US House Votes 348-48 To Arm Ukraine, Russia Warns Lethal Aid Will "Explode The Whole Situation"

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Yesterday, in a vote that largely slid under the radar, the House of Representatives passed a resolution urging Obama to send lethal aid to Ukraine, providing offensive, not just "defensive" weapons to the Ukraine army - the same insolvent, hyperinflating Ukraine which, with a Caa3/CC credit rating, last week started preparations to issue sovereign debt with a US guarantee, in essence making it a part of the United States (something the US previously did as a favor to Egypt before the Muslim Brotherhood puppet regime was swept from power by the local army).

The resolution passed with broad bipartisan support by a count of 348 to 48.

According to DW,  the measure urges Obama to provide Ukraine with "lethal defensive weapon systems" that would better enable Ukraine to defend its territory from "the unprovoked and continuing aggression of the Russian Federation."

"Policy like this should not be partisan," said House Democrat Eliot Engel, the lead sponsor of the resolution. "That is why we are rising today as Democrats and Republicans, really as Americans, to say enough is enough in Ukraine."

Engel, a New York Democrat, has decided that he knows better than Europe what is the best option for Ukraine's people - a Europe, and especially Germany, which has repeatedly said it rejects a push to give western arms to the Ukraine army, and warned that Russia under President Vladimir Putin has become "a clear threat to half century of American commitment to an investment in a Europe that is whole, free and at peace. A Europe where borders are not changed by force."

This war has left thousands of dead, tens of thousands wounded, a million displaced, and has begun to threaten the post-Cold War stability of Europe," Engel said.

Odd, perhaps the US state department should have thought of that in a little over a year ago when Victoria Nuland was plotting how to most effectively put her puppet government in charge of Kiev and how to overthrow the lawfully elected president in a US-sponsored coup.

Then again, one glance at the Rep. Engel's career donors provides some explanation for his tenacity to start another armed conflict and to escalate what he himself defines as a cold war into a warm one.


So what will Obama do? As a reminder, the president has been far more eager to sit this one out, and giving Europe the upper hand when it comes to the decision if and when to escalate the proxy civil war in Ukraine.  To be sure, the vote puts even more pressure on the Obama administration, which has repeatedly said it was considering providing lethal aid to Ukraine; it just never dared to actually pull the trigger. Several months ago, the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman General Martin Dempsey said we would "absolutely consider" providing lethal aid, sentiments that were echoed by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, who said that he was also "inclined" in that direction.

Obama's options may be even more limited after NATO's top military commander General Philip Breedlove said Sunday that the West should "consider all our tools" to assist Ukraine, including sending defensive weapons to areas held by pro-Russian rebels.

For now the president is delaying because according to the State Department, the White House is waiting to see whether the second Minsk ceasefire will hold before deciding whether to deliver lethal assistance.

Ironically, the biggest stumbling block ahead of an outright overture to World War III, may be Hillary Clinton herself. The former SecState, currently embroiled in an e-mail communication scandal, was recently revealed to have been a recipient of some very generous foreign donations into the Clinton foundation: donations where Ukraine was at the very top!


Considering last week's news of a just as dangerous cold war being waged between Obama's right hand (wo)man, Valerie Jarrett, and the Clintons, it is perhaps just as likely that Obama, whose foreign policy team is absolutely abysmal and whose offshore "achievements" can best be described as a disaster, is not eager to get involved in Ukraine not so much to avert the cold war with Russia to turn hot, but to make Hillary's life difficult as she launches her challenge to Obama's favorite populist Elizabeth Warren.

Then again, when it comes to calling the foreign shots, the US president is merely a figurehead, and the real decision-maker has always been the US military-industrial complex. So while Obama may stall sending weapons, he will ultimately get a tap on the shoulder from the gentle folks shown on the table below, who will soon demand something in exchange for their millions in lobby funding.

The prepackaged spin is already ready: "sending weapons to the Kiev government would not mean involvement in a new war for America", claimed the abovementioned Eliot Engel who sponsored the document. “The people of Ukraine are not looking for American troops," Engel said. "They are just looking for the weapons.

Beautiful. And if weapons the Ukraine wants, the US MIC will be delighted to provide them.

So the only question is how Russia will responds to this escalation: according to RT, "Washington's decision to supply Ukraine with ammunition and weapons would “explode the whole situation” in eastern Ukraine and Russia would be forced to respond “appropriately,” Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said at the end of February.

“It would be a major blow to the Minsk agreements and would explode the whole situation,” TASS quoted Ryabkov as saying.

In other words, bullish for stocks - just think of the central-bank monetary paradrops that World War III would unleash.

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JustObserving's picture
Like the Nobel Prize Winner, US Congress has never met a war it did not like:


Congress Demands War in Ukraine!

Just weeks after a European-brokered ceasefire greatly reduced the violence in Ukraine, the US House of Representatives today takes a big step toward re-igniting -- and expanding -- the bloody civil war.

Congress wants a war in Ukraine and will not settle for a ceasefire!

The real world effect of this Resolution must be made clear: The US Congress is giving Kiev the green light to begin a war with Russia, with the implicit guarantee of US backing. This is moral hazard on steroids and could well spark World War III.

The Resolution conveniently ignores that the current crisis in Ukraine was ignited by the US-backed coup which overthrew the elected government of Viktor Yanukovych. The secession of Crimea and eastern Ukraine were a reaction to the illegal coup engineered by US officials such as Victoria Nuland and Geoff Pyatt. Congress instead acts as if one morning the Russians woke up and decided to invade Crimea and eastern Ukraine. 

There is no mention at all of US backing for the coup -- or even that a coup took place!

CH1's picture

Must Have WAR!

It's the health of the State, after all.

JustObserving's picture

During the Floor debate on the Resolution, Rep. Eliot Engel (D-NY) even compared Russian "action" in Ukraine to Hitler's invasion of Czechoslovakia, demanding that this time the "Hitler" must be stopped before he goes further!

Not a single Member of Congress took the Floor to oppose this dangerous Resolution.

Someone remind Congress of 3.3 million killed in Iraq and that the 2400 tons of depleted uranium used in Iraq has a half-life of 4.5 billion years:


US Sponsored Genocide Against Iraq 1990-2012. Killed 3.3 Million, Including 750,000 Children

angel_of_joy's picture

Stupis is what stupid does ! That guarantees that those pesky Russians will carve out another good chunk of Ukraine during the next "partnership games" (to start as soon as May...). 

Pinto Currency's picture



War is what governments do when they've collapsed the economy.

No media coverage of the intentional warmongering propelling us to war with Russia.

Nor of the coup by Neocons and Soros in Ukraine to create the situation in the first place.

TruthInSunshine's picture

U.S. Israeli - Zio occupied CONgress votes 348 to 48 to ignite war with Russia, launch a new war on Iran in mideast, and throw hundreds of millions of Americans into wood chipper to be turned into oligarch/CronyCapitalist fuel.

TruthInSunshine's picture

Ukraine War sponsored by the Robert Kagan-Victoria Noodleman (nee Nuland) PNAC Trust.

These crazy fucks are going to bring about WWIII if not stopped - no hyperbole.

So Close's picture

The Minsk agreement signators are France, Germany, and Russia.  If  ever we wanted to push Europe into the hands of the East this is how we would do it.  We better be willing to go all the way... which means Ukraine better have been a dress reshearsal for regime change in Russia.  With China backstopping Russian companies with forex reserves in exchange for equity ownership in their SOE's either we are neurting Russia or neutering the petro dollar.  The stakes could not be higher.

y3maxx's picture

...Iran is the next "War".

The giveaway was the $500 million arms booty dropped off in Yemen for ISIS = proxy war by USA

Arms now travel across Saudi peninsula towards Iran.

philipat's picture

Russia could take over the whole of Ukraine within a few days, sponsor democratic elections, establish a Federal Structure with an autonomous Donbas Region, then withdraw. In fact.........

Dollarmedes's picture

If the US wanted to arm the Ukrainians, they should establish a base in Ukraine that gets "overrun" by locals.

Boom! $500 million worth of arms in Ukraine. It worked in Yemen.

Headbanger's picture

Yeah, but it won't last too long either.

winchester's picture
winchester (not verified) Headbanger Mar 25, 2015 5:31 AM

is icmb travel time faster than pop corn preparating with a beer open and sat on couch facing window waiting the light ?


....oh my... it's beautiful, i should turn in poetry.

Drop out's picture

+1 For the feel good post of the day!

DeadFred's picture

Watch the skies. The war won't be anounced to us but it won't be a surprise. If you see many reports of heavy military air traffic it's time to bug out or bunker down. This is real.

cnmcdee's picture

We don't have to watch the skies just the newz - obviously some hidden messages are getting sent between the governments as we speak with the downing of a German airliner - how else would it fly a perfectly computer controlled path straight into a mountain..

I blame the Russians clearly, but who knows.


Anusocracy's picture

Your stupidity is glaring.

You as much as admit no one knows, but you blame the Russians.

Apparently your ingroup morality has put any other brain cells you have into a feedback loop. Tough being an idiot.

RadioactiveRant's picture

Because arming Ukrainian rebels/terrorists is okay, but arming a sovereign government is wrong?

NidStyles's picture

Seems to me that they took the weapons from the Ukrainian military.

Sandmann's picture

Just as ISIS gets them from the deserting Iraqi Army or air drops from US/UK planes

Max Steel's picture

Mr.Radioactive rat firstly they are anti-coup federalists just like US treats current kiev coup to be legitimate government . Secondly russians didn't provide them arms they got it mostly form Ukraine itself . How ? Because E.Ukraine is the industrial hub of Ukraine . Stop  squealing like a dunghill cunt and get some facts in your brain .

blentus's picture

Because arming Ukrainian rebels/terrorists is okay, but arming a sovereign government is wrong?

I bolded the funny parts. You are welcome.

conscious being's picture

"I blame the Russians clearly," That's a joke right?

Think for yourself's picture

Indeed, in context of his clarity it sounded like sarcasm

Hence 1 green arrow

walküre's picture

Glad you mention this. Why the Russians?

Strange to say the least that the plane literally goes down from 40,000 ft to 6,000 ft in 8 MINUTES and there's no contact from the cockpit with air traffic control?

Something is up for sure. This doesn't pass the typical airline accident mechanical failure smell test.

NidStyles's picture

The insurance companies will probably rule it an act of God.


Seriously though, who was on that plane that "they" wanted to shut up that badly...

HopefulCynical's picture

Seriously though, who was on that plane that "they" wanted to shut up that badly...

I had the exact same question.

Archie1954's picture

Very impressive sarcasm. So impressive in fact, that a number of people on this site actually believe you are speaking straight relality.  We all should be able to follow your ideas, as we all know that whatever happens it is automatically blamed on the Russians. The main point of course is that there is no possible benefi accruing to Russia from the downing of a commercial flight in France!

boattrash's picture

Well, I don't know if WW III is coming, but U.S. WW III war games may be coming to your town (or one near you)!

TeethVillage88s's picture

Apparently Victoria Nuland is very Old and was assisting back in The Kennedy Admin and subsequent Republican Administration.

I will have to look it up some day.

Victoria Nuland must be having Plastic Surgery.

HowdyDoody's picture

No point, the Nudelman was released a year ago.

Omen IV's picture

Leviathan is the name of a new Russian movie - just came out this week

TeethVillage88s's picture

Reminds me of the Movie "Little Shop of Horrors"

The Human Like Plant was always hungry, and controlled the little man, Demanding "Feed Me".

That Plant is the US Government Controllers.

The Little Man is Main Street.

Stumpy4516's picture

Russia will not fight for EUke.  Russia has abandoned every ally it has had since Vietnam. 

Russia actually cooperated in the destruction of Iraq, Libya and Syria.  Russia forced EUke to allow the WUke army to escape with safe passage twice when the EUke were set to deal a lethal blow.  It is almost like Russia is just pretending to be against the west while luring the smaller country to its destruction.  Regardless, this vote/action is the result of other countries learning Russia will always avoid direct conflict as long as Russia's borders are not crossed. 

GetZeeGold's picture





Flip a coin.

mtl4's picture

Definitely CIA, NSA just pushes the record button.

hound dog vigilante's picture

Russia = smart

US Congress = stupid


1) this conflict is a civil war, not a threat/assault on national sovereignty, and...

2) Ukraine is none of our business... let the EU deal with their neighbors.

Stumpy4516's picture

In other words you are saying Russia will not act in Uke.  I agree.  Those who post that Russia will take direct action have not paid attention to Russia's past actions.

Now, why did Putin force the EUke army to allow the WUke army to safely withdraw on two seperate occassions.  That does not compute with the idea that Russia is supporting the EUke's.  Unless Putin wants the conflict to continue, or wants the WUke's to win, or unless Putin is willing to actually enter the conflict directly when the cease fire is violated then his actions make no sense.  Based upon Putin's protecting the WUke army in this way, unless he enters the war when it restarts then Putin has acted in a deceptive manner to the detriment of the EUke's and has betrayed the EUke's.

conscious being's picture

Why let the Junta army withdraw?

Because the conscripts go home and say 'Holy cow, I'm never doing that again." The volonteer Nazi punative battalions don't get to go home. And anybody who does want to leave has to give up their weapons, ammunition and equipment.

I think the Russians know how to handle things in their own 'hood. Should all be clear in a few weeks when it starts up again.

Somebody up thread said May. I think April because the Junta already announced that the first wave of draftees can go home by the end of April to avoid a mutiny after the last disaster in Deblatsevo. If the Junta waits for May, most of their experienced troops will be gone by then. DNR President Zakharchenko has already said there will not be a Minsk 3.

Derived from reading

Stumpy4516's picture

It has appeared they were getting anxious to push forward, the issue with troops being discharged might be why.

I think the reasons for Russia allowing the troops to leave is different.  It did not happen once but at each (2) official cease fire.  Allowing the EUke's to wipe out a concentrated mass of WUke troops would have sent a message as well.