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President Obama considering arming Ukrainian forces

World leaders have been struggling with how to confront the issue of the war in Ukraine, and President Obama on Monday said he was considering sending aid in the form of lethal defensive arms to the Ukrainian government.

“The 21st century cannot have us stand idle and simply allow the borders of Europe to be redrawn at the barrel of the gun,” Obama said at a White House news conference with visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel, according to ABC News.

 

The president also said Russia had violated “every commitment” outlined in the Minsk Protocol, which was signed in September 2014, by representatives from the Russian Federation, Ukraine, the Donetsk People’s Republic, and the Lugansk People’s Republic. Russia has maintained they have not sent troops or supplies to rebels in the affected areas.

Chancellor Merkel and the French President Francois Hollande, according to FOX News, are planning for a peace conference later this week where leaders from Russia and the Ukraine would be in attendance. If the peace talks fail however, President Obama has said, “what I’ve asked my team to do is look at all options… The possibility of lethal defensive weapons is one of those options that’s being examined.”

“Both Angela and I have emphasized that the prospect for a military solution to this problem is always been low,” President Obama said. “My hope is that through diplomatic efforts, those costs have become high enough that Mr. Putin’s preferred option is for a diplomatic solution. ”

According to the BBC, the details of the peace talks have not been released, but a demilitarized zone is thought to be included which would cover 50-70 km, or 31-44 miles, around the affected war zone.

Until the peace talks are completed, Vice President Joe Biden, who attended the Munich Security Conference over the weekend, said, “We will continue to provide Ukraine with security assistance not to encourage war, but to allow Ukraine to defend itself.”

Living in denial: Angela Giron blames CO recall loss on voter suppression

The radical progressive gun agenda advanced in the 2013 Colorado legislative session led Tuesday to the first recall elections in the state’s history.  Senate President John Morse and rookie Senator Angela Giron were both defeated in traditionally Democrat-dominated districts.  While Democrat leaders claimed that Angela Giron’s loss in her recall election was due to Pueblo residents being primarily motivated by blue collar union concerns, Giron herself offered a different view of the situation.

In an interview with CNN, Giron insisted her loss was due to voter suppression.  Her interviewer pointed to lack of popularity, the gun control stance and ties to Bloomberg, but Giron was adamant.  She said that 70% of Coloradans vote by mail, and “we didn’t have access to that mail ballot,” so people were unsure of how to vote.  She then went on to say that the majority of people voting in the recall didn’t even know what it was about.

When asked if similar events could happen in other states, Giron responded that it depended on what the turnout was.  When asked if out of state money hurt her reputation amongst voters, she responded that those voters would never have voted for her anyway.  She was completely dismissive of any legitimate concerns in the recall.

Democrats have full control of the state legislature and governorship, and they have taken the opportunity to pass legislation which opened the voting system, including in recall elections.  New legislation essentially allows anyone who has lived in the state – not just district – for 22 days to vote, as long as they state an intention to move into the district in which the votes are cast.  It also allows for election day voter registration.

Indeed John Caldara, head of the Colorado-based libertarian Independence Institute used the recall to draw attention to the openness of the state’s election system.  He lives in Boulder County, but changed his registration to El Paso County and cast a blank ballot in the Morse recall.  Though he has been very active in the fight against gun control, Caldara’s intention was solely to draw attention to the ease with which the new system could be abused to allow outside voters influence elections.

It wasn’t long before Caldara was faced with accusations of voter fraud – exactly what he intended.  Democrat state legislators and other liberals said that Caldara was committing a felony, but the Secretary of State’s office said that as long as he had stated his intention to move, they could not prevent the ballot from being cast.  John Hickenlooper’s spokesman called the move a “political stunt.”

In the aftermath of such a conflict, Giron’s statements only make her appear condescending and out of touch.  To allege voter suppression in any election a Democrat loses is absurd, and the refusal to learn from one of the most historic elections in Colorado history is a recipe for future failure, at least in theory.  It is now proven and illustrated that voter fraud is a serious concern in Colorado politics, but Giron was calling for a more open election system to prevent voter suppression.

Timothy Knight, one of the recall organizers, said supporters are upset that lawmakers limited debate on the gun legislation and seemed more inclined to take cues from the White House than their constituents.

“If the people had been listened to, these recalls wouldn’t be happening,” Knight said.