The Dean Obeidallah Show: Bringing Back Russia’s War: Tim Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, and the Ukranian Left Behind
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent comments were even worse than the initial reaction of Vance. If the Republicans win the House, Ukranians will no longer have expectations that US assistance will be a blank check.
The GOP Senate candidate in Ohio later flip-flopped, saying that he wanted “the Ukrainians to be successful.” A report by The Washington Post on Sunday pointed out thatUkrainian Americans who are lifelongRepublicans are in support of Tim Ryan because of his initial remark.
Thanks to this military support, the Ukrainian people were able to limit Russia’s invasion and were able to regain territory seized by Russia.
As Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Twitter last week after Russian missiles rained down on Ukrainian cities, “Another kind of Russian terrorist attacks: targeting energy & critical infrastructure. Out of all the power stations in the country, 30% have been destroyed since Oct. 10.
In fact, around the same time that Russia was destroying Ukrainian power plants, McCarthy was suggesting that a GOP-led Congress might no longer provide robust funding to help Ukraine fight back against Putin’s illegal war — a position that Republican Rep. Liz Cheney called a “dangerous” move motivated by political self-interest.
He knows what he wants to do, but he is willing to sacrifice everything for his political gain, I think, because he knows that America will no longer stand for freedom.
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GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor-Greene said that if Republicans win the House in next month’s elections she will expect McCarthy to give her a lot of power and a lot of latitude.
Laura Ingraham and Tucker Carlson are two Fox News stars who have been in touch with members of the Republican base to make them aware of the possibility of an end to US assistance for Ukraine.
Carlson was right when he said on his show that he was looking for a conflict between Russia and neighboring countries, and that he did his best to paint Ukraine in a negative light. For example, Carlson falsely claimed Ukraine was “not a democracy” and called Ukrainian leader Zelensky a “puppet of the Biden administration.”
And just last week, Ingraham derided former Vice President Mike Pence for referring to the United States as the “arsenal of democracy” and suggested our massive military is too depleted to help other countries such as Ukraine. During that same episode, Ingraham welcomed GOP Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana, who echoed McCarthy’s comments about aid for Ukraine, saying, “We can’t put America first by giving blank checks to those around the world to solve their problems.”
McCarthy and a few other Republicans may or may not get it according to Biden. But there’s one person who fully gets it: Vladmir Putin. If the GOP regains control of the House, there will be great reason to celebrate.
Clinton believes no one is asking for a blank check. The Ukrainians have shown that they are a good investment for the United States. They are not asking us to be there to fight their war. They are fighting it on their own. They’re asking us and our allies for the means to not only defend themselves but to actually win.”
The speech “connected the struggle of Ukrainian people to our own revolution, to our own feelings that we want to be warm in our homes to celebrate Christmas and to get us to think about all the families in Ukraine that will be huddled in the cold and to know that they are on the front lines of freedom right now,” Clinton said on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” Wednesday.
“I hope that they will send more than one,” she added. She stated that the US and NATO had been reluctant in the past to provide advanced equipment to the Ukrainian military.
Clinton said that as the war in Ukraine continued to gain favor, it was unlikely that he would be a good leader.
Clinton said she believes that Putin wants to have Russian conscripts in the fight against the Ukrainians.
Kyiv and its Western allies are “set for a long confrontation with Russia” following President Volodymyr Zelensky’s momentous visit to Washington, Moscow said as the war in Ukraine approaches 10 months.
The foreign ministry of Russia issued a statement condemning the “monstrous crimes” of the regime in Kyiv after the US President pledged more military support to the country.
Maria Zakharova said that the Ukrainian government will achieve nothing with the help of the West.
The tasks set in the framework of a military operation will be fulfilled, as the leadership states, taking into account the situation on the ground and the actual realities.
One of the most capable long range air defense systems on the market is said to be the US Army’s Patriot, an abbreviation for Phased array Tracking Radar, and it has been requested by the Ukrainian government many times.
The United States and other countries have been constantly expanding the range and raising the level of weapons they provide to Ukraine, according to a Kremlin spokesman. This doesn’t make for a quicker settlement of the situation.
Peskov added that “there were no real calls for peace.” But during his address to the US Congress on Wednesday, Zelensky did stress that “we need peace,” reiterating the 10-point plan devised by Ukraine.
The US is making a proxy war against Russia to the last Ukrainian, Peskko told journalists.
Vice President Harris said Saturday that the U.S. has formally determined that the Russian military’s actions in Ukraine constitute war crimes and demanded that the perpetrators be held accountable by the international community.
While the latest crimes against humanity determination is significant, it remains largely symbolic for now. It does not immediately trigger any specific consequences, nor does it give the US the ability to prosecute the Russians involved with perpetrating crimes against humanity. The International Criminal Court, which is trying to hold perpetrators accountable for their crimes, could potentially be helped by this.
Harris’ announcement Saturday comes days before the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The vice president is in Germany as a part of the Biden administration’s efforts to show commitment to Ukraine’s sovereignty and unity among Western allies who have provided billions in aid, funding and weapons to combat Russia’s aggression. Biden is in Poland on Monday.
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Harris, who ran the Department of Justice in California, told the crowd that she knew the importance of gathering facts and holding them against the law as a young prosecutor.
Harris’ speech cited evidence of indiscriminate Russian attacks that deliberately targeted civilians, including the bombing of a maternity hospital that killed a pregnant mother and of a theater in Mariupol, where hundreds were killed. The vice president spoke about the reports from the United Nations that showed men and women, shot and left to rot, in the streets, and a 4-year old girl who was sexually assault by a Russian soldier.
Russian forces have been involved in a widespread and systemic attack against a civilian population, which has included murder, torture, rape, and deportation. Execution-style killings, beating and electrocution ,” she added. “Russian authorities have forcibly deported hundreds of thousands of people from Ukraine to Russia, including children. They separated children from their families.
Since 2022, the US has provided $30 million to support the investigation of war crimes and other atrocities in Ukraine, according to a White House fact sheet. The Biden administration is seeking another nearly $30 million from Congress to bolster efforts on this issue.
“In the face of these indisputable facts, to all of us here in Munich, let us renew our commitment to accountability. She said that it was time to renew our commitment to the rule of law. The United States will support the judicial process in Ukrainian and international investigations because justice needs to be served. We can all agree that justice needs to be served for all the victims.
Harris said the US would support the Ukrainian people for as long as it takes.
Questions have swirled in recent months about how much more funding the US will provide to Ukraine’s war effort, now that Republicans are in charge of the US House of Repsentatives and have promised no “blank checks.” But Harris noted Saturday how many congressional leaders were at the conference in Munich. This included Pelosi and McConnell, as well as Graham.
They’re together because they understand the stakes. The leadership of these members has been vital to America’s support of Ukraine, and President Biden and I know that their support for Ukraine will continue,” the vice president said.
The United Nations Charter states that any peace must be in line with it. It is fundamentally against the interests of every other country around the world to wind up with a result that somehow indicates the seizure by force of territory, that validates that,” Blinken said during a discussion panel in Munich with Annalena Baerbock and Dmytro Kuleba, his respective German and Ukrainian counterparts.
“Because if we do that, we will open a Pandora’s box around the world, and every would-be aggressor will conclude that if Russia got away with it, we can get away with it. That is not something anyone is interested in because it is a recipe for conflict.
Also in Munich, CIA Director Bill Burns said Saturday that intelligence sharing with NATO allies has proved essential to supporting Ukraine against Russia’s invasion.
North Korea and Iran sent weapons to support Russia in its war. We are also troubled that Beijing has deepened its relationship with Moscow since the war began,” Harris said.
“Looking ahead, any steps by China to provide lethal support to Russia would only reward aggression, continue the killing and further undermine a rules-based order,” she said.
CNN is reporting that the top diplomat from China, Wang Yi, will come to Russia this month in the first such visit from a Chinese official since the invasion of Ukraine.
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Saturday issued a supporting statement saying the U.S. will work to hold those responsible to account, while emphasizing the importance of this designation. Blinken is attending the meeting.
Ukraine is not a state party to treaty that established the International Criminal Court (ICC). But the country has exercised its rights to accept the court’s jurisdiction over alleged war crimes occurring within its borders. On Feb. 28, 2022, shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the ICC prosecutor announced he would seek authorization to open an investigation into allegations of war crimes in Ukraine.
A meeting between the US and China’s top diplomat, Wang Yi, is set to take place this weekend in Germany. This will be the highest level of contact between the U.S. and China since the security balloon incident.
The relationship between the U.S. and China has deteriorated since the shoot down of a Chinese balloon near the U.S.
Beijing, however, insists that the balloon was a civilian craft used for scientific research, and that shooting it down was an overreaction and a violation of international practice.