Who would have thought that even one Democrat, never mind nearly fifty of them, would side with Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene rather than President Joe Biden?
Yet that’s exactly what just happened in a recent vote in Congress, much to the disbelief of the ultra-woke, anti-Greene activists.
As detailed by the Daily Mail, Greene presented a rather sensible amendment to include in the recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was rather reasonable.
Specifically, Greene proposed an amendment that banned sending cluster munitions, or cluster bombs, to Ukraine, as well as to reduce the proposed $800M in additional funding by $300M.
Needless to say, much of the civilized world would side with Greene over Biden.
Cluster bombs are highly controversial given how they function: They explode, then disperse a series of smaller bombs over a wide area.
They can also lay dormant and detonate years later, killing civilians during times of non-conflict.
In other words, cluster bombs are notorious for killing large swathes of citizens due to the indiscriminate targeting, which is precisely why 120 nations signed a longstanding treaty banning their use in conflict.
Indeed, if the goal of more “ethical” warfare is to prevent or reduce civilian casualties, cluster munitions are not the way to go about that.
Furthermore, cluster munitions are hardly the remedy to bringing the conflict towards a close.
Alas, the “Big Guy” appears indifferent to such sentiments, despite the will of 49 Democrats and 98 Republicans, all of whom voted with Greene and against Biden.
Which also means that many Republicans and Democrats effectively voted in favor of cluster bombs (and continued war) instead.
So, the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) passed without Greene’s amendment, and cluster bombs are now on their way to Ukraine.
And, Biden being Biden, made exceptions for Ukraine, chiefly by letting them skirt key cluster bomb requirements.
“U.S. law bans the transfer of cluster munitions that have more than a one percent ‘dud’ rate – or fail to go off more than one percent of the time. Such bombs that don’t go off immediately can create land mines and explode later on civilian contact … But national security advisor Jake Sullivan confirmed President Biden had signed a waiver allowing a transfer of such weapons with a higher dud rate,” the Daily Mail reported.
Predictably, Sullivan also insisted that dud rate will not be “higher than 2.5 percent.”
Sure. And Biden promised “unity” when he was on the campaign trail …
Author: Ofelia Thornton