Ukraine was disarmed, U.S. agencies armed

While America’s politicians, lawyers, judges, courts and supporting staffs, along with a multitude of activists, protesters, counter-demonstrators and an army of media trolls, tirelessly battle over cows, desert tortoises, gender-neutral restrooms, magazine capacity, definition of marriage, crosses, even wedding cakes, the value of our dollar continues to fall, our diplomats are murdered, health care is in disarray, wages suck, care for our veterans is lacking and being cut, China continues to buy up our country and “Comrade” Vladimir Putin goes about gathering pieces of the old USSR like Easter eggs.

In 2005, with $48 million in federal funding, newly elected Sen. Barack Obama, with Republican Sen. Dick Lugar, pushed a bill persuading Ukraine to scrap 15,000 tons of ammunition, 400,000 tons of small arms and 1,000 tons of anti-aircraft missiles to “stabilize” the area, leaving it vulnerable but with our blessing and assurances.

In 2009, our new president, flush with success from his election and Nobel Prize, flamboyantly and symbolically scrapped the Eastern European missile defense project as a gesture of goodwill to Russian President Putin and in 2010 virtually abandoned our space program, leaving our astronauts hitch-hikers, dependent on Russia for rides to the space station. Now, (surprise, surprise), the Russian Army, sans military insignia, strolls into unprotected neighboring countries and occupies them with impunity. “Audentes fortuna juvat.” (Fortune favors the bold.)

Gutting our military instead of working to build and maintain a strong national defense, our paranoid government seems obsessed with arming itself against its own citizens, supplying the Internal Revenue Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, Bureau of Land Management and even local police departments with battlefield weapons and armament citing domestic terrorist concerns.

We now have to go online to the news media of foreign countries such as Der Spiegel or BBS News to get accurate coverage of current events and we see them laughing at us and posting cartoons that are forbidden in American newspapers (and these are our allies). Wake up, America!

D.F. Heimrick,