Napoleon once said that an army marches on its stomach, but few historians believe the French Emperor had any food fights in mind, à la Bluto Blutarsky. Nevertheless, the America Commander-in-Chief has made clear that the best the beleaguered Ukrainians could hope for from Washington would be humanitarian aid in the form of a few already delivered trucks and plenty of surplus MREs (Meals, Ready to Eat).
As reported by the right-of-center Washington Free Beacon news portal on Jan. 28, 2015, since the year-old part civil war, part Russian invasion in the eastern regions of the nation, Team Obama has made it undeniably clear that any requests from the Kiev government for military assistance will go ignored. As the ethically Russian separatists continue to hammer government troops, many of the new Republican controlled Senate have called on the White House for more than just rhetoric as the Ukrainians defend themselves against what many see as Vladimir Putin’s empire building in an effort to relive the glory days of the former USSR.
Arizona Senator and former GOP presidential hopeful John McCain stated on CNBC that he considered Obama’s decision not to assist the Ukrainians in fending off the Russians was “shameful.” Also was Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn) sent via the micro-blogging site Twitter earlier this month, “As separatist violence in #Ukraine mounts, President Obama should use new authority to arm Ukraine & impose tougher sanctions on #Russia.”
As noted by the Wall Street Journal earlier last year in the wake of a Russian well-trained and even better supplied insurgency, the Obama Administration denied the Ukrainian governments request for defensive weapons and logistical equipment such as both heavy and light arms and ammunition, communications gear, the sharing of military intelligence, aviation fuel and night-vision goggles. However, the best Obama could muster for the Ukrainians was American military field rations, better known as MREs. Since then, DC has sent Kiev an undisclosed number of up-armored trucks.
As Obama once stated at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, “A freedom which only asks what’s in it for me, a freedom without a commitment to others, a freedom without love or charity or duty or patriotism, is unworthy of our founding ideals, and those who died in their defense.” In regards specifically to the current situation in the Ukraine, the American Chief Executive stated he was “deeply concerned.”