Ukraine Asks for Military Aid, Obama Offers MREs

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When Syria asked Russia for aid, they didn’t get MREs. That’s why being an ally of Russia makes more sense these days than being an ally of America.

And while the United States is under no obligation to help arm Ukraine, keeping Russia from pushing deeper into Ukraine is more likely to prevent a shooting war now or down the road. The basic lesson of WW2 is that either aggressor states like Russia/Germany get roadblocked by empowering the small nations they want to conquer or eventually the conflict will drag the big nations in.

Furthermore since Obama played a role in helping disarm Ukraine of conventional weapons, it’s not an unreasonable request.

In August 2005, just seven months after his swearing-in, Obama traveled to Donetsk in Eastern Ukraine with then-Indiana Republican Senator Dick Lugar, touring a conventional weapons site.

The two met in Kiev with President Victor Yushchenko, making the case that an existing Cooperative Threat Reduction Program covering the destruction of nuclear weapons should be expanded to include artillery, small arms, anti-aircraft weapons, and conventional ammunition of all kinds.

After a stopover in London, the senators returned to Washington and declared that the U.S. should devote funds to speed up the destruction of more than 400,000 small arms, 1,000 anti-aircraft missiles, and more than 15,000 tons of ammunition.

The things Ukraine is asking for are not that unreasonable. The United States provided some of them to the Libyan rebels and probably the Syrian opposition as well. We won’t even go into how much firepower Obama and Kerry were willing to hand over to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood.

Ukraine’s interim government has asked Washington to provide its military forces with arms, ammunition and intelligence support, senior U.S. officials said, but the U.S. has balked at providing lethal aid for now, wary of inflaming tensions with Russia.

The U.S. response reflects the Pentagon’s reluctance to be seen as directly supporting the Ukrainian military during the country’s standoff with Russian forces, which have seized the Ukrainian region of Crimea. The potential risks were underscored by Russia’s move Thursday to conduct another military exercise near Ukraine.

Washington wants to show its support for the country’s interim leaders without further antagonizing an unpredictable Moscow or inadvertently emboldening the Ukrainian military to take steps that could spark a more direct conflict.

“It’s not a forever ‘no,’ it’s a ‘no for now,’ ” a senior U.S. official said.

In a detailed request for U.S. military assistance, the Ukrainian government asked the Pentagon to provide arms and ammunition, communications gear, intelligence support, aviation fuel and night-vision goggles, along with other items, according to officials briefed on the emergency Ukrainian appeal.

The Pentagon has agreed for now to only provide the Ukrainians with supplies of U.S. military rations known as “Meals Ready to Eat,” or MREs, officials said. MREs were part of the Ukrainian request. The MREs could start shipping within days, officials said.

So to summarize, Obama would like to support the Ukrainian government confronting an invasion in some way other than empowering their military to resist further invasions.

Soft power. It really works.

  • Gee

    Am not a fan of Russia, but aiding Neo-Nazis in the Ukraine is no answer. A pox on both sides.
    No aid to either

    • Daniel Greenfield

      There are neo-nazis on both sides. Only one set of them is a potential threat.

      • StukaPilot

        So sad. Another Jew-globalist plot (Yatsenyuk and Soros/Bankster friends) goes down the toilet. Soon Putin will be astride the entire Ukraine…and you neo-conz made it happen. Next time you plan a Putsch, better think the consequences through a bit more carefully.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Case in point. An actual neo-nazi.

          • UCSPanther

            And one who needs to meet a wing a RAF spitfires…

    • BagLady

      I’ll second that

    • victoryman

      Not to worry. Obambi has a plan. Forget the sanctions. obambi just saw the movie Animal House and has decided to put Putin and all of Russia on Double Secret Probation.

      • A Z

        Don’t laugh. Double Secret probation would be more and more constructive than what Obama is doing now.

        • victoryman

          The horse would have a heart attack.

  • DogmaelJones1

    Are you saying that Obama et al. want the Ukraine to engage the Russians in a food fight?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      that would be optimistic

      • DogmaelJones1

        Until MRE was identified in the article as “Meals Ready to Eat,” I thought the photo above was of some sort of disassembled plastique bomb. Not very appetizing, in any event.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          Much like Obama’s foreign policy

        • Gee

          MRE actually means Meals Refused by Ethiopians.

        • Habbgun

          I knew reservists who ate them. They wonder what happened to spam which is apparently a delicacy compared to MREs.

          • victoryman

            …….and I thought the C Rations I ate were bad.

        • A Z

          Mexican food, which I like, did not do well as an MRE. But other meals were decent. Pick your MREs wisely.
          =)

          You could use them as a prepper. Buy enough for the family for 3 or 4 weeks. Continuously, rotate stock by using a percentage every year for camping. It is an insurance policy; you will sleep better.

          FEMA has recommended families have 2 or 3 weeks worth of food in case of natural catastrophes like Katrina. So there is nothing anti-government about it. Certainly camping is not anti government. Although there is certainly numerous knuckledraggers both in the Obama administration the bureaucracy and the Left that think prepping is anti-government. But a just government has nothing to fear, yet they fear much. Why?

  • A Z

    The solution is easy. The Ukrainians should convert to Islam, declare Ukraine a Caliphate. put women in burkas and hang gays. Obama will provide them aid lickety split.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      That might work

    • Hass

      Sad but true A Z.

    • victoryman

      A visit by Sharpton, Jackson, Farrakhan, “Reverend” Wright and da Blak Kaukus would also help. Then the food stamps and obamaphones would flow…….

  • A Z

    “It’s not a forever ‘no,’ it’s a ‘no for now,’ ” – Neville Chamberlain to Rudolf Beran

    1939

  • UCSPanther

    The Ukrainians fell for a demand to destroy weapons and ordnance, and now they are in a tight spot.

    Those who beat their swords into plowshares end up plowing for those who kept their swords.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      Indeed.

  • Habbgun

    So we are sending over battlefield rations while insisting that Ukraine not start a war or be in an actual battle? Makes as much sense as Obamacare.

    Next thing Putin will be saying is that there are ethnic Russians in Georgia and we’ll be sending MREs to Savannah. Or maybe we can send bricks to Germany so that we can rebuild a wall because good fences make good neighbors.

  • W. C. Taqiyya

    An army marches on it’s belly people. The food aid is a vital component to any military force. And, America isn’t the only arms dealer on the block. Nor the cheapest. Ukraine can get bullets and guns from almost anyplace and they will. Geez, is the sky falling again so soon? Plus, both C-rations and the new MRE’s are very edible if you have some rama noodles and hot sauce in your pack. Unless you are some kind of prissy little snot of course.

  • DanielKnightForChrist

    If he sent them weapons Obama knows the Republicans and Tea Partiers would most likely:

    1. Accuse him of inciting WW3
    2. provoking Russia and China to do some sort of economic damage to us on purpose
    3. Aiding Nazis

    In this situation it’s a damned if you damned if you don’t situation for him.