While the conflict in Ukraine continues to siphon money from the American taxpayer with seemingly less and less media coverage, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelesnky has put Republican Sen. Rand Paul and a number of other prominent Americans on a “blacklist.”
Zelensky has accused these blacklisted Americans of “promoting Russian propaganda,” for daring to go against the prescribed narrative regarding the conflict.
UnHerd reported that, “The Government of Ukraine has issued a blacklist of individuals who they judge to be “promoting Russian propaganda” — including a number of prominent Western intellectuals.”
The report continues, “The “Center for Countering Disinformation,” established in 2021 under Volodymyr Zelensky and headed by former lawyer Polina Lysenko, sits within the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine. Its stated aim is to detect and counter “propaganda” and “destructive disinformation” and to prevent the “manipulation of public opinion.””
According to UnHerd, the Zelensky regime’s supposed ‘disinformation’ center published a list of politicians, academics, activists that are “promoting Russian propaganda” — “including several high-profile Western intellectuals and politicians. Republican Senator Rand Paul, former Democrat Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, military and geopolitical analyst Edward N. Luttwak, realist political scientist John Mearsheimer and heterodox journalist Glenn Greenwald were all included on the list. The list does not explain what the consequences are for anyone mentioned.”
The report goes on to state that while the exact criteria for inclusion on said list are unclear, next to each name the group lists the “pro-Russian” opinions the individual promotes.
“For example, Edward Luttwak’s breach was to suggest that “referendums should be held in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions”; Mearsheimer’s breach is recorded as him saying that “NATO has been in Ukraine since 2014” and that “NATO provoked Putin.”
Other prominent Americans who landed on the list include Col. Douglas MacGregor (ret.), Col. Richard Black, former U.S. diplomat Jim Jatras and former CIA officer Ray McGovern.
Sen. Paul responded to being blackballed by the Ukrainian government – noting that unlike the politicians who continue blindly sending billions of dollars to the European nation, his “loyalty” remains with the United States.
Paul issued a statement in which he pointed out that he’s “repeatedly said” his “sympathies lie with Ukraine,” but stood by his past criticisms of the situation.
“While I have repeatedly said my sympathies lie with Ukraine, my loyalty is to the United States,” Paul said. “My oath of office obligates me to defend the United States and that includes defending our country from incurring massive new debt no matter how worthy the cause.”
Paul delayed a $40 billion Ukraine aid package in May, prompting pushback from members of both parties. Paul argued at the time that “we cannot save Ukraine by dooming the U.S. economy.”
“Americans are feeling the pain [from inflation], and Congress seems intent only on adding to that pain by shoveling more money out the door as fast as they can,” Paul added in May.
Gabbard also said in June that the Biden administration has failed to define what ‘winning’ means in the Ukraine–Russia war, similarly, pushing back on the $40 billion spending package.
“You know, Secretary Austin said in the past well we’re doing this so that we can weaken Russia but really when you look at it this was always about going to war with Russia with Ukraine as the proxy and that’s exactly what’s happening right now. This is something that we the American people never had a say in, Congress rushed through this $40 billion spending package never had any kind of serious debate about it,” Gabbard said.