In a piece for Politico, Tal Kopan highlights the different approaches to the Eurasian debacle being taken by libertarian icons Ron Paul and son Rand. Whereas the elder Paul is asking "So what?" vis-a-vis America, Ukraine, and Russia, the younger Paul has engaged in tough talk™ in recent days aimed squarely at Putin. Writes Ron Paul:
Meanwhile, son Rand has been taking a more belligerent stance toward Putin and Co., even advocating for the use of sanctions in a March 9th TIME piece:
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'?
U.S. officials who supported the unconstitutional overthrow of Ukraine's government should refocus their energies on learning our own Constitution.
It is important that Russia become economically isolated until all its forces are removed from Crimea and Putin pledges to act in accordance with the international standards of behavior that respect the rights of free people everywhere.
But as Forbes' David Adesnik points out, Rand Paul's take on the Crimean situation has been all over the, er, map, in a "confusing series of twists and turns" Asneck believes to be the result of a shallow knowledge of foreign policy coupled with a "desperate" search for some framework or ideology with which to buttress it.