DeSantis Says America’s Interests Are More Important Than Ukraine, Infuriating Warmonger Republicans

Ron DeSantis remarked that the Ukraine-Russia conflict is not a vital national interest to the United States, causing former Representative Liz Cheney to accuse him of siding with Russian president Vladimir Putin.
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Governor of Florida and potential Republican presidential candidate Ron DeSantis remarked that the Ukraine-Russia conflict is not a vital national interest to the United States, causing former Representative Liz Cheney to accuse him of siding with Russian president Vladimir Putin.

DeSantis’ comments came in response to a questionnaire submitted by Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

The Governor suggested, much like Donald Trump has, that “peace should be the objective” in the region.

DeSantis then downplayed the conflict as little more than a “territorial dispute,” angering GOP warmongers.

“While the U.S. has many vital national interests – securing our borders, addressing the crisis of readiness within our military, achieving energy security and independence, and checking the economic, cultural, and military power of the Chinese Communist Party – becoming further entangled in a territorial dispute between Ukraine and Russia is not one of them,” DeSantis wrote.

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DeSantis Slams Biden’s ‘Blank Check’ For Ukraine

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis also criticized President Biden for his virtual never-ending waterfall of taxpayer dollars being donated to Ukraine.

“The Biden administration’s virtual ‘blank check’ funding of this conflict for ‘as long as it takes,’ without any defined objectives or accountability, distracts from our country’s most pressing challenges,” he said.

It is a comment that is spot on, and a criticism he has leveled before.

“They have effectively a blank-check policy with no clear, strategic objective identified, and these things can escalate, and I don’t think it’s in our interests to be getting into a proxy war with China, getting involved over things like the borderlands or over Crimea,” DeSantis said following Biden’s surprise visit to Kyiv last month.

“So I think it would behoove them to identify what is the strategic objective that they’re trying to achieve, but just saying it’s an open-ended blank check, that is not acceptable.”

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Of Course, Liz Cheney Says DeSantis’ Comments Play Into Putin’s Hands

DeSantis’ comments ally him somewhat with former President Donald Trump – who has repeatedly called on negotiations for peace between Ukraine and Russia – and are in contrast with delusional Republicans who believe the war in Ukraine is the most important thing in the world today.

And they have also raised the ire of all the right Republicans who have put Ukraine’s interests above America’s.

Case in point is former Representative Liz Cheney who says DeSantis’ comments show “weakness” which in turn is “Putin’s greatest weapon.”

“Weakness is provocative and American officials who advocate this type of weakness are Putin’s greatest weapon,” Cheney said. “Abandoning Ukraine would make broader conflict, including with China and other American adversaries, more likely.”

“DeSantis is wrong and seems to have forgotten the lessons of Ronald Reagan,” she added.

Reagan also had a lesson known as the 11th commandment which states: “Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican.”

And yet Cheney has morphed from an alleged principled conservative to a one trick pony of denouncing any Republican who either aligns with Trump or doesn’t align with the war-happy GOP machine.

Further demonstrating that he had angered all the right people, DeSantis was also rebuked by Cheney’s fellow warmonger Senator Lindsey Graham.

Graham compared the Florida Governor to Neville Chamberlain.

“The Neville Chamberlain approach to aggression never ends well,” said Graham. “This is an attempt by Putin to rewrite the map of Europe by force of arms.”

“When it comes to Putin, you either pay now or pay later,” Graham later tweeted. “If you do not understand that success by Putin in Russia invites aggression by China against Taiwan, then you have seriously miscalculated one of the most obvious nexuses in the world.”

The fact that Putin saw weakness in Biden and invaded on his watch is what invites aggression from other countries, Senator Graham. Maybe direct your ire where it belongs.

And former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie pushed aside his plate of bacon at the Golden Corral long enough to weigh in on the matter.

Christie claims the remarks were “a naïve and complete misunderstanding of the historical context of what’s going on.”

All of the right people are angry with DeSantis for his remarks. All of the people – Democrats and Republicans – who have put their own interests and the interests of the rest of the world above America’s are upset.

Which means DeSantis is taking the right ‘America first’ path on the matter.

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