When Did Ukraine Become a ‘Critical Ally’?

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Ukraine Suffering At The Hands Of The Russians
The “territorial integrity and sovereignty” of Ukraine is not now and has never been a vital interest of ours that would justify a U.S. war with a nuclear-armed Russia. : Ukraine Suffering At The Hands Of The Russians

USA -(Ammoland.com)- On hearing the State Department's George Kent and William Taylor describe President Donald Trump's withholding of military aid to Ukraine, The New York Times summarized and solemnly endorsed their testimony:

“What clearly concerned both witnesses wasn't simply the abuse of power by the President, but the harm it inflicted on Ukraine, a critical ally, under constant assault by Russian forces.”

“‘Even as we sit here today, the Russians are attacking Ukrainian soldiers in their own country, and have been for four years,' Taylor said. ‘I saw this on the front line last week; the day I was there a Ukrainian soldier was killed and four more wounded.'”

Kent compared Ukrainian resistance to Russia's intervention on the side of the Donbass secessionists to “our own Minutemen in 1776.”

“More than 13,000 Ukrainians have died on Ukrainian soil defending their territorial integrity and sovereignty from Russian aggression. … American support in Ukraine's own de facto war of independence has been critical.”

Kent went on:

“The American colonies may not have prevailed against British imperial might without help from transatlantic friends after 1776. In an echo of Lafayette's organized assistance to General George Washington's army and Admiral John Paul Jones' navy, Congress has generously appropriated over $1.5 billion over the past five years in desperately needed train and equip security assistance to Ukraine…”

“Similar to von Steuben training colonials at Valley Forge, U.S. and NATO allied trainers develop the skills of Ukrainian units at Yavoriv near the Polish border, and elsewhere. They help rewrite military education for Ukraine's next generation, as von Steuben did for America's first.”

“One would think, listening to this,” writes Barbara Boland, the American Conservative columnist, “that the U.S. had always provided arms to Ukraine, and that Ukraine has relied on this aid for years. But this is untrue and the Washington blob knows this.”

Indeed, Ukraine has never been a NATO ally or a “critical ally.”

Three decades ago, George H.W. Bush implored Ukraine not to set out on a course of “suicidal nationalism” by declaring independence from the Russian Federation. Despite constant pressure from Sen. John McCain and our neocons to bring Ukraine into NATO, wiser heads on both sides of the Atlantic rejected the idea.

Why? Because the “territorial integrity and sovereignty” of Ukraine is not now and has never been a vital interest of ours that would justify a U.S. war with a nuclear-armed Russia.

Instead, it was the avoidance of such a war that was the vital interest that nine U.S. presidents, from Truman to Bush I, secured, despite such provocations as the crushing of the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the building of the Berlin Wall.

In February 2014, the elected pro-Russian government of Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by U.S.-backed protesters in Maidan Square, cheered on by McCain. This was direct U.S. intervention in the internal affairs of Ukraine. Victoria Nuland of the State Department conceded that we had dumped billions into Ukraine to reorient its regime to the West.
To Vladimir Putin, the Kyiv coup meant the loss of Russia's historic Black Sea naval base at Sebastopol in Crimea. Rather than let that happen, Putin effected an uprising, Crimea's secession from Ukraine, and the annexation by Russia. In eastern Ukraine, the pro-Russian Donbass rose up in rebellion against the pro-NATO regime in Kyiv.
Civil war broke out. We backed the new regime. Russia backed the rebels. And five years later, the war goes on. Why is this our fight?

During the Obama years, major lethal aid was denied to Ukraine.

The White House reasoned that arming Ukraine would lead to an escalation of the war in the east, greater Russian intervention, defeat for Kyiv, and calls for the U.S. to intervene militarily, risking a war with Russia.

Not until Trump became president did lethal aid begin flowing to Ukraine, including Javelin anti-tank missiles.

So where are we?

Despite dramatic depictions of Ukraine as our embattled ally, Ukraine has never been an ally. We are not now nor have we ever been obligated to fight for its sovereignty or territorial integrity. Efforts to bring Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia into NATO have been repeatedly rebuffed in the United States and by our European NATO allies.

Kent and Taylor are honorable men. But they are career diplomats of the Department of State and veteran advocates of a foreign policy that sees Russia as an enduring aggressor and Ukraine as a fighting ally entitled to U.S. military assistance.

They have, in the old phrase, gone native. They champion the policies of yesterday and the embattled countries to which they are accredited and to whose causes they have become converted.

But Trump was elected to overturn the interventionist policies America has pursued since the century began. He was elected to end Cold War II with Russia, to reach a modus vivendi as Reagan did, and to extricate us from the endless wars into which Presidents Bush and Obama plunged the nation.


Pat Buchanan
Patrick J .Buchanan

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of the new book “Nixon's White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

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Divino Vocamen
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Divino Vocamen

The Crimea became part of the Russian Empire in 1783 after a defeat of the Ottoman Empire which had been in control of the area for some time…and continued after the Tsarist collapse…as part of the Soviet Union until the end of WW2 when to give itself additional votes in the UN the Soviet Union demanded that the Soviets also had the Ukraine and Byelorussia as ( falsely ) independent members of the UN …and then in 1954 the Soviets for propaganda reasons ….made the Crimea part of the Ukraine ( it had been part of Russia until then )… Read more »

GregSCSA
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GregSCSA

There are several incorrect statements by Mr. Buchanan. “Major lethal aid” was denied under Obama. No. Anything lethal was denied under Obama. “Loss of” the Crimea Base. This was an unknown as Russia had a rental agreement for the base. Russia also took over all of Ukraine’s ships including one ship that was returning from a joint exercise with NATO, the Cherkasy, while still at sea which, by international law, is an act of war. Ukraine has never been an ally of the U.S.. True. However, under President Clinton an agreement was signed by multiple nations to get Ukraine to… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

Thank you. You have stated the case well.

Dima Prok
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Dima Prok

“Here we are with Ukraine. A population who is very similar to American’s. More similar then German’s, French, Norwegian’s, and most other countries in Western Europe” What the heck are you talking about??? Russians and Ukrainians are like brothers and sisters who are in bitter fight now. The culture is same, look up history, for starters they were the same one country as USSR for 70 years and you’re saying they just like Americans? By same admission you would say same thing about Russia then. LOL, they are NOT like Americans. The culture is different, the language is different. I… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

What I share with you now is a small snippet of a very small incident that happened to me. When I was stationed north of the Arctic Circle on a remote tour, where our job was to deter Russian aggression should they ever decide to do more than just fly over and intimidate with their nuclear armed Bear and Backfire long range bombers, I remember having a discussion with the Base Commander, a full bird Colonel, on the flight line as he prepared for a secret mission in his F-4 Phantom, where he was adamant about Russia being our nation’s… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

If China were to use those hypersonic missiles to attack US assets there would be war. Those vehicles are delivered via ballistic missiles. Any attack involving ballistic missiles, whether delivering hypersonic vehicles or nuclear warheads, or a combination thereof, would result in a counter attack against China’s nuclear forces. It’s on like Donkey Kong after that.

StWayne
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StWayne

As for being on like Donkey Kong: it depends on who is President at the time. Just not too long ago President Obama looked the other way as Iran attacked one of our warships in the Strait of Hormuz with direct from the top orders not to retaliate. Our Navy was humiliated by the Iranians as they put the ship’s commanders on their knees, and took photographs in order to gin up their military might back home. The thing that scares me most is not those hyper-velocity missiles, or when the Democrats get back in charge — but WHEN because… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

The Russians? It has always been my understanding that the USS Liberty was attacked by Israeli aircraft and gunboats. Care to correct your statement?

StWayne
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StWayne

No correction needed because it’s correct. Even so, yes. It was Israel who attacked the USS Liberty with two French Mirage fighters and several torpedo mounted gunboats. The ship they were trying to sink was an electronically rigged CIA vessel in International waters. They had learned that it was eavesdropping on their war plans. What they didn’t want the world knowing was that they were planning on retaking the Golan Heights area during a signed peace treaty with both the Egyptians and the Syrians. So they removed all markings from those fighter jets and gunboats before sending them in to… Read more »

RoyD
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RoyD

I guess a half assed correction is better than none; but, it’s a bad look.

StWayne
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StWayne

I can see your point because it was indeed, Israel that attacked the USS Liberty, I could have been more precise on my point but couldn’t because I was too busy trying link up the why of it all. And yes: it was Russia who was behind why we never retaliated for fear of starting, as they put it: “WWIII.” The whole thing was indeed a “bad look,” a mess form start to finish, where the only ones to pay for it were American sailors with their lives. Thanks for keeping me on point. I try.

tomcat
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tomcat

@ USA You said it, the corruption of this country is beyond reason. Trump was looking out for our tax payer dollars in withholding the aid to them. The democrat are too stupid to know what is actually going on and they won’t listen. They just waste our money by carrying on this fake hearing and calling on anti Trumpers to tell their stories.

OlTrailDog
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OlTrailDog

Sounds like Pat would have been advising George Washington and his pals not to seek separation from Great Britian.

nrringlee
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nrringlee

Ukraine is a speed bump doubling as an impact area in the struggle between East and West. The only value Ukraine has is as a kill zone for Russian armor. If Ukraine wants its independence let them marshal up another Einsatzgruppen and fight the fight themselves.

JDC
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JDC

Ol’ Pat sounds like a crotchety old man in this one. As others pointed out, the Ukraine voluntarily gave up nuclear weapons on the promise of US protection. Then Obama sat back and did nothing. Basically if we do as Pat advocates, we should also let Russia retake Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, and put the Poles and Czecks back in Communist chains. I mean, come on…Putin seized 1/3 of the Ukraine and a major seaport and military base. We should just say “OK, by your leave, sir”? Providing lethal weapons is about the smartest thing we can do. No US… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

Do yo remember when President Obama was caught on a hot mic in March of 2012 saying to Putin’s aide that he could be more flexible after he was re-elected, to make sure Putin got this “message,” and that Russia took Ukraine by military force in March of 2014, exactly two years after the fact? Well I’ll be damned! In the world of political corruption, 2 + 2 still equals 4!

RoyD
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RoyD

Once again Pat shows why he is a voice of the past, who’s time has passed. “Oh, what might have been.”

zed123
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zed123

In September 1938, Britain, France and Italy gave Hitler the green light to annex huge tracts of Czechoslovakia, a small, young country in the middle of Europe. British prime minister Neville Chamberlain said then: “How horrible, fantastic, incredible it is, that we should be digging trenches and trying on gas-masks here because of a quarrel in a faraway country between people of whom we know nothing.” Winston Churchill responded in the well known words: “They had to choose between war and dishonour. They choose dishonour. They will have war.” And less than six months later, Nazi troops marched into what… Read more »

StWayne
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StWayne

In the history of this world, no not ever, has a country ever been “annexed” by force that didn’t pay the price for it over the long haul. Britain, with all its manufactured empires since King Edward I as Long Shanks, has never been able to hang onto even just one of them without some kind of revolt in the offing. Seems no one ever learns anything from history, which is why they are doomed to forever repeat it.

RoyD
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RoyD

Tis the nature of the beast. One of the reasons Christ came to Earth was to allow us to change our nature. Even then most of us wrestle with our human nature till we die.

KC
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KC

Ukraine became a “critical ally” when Clinton promised to protect them if they gave up their nuclear weapons. Then when Russia attacked, Obama sat on his hands.

Clinton should never have made the promise but Obama should have done something before Russia got frisky.

Wyomark
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Wyomark

What makes you think Obama didn’t generate the crisis in Ukraine? What makes you think Obama didn’t do exactly what he planned to?

Just as when he failed to support two successive popular uprisings against the mullahs in Iran, Obama acted by not acting. Failing to act, is to act.