Monday, May 26, 2014

Ukraine to US: give us arms.

The Secretary of Ukraine's Defense Council begged for American help on the pages of the Wall Street Journal:

On Dec. 5, 1994, Ukraine signed the Budapest Declaration and agreed to give up the world's third-largest nuclear arsenal in exchange for security guarantees from the United States, the U.K. and Russia. Two months ago, the Russian Federation blatantly violated that agreement by annexing the Ukrainian region of Crimea. Last month Russian separatists seized government buildings in the city of Donetsk, while 40,000 Russian troops massed nearby on Ukraine's eastern border. Ukraine is now in dire need of the fulfillment of those Budapest Declaration security guarantees from the U.S. and U.K.

Vladimir Putin's goal is to destroy the independent Ukrainian state because it had the courage to choose a better future with Europe, rather than continue the status quo as Russia's "little brother." When Ukraine's Kremlin-controlled President Victor Yanukovych rejected a pending European Union association agreement, choosing instead to pursue a Russian loan bailout and closer ties with Russia, Ukrainians began huge, peaceful protests that resulted on Feb. 22 in the ouster of Mr. Yanukovych, who shamefully fled the country to Russia. A new government was formed in Kiev on the basis of Western values and principles, and the Kremlin lost control of our country. Mr. Putin must have been in shock.

As former U.S. national security chief Zbigniew Brzezinski noted at the time, "without Ukraine, Russia ceases to be an empire." Thus, deliberately flouting the basic principles of international security and the inviolability of borders, Mr. Putin illegally annexed Crimea, put his armies on Ukraine's eastern borders, and began an economic war with Ukraine by ordering Gazprom OGZPY -0.12% to raise natural-gas prices by nearly 50%. Russia also began to embargo Ukrainian products, such as chocolates and agricultural goods. Mr. Putin is now stirring up separatist movements in multiple regions of Ukraine in the hope of annexing even more Ukrainian territory.

Neither Vladimir Putin nor his saboteurs and terrorists will be able to intimidate Ukraine. We signed the European Association Agreement last month and negotiated Western financing from the International Monetary Fund, the U.S., the EU and Japan. Ukraine's path to Europe is clear and no amount of pressure from Moscow will prevent the country from getting there.
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However, Ukraine can't do everything on its own. It needs support from the U.S. To win the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan practiced an American policy of "peace through strength." That is what Ukraine must do. Unfortunately, we now realize that our defense forces were deliberately sabotaged and weakened by the previous government in Kiev, in collaboration with Moscow, to subordinate Ukraine to Russia's imperialist policies. We inherited a dilapidated army, a security and intelligence service awash with Russian agents, a demoralized law-enforcement system and corrupt courts and prosecutors. Corruption in Mr. Yanukovych's government permeated all state bodies and became a shadow government aimed at looting the state.

The Ukrainian military and security forces need reform, training and modern equipment if they are to protect the country's sovereignty and territorial integrity from Russia and other aggressors. Ukraine is a peaceful nation, but no country can accept the annexation of its historical lands. With help from the U.S. and Europe, we can regain stability. Thus we hope to have America's help in building a strong military deterrent. The U.S. has already granted Ukraine nonlethal assistance, and we are grateful.

But the Ukrainian armed forces need much more to withstand Russian aggression. We have submitted a complete list of what is needed to the U.S.—assistance in the form of antiaircraft and antitank weaponry, as well as bulletproof vests and night-vision goggles. As the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, John Herbst, said of Mr. Putin in an interview last month, if he "knows that Western antitank and antiaircraft equipment are part of Ukraine's military arsenal, the price of an invasion rises dramatically." Ukraine does not ask for American soldiers to defend it. We ask only for the tools to defend our nation.......

Now the U.S., with the security guarantees agreed to under the Budapest Declaration, can complete the job of helping Ukraine with the sale of antiaircraft and antitank weaponry. By providing us with these deterrents, America will ensure Ukraine's sovereignty and allow us to follow our path to Europe.

Mr. Parubiy is secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine. Rest of essay

Despicable.  We shipped arms to Great Britain after the Germans ran the Brits out of Europe. They were so short of firearms that Americans participated in a campaign to donate their private firearms to the besieged country.   Such help took place during a U-Boat blockade and the Blitz.  We gave arms to the Afghans when the Soviets literally controlled the whole country.  We still found a way to give them help.  Now a country that is right next to NATO, a sovereign nation, is begging us to sell or ship arms to them. No super-secret wonder weapons, no tanks or planes, just rifles and defensive weapons.  We instead send them MRE's.  A free people who just want to stand on their own two feet and defend themselves. Hillary must have meant 1960 when she said re-set. Who said she wasn't a child of the 60's?

Oh, and Mr. Cochran and Mr. McDaniel, feel free to take a break from attacking to each other so you can attack the real enemy.


Bill Dees said...

Hell, Yeah!!

Anonymous said...

I dnt know the correct decision whether to support Urkraine or not , blatant confrontation with Putin...
However, this President's foreign policy record has been putrid. Weakness with no clear strategy. Makes you think that our community organizer president is really not much of a community organizer

Pugnacious said...

We have always been at war with Eastasia[Russia/Iran]~George Orwell.

Zhukov praises Studebaker,Ford, Willys, Bell...and Ben Victor Cohen.

Pugnacious said...

Of course, China should've been included in that Eastasia Pact.

Anonymous said...

And yet in these same pages we find discussions proposing disarming our own people. FMCDH.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we just need to give the Organizer-in-Chief time to consider all his options. I mean really, look how long it took him to decide that gay marriage was ok (after his daughters convinced him). And we must also consider the fact that his party has had so many years of blaming Bush for putting two wars on credit so he can't look like a hypocrite now by getting involved in this little dispute, can he?

Anonymous said...

I think the question might be " Do we have the military materials requested ?"

We may not have it to give.

I'm under the impression that we have exhausted not just our military manpower.

You can't cut budgets by percentages rather than by specifics and then moan about shortages in key areas.

But, I'm expecting bloggers to exercise in political bombast rather than to be pragmatic.

This kind of thing is what happens when you're all about winning the next election and money, money, money . Long term strategic capability is a casualty.

Anonymous said...

So who is profiting from trying to put nukes that close to Russia without a buffer state?

Pugnacious said...

Let's see Merkle and Schultzie deal with the inlux of unemployed Ukranians cross Germany's frontier borders under the "open borders" policy of the European Union.

Pugnacious said...

First the US shoots itself in the foot over refusing to use Soyuz rockets for its satellite launches. Now new economic agreements between Russia and Kazakhstan will end Chevron's dreams of building a pipeline from its Caspian Sea oil fields that would have bypassed Russian territory on its way to Europe.

This coming confrontation with Russia most likely has much to do with Serverstal of Columbus, Mississippi--a Russian owned corporation-- looking for a buyout of its steel production facilities. In the 1980s, after the Iranian revolution, the US seized billions of dollars of Iranian assets in the US.

Don't mess with Mother Russia! She can be a mean "Mother."

Pugnacious said...

Pivoting to the Pacific will be America's Waterloo...another fine mess the NeoCons have gotten us into.

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