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Monday, March 17, 2014

McCain, Durbin urge Obama to send weapons to Ukraine

So eager for war
  • Senators from both parties couldn't wait to fly to Ukraine and demand the U.S. send weapons, money and do economic sanctions. 
  • Sanctions are a form of war.  Per the Constitution, any move for sanctions should be openly debated by both houses of Congress and passed in a live TV vote.

Republican Senator John McCain and his Democrat counterpart Senator Dick Durbin are demanding Obama send weapons to the Ukraine.

McCain headed up a bipartisan delegation of Senators who traveled to Ukraine’s capitol to show support for the new government. In addition to McCain and Durbin, the group includes John Barrasso (R-WY), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Ron Johnson (R-WI), Christopher Murphy (D-CT), John Hoeven (R-ND), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).
“First of all, they need small arms but they need other military equipment as well,”  McCain told the Kyiv Post. “There needs to be a training regimen also. A lot of their military is not well trained, nor ready to fight. That shouldn’t prevent us from getting arms to them, not just to defend themeless [sic] but as a signal that we are supporting them. I think it’s vital to give them arms and I think it’s also vital to send a message that we’re willing to give them arms with which to defend themselves from an imminent invasion of another party of their country … They only have a few thousand combat troops and would be overwhelmed by the Russians if it came to that. One of their urgent requests is to have us supply them with weapons. I will be urging our administration to arrange that transfer as quickly as possible.”
“To make it happen, all the president has to do is order it tomorrow,” McCain said. “He can have it done tomorrow.”

John McCain and Dick Durbin, two of eight American Senators visiting Ukraine this weekend, say they will urge Barack Obama to immediately send arms and other military supplies to Ukraine's government for defense against a broader invasion of the nation beyond the already Kremlin-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Durbin, another veteran senator, also said that America should help supply Ukraine to defend itself militarily -- short of sending in American troops, which has been ruled out. "We are not talking about sending American troops into Ukraine, period."

"Ukraine does not have a mighty army. It has a small army," Durbin said. "Yanukovych had hollowed it out this army and weakened it to the point where in the words of the prime minister -- we don't have anything that floats, flies or runs. They are at ground zero in terms of military capacity with few exceptions.

"Time and again, they asked us for military help. They need it. I think they should have it. They have to have the wherewithal to defend themselves."

FDR does economic sanctions against Japan resulting in an attack on Pearl Harbor.
Now the politicians beat the drum for sanctions against Russia.

Pearl Harbor and Economic "Sanctions"
 The Roosevelt administration, while curtly dismissing Japanese diplomatic overtures to harmonize relations, imposed a series of increasingly stringent economic sanctions on Japan. In 1939 the United States terminated the 1911 commercial treaty with Japan. “On July 2, 1940, Roosevelt signed the Export Control Act, authorizing the President to license or prohibit the export of essential defense materials.” Under this authority, “[o]n July 31, exports of aviation motor fuels and lubricants and No. 1 heavy melting iron and steel scrap were restricted.”
Next, in a move aimed at Japan, Roosevelt slapped an embargo, effective October 16, “on all exports of scrap iron and steel to destinations other than Britain and the nations of the Western Hemisphere.” Finally, on July 26, 1941, Roosevelt “froze Japanese assets in the United States, thus bringing commercial relations between the nations to an effective end. One week later Roosevelt embargoed the export of such grades of oil as still were in commercial flow to Japan.”
The British and the Dutch followed suit, embargoing exports to Japan from their colonies in southeast Asia.
See more at
How U.S. Economic Warfare Provoked Japan’s Attack on Pearl Harbor


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