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'Arm Ukraine' Movement Starting Among House GOP

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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 06:45 AM Current | Bio | Archive

When Congress returns for an anticipated lame duck session after the November elections, it is almost a foregone conclusion there will be a strong movement among House Republicans to provide lethal aid for Ukraine to fight its separatist insurgents backed by Russia.

This was the opinion of many junior GOP lawmakers in the House who spoke to Newsmax before Congress adjourned recently. Although President Obama has steadfastly maintained there will be no lethal aid for Ukraine, several House members told us there was growing bipartisan support to help the embattled government of President Petro Poroshenko.

Some have even begun to discuss crafting a possible "lend lease" program of lending surplus military hardware to Ukraine in much the same manner as the legislation of the same name (formally, An Act to Further Promote the Defense of the United States) signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt on March 11, 1941, provided material to Great Britain, Free France, and the Republic of China before the U.S. was at war with any of their enemies.

Support for Ukraine, they agreed, was sparked by Poroshenko's stirring address to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 18.

"What struck me was the way President Poroshenko drew several standing ovations and the way members from both sides of the aisle stood up and cheered him," said Rep. Luke Messer, R-Indiana, president of the freshman class of House Republicans, who contrasted the response to the Ukrainian's remarks with President Obama's State of the Union addresses, when only Democrats stand.

Messer, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, told Newsmax that listening to Poroshenko ask for help to fight aggression was akin to "listening to Benjamin Franklin in France appealing for assistance to overthrow tyranny."

One of Poroshenko's most-quoted remarks from his address was a not-so-subtle slap at the administration's policy of providing only nonlethal aid, such as blankets and goggles with night vision.

"Please understand me correctly," Poroshenko told the lawmakers. "Blankets, night-vision goggles are also important, but one cannot win the war with blankets. Even more, we cannot keep the peace with a blanket."

"He's a man of conviction — what a contrast to our president!" freshman Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., told Newsmax. "And Poroshenko is an ally of the United States who is under fire. We should be giving him aid, and let him have more than nonlethal aid."

Another freshman Republican, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, also praised Poroshenko's words and said, "We should give lethal aid to the Kurds battling ISIS in Iraq as well as to the Ukrainians fighting the Russian-backed separatists. We should keep our eyes on both situations."

House Foreign Affairs Committee member Collins contrasted the Ukrainian president's address with that of the American president a few days later on the Islamic State, Ukraine, and other international hot spots. Of Obama's remarks, Collins said, "I never saw a speech so nobly delivered with the direct promise of nothing. We have a president with no plan and Putin understands a bridge too far."

John Gizzi is chief political columnist and White House correspondent for Newsmax.

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When Congress returns for an anticipated lame duck session after the November elections, it is almost a foregone conclusion there will be a strong movement among House Republicans to provide lethal aid for Ukraine to fight its separatist insurgents backed by Russia.
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