Pat Buchanan: US Should Not Give Weapons to Ukrainians

Tuesday, 22 Apr 2014 05:23 PM

By Joe Battaglia

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The United States is correct in its decision to not intervene militarily in the conflict in Ukraine, says one conservative political analyst.

Fox News commentator Pat Buchanan, a former adviser to presidents Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and Ronald Reagan, said on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV that he agrees with the course of action that President Obama's administration has taken so far in Ukraine.

"I think in a way, [Obama's] not doing the wrong thing," Buchanan told J.D. Hayworth, John Bachman, and David Patten on the show Tuesday. "We do not have a military stake in this. We do not have any justification for any kind of military conflict with Russia over eastern Ukraine or over Crimea, and so those people who are arguing that we should be sending ships and planes and troops, I'm not with them."

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Buchanan said American dealings with Russia over its annexing of Crimea should not differ from the diplomacy that was employed between the Reagan administration and the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War.

"Let's assume that Putin marched across southern and eastern Ukraine, all the way to Odessa, which is the western border of Ukraine right there on the Black Sea," Buchanan said. "He would have acquired nothing that Russia did not hold from the time of George Washington's inauguration to the inauguration of George H.W. Bush.

"It doesn't represent a strategic threat to the United States. I think that what the United States should do and what we did during the Cold War was avoid a major conflict with the Soviet Union. At the same time, hold the line in the West. Let the internal contradictions of the empire bring it down, which it did."

Buchanan said that supplying Ukrainians with military support would in essence escalate a full-blown war with a nuclear-armed Russia, something that should be avoided at all costs.

"Their army apparently does not really exist, almost," Buchanan said of Ukraine. "Their economy is a complete basket case. I think to encourage people like this, and even worse, start sending them guns and telling them to use them on the Russians when they could not defeat [them] ... they're going to stoke a war in which they get slaughtered. That is extraordinarily irresponsible.

"My view is, you've got to tell them the God's honest truth that, 'look fellas, we admire and respect a lot of what you want, we are with you, but we are not going to send folks to fight for you. And if you take on the Russians, you're going to lose.'"

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