Ken Van Doren condemns Congressman Ron Kind’s call for punishing Russia with sanctions and other retaliation in regard to Ukraine. Speaking yesterday to a group of supporters, Van Doren said, “The voters of the Third District deserve a Representative who follows the American Founders’ wise advice of peace and trade with all nations. Ron is wrong in pushing the interventionist line that has led the United States to squander American lives and money on counterproductive nation-building from Iraq to Afghanistan to Libya.”
“Sanctions are an act of war and would hurt the citizens of Russia more than the government,” continued Van Doren, “and it is downright irresponsible for anyone in the United States government to make such threats against nuclear-armed Russia when Russia has done nothing to threaten the people of the United States.”
Sanctions invite retaliation, and among the potential measures Russia could take would be to turn off the supply of oil and gas to our European friends and allies. The United States cannot afford to be the world’s policeman, rushing in with sanctions, foreign aid, or military support everywhere some politician sees trouble. Moreover, there appears to be considerable evidence of US involvement in this revolution. We have a huge and growing national debt and unfunded liabilities for programs such as Social Security and Medicare. Yet, Secretary of State John Kerry is pledging $1 billion for one side of the Ukraine power struggle, on top of the billions the US already spent intervening in Ukraine’s internal politics.
We have seen over and over again sanctions and other actions Kind advocates causing the death of Americans and greater suffering for the people the Obama administration claims it wants to help.
Look to Libya where, after US sanctions, foreign aid, and military intervention, the US ambassador and other Americans were killed. Libya today remains in dangerous chaos. Look to Syria, where US sanctions and aid to rebels has contributed to a war zone killing to tens of thousands and displacing hundreds of thousands of people from their homes.
“I stand with the American people whose protests stopped Obama from escalating US sanctions and other intervention in Syria into an outright military attack.” says Van Doren, “As your Congressman, I pledge I will stand strong against Obama’s desire to endanger Americans’ lives.”