Issue: Menendez Amdt. No. 2867; In the nature of a substitute. H.R. 4152 Support for the Sovereignty, Integrity, Democracy, and Economic Stability of Ukraine Act of 2014.
Result: Passed in Senate 98 to 2. Became Public Law No: 113-95 (signed by president, 4-3-2014). GOP and Democrat selected vote.
From Congressional Research Service Summary: (Sec. 4) Makes available to Ukraine for loan guarantees specified funds under the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 and funds under prior Acts for the Department of State, foreign operations, and related programs.
States that such amounts shall not be considered “assistance” for the purposes of law limiting assistance to Ukraine.
(Sec. 6) Directs the Secretary of State to: (1) improve democratic governance and anti-corruption efforts in Ukraine, (2) support Ukrainian government efforts to foster national unity, (3) assist in diversifying Ukraine’s economy and energy supplies, (4) strengthen democratic institutions and political and civil society organizations in Ukraine, (5) expand free access to independent media in Ukraine and assist with the protection of journalists and civil society activists, (6) support political and economic reform initiatives by Eastern Partnership countries, and (7) support efforts to enhance the economic and political empowerment of women in Ukraine and to address violence against women and girls in Ukraine. [Emphasis added.]
Authorizes FY2015 appropriations for such activities.
Analysis: International media reports of the violence in Kiev, leading to the 2014 Ukrainian revolution and the ouster of President Yanukovych, generated understandable American sympathy for the protestors and the new government. That sympathy increased when Russian forces seized control of the Crimea region of the Ukraine and threatened the new government.
However, there is strong evidence the Internationalists have been working both sides of the street and using an orchestrated conflict to advance their agenda. Council on Foreign Relations influence can be seen both in the Euromaidan protest movement demanding closer ties between the Ukraine and the European Union and in the new government in the Ukraine.
Even without the evidence of direct Insider orchestration of the events in the Ukraine, senators should have refused to support the substitute H.R. 4152. The amended H.R. 4152 calls for an unconstitutional meddling in the Ukraine’s affairs. The purported justification for such intervention in violation of the U.S. Constitution is the need for Washington to help enforce “international law” and support the Ukrainian people. Following a House roll call (#114) on an earlier version of the measure, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor released the following statement:
“Today, House Republicans acted swiftly to provide the Administration with authority to issue loan guarantees to Ukraine. Russia’s invasion of a sovereign nation is a violation of international law and its legal commitments. Our actions today demonstrate that the United States stands in support of the Ukrainian people and their government. Time is of the essence, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to pass this bill swiftly so we can provide the President with the tools he needs to help stabilize Ukraine.” [Emphasis added.]
Incredibly, the House Republican leadership would have us believe that it’s the president’s role to “help stabilize the Ukraine.”
Ever since World War II, the U.S. State Department has been under control of the Insiders who run the private Council on Foreign Relations. Accordingly, U.S. Secretaries of State and their Deputies and Assistant Secretaries have served the Internationalist agenda, whether or not as in many cases, they were actual members of the CFR.
Considering that the internationalist Insiders supported the Communist takeover of China and numerous other totalitarian governments, it is naive at best to expect the U.S. State Department to support the interests of freedom-loving Ukrainians. Recall also that the Establishment media, led by Walter Duranty of the New York Times, covered up Russia’s orchestration of the Ukrainian famine genocide in 1932 to 1933.
The intervening years have compounded that track record of duplicity. Americans have been fooled repeatedly by carefully chosen phrases to justify U.S. intervention that has actually favored tyranny around the world. (Example: the Carter State Department, while supposedly championing “human rights,” betrayed the Shah of Iran in favor of the Ayatollah Khomeni.)
Don’t expect anything different from the Obama State Department. Insider-supported NGOs — “civil society” in internationalist newspeak — have been heavily involved in the Ukraine. Americans should be concerned when H.R. 4152 openly calls on the Secretary of State to “strengthen democratic institutions and political and civil society organizations in Ukraine.”
We have assigned (good vote) to the Nays and (bad vote) to the Yeas. (P = voted present; ? = not voting; blank = not listed on roll call.)