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Mar 11 2014

Obama Helped Disarm the Ukraine

One reason Putin has been able to impose his will so effortlessly in the Ukraine is the fecklessness of current American leadership. Another is that the Ukrainian military is not in a position to put up a fight — in part due to that same American leadership:

As a U.S. senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition – weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

Lugar was an infamous RINO.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

Obama’s justification for helping disarm what could have been an extremely valuable US ally at US taxpayer expense was, like all things Obama, farcical:

Obama said then that the existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program ‘has effectively disposed of thousands of weapons of mass destruction, but we must do far more to keep deadly conventional weapons like anti-aircraft missiles out of the hands of terrorists.’

Much of the Ukrainian small-arms supply was ultimately exported, not scrapped, by a Yushchenko regime that chose revenue from arms dealing over the cost of melting down metal.

In 2008 the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute reported that between 2004 and 2007, the Ukrainian Export Control Service told the UN that it sent 721,777 small arms and light weapons to 27 different countries.

So instead of potentially warding off a Russian invasion of the rest of the Ukraine, the weapons are now spread out all over the world — so as to keep them out of the hands of terrorists. The terrorist hotbed Libya imported over 101,000 of them.

To give up all this ordnance, Ukrainians must have thought that someone would take the Budapest Memorandum seriously. This document — signed by the USA, the UK, the Ukraine, and Russia — guarantees the Ukraine’s territorial integrity in return for renouncing nuclear weapons.

Elsewhere in the former Soviet bloc, the missile shield Bush had promised Poland and the Czech Republic to defend them from Russia was nixed by Obama — evidently to curry favor with Russia.

Obama isn’t actually on Putin’s side. But his dopey liberal ideology makes him behave no differently than if he were.

On a tip from Stormfax.



32 Responses to “Obama Helped Disarm the Ukraine”

  1. IOpian says:

    “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
    – attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    The Left is wrong about everything and because their judgement dwells on a world that ought to be they will not accept the world as it is.

  2. IOpian says:

    “Those who hammer their guns into plows will plow for those who do not.”
    – attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    The Left is wrong about everything and because their judgement dwells on a world that ought to be they will not accept the world as it is.

  3. chronos the wonder pig says:

    imagine my surprise!

  4. Chronos Z. Wonderpig says:

    imagine my surprise!

  5. Mr. Mentalo says:

    Obama goes abroad and apologizes for America.

    Obama treats Israel like they were pre-civil rights blacks trying to eat at a ‘whites only’ lunch counter.

    Obama cancels the missile defense shield for eastern Europe.

    Obama cheers on the overthrow of Mubarek in Egypt.

    Obama supports the Libyan uprising.

    Obama allows our Ambassador and other Americans to be killed, does nothing except lie about it.

    Obama stands by, while Putin (knowing there will be zero push-back) seizes Crimea and gets ready to annex Ukraine.

    I’m not sure who’s “side” Obama is on, but it sure as hell isn’t OURS.

  6. Mr. Mentalo says:

    Obama goes abroad and apologizes for America.

    Obama treats Israel like they were pre-civil rights blacks trying to eat at a ‘whites only’ lunch counter.

    Obama cancels the missile defense shield for eastern Europe.

    Obama cheers on the overthrow of Mubarek in Egypt.

    Obama supports the Libyan uprising.

    Obama allows our Ambassador and other Americans to be killed, does nothing except lie about it.

    Obama stands by, while Putin (knowing there will be zero push-back) seizes Crimea and gets ready to annex Ukraine.

    I’m not sure who’s “side” Obama is on, but it sure as hell isn’t OURS.

  7. rambler says:

    Those with no sense or capability for self-defense will not stay a country. Just ask Tibet. Disarming is an invitation for occupation.

  8. rambler says:

    Those with no sense or capability for self-defense will not stay a country. Just ask Tibet. Disarming is an invitation for occupation.

  9. KHarn says:

    After the Mexicans working class forced their government to recognize their rights early in the 20th century, a government official came to tell them that they must give up their guns. He was met by the hero, Emilio Zapata.
    Zapata pointed to the official’s gold watch and said that he (Zapata) could take it because he had a gun. But, he added, if he were to give up that gun, the official could come back with solders to take back the watch. Therefore, the “peons” would NOT disarm.
    Just another reason why leftists try to change history.

  10. KHarn says:

    After the Mexicans working class forced their government to recognize their rights early in the 20th century, a government official came to tell them that they must give up their guns. He was met by the hero, Emilio Zapata.
    Zapata pointed to the official’s gold watch and said that he (Zapata) could take it because he had a gun. But, he added, if he were to give up that gun, the official could come back with solders to take back the watch. Therefore, the “peons” would NOT disarm.
    Just another reason why leftists try to change history.

  11. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The lesson that Dear Leader has taught the rest of the world is never give up your nukes, and if you don’t have them, then get some.

  12. Mr. Freemarket says:

    The lesson that Dear Leader has taught the rest of the world is never give up your nukes, and if you don’t have them, then get some.

  13. 762x51 says:

    “Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding
    to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition –
    weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.”

    Now to disarm those pesky American conservatives and turn America into a Communist paradise.

    I’m anticipating a problem with this plan.

  14. 762x51 says:

    “Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding
    to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition –
    weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.”

    Now to disarm those pesky American conservatives and turn America into a Communist paradise.

    I’m anticipating a problem with this plan.

  15. Edward Lylle says:

    We are all Ukrainians now.

  16. Edward Lylle says:

    We are all Ukrainians now.

  17. zipity says:

    I hate to be a nit-picker…oh hell, no I don’t. I live for this stuff.

    It should always be referred to as Ukraine, not “the Ukraine”.

    That would be like saying “the America”. Nope it’s just America. Just like it’s just Ukraine.

  18. zipity says:

    I hate to be a nit-picker…oh hell, no I don’t. I live for this stuff.

    It should always be referred to as Ukraine, not “the Ukraine”.

    That would be like saying “the America”. Nope it’s just America. Just like it’s just Ukraine.

  19. Dave Blount says:

    When Russians start saying “v Ukraine” instead of “na Ukraine,” I’ll follow the lead of the newspeople and drop the “the.”

  20. Dave Blount says:

    When Russians start saying “v Ukraine” instead of “na Ukraine,” I’ll follow the lead of the newspeople and drop the “the.”

  21. Jodie says:

    I have studied prophecy for over 30 years and I was always taught that it was going to be Russia, China, Iran, and some other middle eastern countries going against Israel in the latter days. In other words, the prophecy teachers have always known what was going to be happening right now and it is all headed just where they said it would be and in the way they said. It is all in God’s word – the Bible.

    We are all extremely blessed to be able to see these things.

    “17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

    Matthew 13:17
    New International Version (NIV)

  22. Jodie says:

    I have studied prophecy for over 30 years and I was always taught that it was going to be Russia, China, Iran, and some other middle eastern countries going against Israel in the latter days. In other words, the prophecy teachers have always known what was going to be happening right now and it is all headed just where they said it would be and in the way they said. It is all in God’s word – the Bible.

    We are all extremely blessed to be able to see these things.

    “17 For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.”

    Matthew 13:17
    New International Version (NIV)

  23. Mark Daniel Johansen says:

    The problem is that those idiots in Ukraine didn’t realize that when you give up the guns you had for self defense, you have to replace it with a “No guns allowed” sign to prevent someone else from using a gun against use. If Ukraine had just put up a “No invading armies allowed” sign on the border, then of course the Russians would have had to turn around and go home.

  24. Mark Daniel Johansen says:

    The problem is that those idiots in Ukraine didn’t realize that when you give up the guns you had for self defense, you have to replace it with a “No guns allowed” sign to prevent someone else from using a gun against use. If Ukraine had just put up a “No invading armies allowed” sign on the border, then of course the Russians would have had to turn around and go home.

  25. Carlton Amlin says:

    Hey, anyone know who was President and Commander in Chief of the USA while Senator Obama was disarming the Ukraine? Just wondering.

  26. Carlton Amlin says:

    Hey, anyone know who was President and Commander in Chief of the USA while Senator Obama was disarming the Ukraine? Just wondering.


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