Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Paper Tiger

http://www.csmonitor.com/World/Security-Watch/terrorism-security/2014/0915/Heavy-fighting-in-eastern-Ukraine-leaves-six-dead-despite-cease-fire-video

Ukraine and "rebels" signed a ceasefire that has been broken 249 times in ten days.  So about once every hour.  Not much of a ceasefire.  Still it worked, it gave the rebels a chance to recover from some recent losses and allowed Russia to move up more ammo and supplies and troops.

Ukraine says that some NATO countries have provided weapons but won't mention which nations.  Several NATO countries have said they did not provide weapons.  The USA has said they will provide non-lethal aid but even that has been slow in coming.

The United States could easily provide training, weapons, ammunition to Ukraine with little cost to ourselves.  Ukraine was on track to become a NATO ally.  While they are not a NATO ally we should be helping them to defeat the rebels and Russians who have captured Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine.  Unfortunately we have become a paper tiger that looks fierce but has no real teeth, that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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