When I said Obama should avoid the trap of a Moscowcentric “Chicken Kiev” foreign policy, I meant this (3:46):
Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY): Now, we have not been willing, we have not been willing to put our priorities properly. We have not been willing to say to the Russians or the Europeans: "Hey Russia, we won't expand NATO into...into Ukraine and...uh-uh-uh...Georgia, right next to your borders, if you cooperate with us on Iran." We said the opposite. We said, in effect, that expanding NATO into Ukraine and Russia is more important to us than getting Russia’s cooperation on Iran. I think it’s the opposite way around. I think Iran and Israel are a hell of a lot more important than expanding NATO to Russia's borders. Why should we? What do we need it for? We've not been willing to say that.So what's the priority: appeasement or engagement?
Female voice: Because they invade Georgia.
Nadler: So let them invade Georgia! It’s right next to them. Would we tolerate a foreign…a uh-uh-uh…a Russian army in Mexico? Which is more important to us: Georgia or Israel, frankly?
Male voice: What is more important to us: Czechoslovakia or Austria?
Nadler: That’s a completely separate iss…completely different kind of question…
Male voice: Sorry about that.
Nadler: …completely separate kind of question. You have to try to engage and you have to try to avoid war.
The next time Rep. Nadler revels in illusions of zero-casualty appeasement and compares Mexico to South Ossetia, there’s something he should know.
Unlike Georgia, Ukraine possesses long-range missile technology that may fall into terrorists’ hands in case Russia invades Ukraine.
Nadler should know that the SS-18 “Satan” and the SS-24 “Scalpel” were designed and manufactured in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine.
After relinquishing the world’s third-largest nuclear arsenal in exchange for non-aggression commitments from the U.S. and Russia, Ukraine joined the Missile Technology Control Regime in 1998.
Now, will Ukraine be able to control its missile technology in a state of war with Russia?
So when Nadler exudes tolerance of Russia’s hypothetical aggression against its neighbors, whose lives does he want to make miserable? Is ignorance always bliss?