Hoekstra: US 'Being Schooled' by Putin in Ukraine Standoff

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 02:07 PM

By Aaron Stern

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It's impossible to know who is behind the distribution of leaflets in eastern Ukraine saying  Jews must register with local authorities, but regardless of their provenance those fliers are just the latest troubling turn in the unraveling of Ukraine, says Pete Hoekstra.

"I don't think we know who is passing those out. That is a very, very scary development," Hoekstra, the former chair of the House Intelligence Committee, told John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth Friday on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV.

"If those reports are accurate, again, in that part of the world it could be a lot of disinformation," he said. "Those pamphlets could be being spread by the government in Kiev to discredit their opponents in the eastern part of Ukraine. The problem is there's just a lot that we don't know."

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As Ukraine sinks further into chaos, Hoekstra said it's unclear if the situation will devolve into all-out civil war. What is clea, he said, is that Russian President Vladimir Putin continues to have the upper hand in the international crisis.

Having already annexed Crimea, Putin's forces are amassed on the border and may be behind the takeovers of government buildings in eastern Ukraine. Meanwhile, President Obama, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continue to swing and miss when it comes to deterring Putin.

"I'm not sure it's going to head into civil war, but what we are seeing right now is a totally ineffective U.S. foreign policy," Hoekstra said. "These guys are being schooled by the Russians each and every day."

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