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September 21, 2014

McCain Demands Firmer Obama Ukraine Response

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.,  ripped the White House Monday for not taking a firmer stand against Russia following the announcement of sanctions against eleven Russian and Ukrainian people.

“This president’s response, I don’t know how it could have been weaker besides doing nothing,” McCain said on MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Reports.

“Vladimir Putin must be encouraged [by] the absolute timidity, ” McCain said.

“The president should have said we are going to provide military assistance to Ukraine and that will be in defensive weaponry,” McCain continued. “But to not do that after this country has lost a large part of its territory due to Russian aggression … it makes me less optimistic about Putin exercising restraint in eastern Ukraine.”

White House spokesman Jay Carney said in response to McCain’s criticism that the senator’s opinion of the President Obama’s performance has “fluctuated … every several days.”

He also stressed that Obama’s efforts have been guided by the notion that Russia will pay a price for its transgressions and that a diplomatic option is still possible.

“All of those things are happening,” Carney said.

McCain’s comments came after Obama announced that the government would impose sanctions on 11 individuals who are close to Putin and believed to have helped and encouraged Russia’s incursion into Crimea and the undermining of the Ukrainian government.

He also authorized expanding the scope of existing sanctions and promised more if deemed warranted.

The sanctions were sparked, in part, by a vote held Sunday in Crimea on whether the public would like to succeed from Ukraine and become part of Russia.

The vote was seen as a sham by many observers and follows Russia’s military incursion into the region after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a Putin ally, was deposed by a popular uprising.

Putin could raise the tension by taking steps to annex Crimea — although the Associated Press and other news organizations reported Monday he put out a decree recognizing its independence but not annexation.

McCain, who just returned from visiting Ukraine with seven other senators, said that nation wants help rebuilding its military.

“They want it very badly,” McCain said of military aid. “Their military capabilities have been eroded over the last several years.”

“One of the things I would do is send some of our military to Kiev and find out how we can best assist them,” McCain continued, adding that the Ukrainians “feel to a large degree that we are not giving them the support that they had hoped for.”

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., who joined McCain on the trip, agreed that the Ukrainian military is in bas shape.

“Their military is quite hollowed out because the former leader was really a puppet for Putin,” Barrasso said on MSNBC.

“So as the prime minister told me, what they have in their military, nothing flies, nothing shoots, nothing works,” Barrasso continued. “They’re going to need assistance all around and they’re going to need a world community to show strength against Putin, who only recognizes strength. And I believe he doesn’t know what he is going to do yet. I believe he is calculating the credibility of his opponents on a daily basis.”

But Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., who was among the eight senators who visited Ukraine, said he doesn’t back arming Ukraine.

“This has to be not only about major economic support for Ukraine to solidify their government — tough real sanctions, not just against individuals, but against Russian banks and Russian petrochemical companies, but also some acknowledgement that there is some non-lethal support that we can give the Ukrainian military,” Murphy said on MSNBC. “I’m not suggesting arming them, but they can use things like MREs and communications equipment that may help them at least forestall a greater movement into their territory other than Crimea.”

He also dismissed criticism of Obama whom he credits with helping encourage Ukraine’s embrace of the west and turning away from Russia’s sphere of influence.

“Well, I think the criticism of the administration is ridiculous,” Murphy said. “The fact is … that we are in a position now where the vast majority of Ukraine has turned away from Russia and towards the E.U., in part, because of the strong position from the administration.”

  • wdb

    McCain would probably say this even if Obama had personally flown over the Kremlin and dropped a nuke.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      McCain is a demagogue and a traitor.

      Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army.

      Imagine that… real soldiers on your border…

      • Ivan Terrible

        NAZI had real soldiers too. And just like NAZIs Russians will be sorry for generations. Ukraine is no pushover

        • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

          Die jüdischen Bankiers sind überschwemmen Europa mit Muslimen und Amerika mit Dritte-Welt-Papierkorb… Gehen sie suagen eine Schrotflinte…

  • Maggie

    Didn’t you read Robert Gates book, Obama doesn’t trust the USA military. And please keep your Nuke talk to a minimum. It’s not nice to talk about dropping a Nuke on a mentally deranged crazy man’s capital city.

    • Rex Visigothis

      Did someone suggest dropping a nuke on Phoenix.. wait, what?

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      Russia has real soldiers on their border and no gay pride marches in their army… Imagine that…

      The U.S. State Dept. has been infested with communists since WW1 and Woodrow Wilson… they tried to steal the Russian elections for their comrades in the Russian Communist Party through non-profit n.g.o.s… just like at home in America…

      But Vladimir Putin beat them… so they launched a fággot jihad against the Russian Orthodox church over the the punk rock band and the olympics… they even flew in Madonna as a provocateur.

      While Leon Puñettas was so busy with gay pride celebrations at the Pentagon, three Navy Seals and a U.S. ambassador were murdered, all because everyone was being so fúcking gay.

      These people just can’t stop playing with their dícks.

      • wdb

        Wow.

  • papal

    John you have two choices with Obama, a drone or a campaign, anything else is out of the question.

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      McCain already campaigned for Sodom Hussein Obama’s Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Al-Nusra in Syria… only 55 more states to go!

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

  • Erik

    America need help unemployed and people here… UKRAINE we take care ourselves.. the true ruler of Ukraine is not putin, but the enemies of Ukraine.. and these same oligarchs rule your nation.. BEWARE..

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=94rcOVJBMYQ Winston Blake

      Those great debts really knock me out
      They kick the West’s behind
      Angela’s blubbery cellulite is hanging out
      That EU troika is always on my, my, my, mind

      Take me to the Carpathian Mountains way down South
      Let me foreclose your daddy’s farm
      All the way the bankers’ hands are reaching out
      Come and grease your comrade’s palm

      I’m back in the EUSSR
      You don’t know how lucky you are… boy

      Back in the EU
      Back in the EU
      Back in the EUSSR

  • Kim Akrm

    Senator McCain cares more about the Ukraine than he does about Americans just like his republican cronies in the House. Send money overseas again but do not help the unemployed. You people sicken me. You spent too much time as a POW and I am sorry for that but it has clearly clouded your judgement of which country employs you and takes care of you. When will you take care of Americans? God help us all if you had been elected President with that piece of sh-t Palin.

  • John Kenner

    In a related video we find our resident community agitator angrily shouting his marxist delusions: http://youtu.be/pgnWt13aO9k

  • Fiji’s Best

    If the Obama regime is willing to lie to you about medical care, is there anything it won’t lie about? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8spP856AMY

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