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Senator Says US Should Remain in Ukraine Until ‘Putin Is Out’

By Kyle Anzalone and Connor Freeman | The Libertarian Institute | January 9, 2023

Senator Angus King said the US should not put a timetable on support for Ukraine and remain involved in the war until “Putin is out.” Comparing the current situation with Russia to the Allies’ failure to stop Nazi Germany before World War II, the Maine senator insisted on more Western aid for Kiev.

During a virtual press conference following his recent visit to the Ukrainian capital, King was asked how long the United States should continue its role in the conflict, replying that support for Kiev should be indefinite.

“I believe we should remain there until Putin is out,” he said.

It is unclear if King was calling for Putin’s removal from power in a coup d’etat, or merely for Russian troops to vacate all Ukrainian-claimed territory. The two warring parties maintain conflicting territorial claims and King acknowledged the war is now in a stalemate, but he nonetheless claimed the conflict would not be a “20-year struggle” like America’s experience in Afghanistan.

Throughout the virtual presser, King referenced a historical need to prevail over Russia, saying nothing of the potential for escalation to nuclear war between the world’s largest atomic arsenals.

The senator noted that he often receives questions from constituents about the wisdom of US involvement in the war, but went on to cite his own version of a Bush-era epithet: ‘We fight them over there so we don’t have to fight them over here.’

“I get letters every now and then, people saying, ‘Why are we doing this? Ukraine’s far away. It’s not our fight.’ Well, it is our fight, because if we don’t fight it now, it will spread,” King said. “And it will become something that we can’t avoid being involved in, just as occurred in the late 1930s at the beginning of World War II.”

He went on to claim that if Putin was not stopped in Ukraine, he would go on to conquer more of Europe, comparing the Russian leader to Adolf Hitler several times.

King also suggested the US could give additional aid to Ukraine, pointing to allies who are giving more when compared to their overall gross domestic product. “If you measure it in terms of GDP, we’re between fifth and tenth in the world, and other countries are contributing actually larger shares of their GDP to the defense of Ukraine,” he continued, “Why? Because they recognized, as hopefully we will continue to recognize, that this is really a fight for Western values.”

Since Russia’s invasion kicked off last February, Congress has authorized nearly $120 billion in aid for Kiev, including more than $21 billion in direct military assistance and a series of other financial and humanitarian aid packages. King claimed the American tax dollars are being well spent and accounted for, arguing “The software that they’re using, working with Deloitte and SAP, to track everything coming in – every spare part, every dollar.”

However, CNN has reported that US arms sent to Ukraine quickly fall into a “black hole” and are nearly impossible to track. In October, Finland’s national law enforcement agency warned that weapons being shipped to Ukraine are ending up in the hands of criminal gangs, while Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari warned weeks later that “the situation in the Sahel and the raging war in Ukraine serve as major sources of weapons and fighters that bolster the ranks of the terrorists in the Lake Chad Region.”

King’s latest presser followed a trip to Ukraine last week, where he said he held a “thrilling” meeting with President Volodymyr Zelensky and described him as among “the great leaders of the century.”

While the senator claimed Zelensky and Ukraine are champions of democracy, some analysts have argued that Kiev has only continued its transformation into an authoritarian state under his rule. As commentator Ted Galen Carpenter wrote in The American Conservative, “genuine democracies do not ban multiple opposition parties or close opposition media outlets. Nor do they rigorously censor (and put under strict government control) media outlets that they allow to remain open. Genuine democracies do not outlaw churches that advocate policies the government dislikes.” He added, “yet the Ukrainian government has committed not just one or two, but all of those abuses.”

January 10, 2023 - Posted by | Militarism, Russophobia | , ,

7 Comments »

  1. “I believe we should remain there until Putin is out,” he said. (easy for him to say, Huh?)

    Talking tough is easy, from the safety of the American Senate. It also sounds remarkably like “American interference in the affairs of another country, something that the USA continually accuses Mr Putin of, in American politics.

    This war is happening because NATO wanted to move Intercontinental Missiles SO close to Moscow that NO Russian leader could allow it.
    Senator Angus King, should keep his big mouth shut, rather than pouring oil on a fire.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 10, 2023 | Reply

  2. This Senator qualifies–in my view–as a domestic enemy of the Constitution, and should be removed from the Senate.

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    Comment by rediscover911com | January 10, 2023 | Reply

    • Most of the Senators in Washington should be booted out as soon as possible. “What have they ever done for the USA”? (except, “feathering their own nest”)

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 10, 2023 | Reply

  3. Only the brainwashed American politicians could say something so childish! Let’s pretend Putin isn’t leading Russia any longer. Do you really believe Medvedev or some other Russian leader won’t carry on the Struggle against U.S. hegemony?

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    Comment by papasha408 | January 10, 2023 | Reply

    • If I was a Russian, I would be right behind Putin, who has made it clear that he WILL NOT ALLOW, NATO missiles to be based in Ukraine. I’m sure Mr Putin has a lot more support in Russia, than the Geriatric US President, has, in the USA.

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 11, 2023 | Reply

      • According to many I admire, Putin has the support of approximately 80 to 85% of the people. Their only criticism is, he didn’t go into Ukraine hard enough.

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        Comment by papasha408 | January 11, 2023 | Reply

  4. History has shown that ANYONE who wants to attack Russia, should learn the lesson given to Napoleon. 1,000,000 soldiers in, about 20,000 came back. At severe cost to Napoleon AND Russia.

    Hitler too, needing Russian oil for his army/Country, but his army was brutalised by the Russians (and the Russian weather), and when “D DAY” came around, the German Army, or, what was left of it, was “Easy Meat” for the allies.
    Despite all the “Hollywood” propaganda, it was the Russians who smashed Hitlers Army.

    And all these American “War Hawkes” who have never been in a War, (but live like Kings on their high salaries and “Insider trading tips”, are screaming for Russian blood (Knowing that it won’t be THEM that have to spill it).
    They, like John Bolton are pathetic Cowards.

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | January 11, 2023 | Reply


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