What started as an effort to hurt the candidacy of Donald Trump by claiming he was a Russian “puppet” or “agent’ in 2016 has turned into an all-out campaign of hate against America’s former cold war adversary. This is a country, that despite being relatively impoverished by Western standards, and having zero ability to attack the United States without committing instant suicide, is still a significant power in the world. They can have a major impact on their region of the globe in both Europe and Asia through their control of resources and a military presence in their near abroad.
The effort on the part of the media, Democrat Party, and the Neocon wing of the GOP to turn Russia into a pariah state like they have with Iran, Cuba, North Korea, etc. could be a disaster. Remember, while those regimes have survived despite the hardships imposed on their citizens by US sanctions, efforts to demonize Mao’s China lead to the Korean War, and efforts to demonize Saddam Hussein lead to two disastrous wars in the Middle East in recent decades. Muammar Gaddafi in Lybia and Manuel Noriega in Panama both lead to full scale wars and the overthrow or their governments. Attemps at overthrowing Bashar al-Assad in Syria has lead to the rise of ISIS.
Try isolating and overthrowing Putin and see what happens. It won’t be pretty.
Barbara Lee. At least on Foreign Policy. See her remarks about why she was voting against the Afghan War that still rages sixteen years later. Quite prophetic. Not everyone was War crazy in 2001.
She also voted against Obama’s Libya disaster so she’s bipartisan in that respect.
She may be a left wing Democrat, but she’s bravely taking an independent stance against the Washington warmongers in both parties. Tulsi has picked up the banner left behind by former congressmen Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich and is calling for peace. No more funding for terrorists. Stop taking sides in every damn foreign war on this planet.
He commuted Chelsea Manning’s sentence so hopefully the former Army private will be free in a few months. Of course Obama’s the one that locked him up in the first place and had him sentenced to a ridiculous 35 years in a government dungeon. So I won’t give our outgoing Emperor too much credit. But at least Manning can go home and try to enjoy the rest of his life. He should be treated as a hero for exposing the US State’s crimes. He’s certainly not a criminal.
Here’s a good analysis of the whole thing at the Intercept. They point out that both Papa Bush and Bush Junior let a number of these worthless resolutions get through the UN. This is Obama’s first. So despite the rhetoric coming from the Israelis and their neocon allies in America, Obama’s been steadfast in his support of the Israeli regime and their violation of so called “international law.”
The resolution does nothing to stop Israel from continuing to build Jewish settlements on what most governments, including the Washington regime before and during Obama’s presidency, consider to be the home of a future Palestinian state. It basically just says they should stop. It carries absolutely no consequences for non-compliance.
I agree with Obama’s decision to abstain from the vote and to not veto it. Trump of course rushed to Israel’s defense along with Chuck Schumer, John McCain, and Paul Ryan saying the veto should have been used. One of the most disappointing aspects of Trump so far has been his subservience to Bibi Netanyahu.
Here’s how I propose the US handle these types of issues moving forward:
Exit the UN, cut off funding, and kick them out of the United States.
Barring item number 1, abstain from every single vote.
Only use veto power on resolutions that authorize economic sanctions or the use of force. In those cases veto every single one.