However, with Russia all up in Ukraine’s grill on nearly every level, a lot of European nations would like to put out some sort of sanction against Russian President Vladmir Putin.


This action would not be so far-fetched if it were not for a hypothetical and passive aggressive action Putin could put into place should any of Europe decide to carry out punishment. This is where Putin crosses a distinctive line—refraining freedom by refraining oil.


Along side Europe, Paul also finds himself in a corner. Foreign interference is a green light, but this, what is Putin doing?”, is most definitely a red light. This is where some sort of action needs to be taken on Paul’s part, hypothetically speaking if he should want to be the next president.


Paul has a plan on how to handle Putin and their possible oil blockade.


“(We should) lift restrictions on new oil and gas development in order to ensure a steady energy supply at home, and so we can supply Europe with oil if it is interrupted from Ukraine,” Paul said.


This is an action that could work, but we cannot forget the Ukraine is also to be held accountable for the debt they owe to Russia. Because of this, Paul has suggested we abandon lending money to the Ukraine, because Russia can legally force a large portion of relief money to pay Ukraine’s debt back to Russia.


As he tweeted on Thursday:


All the same, deregulating Russia is a ridiculous idea in its entirety, because it cannot stop a Russian army. In order for Paul to become a serious presidential candidate, he will have to show that he is not looking to advance business movements, as many other Republican politicians have been assumed of doing.


Paul has a good chance of doing so, as long as he meant what he said in an op-ed for TIME.


“Russia, the Middle East or any other troubled part of the world should never make us forget that the U.S. is broke,” Paul said. “We weaken our security and defenses when we print money out of thin air or borrow from other countries to allegedly support our own.”


Are there other options for Paul, or is it as black and white as it seems? How could we more carefully tread the thin line between Russia and Ukraine? Perhaps treading will no longer be an option. Share your thoughts on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments section below.


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