Iosbaker explained that with "the victory of the Republicans in the Senate this past year, Obama has both the excuse and the push that the US needs to continue [its] escalation in Ukraine; to continue to move in the direction he was already going." The antiwar activist believes that "it's almost a certainty that US weapons will begin to flow directly into the hands of the fascist-led military force that the US is backing."
The Obama Administration has approved a new, $75 million package of non-lethal aid to Ukraine, including drones, Humvees, radios and anti-mortar radar devices, US officials reported Wednesday. Iosbaker is skeptical about claims that the aid is limited to non-lethal assistance: "The exact nature of the weapons…is not yet clear to me, but I think that when they say they're non-lethal aid that's just a euphemism. The regime in Kiev has already killed over six thousand people, and wounded many, many more and there are over a million refugees. The weapons in the hands of that regime will be used and the consequences for the people of eastern Ukraine are pretty clear; there's going to be a lot more suffering."
Commenting on recent allegations by US Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland that Crimea and parts of eastern Ukraine are now suffering under a Russian "reign of terror," Iosbaker noted that "there is a long history of the United States accusing its victims of being the aggressors and I think Victoria Nuland is just playing the role that the US government has for her; she's a liar and she's provocative and she's proud of that role, and I think that her statements are just bald-faced lies." The anti-war activist noted that "there has been Russophobia spread in the United States for longer than I have been alive, and the Russophobes have easily transferred from hating the Soviet Union to hating any Russian government that stands up to the United States."
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