Friday, February 25, 2022

Pro-Putin And Not Pro-Putin

Senate Republicans are less reprehensible than House Republicans, whose third highest ranking member has now blamed the war in Ukraine on "Joe Biden's foreign policy of war through weakness."

However, if they were actually pro-America, they would immediately denounce this vile individual:

Only hours before the Russian invasion of Ukraine began, former President Donald J. Trump again praised the cunning of President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia while lashing out at the intellect of President Biden.

“I mean he’s taking over a country for $2 worth of sanctions,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Putin to donors and Republican lawmakers at Mar-a-Lago, his private club, on Wednesday. “I’d say that’s pretty smart.”

The kind words a former president gave a foreign adversary locked in a geopolitical showdown with the United States — and committing the most egregious act of aggression in Europe since World War II — would be virtually unprecedented, except that Mr. Trump himself had praised Mr. Putin only a day earlier, saying his aggression was “genius” and “very savvy.”

If, as is likely, that would require more courage than they choose to muster, they could deal with one of their 50, who evidently didn't get the memo:

 

"America stands with the people of Ukraine" is almost as anodyne as "we are for God and apple pie."  It is bad form to oppose people, and the statement allows any Republican to attack President Biden on any basis for any aspect of his foreign policy. Still, it stands in contrast with the sentiments of Tuberville, Trump, and Representative Elise Stefanik, who have chosen to root for Vladimir Putin and undermine their own President and country at an unusually dangerous time.

 


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