Thursday, January 23, 2020

Democrats Are Impeaching The Wrong President

Day Two of the Trump Derangement Syndrome Impeachment Trial sent me into a persistent vegetative state. Watching Adam Schiff self-immolate was the only saving grace of Act II of this shameless circus.

In a video tweeted out by ABC News, Schiff is heard lauding the military aid approved by Congress to help Ukraine defend itself.  He mentions what that aid was and tugs at our heartstrings by pointing out more than 15,000 Ukrainians died fighting Russian forces and their proxies.
Mr. Schiff, Nancy Pelosi’s ringleader in this farcical trial, is impeaching the wrong president.

The Obama Administration allocated Ukraine the paltry sum of $33 million in nonlethal support in the form of meals-ready-to-eat (MREs), blankets, bomb disposal equipment, night vision goggles, radios and engineering equipment.

In June 2014, Obama’s State Department continued to rule out providing weapons to help Ukraine fight against pro-Russian insurgents.

Lech Walesa, the heroic leader of Poland’s 2005 Solidarity labor movement, was highly critical of the decision saying, “The superpower has not been up to the job, and therefore the world is at a dangerous point and maybe it really is the case that lots of bad things are happening in the world because there is no leadership.”

Just a month before, the German publication Der Spiegel spoke with intellectuals from the United States, Western and Eastern Europe about what the events in Ukraine meant for Europe and the rest of the world.

Yale Professor Timothy Snyder told Der Spiegel,  “I think Putin is playing an all-or-nothing game, geopolitically speaking. He no longer cares about tolerable relations with the EU or about a solid relationship with Ukraine. Putin has opted for something else, a much larger project, to destabilize Ukraine and the EU [emphasis mine]. It's an all-or-nothing game because there is no going back, now that he has embarked on this path.”
SPIEGEL: Because the United States remains oddly removed from the conflict, the German government and Brussels are virtually alone in their diplomatic efforts. Has the United States lost interest in Europe? 
SNYDER: For a long time, the United States and, most of all Barack Obama, believed that Russia wouldn't make any moves, that Europe was extremely stable, and that China was the difficult country it had to deal with. Now Putin has changed that. The United States probably isn't sufficiently involved at the moment, but the US government is interested in Europe again. This is a fundamental shift. Three things have changed internationally: The EU is being confronted with a fundamental threat for the first time, America once again values the transatlantic partnership, and Ukrainian identity has been strengthened. Anyone who thinks Putin is a strategic genius should take a look at what he's achieved. If he had allowed things to continue as they had, America would gradually have drifted away from Europe, (former) President Viktor Yanukovych would have continued to ruin Ukraine and the Europeans would have kept doing what they were doing.
The Obama Administration willfully ignored the increasing Ukrainian loss of life and spilled blood with its vague promises of sanctions and expressions of “concern” delivered safely from the sidelines.

One senior Obama Administration official explained, “Ukraine is not a NATO ally, complicating the question of how to support its government.”

Congress has not been queasy about authorizing lethal assistance to any number of questionable regimes, yet when it came to Ukraine, Obama suddenly worried about the formality of alliances?  Spare me.

The New York Times, noted for its access to the inner sanctums of the Obama Administration, sized up Barack Obama correctly in a published report entitled Pentagon Plan Would Help Ukraine Target Rebel Missiles. It confirmed Obama responds to strength with weakness.

That paltry $33 million in blankets and MREs was a cowardly attempt to help Ukraine without provoking Putin.

When the first public impeachment hearing was held in November of last year, Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) reminded Americans of the hot mic moment in 2012 when The World’s Most Dangerous Community Organizer told Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, “This is my last election.  After my election I have more flexibility.”

Wenstrup said, "Maybe now we understand what President Obama meant when he told Russian President Medvedev that he would have more flexibility after his election. Maybe that flexibility was to deny lethal aid to the Ukraine, allowing Russia to march right in and kill Ukrainians."

So, we’re impeaching a president over a phone call?  Those 15,000 Ukrainians who died were not on President Trump’s watch.  The lethal aid was delayed a mere 55 days and did not disrupt Ukraine’s military.  It consisted of AN/TPQ-36 counter-battery radar and FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile systems which lets the U.S. stand with its allies without putting boots on the ground.

According to Defense News, President Trump is seeking an additional $250 million in security aid for Ukraine in his 2020 budget request to Congress.  Incidentally, that report was published on December 4, 2019 BEFORE the jackwagons in the House voted to impeach our President.

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