Let the recriminations begin. After US/EU backed forces overthrew the elected , Russian-backed president of Ukraine it should not really be surprising that Russia responded by trying to secure Crimea, a strategic location with historical significance. But that predictable and rational move is now being met with cries of incredulity and the need to find a scape goat.
Though Ukraine has a meager military compared to Russia, the Ukraine Defense Minister has now given his resignation to the interim government, which they accepted. What was he supposed to do exactly – pretend the Russians didn’t know Ukraine’s forces were weaker than their own? Pretend that Crimea is not majority ethnic Russian that wanted to join the Russian Federation? Why hasn’t Interim Prime Minister Yatsenyuk resigned?
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a different offering to the gods for failure - the GOP.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Republicans may have helped Russia annex Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula in a surprisingly sharp attack ahead of a test vote on a bill authorizing more U.S. sanctions on Russia and $1 billion in loan guarantees to Ukraine…
“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.”
Even for a naked partisan attack that’s pretty lame. A billion dollar loan package and better messaging would have stopped Russia from trying to secure neighboring territory it has seen as a strategic priority for centuries?
The truth is if the US is looking for people to blame for the Crimea annexation it should find one of those things called a mirror. Helping to overthrow President Yanukovych is how the US helped Russia annex Crimea.