$54 billion to Ukraine in a proxy war w/ Russia against the American people’s will.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?? (@RepMTG) June 30, 2022
American taxpayers are basically funding almost all the defense of Europe, and Ukraine is NOT a NATO member.
Grinding up Ukraine to fight with Russia is disgusting, they could have been an ally. pic.twitter.com/FTQxXqRm7G
Today, I’m voting NO on the continuing resolution to fund America’s 50 states, plus America’s 51st state: Ukraine.— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene?? (@RepMTG) September 30, 2022
Also in the news, Vladimir Putin has just annexed a large portion of Ukraine. Are we funding Russia, too? pic.twitter.com/E0fymhItpa
American politics has changed.
At some point over the past two years, our politics went mainstream in the populist and nationalist wing of the GOP. It is no longer fringe to oppose globalism, to support the withdrawal of American troops from the Middle East, to oppose NATO expansion, to support withdrawing from NATO, to support cutting military spending, to have a less than reverent attitude toward the Pentagon generals festooned with medals from lost wars and to oppose arming Zelensky and funding this war in Ukraine.
This has always been my position on foreign policy. It is why I opposed George W. Bush for eight years and came to hate the neocons. It is why I refused to vote for John McCain in 2008. It is why I voted for Ron Paul in 2008 and 2012. It was one of the top reasons why I supported Trump in 2016 who ran against the Iraq War. It is why I was so angry with him for his failure to deliver on his campaign promises to withdraw American troops from Syria and Afghanistan. It is why Trump’s legacy looks better in hindsight compared to Joe Biden who has started World War II with Russia. For all of Trump’s fuck ups and failures as president, he was actually impeached by the Democrats for hesitating to arm Ukraine.
Most MAGA Republicans in Congress now agree with my position on Ukraine. I endorsed JD Vance in his Ohio Senate race specifically because he pledged to defund Ukraine. Tommy Tuberville has voted twice in the Senate against funding the war in Ukraine. Katie Britt is being attacked by Mo Brooks for opposing the $40 billion for Ukraine that passed Congress in May. Half of Senate Republicans balked at supporting the latest $12 billion in funding for Ukraine which passed Congress last week.
The fact that Democrats have started this war with Russia and continue to escalate the war in Ukraine to the point where nuclear war is now a real possibility is a compelling enough reason for someone like me to vote against them in the midterms. The best shot we have at defunding Zelensky and Ukraine is with a Republican Congress in which MAGA Republicans have more power and leverage.
“Pity poor CPAC, forced to square that circle when pandering. Traditional Republican hawks believe in power projection, fear and loathe Russia after decades of Cold War conditioning, and sympathize with moral arguments for foreign intervention. Modern Republican doves believe America is chronically overextended abroad, view Russia as a distraction from the rising threat from China, and regard intervention as at least as likely to produce immoral outcomes as to prevent them.
Beneath those differences lies a philosophical rift. At the risk of oversimplifying, right-wing hawks tend to be classical liberals, willing and often overeager to make the world safe for democracy. Right-wing doves tend to be populist and post-liberal. It’s not just skepticism about America’s ability to project power effectively that makes them suspicious of foreign adventures. It’s the fact that, when we do project power, unfailingly we do so at the expense of illiberal regimes like Vladimir Putin’s.
Post-liberal Republicans don’t view illiberal regimes as something to be reflexively opposed and contained. In some respects, they’re to be emulated. Why fight Putin, a self-styled warrior against Western decadence, instead of learning from him?
The differences between the two Republican camps on Ukraine have been papered over so far by Democrats’ total control of government. So long as there are 10 traditional GOP hawks in the Senate to help Chuck Schumer beat a filibuster, and there are, U.S. aid to Kyiv will continue to flow. …”
If you believe liberalism is a cancer that rots and destroys traditional cultures, why would you want to spread this disease by force around the world? Why would you want to spend over $80 billion dollars on such a foolish project in Ukraine? Why would you be willing to risk nuclear war with Russia? Why should you care who rules the Donbas? Since when is Donbas worth courting World War III?
Vladimir Putin is correct about the “outright Satanism” of the decadent West. The Cold War is over. It is Gov. Gavin Newsom of California who is on the side of Satanism. Gavin Newsom is far more opposed to Christian nationalism than Vladimir Putin who aspires to be a regional hegemon. The European Union is more than a match for Russia and is capable of balancing Russia and securing its own border with Russia. The only people who have any interest in pushing this war in Ukraine are liberal ideologues.
Republican support for continuing to fund this war in Ukraine is cratering. By the time the next Congress is seated in early January, Europe is going to be crushed by skyrocketing energy prices. The global economy will probably go down with Europe. Even Democrats are souring on funding this endless war in Ukraine. It is hard to see how long this can possibly continue into the early months of 2023.
If the Democrats hold the House and the Senate in the midterms, the firehose of military aid will continue unabated for the next two years. It could bring about regime change in Russia. Destabilizing Russia is the worst case scenario because it is the only scenario in which nuclear war becomes a real possibility. The Russiagaters are hellbent on going down that road and finding out what lies at the end of it.