President Obama talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel today before their working lunch in the Cabinet Room. (Photo by Pete Souza)
While our President and leaders of the European Union are trying a diplomatic solution to the situation in Ukraine, some Republicans are undermining their efforts by calling for a bill mandating that the United States send arms to Ukraine. http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/02/05/us-usa-congress-ukraine-idUSKBN0L92CG20150205
Meanwhile, President Obama is weighing a decision on sending arms to Ukraine. He will not be bullied into making a very important and strategic decision.
There are many trying to weigh in on the pros and cons of this issue. Ultimately, President Obama will make a decision. One writer, against arming them, John J. Mearscheimer, says, “They are wrong. Going down that road would be a huge mistake for the United States, NATO and Ukraine itself. Sending weapons to Ukraine will not rescue its army and will instead lead to an escalation in the fighting.”http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/09/opinion/dont-arm-ukraine.html?_r=2
This is a complex and multi-faceted issue. Simple solutions often lead to tragic results. Let’s give our President a chance to make a decision. There will be plenty for Republicans to criticize whatever choice he makes.
Pat Taylor Fuller has a blogspot named Pat’s Commentary