Since the end of the Cold War, the United States has worked to maintain a peaceful co-existence with Russia. Thus, that meant maintaining a workable relationship if Vladimir Putin.
The time to end that relationship has come. Actually, the time to end all relationships with Vladimir Putin has come.
There is no doubt in my mind that this one more tragedy we can chalk up to the Big Cheat. If Trump were president, Putin wouldn’t have pulled the trigger on such an unpopular invasion. In fact, this invasion lacks so much support that the Russian government is hiding the truth of the matters from Russian citizens. It’s all hush-hush propaganda.
Unfortunately, Lindsey Graham understands what the next move has to be.
Fox News explains:
“Somebody in Russia has to step up to the plate. Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military,” Graham, R-S.C., said on “Hannity.”
Brutus was a Roman politician who killed dictator Julius Caesar and Stauffenberg was a German military officer who attempted to assassinate Adolf Hitler.
“This only way this ends my friend is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out,” Graham continued. “You would be doing your country a great service and the world a great service.”
However, it’s not as if Russian citizens will hear Graham’s advice. Putin would never take that much of a chance. But Graham managed to piss off the left anyway.
Step Up to the Plate
While Graham urged Russians to step up and take Putin out, liberals quickly chimed in.
Graham also repeated the “Hannity” comments in tweets. He said, “The only people who can fix this are the Russian people” and urged them to “step up to the plate” or else live the rest of their lives “isolated from the rest of the world.”
The senator’s comments caused swift backlash by others, concerned they could provoke Putin and contribute to the U.S. getting dragged into a war between two of the world’s preeminent nuclear powers.
That pushback came from both sides of the aisle.
“Seriously, wtf?” House “Squad” member Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted.
“I really wish our members of Congress would cool it and regulate their remarks as the administration works to avoid WWlll,” she added. “As the world pays attention to how the US and its leaders are responding, Lindsey’s remarks and remarks made by some House members aren’t helpful.”
“While we are all praying for peace & for the people of Ukraine, this is irresponsible, dangerous & unhinged,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., tweeted. “We need leaders with calm minds & steady wisdom. Not blood thirsty warmongering politicians trying to tweet tough by demanding assassinations.”
And Russia’s ambassador to the U.S. Anatoly Antonov called the comments “criminal,” and “outrageous and unacceptable.”
Even after that pushback from his own party, Graham stood by the comments on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning, calling for Russians to “rise up and take [Putin] down.” He responded by accusing Antonov of “supporting a war criminal in Putin.”
“You, my friend, are the one who needs to apologize,” Graham said.
There is a well-known quote, “the only thing necessary for evil to prevail is for good men to do nothing.” That’s all it took for Hitler’s Germany. And the same is true now. Hopefully, the free world will at least hold these war criminals accountable.
Graham also told “Fox & Friends” that he wants to see Putin, top Russian military officials and even the individual soldiers carrying out their orders, tried for war crimes Russia commits in Ukraine.
Momentum is building in Congress behind an effort to ban Russian oil imports to the United States. Graham is one of the key sponsors of a bill introduced Thursday by Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, and Joe Manchin, D-W.Va.
That’s not the bizarre part. The bizarre part is that Nancy Pelosi supports Graham’s bill. It’s so bizarre that Graham had to stop and make sure he was still on the right side of the aisle.