WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 18: Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) speaks with reporters outside the U.S. Capitol Building on November 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. DC. Democratic leaders in the House are waiting on the final Congressional Budget Office cost estimate for President Joe Biden's Build Back Better before scheduling a vote on the $1.75 trillion social benefits and climate legislation. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal offering Russia and its MAGA backers a propaganda bonanza
UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022 · 12:49:38 AM +00:00 · kos

Fantastic points: 

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She also notes:

These democrats want “a new European security arrangement acceptable to all parties that will permit for a sovereign and independent Ukraine”. This is the difficulty. RUSSIA DOES NOT Take A SOVEREIGN UKRAINE. How lots of periods does this have to be reiterated?

The ignorance of those people composing and signing the letter is amazing. Occasionally it is worth shutting up and learning a factor or two ahead of speaking. To incorporate: in advance of the war, Ukraine agreed to neutrality. Russia didn’t treatment, simply because this has never been about NATO or Russia’s security—look at how they shrugged off Finland’s NATO bid. 

UPDATE: Tuesday, Oct 25, 2022 · 12:06:46 AM +00:00 · kos

Looks like these progressives are receiving hammered. 

The assertion is vacant. It implies absolutely nothing. It doesn’t reply any of the substantive critiques of their initial assertion, and it won’t quit the Kremlin from applying it in their propaganda all 7 days. They handed Putin a victory for no freakin’ sensible cause at all.

Any time you come across on your own on the similar aspect as Lauren Boebert and Marjorie Taylor Eco-friendly, you may possibly want to feel really hard about continuing. In a letter to President Joe Biden, 30 Household progressives want the United States to “negotiate” with Russia to stop the war in Ukraine. 

Provided the destruction developed by this war for Ukraine and the world, as very well as the threat of catastrophic escalation, we also believe that it is in the passions of Ukraine, the United States, and the earth to stay clear of a extended conflict. For this reason, we urge you to pair the military and economic aid the United States has furnished to Ukraine with a proactive diplomatic force, redoubling endeavours to seek a realistic framework for a ceasefire.

This is beyond naive, stupid and irresponsible. Permit us count the techniques: 

  • This is Ukraine’s war with Russia. The thought that the United States can waltz in and dictate terms to a foreign place would validate just about every accusation that Ukraine is America’s puppet, and validate tankie claims that the United States is an imperialistic electric power that can dictate the earth get. Quite ironic, indeed, from a caucus that payments alone as committed to anti-imperialism. 
     
  • The United States and Biden, together with our European allies, engaged in a strong diplomatic hard work to protect against this war from commencing in the initially put. A lack of Western and American diplomacy isn’t what is retaining the war likely, it’s that Russia has zero fascination in nearly anything resembling honoring Ukraine’s territorial integrity. It has virtually “annexed” 4 Ukrainian provinces it does not even occupy, along with Crimea, which it annexed back again in 2014. You believe Russia is going to willingly surrender territory it considers part of Russia itself? 
     
  • Russia doesn’t honor agreements anyway. See this thread for more. 
     
  • Russia would eliminate for a ceasefire correct now. In simple fact, it is literally performing that as it targets civilian infrastructure. Russian troops are getting pushed back again in 3 (and probably 4) of the oblasts (provinces) it now occupies. They are so bereft of armor, that it has appropriated Belarus’ aged shit tanks and armored personnel carriers for alone (as effectively as ammunition). It is begging Iran for suicide drones, rockets, and physique armor and helmets. It has mobilized close to 300-500,000 Russians and is shipping them to the front strains with small or even no army schooling. A ceasefire would make it possible for them to lock in present gains—gains that it is losing daily—as properly as prepare, equip, resupply, and set up much better defenses. 

    In other words, a ceasefire would mark the finish of Ukraine’s skill to retake its lands, and condemn its civilians at the rear of enemy strains to rape and murder. 

The letter ultimately gets to its position: 

The conflict has also contributed to elevated gasoline and food stuff prices at household, fueling inflation and large oil charges for Us citizens in the latest months. 

Goddam gas price ranges are the root of evil. The working day when we can get off that godforsaken lifeless-dinosaur juice will be the working day that tyrants like Vladimir Putin and the House of Saud can no extended keep the environment hostage to their depravities. 

A great deal superior use of their time would’ve been to press additional loudly for a windfall tax on oil providers celebrating report gains

Exxon alone described a income of $17.9 billion – the maximum quarterly earnings documented by any oil company in history – whilst Chevron reported $11.6 billion, Shell noted $11.47 billion, and BP documented $8.45 billion. These are report-shattering figures for the corporations and the end result of them reaping enormous revenue on the backs of hardworking family members.

For context, in all of 2020, Exxon had income of $8.9 billion, and $23 billion in 2021. And below it is, earning $17.9 billion in a solitary a few-thirty day period quarter. But absolutely sure, blame Ukrainians fighting desperately and dying for their lands and, even additional importantly, for its individuals trapped guiding enemy lines. 

The MAGA group like Boebert, Taylor Green, J.D. Vance, and Donald Trump have to be thrilled that Property progressives are offering Putin aid and succor as his army desperately clings to their unwell-gotten gains. They will have to all be thrilled that the war criminals in the Kremlin are having guidance simply because, you know, gas charges are higher. (For the record, purely natural fuel selling prices in Europe are decreased now than they had been a year in the past, and absolutely nothing has been a lot more specifically impacted by the war than European organic gas rates.) 

The letter was signed by Reps. Pramila Jayapal (WA, main the pack), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Cori Bush (MO), Chuy Garcia (CA), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Sara Jacobs (CA), Ro Khanna (CA), Barbara Lee (CA), Ilhan Omar (MN), Ayanna Pressley (MA), Sheila Lee Jackson (TX), Mark Pocan (WI), Nydia Velazquez ( NY), Gwen Moore (WI), Yvette Clark (NY), Hank Johnson (GA), Rashida Tlaib (MI), AOC (MA), Mondaire Jones (NY), Peter DeFazio (OR), Jamaal Bowman (NY), Marie Newman (IL), Alma Adams (NC), Chellie Pingree (ME), Jamie Raskin (MD), Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ), Mark Takano (CA), Andrew Carson (IN), Donald Payne (NJ), and Mark DeSaulnier (CA). 

Individuals are all excellent Democrats, but they are incredibly improper on this difficulty. [Edit: Actually, Ro Khanna is terrible. The others are good.] One Dwelling progressive who didn’t sign the letter was Rep. Ruben Gallego. 

Certain beats joining the MAGA caucus to give Putin what he desperately needs to get absent with his murderous invasion. At a time when he’s less than intensive domestic and international stress, this will have to have him giddy.

Enjoy Russian state Television set have a propaganda discipline working day with this letter. 

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