Wednesday, March 15, 2023

DeSantis' Ukraine Remarks: Republican Reply Sampler

When cynically ambitious, fascistic Governor Ron "Bootsie/Meatball Ron" DeSantis opined to Tucker Tovarich Carlson that Ukraine wasn't in our national interest, and that their war with Russia represented a "territorial dispute," he got some heat from fellow Republicans:

From the New York Times:

'DeSantis is wrong and seems to have forgotten the lessons of Ronald Reagan,' said former Representative Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who led the House select committee investigating Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election.

'This is not ‘a territorial dispute,’ she said in a statement, echoing Mr. DeSantis’s phrasing. 'The Ukrainian people are fighting for their freedom. Surrendering to Putin and refusing to defend freedom makes America less safe.'

She went on: 'Weakness is provocative and American officials who advocate this type of weakness are Putin’s greatest weapon. Abandoning Ukraine would make broader conflict, including with China and other American adversaries, more likely.' [snip]

Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, a potential 2024 presidential candidate, said that the remarks were 'a na├»ve and complete misunderstanding of the historical context of what’s going on,' and that authoritarians would fill the void if the U.S. retreated from global leadership. [snip]

America is far better off with a Ukrainian victory than a Russian victory, including avoiding a wider war,” [Nimrata Nicki Haley] said. “If Russia wins, there is no reason to believe it will stop at Ukraine.”  (our emphasis)

From NBC News:

'It’s not a territorial dispute in the sense that — any more than it would be a territorial dispute if the United States decided that it wanted to invade Canada or take over the Bahamas,' [Sen. Marco]Rubio told conservative radio host Hugh Hewitt. 'Just because someone claims something doesn’t mean it belongs to them. This is an invasion.'

Rubio added: 'I don’t know what he’s trying to do or what the goal is. Obviously, he doesn’t deal with foreign policy every day as governor.'” [snip]

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said DeSantis’ comments reflected a 'misunderstanding of the situation.'

'This is not a territorial conflict. This is a war of aggression,' he said, adding that DeSantis has been 'a great governor, but in my opinion, if you don’t get Ukraine right, this is a chance to stop Putin before it gets to be a bigger war — and China’s watching.'”  [snip]

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., said: “I don’t want America to be the world’s policeman, but I don’t want Vladimir Putin or [Chinese President] Xi Jinping to be the world’s policemen, either. I’ve never looked at our Ukraine assistance as charity. I’ve looked at it as self-preservation.” (our emphasis)

There was more from Sens. John Cornyn (TX), Kevin Cramer (ND), and others in the same vein, but you get the picture. Bootsie is taking up with the Tovarich Tucker Carlson, the Malignant Loser, and other Putinists in his party, and that's got many of them disturbed.



Infidel753 said...

DeSantis is signaling to Putin and Xi that if he becomes president, he'll be America's Neville Chamberlain.

Expansionist dictatorships are like fires -- the longer you wait to stamp them out, the bigger and more difficult the problem becomes.

Hackwhackers said...

Infidel -- Exactly, they'll have nothing to fear in either DsSantis or Trump. MAGA Republicans increasingly see Russia as their ultra-nationalist soul mate, model and ally in our elections.

Anonymous said...

"Liz Cheney of Wyoming, who led the House select committee investigating Mr. Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election." She was the Vice Chair to Chair Bennie Thompson.