S3E28: The Ukraine controversy

On today’s show we discuss the ongoing Ukraine controversy with President Donald Trump. What is the controversy all about and does what Donald Trump did rise to impeachable behavior?

Denise from California and I have some strong opinions on that.

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The wrong enemies

Just a little current event to start off with before I continue with the Ukraine controversy. The Republican party has gone nuts over the President’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria.

According to reports, Donald Trump is remaining firm on his decision to order troops to leave Syria.  For those who do not know, Syria is at war.  Some call it second only to Yemen as the world’s greatest humanitarian disaster.

And in Syria, allies of the United States, the Kurds, depended on US troops for protection.

They will now be abandoned.

Trump has tweeted his go ahead for Turkey to over take the country saying he will not interfere unless Assad does something that in the president’s “unmatched wisdom” he deems inappropriate.

“The White House announced late Sunday that “Turkey will soon be moving forward with its long-planned operation into Northern Syria. The United States Armed Forces will not support or be involved in the operation.” Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan considers the Kurdish forces terrorists allied with insurgents inside his country”.

Stabbed in the back

Many in the GOP call the move a stab in the back of Kurdish forces, US forces and the GOP that used to believe in national security.  The senate majority leader who is quiet about everything from Trump collusion with foreign powers to innocent men, women and children being murdered by gun violence, somehow found the strength to voice his opinion.

“Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) is reminding Trump of supermajorities supporting a U.S. presence in Syria. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) is threatening sanctions against Turkey in partnership with Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). And a bipartisan pair of Senate Foreign Relations Committee members are demanding administration officials testify before Congress.

“The president’s decision to abandon our Kurdish allies in Northern Syria in the face of an assault by Turkey is a betrayal that will have grave humanitarian and national security consequences,” said Sens. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.). “We will be working with committee leadership to assure that the administration appears before the committee as soon as possible.”

The Republican Senate has already shown a willingness to confront Trump on Syria and other foreign policy matters, and the gears are quickly turning in Congress to force Trump to back down.

In a rare statement chiding Trump, McConnell referenced the amendment adopted earlier this year, noting “the conditions that produced that bipartisan vote still exist today.”

“ISIS and al Qaeda remain dangerous forces in Syria and the ongoing Syrian civil war poses significant security and humanitarian risks. A precipitous withdrawal of U.S. forces from Syria would only benefit Russia, Iran, and the Assad regime,” the GOP leader said. “I urge the president to exercise American leadership to keep together our multinational coalition to defeat

The Ukraine Controversy and the Volker Texts

Back to the podcast, I mentioned NY Magazine’s article on how we got to where we are. In addition from Vox, there is a readout of the last could of days.

USA Today published the texts with images of the parties involved.  The article also does a point by point break down of each of the texts from each of the characters. 

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Simply play episode 2191, after clicking here.

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