It’s easy to see what’s happening to Ukraine and grow frustrated. After all, how could Vladimir Putin simply invade without a care in the world? There has been a lot of talks that Putin may be experiencing some mental health issues – especially since he doesn’t want to sit down and discuss options with anyone.
Senator Lindsey Graham flouted the possibility of assassinating Russia’s leader out loud. While that might take care of the immediate problem, it would lead to even bigger problems as part of a trickle-down effect.
The one who seems to be talking sense into the whole equation is Senator Ted Cruz.
Graham actually tweeted the solution that many people have thought about… “The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country – and the world – a great service.”
Yikes. It’s one thing to think it…and it’s another to tweet it so that the world sees it. Graham should have known better – and he sparked a significant amount of criticism from both sides of the political fence.
Ted Cruz decided to be the voice of reason: This is an exceptionally bad idea. Use massive economic sanctions; BOYCOTT Russian oil & gas; and provide military aid so the Ukrainians can defend themselves. But we should not be calling for the assassination of heads of state.”
Cruz jumping in says a lot. Typically, Graham and Cruz are both considered to be staunch conservatives. They fight on the same side of many issues.
When Cruz has to be the voice of reason, it says just how frustrated Graham is about what’s going on.
If Graham got his way, some random person in Russia would assassinate Putin. The leader would be dead, but what would happen next? It’s not as if the invasion would stop and everything would return to normal – and why is it that Graham doesn’t bother to consider the repercussions?
Even those criticizing the tweet on Twitter were aware of the potential fallout. Many said that it would lead to a full-scale war with Russia. Others warned that it could destabilize the country and cause a nuclear stockpile to fall into the wrong hands.
Putin needs to be taken down, but perhaps not through assassination.
Cruz wasn’t simply going to condemn what Graham suggested – he offered better alternatives to deal with the problem.
Others, such as Molly Jong-Fast, a writer at The Atlantic, simply tweeted to say, “Probably not the most responsible thing for a U.S. senator to tweet.” And while she’s right, we have to pay closer attention to what Cruz tweeted.
Cruz is capable of making decisions as to how the U.S. is going to handle everything. So is Graham. And so are many others in the federal government.
The GOP needs to get on the same wavelength about Russia and quickly. Division is for the Democratic Party – the GOP cannot afford to have any kind of division, especially when it pertains to what is going on over in Russia, Ukraine, and the various Baltic states – many of which are NATO members.
Cruz has a lot of strong advice in his tweet – and it’s something that every world leader, including Biden, needs to be thinking of. We need to be boycotting the oil and gas from Russia as that is the best way to hit them, financially.
The advice of others as they respond to Graham is equally important. Let’s think beyond step one. If Putin is taken out, who becomes the leader of Russia? Let’s not find out anytime soon. Cruz has some solid advice, and it’s the common sense that needs to be followed right now.