Letter pulled after mainstream Democrats howl their disapproval
Thirty members of the House progressive caucus today backtracked faster than Britain’s Liz Truss after releasing a letter urging President Biden to beg Vladimir Putin for a negotiated settlement in his war against Ukraine. Those Democrats include Wisconsin’s Mark Pocan, representing the Madison-based Second District, and Gwen Moore of Milwaukee.
They joined The Squad (read their letter here) to demand “incentives to end hostilities, including some form of sanctions relief.” The letter referenced a a concern Biden cited that Vladimir Putin “doesn’t have a way out right now.” So they want to give him one! Just as Ukraine is reversing the tide of war! According to Politico, Progressive Caucus leader Pramila Jayapal’s:
Explanation didn’t stop the ire within the Democratic caucus, where several lawmakers bashed the letter in public in a remarkable display of intraparty rejection.
Rep. Jake Auchincloss (D-Mass.) called it “an olive branch to a war criminal who’s losing his war.” Rep. Susan Wild (D-Pa.) told Politico she was “dismayed that some of my [Democratic] colleagues think that we can negotiate with Putin.” Neither lawmaker signed the letter or belong to the Progressive Caucus. … Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), … also signed the letter.— ‘House progressives retract Russia-diplomacy letter amid Dem firestorm’
"Many [Democrats] reacted angrily to the appearance of flagging support for the president’s Ukraine strategy, coming just weeks before a midterm election where their majorities in Congress are at risk." — PBS News Hour.
Pocan & Moore joined The Squad:
The signatories are the most radical of congressional Democrats: Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Alma S. Adams Ph.D. (NC-12), Earl Blumenauer (OR-03), Jamaal Bowman, Ed.D. (NY-16), Cori Bush (MO-01), André Carson (IN-07), Yvette D. Clarke (NY-09), Peter A. DeFazio (OR-04), Mark DeSaulnier (CA-11), Jesús “Chuy García (IL-04), Raúl Grijalva (AZ-03), Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-18), Sara Jacobs (CA-53), Henry C. “Hank” Johnson Jr. (GA-04), Mondaire Jones (NY-17), Ro Khanna (CA-17), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Gwen S. Moore (WI-04), Marie Newman (IL-03), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), Ilhan Omar (MN-05), Donald M. Payne Jr. (NJ-10), Chellie Pingree (ME-01), Mark Pocan (WI-02), Ayanna Pressley (MA-07), Jamie Raskin (MD-08), Mark Takano (CA-41), Rashida Tlaib (MI-13), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12), and Nydia M. Velázquez (NY-07).
Shame on these elected officials for abandoning Ukraine and her people to Russia’s unjust aggression.
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What these Progressive Democrats, who signed the letter, are just not grasping is that Putin is trying to change the historical narrative of the last hundred years, not just the years following the end of the Cold War. He wants to make Ukraine, Europe, and indeed the whole world conform to his own twisted version of history. There can not be an inch of wiggle room when it comes to what Putin gains from this act of aggression. To consider any talks with Putin at this time would be a sign of weakness and damaging to the long-term interests of the NATO alliance.
Though I am not ethnically Ukrainian, I am a Ukrainian Orthodox priest. One thing that is abundantly clear to Ukrainians is precisely what you say here. Ukraine is the battlefield but the war is with the West. Sadly, it is a war that many Americans–on both the far left and far right–seem willing to see Putin win.
If we reward Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, he won’t stop there. He’ll keep pushing and pushing. Worse, his eventual replacement will continue his war against the West.
Whatever our faults, this isn’t a war the West started but it’s a war we can afford to lose.
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There is some level of truth to what you wrote; however, there is also an old proverb that says, “keep your friends close but your enemies closer”.
There’s a few of ways of dealing with Russia,
1. Carry a really big stick publicly but they must have back channel communications with Russia, this is imperative to keeping the peace between “enemies” and prevent war.
2. Have pleasantries publicly but carry a rally big stick that Russia knows full well that you’ll use in private. It’s apparent that this is the method that President Trump used.
3. Virtue signal by completely cutting off communications with Russia which doesn’t leave much of an open door for communication.
I’m sure there are more ways to add to that list.
It’s all about choosing the method that you know has a history of working.
Personally I think what the Democrats did with this letter is to undermine the foreign policy position of the USA and that was a terrible thing to do.
The last person Putin wants to see in power is Trump… and for good reason.
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As Orwell stated some many years ago. ‘ “The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?”’
‘ “One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship.”’
What Joe and the Ho don’t eff up, the Progressives will.
Where is Senator Tammy?
Thank God there are some politicians willing to go against the military/industrial narrative. I don’t agree with M. Pocan on many issues, but on this one, he has my 100% support.
Abandoning Ukraine and her people Father? What about the ethnic Russians in the Donbas and Crimea? Zelenskyy and his neo-Nazi thugs have been openly murdering ethnic Russians in the Donbass since 2014. Zelenskyy also outlawed the Russian Orthodox church as well as the use of the Russian language in the same region.
For most of the last 1000 years, Ukraine has been a part of Russia. Ethnic Russians make up a considerable percentage of the Ukraine population, particularly in the East and Crimea. Until their voices are heard, the news making it into the mainstream press is biased at best.
Looks like he (and they) backed down from their statement:
Here is a short video that shows the borders of the countries in that part of the world. 1100 or so to the present: