Skip to comments.The West Leaves Ukraine to Putin
Posted on 04/19/2014 2:22:06 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
When Russia invaded Crimea and massed 40,000 or more troops in the east, Ukraine turned to an old friend, the United States, and asked for light arms, antitank weapons, intelligence help and nonlethal aid. The Obama administration agreed to deliver 300,000 meals-ready-to-eat. As this newspaper reported Friday, military transport planes were deemed too provocative for Russia, so the food was shipped by commercial trucks. The administration refused Kiev's requests for intelligence-sharing and other supplies, lethal or not.
Boris Tarasiuk, Ukraine's former foreign minister, barely disguises his anger. He says: "We've not seen the same reaction from the U.S." as during Russia's 2008 attack on Georgia. U.S. Navy warships were deployed off the Georgian Black Sea coast. Large Air Force transport planes flew into Tbilisi with emergency humanitarian supplies. But who really knew for sure what was on board the planes? That was the point. Russian troops on the road to the Georgian capital saw them above and soon after turned back. The Bush administration dropped the ball on follow-up sanctions but may have saved Georgia.
By contrast, the Obama administration seems to think that pre-emptive concessions will pacify Mr. Putin. So the president in March ruled out U.S. military intervention in Ukraine. Maybe, but why say so? Late last month at a news conference in Brussels, Mr. Obama also openly discouraged the idea of Georgia or Ukraine joining NATO.
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I thought the Ukrainians were being taken over not hungry
and Obama does not want to cross his lord and master Putin
They wanted to be be part of the European Union, let them take care of you.
Odumbo is just hoping Putin’s going to give him a reach around.
‘We’re the chosen generation,” says Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s interim prime minister.
I swear they are all on coke in every capitol.
“That was the point. Russian troops on the road to the Georgian capital saw them above and soon after turned back.”
Total nonsense. After the Russian army cleared South Ossetia, it made some small incursions into Georgia proper to destroy forces deployed near SO/Abkhazia that could counterattack. Russia never had any intention of seizing more parts of Georgia or raiding the capital. The idea that Russia was going to do these things, but were scared away by a US plane carrying aid is ridiculous.
I hope they sent body bags too.
The USA an “old friend” of Ukraine? No. It was not.
You are correct.
The United States has no historical or contemporary relationship with the former Russian territory called the Ukraine. We get nothing from them and owe them zero.
We are no more an "old friend" of theirs than we are an old friend of Serbia or Lower Slobbovia.
And if they were so very foolish as to poke the bear with a stick because of the imaginary friendship - no, excuse me, "old" friendship - I feel sorry for them.
On the other hand, US relations with Czarist Russia were cordial.
“We’ve not seen the same reaction from the U.S.” as during Russia’s 2008 attack on Georgia”
We did not have the ACORN/SEIU trained CIC in 2008.