US Intervention in Ukraine - Can We Afford It?


Officially, US debt stands at more than $17 trillion. In reality, it is many times more. The cost of the US invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq may be more than six trillion dollars. President Obama's illegal invasion of Libya cost at least a billion dollars and left that country devastated. The costs of US regime change efforts in Syria are likely thus far enormous, both in dollars and lives. That's still a secret.

So who in his right mind would think it is a good time to start a war with Russia over Ukraine? And worse, who would commit the United States to bail out a Ukraine that will need at least $35 billion to survive the year?

Who? The president and Congress, backed by the neocons and the so-called humanitarian interventionists!

The House voted overwhelmingly last week to provide $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine. That is just the beginning, you can be sure. But let's be clear: this is not money for the population of that impoverished country. The Administration is sending a billion dollars from US taxpayers to wealthy international bankers who hold Ukrainian debt. It is an international bank bailout, not aid to Ukrainians. And despite the escalating anti-Russia rhetoric, ironically some of that money will likely go to Russia for Ukraine's two billion dollar unpaid gas bill!

So what happened in Ukraine? The US government and media claims that the US must save Ukrainian democracy from an invading Russian army that is threatening the country's sovereignty. But in reality the crisis was instigated in part by US meddling. Remember the intercepted telephone call in which two senior Obama Administration officials discussed plans to replace the elected government in Ukraine with US puppets? That is exactly what happened. Is that not a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty? Is that what democracy is all about?
 
The Obama Administration's policy toward Ukraine is hypocritical. The overthrow of the government in Kiev by violent street protests was called a triumph of democracy, but when the elected parliament in autonomous Crimea voted last week to hold a referendum to decide its future, President Obama condemned it as a violation of international law. What about the principle of self-determination, which is also enshrined in international law?
 
I have long thought that a referendum to reorganize Ukraine into a looser confederation of regions might help reduce tensions. I still believe this could help, but it seems the US government is not so enthusiastic about democracy when there is a chance for an outcome it opposes. 

I strongly believe that Crimeans have every right to transfer sovereignty over their peninsula to Russia if they wish. The only question that remains is whether there will be an honest election, and I don't see any reason there can't be.

The US government tells the rest of the world, "We want you to be good democrats and have elections," but if they don't elect the right people then we complain about it and throw them out, like we did in Egypt. In Crimea they want to have an election to determine their future. President Obama condemned those plans for a vote by saying, "We are well beyond the days when borders can be redrawn over the heads of democratic leaders." Does he not remember that the authorities in Kiev were installed just weeks ago after a US-backed coup against the Ukrainian constitution?

Congress, next week, will likely vote for sanctions against Russia. Though many mistakenly believe that sanctions are a relatively harmless way of forcing foreign countries to do what we say, we should be clear: sanctions are an act of war.
 
Cooler heads in the United States are not currently prevailing. There is a danger of an unimaginable conflict between the US and Russia. We must demand a shift away from a war footing, away from incendiary rhetoric. We are broke and cannot afford to "buy" Ukraine. We certainly cannot afford another war, especially with Russia!

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  • Don_in_Odessa

    Can we afford it? No worries Ronnie. The fed will just print up enough to cover it. Got to keep the war machine well oiled, don't cha know?

  • Hutch King - HK

    During the first four years of Hussein Obama, the number of Americans "not in the labor force" soared by 8.33 million.Reference: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-08-21/33-shocking-facts-which-show-how-badly-economy-has-tanked-under-obama

  • Ron Alford

    Absolutely we cannot afford it. Russia has already warned us if we even apply sanctions they will call in their billions that we owe them, and since 16 plus trillions of our assets are owed out of the country, that could very easily start a run on calling in the entire 16 trillion that we owe and destroy our nation over night.

  • raffaelecafagna

    We can`t afford it ; Send the U.N . it is their Job and Responsibility to keep Peace on the Planet; Let the U.N. Take care of it . We do not Need to go there and Start War World III.

  • papa ganda

    The EU is playing Obama a fool. The US will do all the dirty work all for the EU and recieve zip in return. I guess the State Dept. FU the EU comment is going to bite the US back.

  • Freedom?

    No. We cannot afford to police the world.

    Instead of fighting other nations conflicts, we have failed to teach them how to do their own protecting.

    Now we in our decline see what we have wrought.

    Alienation form more and more people and turning our back on our history and becoming a socio-fascist abomination.

    If we continue to fight over seas we NEED to charge these nations for our services.

  • Allen Michael

    Petition if you feel we need to keep or noses out what is happening in Ukraine! http://www.petition2congress.com/14738/tell-obama-administraton-to-stay-out-ukrainianrussian-affairs/?m=5225392