Why is Washington so opposed to Crimean self-determination? The answer is that one of the main purposes of Washingtons coup in Kiev was to have the new puppet government evict Russia from its Black Sea naval base in Crimea. Washington cannot use the government Washington has installed in Ukraine for that purpose if Crimea is no longer part of Ukraine. What Washington has made completely obvious is that self-determination is a weapon used by Washington in behalf of its agenda. If self-determination advances Washingtons agenda, Washington is for it. If self-determination does not advance Washingtons agenda, Washington is against it. The Washington-initiated UN Security Council resolution, vetoed by Russia, falsely declares that the referendum in Crimea, a referendum demanded by the people, can have no validity, and cannot form the basis for any alteration of the status of Crimea; and calls upon all States, international organizations and specialized agencies not to recognize any alteration of the status of Crimea on the basis of this referendum and to refrain from any action or dealing that might be interpreted as recognizing any such altered status. Washington could not make it any clearer that Washington totally opposes self-determination by Crimeans. Washington claims, falsely, that the referendum cannot be valid unless the entire population of Ukraine votes and agrees with the decision by Crimeans. Note that when Washington stole Kosovo from Serbia, Washington did not let Serbians vote. But lets overlook Washingtons rank hypocrisy and self-serving double-standards. Lets apply Washingtons argument that in order to be valid any change in Crimeas status requires a vote on the part of the population of the country that it departs. If this is the case, then Crimea has never been a part of Ukraine. Under Washington s interpretation of international law, Ukraine is still a part of Russia. When Khrushchev transferred Crimea (but not Sevastopol, the Black Sea base) to Ukraine, Russians did not get to vote. Therefore, according to Washingtons own logic it is invalid to recognize Crimea as part of Ukraine. That also goes for other parts of Russia that Lenin transferred to Ukraine. Under the logic of Washingtons UN resolution, large parts of Ukraine are not legitimately part of Ukraine. They have remained parts of Russia, because Russians were not allowed to vote on their transfer to Ukraine. Thus, there is no issue about Russia annexing Crimea, because, according to Washingtons logic, Crimea is still a part of Russia. Do you need any more proof that the Ukrainian crisis is made up out of thin air by schemers in Washington who created the entire crisis for one purposeto weaken Russia militarily. No one was surprised that the New York Times published on March 14 the warmongering rant, written by neoconservatives for John McCain, which described Washingtons aggression in Ukraine as Russias aggression. The US government overthrows an elected democratic Ukrainian government and then accuses Russia of invading and annexing Crimea in order to divert attention from Washingtons overthrow of Ukrainian democracy. There is no elected government in Kiev. The stooges acting as a government in Kiev were put in office by Washington. Who else choose them? What surprised some was Rand Paul joining the hysteria. Rand Paul wrote his propagandistic rant against Russia for Time. Rand Paul claims, falsely, that Putin has invaded Crimea and that it is an affront to the international community. First of all, the decision of Crimea to leave Ukraine is a decision of the Crimean population and the elected government, not a decision by Russia. But, for the sake of argument, lets take Rand Pauls lie as the truth: Is Vladimir Putins invasion of Ukraine a gross violation of that nations sovereignty and an affront to the international community like Washingtons invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, and Washington-sponsored invasions of Libya and Syria, and Washingtons ongoing slaughter of Pakistanis and Yemenis with drones, and Washingtons violation of Irans sovereignty with illegal sanctions, and Washingtons violation of Ukrainian sovereignty by overthrowing the elected government and imposing Washingtons stooges? If Putin is behaving as Rand Paul ignorantly asserts, Putin is just following the precedents established by Clinton in Serbia, by Bush in Afghanistan and Iraq, and by Obama in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine. Washingtons argument is reduced to: We, the exceptional and indispensable nation can behave this way, but no other country can. As some Americans have misplaced hopes in Rand Paul, it is just as well that he revealed in Time that he is just another fool prostituting himself for the neoconservative warmongers and the military/security complex. If Rand Paul is the hope for America, then clearly there is no hope. As I have been pointing out, the propaganda and lies issuing from Washington, its European puppets, New York Times, Time, and the entirety of the Western media are repeating the path to war that led to World War 1. It is happening right before our eyes.