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As Questions Mount About Corruption In U   The Newsy You: News of Today

Started Aug-3 by WALTER784; 1051 views.
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From: WALTER784

Aug-3

As Questions Mount About Corruption In Ukraine, The Neocon Narrative Is Unraveling

BY: JOHN DANIEL DAVIDSON
JULY 20, 2022

The Washington establishment would rather cast aspersions on those asking questions about corruption in Ukraine than recognize the problem.
 
Americans who even casually followed the news in the fall of 2020 probably know that Ukraine was infamously corrupt long before the United States sent the country $54 billion in aid after the Russian invasion in February. They might not know much else about Ukraine, but they know it’s the kind of place where just being the son of the vice president of the United States can get you an $83,000 monthly paycheck for sitting on the board of an energy company.
 
No one knows this better than Ukrainians themselves, who have to put up with a level of official corruption on par with countries like Mexico and Gabon. Transparency International’s 2021 Corruption Perceptions Index ranked Ukraine 122 out of 180 countries worldwide, and the second most corrupt country in Europe — right after Russia.
 
But talking about any of this publicly is a big problem for establishment neocons in Washington because it invites uncomfortable questions about the U.S. role in the ongoing Russo-Ukrainian war. Just ask Ukrainian-born Rep. Victoria Spartz, R-Ind., who lived in Ukraine until she was 22 and has been back six times since the Russian invasion. Spartz probably understands what’s happening in Ukraine better than anyone else in Congress, and yet Republican House leaders now say they regret giving her such a prominent platform to speak out against the war.
 
Why? Because she’s asking hard questions about corruption among some of Ukraine’s top officials, as well as raising totally reasonable concerns about U.S. oversight of the billions of dollars and unprecedented amount of weaponry we’ve been pouring into the country.
 
Such questions undermine the neocon narrative that Ukraine is a noble beacon of democracy and freedom, and that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is a Churchillian figure whose integrity and policies cannot be questioned. That narrative is what the neocons are relying on to prolong the war with indefinite financing and use the conflict as a way to punish Russia.
 
Narrative integrity notwithstanding, the reality of Ukrainian corruption and the complete absence of U.S. accountability aren’t concerns that can simply be waved away, no matter what paper-thin talking points Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is spouting this week. The fact is, there’s plenty of evidence that Zelensky’s government is deeply corrupt, that he has surrounded himself with officials who served in previous corrupt Ukrainian governments, and that maybe Ukraine isn’t the kind of place the United States should be flooding with tens of billions of dollars in cash and weapons.
 
The backstory is that on Friday, Politico reported Republican House leaders (who of course remained anonymous) are “coming to regret” elevating Spartz as an authority on Ukraine after she criticized both Zelensky and President Joe Biden for “playing politics” with the war, and called on Congress to “establish proper oversight of critical infrastructure and delivery of weapons and aid.” Hers is a reasonable request, of course — especially after the debacle in Afghanistan last fall, when some $80 billion in U.S. military hardware wound up in the hands of the Taliban following the disastrous U.S. withdrawal. 
 
Spartz also issued a letter asking the Biden administration to brief Congress on Zelensky’s chief of staff, Andriy Yermak, widely considered to be the second most powerful person in Ukraine. Spartz said Yermak, a former media lawyer and movie producer with close ties to Russia, “raises many concerns with a variety of people in the United States and internationally.” She also noted Yermak’s appointment of Oleh Tatarov, who served as the head of the main investigative department of the Interior Ministry under former President Viktor Yanukovych. Recall that Yanukovych’s tenure was marked by stupendous levels of corruption and ended when he fled to Russia during the Euromaidan revolution in February 2014.
 
Tatarov, though, stayed in Ukraine and was appointed by Zelensky as his deputy chief of staff in August 2020. That December, he was charged with bribery by Ukraine’s National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU), but the case was dropped after then-Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova twice replaced the prosecutors in charge and then pulled the case from the NABU and gave it to the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU), which dropped the charges.
 
Zelensky faced intense pressure to fire Tatarov but refused. According to the Kyiv Independent, by the time news broke of his acquittal, about a month before the Russian invasion on Feb. 24, Tatarov had “beco
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From: Showtalk

Aug-3

Why are Republicans questioning their own choice for taking a hard line? I’ve heard her speak. She knows more about Ukraine than anyone else in Congress. She’s Ukrainian!

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From: WALTER784

Aug-3

LOL...

Well, they didn't expect her to stand up against the funding of Ukraine... of which Joe & Hunter Biden along with many other Democrats and a few RINOs will get kick backs on.

She's right about their continuing to be corruption in Ukraine. Zelenski himself I think aligns with some of the corrupt individuals, but that's just so that he can keep his power... otherwise the oligarchs would just replace him!

I think she did a good service to both America and Ukraine for standing up and speaking out the way she did.

And yes, I've always wondered myself where that money went and were the munitions actually even delivered to Ukraine or were they diverted elsewhere?

Follow the money... we sent the money to where?

What did they do with that money? Who did they send that money to?

How many kickbacks were there that went to US congresspersons and other DC elites?

And where is the bill of lading for the weapons? How many were sent? What weapons were sent? Who were they delivered to? Did they go directly to Ukraine or were they diverted elsewhere first? And how many of those were actually given to Zelinski's military forces?

I don't trust current government in the least.

FWIW

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From: Showtalk

Aug-4

They never thought the public would look too deeply into Ukraine.

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From: WALTER784

Aug-4

Well, they surely didn't think she would step up and point it out. That's why they're now wishing they hadn't appointed her.

But regardless... there is a lot of corruption and Joe and Hunter Biden are both implicit in that corruption!

FWIW

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From: Showtalk

Aug-4

They are but who else is involved?

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From: WALTER784

Aug-4

Showtalk said...

They are but who else is involved?

As always... follow the money. It's either Republicans who are lacking, but need funds for their lobbyists or RINOs.

Which Republicans voted for the spending bills of current administration and which Republicans voted against them?

And of those, which ones added the most (in billions of dollars) to those spending bills? They'll vote for a Democrat sponsored bill that increases inflation ONLY if they can tag on the amount they want!

The answer to the above will tell you who the most likely (if not all of the) ones who are involved.

You can count out the Republicans who voted against the spending bills!

FWIW

  • Edited August 4, 2022 10:23 pm  by  WALTER784
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From: Showtalk

Aug-5

But people like McConnell get their money from China.

WALTER784
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From: WALTER784

Aug-5

Among other places and just one more reason why he should be replaced in 2022!!!

Edited to add: If you had $100 million in your bank account and was receiving $1 million a year from China, would you turn down another $800,000 from elsewhere?

FWIW

  • Edited August 5, 2022 12:14 pm  by  WALTER784
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From: Showtalk

Aug-5

Was he even offered it?

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