Harry Reid: Republicans Helped Russia Annex Crimea

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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Harry Reid, the Senate’s favorite crazy person, is really pulling out all the stops in the hopes of hanging on to his Senate Majority Leader title.

And you can practically smell the desperation.

“Since a few Republicans blocked these important sanctions last work period, Russian lawmakers voted to annex Crimea and Russian forces have taken over Ukrainian military bases,” Reid said. “It’s impossible to know whether events would have unfolded differently if the United States had responded to Russian aggression with a strong, unified voice.”

The Senate wasn’t voting to authorize Obama to use military force. It was voting on a giveaway to the IMF. Only someone completely delusional would imagine that the aid bill would have stopped Putin from completing the annexation.

Does Harry Reid imagine that Putin would have looked at a procedural vote in the Senate and said, “Oh no, the Yankees are writing a check. Come on Comrades, let’s run for it.”

In response to Reid’s comments, Michael Steel, a spokesman for House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) said the Senate leader “sounds completely unhinged.”

That’s putting it mildly.

GOP Senate aides noted the House has passed different legislation, meaning the Senate bill could not have become law before recess anyhow. They blamed Reid and Democrats for blocking the Senate from taking up the House legislation.

Reid is trying to blame Republicans for Obama’s miserable failure.

Republicans have long spurned the administration’s attempt to ratify the IMF changes, saying they’d increase the exposure of U.S. taxpayers in foreign bailouts managed by the fund. Making the shift now, opponents such as Sens. Rand Paul and Marco Rubio argue, also would marginally increase Russia’s voting power over the fund’s finances.

So we’re punishing Russia by… helping Russia. Great plan.

  • Larry Larkin

    He sounds completely unhinged because he is, and has been for a long time. It’s worry that Boehner has taken this long to speak out on the fact.

  • panola60

    GOP Senate aides noted that the House and Senate versions of sanctions differed so much that no bill could have passed before March 14th without “taking up the House legislation” – but Reid refused to allow House legislation to be taken up!!!!

    Reid also didn’t mention that the Senate bill includes “reforms of the International Monetary Fund” (IMF) which the administration has been trying to get the GOP to embrace since 2010. Senate Republicans fear the changes would “increase the exposure of U.S. taxpayers in foreign bailouts managed by the fund.

    Same old lies and deception from Dirty Harry.

  • Bryan

    It is sounding more and more like Senator Reid found Pelosi’s hidden stash of drugs.

  • truebearing

    There is no disputing that reid is nuts, but there may be a method to his madness…sort of. The Obama administration has done everything it can to facilitate the Russian agenda, so maybe giving Russia more voting power in the IMF is their hidden goal. It makes more sense than anything Reid says. (notice I kept the bar as low as humanly possible)