Budapest Agreement Divides Senate Committee Hearing On Ukraine

By: Tuesday March 10, 2015 1:00 pm

Today the Senate Foreign Relations Committee held hearings on the situation in Ukraine. The panels were made up with a mix of current and former government officials, anti-Putin activists, and belligerent academics. The message of the day was not hard to predict nor decipher when spoken – military confrontation with Russia by making Ukraine a formal proxy war between the US and Russia.

To justify the aggression many senators – including Corker, Menendez, and Johnson – claimed the US had made a defense treaty with Ukraine and was obligated to intervene military and “stop playing footsie with Russia.” The agreement they referenced – the Budapest Memorandum – says no such thing and the aforementioned senators appeared rather upset when Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland said authoritatively that the Budapest Agreement was not a defense treaty but a political agreement.


Senate Hearing On Ukraine Exposes Divisions

By: Wednesday May 7, 2014 7:40 am

Yesterday the Senate Foreign Relations Committee had a hearing on US policy in Ukraine. The hearing exposes deep divisions both in strategy and perspective. Senators grilled Assistant Secretary, European and Eurasian Affairs Victoria Nuland, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia Evelyn Farkas and Assistant Secretary, Terrorist Financing, Department of the Treasury Daniel Glaser as to why the US policy in Ukraine seemed not to be working.

Senate Committee Also Backed Regime Change in Syria

By: Thursday September 5, 2013 6:35 am

Well that was fast mission creep. In an apparent attempt to appease Senator John McCain, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee included a regime change provision in the resolution authorizing President Obama to start a war with Syria.

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Passes Syria War Bill

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 3:20 pm

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee passed the Syria War Bill out of committee. The vote was 10-7, with Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA) voting present.

Syrian War Bill Proposed in Senate as Public Still Opposes Intervention

By: Wednesday September 4, 2013 6:35 am

A bill authorizing the use of military force in Syria has been drafted in the Senate. The resolution from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee allows President Obama to make war on Syria for a period of 90 days with certain conditions.

Jim Webb: We Are Endorsing Assassination of Leaders of Countries We Recognize

By: Tuesday June 28, 2011 3:12 pm

If we actively work to assassinate the leader of a country we recognize, we are implicitly endorsing such actions against us.

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