Until now two things are obviously true about the mess that has become Ukraine: 1) both sides of the issue are issuing tonnes of propaganda that can't be trusted, and 2) the conflict is pitting Ukrainians against Ukrainians.
Given those two facts, why did we do this today?
The Ukrainian government will hold a $1 billion U.S.-backed bond sale before a presidential election scheduled for May 25, Finance Minister Oleksandr Shlapak said...Why are we backing a bond sale by a completely broke and corrupt Ukrainian government, and putting the American taxpayer on the hook?
“A lead manager is already working on it,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll get the U.S.-backed money before the election.”
This is just the latest of a long string of examples.
We have CIA and FBI agents currently advising the Ukrainian government.
Citing unnamed German security sources, Bild am Sonntag said the CIA and FBI agents were helping Kiev end the rebellion in the east of Ukraine and set up a functioning security structure.The CIA and FBI agents aren't on the front lines, but American Blackwater mercenaries are. This is a country that is so completely broke, if the IMF didn't give them a huge loan they would have gone bankrupt. Yet they can someone manage to get together enough cash to buy very expensive mercs? What is going on here?
To give this a little more perspective, the IMF recently warned Ukraine about consequences on their loan terms if the Donetsk region slips away.
And then today, the U.N. is asking why one of their helicopters is operating in the disputed Donetsk region.
Instead I'm going to focus on the fact that we are getting into a situation with no clear exit if things turn from bad to worse. More importantly, the American people don't want to get involved.
Republicans have accused Obama of being weak on Russia because of the Ukraine crisis, but the fact is that Americans don't want to get involved in Ukraine by an overwhelming margin.
But 62% of those polled said they were opposed to sending arms or other military aid to Ukraine, more than twice the 30% who backed providing defense help to Ukrainians trying to hold their country together.Granted, the morons are still more likely to support war over Ukraine. They just need to be told where it is.
Significantly, when reporting the results of the poll, the Wall Street Journal, an influential news organ closely associated with America’s establishment, described the results of the poll as being indicative of “an anti-interventionist current that sweeps across party lines.”This matches a November poll saying much the same thing.
For the first time in surveys dating back nearly 40 years, a majority (53%) says the United States plays a less important and powerful role as a world leader than it did a decade ago.If the American people don't support belligerent chest-beating and saber-rattling, what foreign policies will Republican presidential candidates run on?