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Russia and Ukraine news:
I wanted to start today by sharing something that isn’t the biggest news, but to me, this is SUCH a moving (and inspiring) video.
Ron DeSantis is finally moving back in the right direction on the issue of Ukraine (which used to be his original position).
A quick reminder of his past positions:
DeSantis has a history of supporting U.S. aid to Ukraine. As a member of Congress in 2014, DeSantis voted for the Ukraine Support Act, which authorized President Obama to send arms to Ukraine to repel Russia’s occupation of Ukraine’s Crimea region.
The following year, 2015, DeSantis said on Bill Bennett’s radio show that “We in Congress have been urging the President … to provide arms to Ukraine. They want to fight their good fight. They’re not asking us to fight it for them.”
And last year, in the early days of the war, he called on Biden to get tough with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “This is a guy who basically is an authoritarian gas station attendant — OK?” he was reported as saying, and he advised Biden to “hit him where it counts.”
And even though it’s clearly a walk-back, it’s the right position. I’ll take what we can get, especially if he can stabilize support for Ukraine on the right.
Russia better hope a peace deal is drawn up fairly soon this spring or summer, because this news broke regarding American tanks.
And since we’re on the subject of tanks, I’m thinking this is probably not the best sign if you’re on Team Russia.
And we’ve talked about this before, but the Ukrainians are fast learners.
One other weapons system bit of news. Here’s a follow-up to Slovakia giving up its MIG fighters to Ukraine.
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