The radical leftward dash of the Democratic Party shows no sign of abatement among so-called “Squad” members. Not only did two vote against sanctioning Russian energy, but one has family ties with its oil industry.
Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Cori Bush (D-MO) are the only two Democrats to vote against sanctioning Russia’s oil industry, which interestingly aligns them with a few lawmakers on the right side of the aisle. That includes Rep. Madison Cawthron (R-NC), who called Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy a “thug.”
As for justification, the sanctions may hurt ordinary Russians and, as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) claimed in a since-deleted tweet, “hurt the Ukrainian people.”
Sanctions on Russian energy will hurt the Ukrainian people? As opposed to bullets and missile strikes hurting the Ukrainian people?
Squad members are closely associated with the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), which steadfastly blames the war on U.S. imperialism. This league of “patriots” demands the U.S. withdraw from NATO and end the “imperialistic expansionism” that laid the groundwork for the conflict.
If those words are not enough to indicate the level of delusion in the DSA rank and file, the political group that counts AOC and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) as members, ended the statement by proclaiming “No war but class war.”
One far-left Squad member has family with business ties to Russian oil and personal connections with its military. Omar’s brother-in-law, Mohamed Keynan, was both government spokesman and then chief of staff for former Somali Prime Minister Hassan Khaire, widely credited with handing the country’s oil reserves to Putin.
Omar’s father, Nur Omar Mohamad, was not only educated in the former Soviet Union but was a Somali colonel under Soviet-backed dictator Siad Barre. The Minnesota representative did condemn the Russian invasion, but balanced her stand and called the sanctions “economic warfare.”
The silliness of socialism is, on its best days, a minor annoyance that responsible adults do not take seriously. But when so-called “leaders” like the Squad apply its principles to wars and possible global conflict, it becomes much more dangerous and must be countered by clear-thinking lawmakers of both parties.