February 27, 2022
If we examine the facts of the Ukraine situation we know that Russia annexed Crimea during the administration of former President Obama and are currently engaged in a war with Ukraine during the administration of President Joe Biden.
We also know that during the administration of former President Donald Trump the United States had a friendlier relationship with Russia and there was no war between Russia and Ukraine.
But when looking for someone to blame for the current war, former Secretary of State of 2016 Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton picked former President Trump in an op-ed for The Atlantic.
“Republican leaders are abandoning core tenets of American democracy even as the stakes in the global contest between democracy and autocracy are clearer and higher than at any time since the end of the Cold War,” she said in the piece that used the word “democracy” 47 times.
What is hilarious is that it was President Biden, in 2021, who said Ukraine had to clean up corruption in its government before it could join NATO.
“It depends on whether they meet the criteria. The fact is they still have to clean up corruption,” he said. “The fact is they have to meet other criteria to get into the Action Plan.”
“They have to convince, and it’s not easy,” he said. “I made a speech, years ago, to the Rada saying that — that Ukraine had an opportunity to do something that’s never occurred in the history of Ukraine: actually generate a democratically elected and not corrupt — led by oligarchies in any of the regions — nation.”
The irony of Hunter Biden’s dad saying that Ukraine has to stop corruption aside, fast forward one year and Ukraine is a hero in the eyes of the administration. And Clinton thinks the war is the fault of Republicans.
“Trump has always had a personal attachment to Putin,” she said. “which we don’t need to belabor here, and a long-standing admiration for dictators and disdain for democracy—going all the way back to his admiration for the brutal Chinese crackdown in Tiananmen Square decades ago.”
She said that Putin was a threat to “the promise of democracy — freedom, rule of law, human rights, self-determination” and then praised RINOS Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger for “braving the ire of their party,” which she said was “determined to discredit or co-opt the idea of democracy.”
“Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are braving the ire of their party to serve on the House committee investigating January 6,” she said, though she never said what the relationship between January 6, 2021 and the current war between Russia and Ukraine is.
“We need a strong democracy in the United States to win the global argument with autocracy,” she said. “A strong democracy is also a precondition to mobilizing the resources necessary to deter aggression and compete economically and militarily.”
She gave hero status to Cheney and Kinzinger for not “going along with the Trump-led attack on American democratic institutions and legitimacy at precisely the time when we need to set an example for the world.”
“Sometimes it seems as if Liz Cheney is the only prominent Republican able to connect the dots between these domestic challenges and our international standing,” she said.
But, again, this war is happening at the same time Democrats have control of the White House, Senate and House of Representatives and as former President Trump is a private citizen.
Her op-ed comes at the same time as some are saying that she should be the Democrat nominee for president in 2024 and after she gave a speech at the New York Democrat Convention that some perceived to be her dipping her toes in the water.