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This is just a short Diary based on the recent pledge of $1,000,000,000.00 of aid to Ukraine, within weeks of cutting Food Stamps, Veteran's Benefits and an extension of Unemployment Insurance payments.
We have a failing infrastructure and starving children.
I would like to know how this can be rationalized by anybody with the power to do such a thing.
Frankly, I am one pissed off Veteran.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

    by Cruzankenny on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:03:08 AM PST

  •  it's different ... (0+ / 0-)
    The US secretary of state, John Kerry, has arrived for talks in Kiev, as the United States said it would seek Congressional approval for $1 billion in loan guarantees for Ukraine to help lessen the impact of proposed energy subsidy cuts. The US also announced training for financial and election institutions and anti-corruption efforts.

    TRAILHEAD of accountability for Bush-2 Crimes? -- Addington's Perpwalk.

    by greenbird on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:13:39 AM PST

    •  No it's not different (3+ / 0-)
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      Cruzankenny, allenjo, unfangus

      it's just more of the same ol' same ol'.

      The US also announced training for financial and election institutions and anti-corruption efforts.
      Meanwhile all the voter restriction laws going into effect here in the US...wtf?
    •  I agree it's different. It's worse. (4+ / 0-)

      We will guarantee these loans and Ukraine will default, which means we, the taxpayers who have guaranteed these loans, will be the ones to repay the debt.
      This is to "lessen the impact of proposed energy subsidy cuts". Why don't we get subsidized energy?
      In 2003, the worst energy blackout to hit our country and parts of Canada happened. It was estimated at the time it would take $80 billion to bring our grid up to modern standards and make sure this doesn't happen again. It was decided we couldn't afford it.
      That very same year we found WMD's in Iraq and soon we found we could afford to not only wipe out a country's infrastructure; we could afford to send in Halliburton and Brown & Root to build a brand new one, with cash.

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 06:28:08 AM PST

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  •  Few Americans want the US to get involved (2+ / 0-)
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    Cruzankenny, aliasalias
    Few Americans want the United States getting involved in policing the political turmoil in Ukraine, a new HuffPost/YouGov poll finds, even though a plurality say they think Russia's military incursion into the country qualifies as an invasion.

    Americans are more likely than not to say that the United States has no responsibility to get involved in Ukraine even under extreme circumstances, the new survey shows.

    Forty-six percent said the United States has no responsibility to protect Ukraine in the case of a Russian invasion, while only 18 percent said it does.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...
    •  I agree wholeheartedly. There is no reason for us (0+ / 0-)

      to even posture.
      We should have ignored the situation and let Russia get mired in a war they have managed to avoid since Afghanistan.

      "If you tell the truth, you won't have to remember anything", Mark Twain

      by Cruzankenny on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:06:59 AM PST

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  •  Thank you for your service and (3+ / 0-)
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    unfangus, Deward Hastings, aliasalias

    you are right.   Chris Matthews pretty much said the same thing last night.
    We need to fix home before we play all big shot and have answers.  Hell all we can export is war...We produce nothing and we are one screwed up nation.....We need a little intervention in the USA the way things are going.
    We can't get a single thing right !!!

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Tue Mar 04, 2014 at 08:06:24 AM PST

  •  Point of info: they're offering loan guarantees (0+ / 0-)

    Loan guarantees do not require any expenditure of money. Despite what one person upthread said, it is unlikely that Ukraine would default. This would be most likely for a new, short term tranche of debt to hold the country over until a broader international financial bailout could be arranged.

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