Senate Republicans Try To Lose In November

In the latest example of how Republican senators are trying to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory for their party in the November midterm elections, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) just demanded on CNN's "The Lead" with Jake Tapper: “It's time for us to consider anti-tank weaponry, anti-aircraft weaponry” for the Ukraine. The public believes the Ukraine crisis resulted from Barack Obama’s meddlingin the internal affairs of Russia and overwhelmingly wants America to stay out!  But having another high visibility Republican Senator demanding intervention may sway voters against the party in November.

The poll published on April 5th asked Americans three questions. “If Russia attempts to invade additional parts of the Ukraine, would you favor:

Q1:      Sending troops to the Ukraine                                           A1:  76% opposed;

Q2:      Sending U.S. military aid & weapons to the Ukraine            A2:  62% opposed

Q3:      Imposing stricter economic sanctions                                A3:  32% opposed”

President Barack Obama ran as the candidate who promised to reign in the Republican’s penchant for military adventures. But once in office, Obama funded and mentored the Muslim Brotherhood takeover in Egypt; bombed and invaded Libya; “surged” 33,000 combat troops back into Afghanistan; and shipped lethal weaponry to Syria. Each of Obama’s “adventures” undermined America’s national security interests.

President Obama’s adventure in Afghanistan cost the lives of another 1,687 American service personnel (on top of 680 under Bush); in Libya left the country a basket case run by al-Qaeda loving tribes; in Egypt caused a counterrevolution with the current leadership now talking to the Russians about a security relationship; and in Syria resulted in a basketcase that is worse than Libya (the half of Syria that Obama supports is al-Qaeda tribes). 

It would not be unusual for Republican senators John McCain (R-AZ) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to want to demand send in American bombs and troops to every dustup. But Bob Corker has serious clout as Republican Ranking Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when he says the Russians far outman Ukraine, "but we need to make sure that they understand they're going to pay a price if they do come in.”

President Obama already signed off on sending nonlethal aid to the Ukrainian military, but a senior military spokesman said the Pentagon does not support lethal aid “because it could exacerbate the situation, which is what we do not want to do.”

The polls clearly point to a win of more than the additional six Senate seats it would take for the Republicans to capture the Senate.  But a powerful Republican senator going against the will of the American public and the Pentagon’ advice is sure to be a troubling issue for voters in November.