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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Hill Republicans say Obama partly to blame for Russian action in Ukraine -- By Sean Lengell, The Washington Examiner


Capitol Hill Republicans on Monday suggested President Obama was partly to blame for Russia's military intervention in Ukraine, saying foreign and military policy mistakes by the administration have emboldened Russian President Vladimir Putin to act without fear of American pushback.

"President Obama's attempt to seek peace through apologetic diplomacy while defunding and dismantling our military has failed," said Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee. "Today our enemies don't fear us and our allies no longer respect us."

Inhofe said the administration's decision to cancel funding for the F-22, C-17 and other military aircraft, for example, as well overall cuts to Pentagon spending have compromised the United States' ability to respond to global crises like the one unfolding in Ukraine.

"Throughout this administration, I have also warned that if the United States does not maintain a ready and capable military, we would surrender our global influence and leave a vacuum that will be filled by Russia," he said. "I warned this day was coming, and it is here."

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., suggested that Obama's failure to prevent Syria from using chemical weapons on its own people last year gave Putin confidence the U.S. wouldn't threaten his military action in Ukraine's Crimea region.

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