Today’s Betrayal by so-called “Progressive” Democrats

The entire 11-member leadership of the U.S. Congressional Progressive Caucus has voted in favor of a House resolution that calls for isolation of Russia, urges the shipment of military weapons to the Ukrainian government, and encourages the United States and NATO to step up preparations for military confrontation with Russia.

Missing from the Congressional resolution and from almost all U.S. media coverage is the background of NATO expansion eastward to Russia’s border in violation of the promise the United States made to Russia in 1989,4 as well as the U.S. support for a coup government in Ukraine and the attacks of that government’s militias on ethnic Russians.

The resolution backed by all the Progressive Caucus leaders (H. Res. 758) constitutes an act of hostility while claiming to oppose the same.

Journalist Robert Parry explains the basis of Congress’s statement, which parallels the dominant view of U.S. media: “The original lie behind Official Washington’s latest ‘group think’ was that Russian President Vladimir Putin instigated the crisis in Ukraine as part of some diabolical scheme to reclaim the territory of the defunct Soviet Union, including Estonia and other Baltic states. Though not a shred of U.S. intelligence supported this scenario, all the ‘smart people’ of Washington just ‘knew’ it to be true.”

H. Res 758 denounces Russia for purchasing weapons, arming dictatorships, and allegedly invading sovereign nations — all actions in which the United States routinely engages.

The resolution calls on President Obama “to provide the Government of Ukraine with lethal and non-lethal defense articles, services, and training,” and demands that NATO prepare for war in defense of Ukraine as a NATO member. Ukraine is not a NATO member, but NATO is pushing hard for its inclusion.

Weirdly, in support for this reckless belligerence, the Progressive Caucus leaders lack the restraint of Henry Kissinger, who has offered the following correction: “The annexation of Crimea was not a move toward global conquest.”

But then to hypocrize is to be human:

It turns out that people actually eat the most right around the time they say they’re going to eat the least—and by a big margin. Americans buy roughly twice as many calories per serving in food in the first three months of the new year than during the holidays, according to a new study. And that’s saying something, because the holidays are already quite the gluttonous stretch.

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About M. Meo

Worked as translator, museum technician, truck lumper, lecture demonstrator, teacher (of English as a Second Language, science, math). Married for 25 years, 2 boys aged 18 & 16 (both on the Grant cross-country team). A couple of scholarly publications in the history of science. Two years in federal penitentiary, 1970/71, for refusing the draft.
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