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Friday, March 07, 2014

Republicans are shocked-shocked by impact of sequestration cuts to military

Hypocritical Republicans act out in self righteous anger about our nation's largely rhetorical response to the Ukrainian crises with Russia.  I'm angry about Russia's moves in the Ukraine, a feeling driven by my heritage as the daughter of a Ukrainian father.

Russia's tyrannical President Putin is acting like a 21st century Hitler. 

Nevertheless, Republicans think Americans should somehow be incited to rise up in a military response to Putin's dangerous saber rattling in the Ukraine.  It seems to me, Americans should be saving lives in Syria before thinking about  a military response to Russia.   

Certainly, Putin has ripped the scab off of old political wounds. Indeed, the old Cold War is now "Cold War II", deliberately caused by Russia's power hungry President Putin.  

In my opinion, European leaders should be flooding our US news media with support for the Ukraine, because Russia will eventually keep up this power grabbing. Putin will claim to want back the countries Russia once occupied post World War II, putting his military power dangerously close to Western NATO nations.

Republicans who supported stupid budget sequestration cuts, just to prevent the US economy from rebounding post the Great Recession, should hang their heads in shame rather than criticize President Obama about wanting a forceful response to Russia.  

Nevertheless, Republicans act "shocked! shocked!" about our nation's unwillingness to aggressively push back on Putin's ruthless ambitions. Yet, Republicans won't put up the money needed to build up our nations national defense and support veterans. In fact, just this week, Republicans voted not to reinstate veterans benefits! This is an outrage and they should all be voted out of office! Most of them have never served in the US military yet they consume US tax dollars in executive level pay and benefits. 

Republicans are the reason our nation is reluctant to engage Russia in an equal and opposite reaction to Putin's thirst for power.  

It's the proverb about "what goes around comes around". President George Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney falsely claimed our nation had to invade Iraq to destroy weapons of mass destruction and none existed.  

Here's the result of the Bush-Cheney Iraq War to find non existent weapons of mass destruction:
SourceCasualtiesTime period
Associated Press110,600 violent deathsMarch 2003 to April 2009
Iraq Body Count project112,667–123,284 civilian deaths from violence. 174,000 civilian and combatant deaths[1][2][3][4]March 2003 to March 2013
Iraq Family Health Survey151,000 violent deathsMarch 2003 to June 2006
Lancet survey601,027 violent deaths out of 654,965 excess deathsMarch 2003 to June 2006
Opinion Research Business survey1,033,000 deaths as a result of the conflictMarch 2003 to August 2007
PLOS Medicine Survey[5]Approximately 500,000 deaths in Iraq as direct or indirect result of the war.March 2003 to June, 2011
Classified Iraq War Logs[1][6][7][8]109,032 deaths including 66,081 civilian deaths.[9][10]January 2004 to December 2009

So, now Republicans are "shocked! shocked!" because Americans were misled in Iraq and have no trust or energy left to summon against another dictator like Saddam Hussein.  

Surely, the world should demand for Syrian President Assad to be removed from power for causing a humanitarian crises in his own nation. President Putin should be shunned by world leaders until he stops meddling in other nations' business.

Unfortunately, thousands more people will be put in harms way before Americans will wake up and see the need to respond. Americans point to our nation's problems needing solutions before taking on more world policing.

Meanwhile, Republicans should stop acting "shocked! shocked!" about our nation's reluctance to take up a forceful response to the evil peculating out of Putin's foreign policy cauldron.  

Of course, Putin is aware of how Americans are not prepared to take a forceful response to the Syrian and Ukrainian land grab. 

Instead of being "shocked! shocked!" about America's inability to create a forceful response to Putin, Republican should, instead, recall all sequester cuts, We must give our US military the resources needed to keep our nation's defenses alert during the dangerous reign of President Putin.

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