COMMENTS ON LINDSAY GRAHAM LINKING BENGHAZI TO CRIMEA INCURSION BY RUSSIA
BY BILL HESSELL
The republican fixation on trying to exploit the tragic loss of four Americans in Benghazi over a year ago continues undeterred by reality, this time with Sen. Lindsay Graham blaming the Russian incursion into the Crimea on the Obama administrations response to the terrorist attack in Benghazi, as if our reaction should have been of a stronger nature than it was. Anything to make the Obama administration look bad--the Crimean crisis is his fault! No mention of the building tension in the Ukraine during the past few years, the recent government overthrow, the ethnic, cultural, and linguistic divisions that torment that country, the EU and NATO's attempts to pull the Ukraine away from Russia's sphere of influence following the break-up of the Soviet Union, as they have with six other previous members of the Soviet bloc, and Russia's centuries-long use of the Crimea as their sole year-round open water port allowing access to the Black Sea and the Mediterranean. No consideration of these factors, it is all Obama's fault. Putin's hands are certainly not clean in his initiating the immediate crisis, but Russia does have vital interests in retaining full access to the Crimea, which would be severely threatened if the Ukraine continues to move into the western Europe's orbit of influence. No mention of how the Bush administration was helpless to prevent Russia from protecting their interests in the nation of Georgia, even after encouraging the Georgian president to remove Russian influence from that former part of the Soviet Union. No mention of how the US public has no interest in getting engaged militarily in another conflict in a distant area after 13 years of fighting, with little to show for it, in the Middle East. No, Crimea is all Obama's fault! Get a life, Lindsay Graham. You and those pushing the war policies you have supported have already lost too many good American lives in pursuit of highly questionable, impractical, unnecessary, and failed wars.