Vance: ‘The Same Idiots Who Push the Most Aggressive Posture in Ukraine…Did the Same in Iraq’

U.S. Senator J.D. Vance (R-Ohio) criticized a National Review writer who suggested the war in Ukraine doesn’t bear “even a passing resemblance to Iraq.”

“The same idiots who push the most aggressive posture in Ukraine (you) did the same in Iraq (also you), “ posted Vance on X, listing 10 reasons Ukraine and Iraq are similar. “The bizarre and reflexive WW2 analogies … ‘If we don’t stop him here….’ ‘Neville Chamberlain also said.’”

“The defense of the policy in terms of generic institutional deference and international norms rather than concrete American interest,” continued Vance. “The belief that tough talk and suicidal depletion of resources is an effective deterrent rather than, say, not wasting thousands of lives, billions of dollars, and much of our modern weapons of war.”

Vance’s post was in response to National Review Senior Writer Noah Rothman, who posted on X, “I cannot for the life of me see how Russia’s war in Ukraine bears even a passing resemblance to Iraq save for the subtextual argument Ukraine’s critics seem to have internalized that America is the bad guy.”

The U.S. has sent a total of $113 billion to Ukraine thus far, not including a $325 million “aid package” announced by Joe Biden during Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s White House visit last week.  

Vance, who has been a critic of unfettered military and other funding to Ukraine, last week demanded to know whether any of that U.S. funding was supporting Ukraine’s American-born, cross-dressing spokesperson, “Sarah Ashton-Cirillo,” who recently threatened “physical violence to anyone who circulates ‘Russian propaganda.’”

After Ashton Cirillo responded by saying he answers “only to the Ukrainian people, the command of the Ukrainian army and the US taxpayers,” the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense said the cross-dressing spokesman had been suspended.

Entrepreneur and investor David Sacks, one of the founders of PayPal, also weighed in on the back-and-forth between Vance and Rothman, posting additional similarities between Ukraine and Iraq, including, “Promises of quick victory to get us in, followed by a quagmire. No exit strategy.”

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