Skip to comments.Cruz: The United States should stand with Ukraine
Posted on 03/03/2014 11:56:23 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
WASHINGTON, D.C. U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, released the following statement on events in Ukraine:
The situation unfolding in Ukraine right now is a harsh lesson that no matter how great the victory, we must never rest on our laurels. After the United States won the Cold War and the Soviet Union ceased to exist in 1991, many on both sides of the aisle believed that the Soviet threat to freedom was a thing of the past and that the new, democratic Russia would be a reasonable partner and even an ally.
The events of the last seventy-two hours demonstrate this is not the case. Vladimir Putin barely waited for the flame of the Olympic torch in Sochi to be extinguished before he turned his attention to crushing the most recent attempt of the Ukrainian people to move towards freedom and the West. Despite warnings and expressions of concern from the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defense, the National Security Advisor, the Ambassador to the United Nations and even the President of the United States, Putin apparently feels he can act with impunity in what he considers to be his exclusive sphere of influence.
He has good reason to do so. Over the five years of his presidency, President Obama has done nothing to help the people of Georgia reclaim the some 20 percent of their sovereign territory that was violated by the 2008 Russian invasion, instead instructing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to attempt to 'reset' the relationship with Russia in the hopes of pursuing more arms control agreements rather than forcefully defending American national security interests and those of our allies.
This evening, President Obama spoke of his deep concerns about reports of Russian military action in Ukraine and urged Putin not to violate international laws. But as the President and his national security team are apparently the last to learn, Putin has scant regard for international norms when they run counter to his goal of re-establishing Soviet-style regional hegemony over unfortunate states like Georgia and Ukraine who have the temerity to want a more free, prosperous future for their people. And Putin is under no illusions that the Presidents vague threats mean any more than his infamous red line in the Syrian desert.
If we were serious about standing up to Putins power grab, we would immediately suspend Russian membership in the Group of Eight (G8), which should consist of nations that can contribute to a civilized order. And if the Russians persist in this aggressive action, we should look into additional measures such as suspension from the World Trade Organization and even the United Nations Security Council.
The United States should stand with Ukraine.
Give ‘em H3LL Ted!
In before the anti Cruz
We, the USA should get the hell out of the UN as well.
Actions speak louder than words.
Even if Ted Cruz is elected, US foreign policy will not change.
It would continue to be run by financial elites.
Agree to disagree, Cruz.
His instincts are usually correct
Which Ukraine? The people are divided.
I like Cruz but he is wrong on this (as is Obama sending Kerry over there)
We need to butt out. This is Europe’s problem.
With all due respect to Senator Cruz, I think “standing with Ukraine” and being dragged into an all-out war with Russia would be a mistake. What the media is not emphasizing is that many in eastern and southern Ukraine are ethnic Russian, pro-Russia and would much rather be a part of Russia than Ukraine. They want Russia there. This is a very complicated and far more detailed and historical issue than just Russia invading Ukraine.
The West is playing with fire and they will get badly burned if they mess this up.
Good grief. It is not anti anyone to disagree with them. Next will you be calling people who disagree with Cruz on this issue Cruz ‘haters’?
Enough of this. We can say when we think a politician is wrong on a issue without it turning into a lynching.
What and cancel dumBO’s unending record of loosing?
The Crimea is Russias REAL red line. (Note I said Crimea, not Ukraine.)
Crimea was part of Russia for over 200 years, since the 1780s, until Nikita Khrushchev literally gifted it to Ukraine in 1954 in order to purchase the support of their party bosses during his accession after the death of Stalin.
Before Russia, it belonged to the Ottoman Empire, now defunct. Before that, it belonged to the city-state of Venice, going back to before Columbus discovered America. But the Crimea was NEVER part of Ukraine, until Khrushchevs unilateral gift.
(Imagine if President Eisenhower, as a dictator on his own, gave Long Island and NYC to Connecticut as part of an internal United States political deal to secure CTs critically needed support during a contested election or coup. That is how Crimea became part of the Ukraine.)
In 1954, the political gift of the Crimea was an internal USSR matter, not an international matter. Ukraine was then the Ukraine SSR, within the USSR. In 1991, the USSR broke apart, and Khrushchevs personal gift suddenly mattered. But despite the gift and the fluke that led Crimea to become part of the modern sovereign nation of Ukraine, Crimea has always been 90%+ ethnic Russian, and as always, it contains Russias most critical naval bases, air force bases and sea ports.
In fact, Crimea is far more Russian than Hawaii is American. Its foolish and naïve to believe that the Russians will risk losing the Crimea during a period of chaos in greater Ukraine.
If you want to see Russias REAL red line, threaten their control of the Crimea, and its naval bases and seaports. Im not supporting Russias position, I just want folks to know that this is a much more complicated picture than Evil Russia invades poor innocent Ukraine, which is the kindergarten/MSM version of Crimean history.
(Just ask the Brits about stumbling into wars in the Crimea.)
Get YOUR butt over there, and get in the Russians face, personally Ted, then get back to me.
Thanks for the history lesson. I appreciate it.
Not our fight.
Not one cent or drop of blood for anything outside of our borders.
So, the question is....... how greedy is Putin.
If he merely annexes the Russian eastern areas of Ukraine, he will be allowed to keep them. There will be some wailing and knashing of teeth but little else.
If he crosses some agreed to line in west Ukraine and is greedy, there will be repercussions of some sort. Aside from not inviting Putin to his birfday, Obama might create some financial disruptions.
I want an independent Ukraine.....They probably just need to give up The Crimea to get it.
The Ukraine is divided in the sense that every country is divided. Germany was only interested in “German-speaking Austria” and the Sudetenland “German-speaking” parts of Checkoslovakia and the “traditionally German” Silesia part of Poland. But it was propaganda that was carefully orchestrated.
Do not confuse Russian-speaking eastern Ukrainians with those who want to be part of Russia. Many Ukrainians speak Russian and want to remain part of the Ukraine as do my in-laws. Yes, that is just anecdotal but you'll never get an honest poll taken under today's conditions.
As well as congenital idiots.
Stand with Ukraine? Does Ukraine have a legitimate government today?
Say, has anybody been to Walter Reed lately?
Thank you for setting the record straight.
Can you explain why any of this is our problem?
How would the United States go about suspending Russia from the UN Security Council?
They should; I’d make it an expensive little present for the Kremlin.
All of Crimea’s electricity and water, and a huge of its food, come from Ukraine.
Cut it off. The Crimeans want to annex themselves to Mother Russia? Fine....then let Mother Russia supply them with potable water, with food, and with electricity. Oh, and blow that bridge that connects Crimea to the rest of Ukraine as well.
There you go, Mother Russia....enjoy looking after your new children; now as helpless as infants.
Thanks for the info.
Now can you explain to me why any of this is our problem?
Why isn’t this Europe’s problem?
We lose either way. I vote come home. Defend America not the World.
Well stated, my FRiend. Just because a person speaks Russian does not mean that they want a Russian takeover. My contacts inside Russia ( who speak Russian) are repulsed at Putin’s actions. They tell me that there are divisions inside Russia about the invasion/occupation. They have used the word that they are ashamed of Putin’s actions.
We should not forget the open, public demonstrations against the government in 2011. Oh, Zero did nothing to capitalize on the unrest created by Putin then.
Stop paying dues and participating in the UN circle jerk works for me.
God bless Ted Cruz! This is the type of man America needs as a leader in the White House.
Because it is in the interest of America to try to contain global conflicts peacefully. Because nuclear warheads going off produce fallout far and wide. Iran is also very interested in the Crimea, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. If you check out the cities of Agdam and Fuzuli in Azerbaijan-Armenian conflictive areas you will see that a high stakes game has already been played out with 99 percent of all structures destroyed in those two cities. No nukes were used but there is a dangerous mix of bribes, oil wealth, Jihad, and nuclear power at hand.
I'm not advocating troops on the ground but we need to support those who can resist Jihad (more difficult is finding those who can repeatedly resist bribes).
nope, none of our concerns . .
No. Its not our concern. The US should condemn the EU’s incompetence.
Negative. We can’t give up our veto power.
Everyone should use Google Earth to look at those two cities I mentioned. Agdam and Fuzuli can be found west-southwest of the Caspian Sea’s famous port of Baku. All the villages between and around those cities have also been destroyed. The devastation is evident when one zooms in a bit. Ukraine, Armenia, and Georgia are bulwarks against the spread of Jihad. Jihad is a growing threat to the United States and it is more a threat now than during the 9/11 attacks.
The Russkies have no intention of stopping at just Crimea or even Ukraine. They want it all.
“...there are divisions inside Russia about the invasion/occupation...”
Thank you for stating this.
Hawaiian vacation industry: Won.
Yes, but nuclear fallout doesn’t just affect the USA. In fact, Europe is on the front line of nuclear fallout.
WHY is this not more their problem than ours?
WHY is it always us that has to “contain conflicts”?
The Europeans are always bragging about their social safety nets, pensions, health care, long vacations ... yadda yadda yadda ... well, for the most part they don’t have to pay for their own defense so they can afford those luxuries!
When is it their turn to pony up the greatest part of the cost (in lives and treasure) for their own damn defense?
They never even paid back anything for us saving their butts in WWII. (But they sure don’t hesitate to lecture us about their superior life styles).
Why not let them face the Jihad up front and personal?
That isolationist junk will only result in a world run by the likes of Putin and the Red Chinese. America can not allow that.
For that, I have to give him credit.
I posted this email fragment on another thread, early this morning. It is one of a dozen or so I have received from inside Russia. This author is a 47 YO female, a medical doctor, in Saint Petersburg. She wrote, in part:
“Please, Don,t worry about me. This is a troubled times really. People is Russia are separated as well about Putin,s plan.. Here are protests against and for his decision.. Interesting that the motto is the same - for Free Ukraine and for friendship !
“. If he wants only to sober up the wild nationalists and Russophobians in Ukraine and to let them know that Russians are under protection.. This is ok. If he wants using this excuse to start a war between Russians and Ukrainians for Crimea and the East part.. This is insane and extremely dangerous. It was fatal Khrushchev,s mistake for both countries when he gifted traditional Russian territory - Crimea - to Ukranian Soviet republic.. It was a bomb, that is ready to blow up..
“We are still free here to talk openly the point of view.. I don,t know how long .. I am afraid another iron curtain from both sides.. From inside and from the West as a punishment for Russia. I read yesterday The Us State secretary Kerry said about possible limitations or stopping receiving visa for Russians..well. Anything can happen in such crazy world.
“I have to go to work . The day will be long and busy.”
Yes, indeed life goes on. Later today she let me know that with the rapid fall of the ruble today, her landlord has informed her that rent will go up. She says inflation now is close to 20%.
My heart bleeds for her, people like her, Ukrainians, Russians, and all others negatively affected by Putin’s ego. It is sad. As she said in another email, she is ashamed and frightened because of the Russian government.
“...they sure dont hesitate to lecture us about their superior life styles...”
Ha! They sure do that!...in spades! And question us on racism, death penalty, gun culture, etc. But there are some nice ones too.
You always bring the Marxist spin to your observations.
If you think Putin is Hitler, then we mobilize the same for Putin has a bigger military, including atomic bombs. So lets draft 10,000,000, increase taxes, put Rosie the Riveter in the factories and get Congress to declare war. Get real, non-intervention is not isolationism. Let me know when Putin takes France and bombs Britain. War against the powers today is existential for the US. We must fight only if the USA is threatened not bleed to death for the world who start revolutions and want us to finish them for them.
Why the hell should we fight for the sharia republics of France of Britain?