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More fuel for the fire, nice work Pukin', you'll soon put an end to civilization as we know it.

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Maybe they will deploy them in the Kurils as revenge

-14 ( +11 / -25 )

A token gesture, they just need to make one

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US puts nukes in Poland...and as a response.....

Russia moves their missiles west to Belarus.

Chicken or egg?

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does JT still have their 4 cig factories running in Russia?

they suspended investment, but presumably not the factories

https://www.jti.com/jti-suspends-investments-russia-and-continues-prioritize-safety-its-employees-and-their-families

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Criticising Russia for daring to base some of their nuclear weapons in a third country (Belarus) is a bit rich when the US overtly has nukes in Turkey, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, and covertly has them right here in Japan.

Reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis when Washington claimed having Soviet nukes on the island would give the USSR an unfair first strike advantage, all the while bold face denying that they already had missiles in Turkey (which they absolutely did).

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Saudi is buying up all the cheap oil from Russia so that they can then sell their own oil at high markup to EU/NATO countries.

their "Saudi" oil could even possibly be the Russian oil if they are clever enough.

thats what Bulgaria is doing so that they can sell "Bulgarian" oil to Ukraine at a markup.

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The US will never ratifiy Ukraine as NATO member, Ukrainain will continue to be a liability too anyone that support them, they never were a democracy,just a lite version of the the old Soviet Union,the US could of used this money to engage Cuba to democratic change,they are way more less corrupt than Ukraine

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More fuel for the fire, nice work Pukin', you'll soon put an end to civilization as we know it.

This deterrence makes US and NATO less likely to proliferate WMDs to Ukraine

War's over, simply wasting time and Ukraine's heading to failed state status, read above US Army Colonel recent article, well written on why Ukraine cannot win conventional war, making WMDs very tempting for these maniacs. Putin knows well this crowd WELL after all and meanwhile old sleepy joe MIA = RISKY

-7 ( +7 / -14 )

Clay,their are no red line in Ukraine anymore

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It would seem so, notice the grain shipments are 'held-up" now, US NATO has to proliferate if they intend to try and win, conventional is finished, UA has almost no manpower, surely massive exodus leaving including young men.

It's all CRAZY but true, most insane in history, don't know who's in charge at 1600, Putin's SMART to lock and load nukes, he's got lots of other assets spread out equally ready. Maniacs running US NATO proxy adventure, that's obvious to all.

What's so curious for me, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Miley, he's been in the it's not winnable let's negotiate camp for almost year. Only logical person in DC.

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I may have been a bit optimistic when I said 6 or 7 more. We could be here all night.

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Same time importing cheap russian LNG gas,russian oil

Exactly! And for what? It was a rather cool day today, but still the aircons in the train were set to freezing cold. This is totally unnecessary, and if Japan did a minimal effort to save energy, it could reduce its dependency on Russian. This money is going into Putin's pockets, which he is using to pay the Wagner group to wage war in Ukraine!

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Proliferation of nuclear weapon is never a good thing, should not happen. Especially, for a country like Japan. So, how about taking some actions/sanctions against America?? America is the biggest perpetrator in world, in proliferating nuclear weapon. If, your actions/words are consistence, then perhaps, people will take you seriously. Otherwise, its just parroting America.

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Below GREAT read by military expert, why Ukraine cannot win conventional war, making non-conventional/WMD war MORE likely - Hence basis for Putin's nuclear deployment in this article = logical as WMD risks increasing.

Please protect Democracy JT, this is Topical & Important

1945

Sad Reality: The Ukraine War Is Now Going Russia’s Way

Story by Daniel Davis

A 19FortyFive Contributing Editor, Daniel L. Davis is a Senior Fellow for Defense Priorities and a former Lt. Col. in the U.S. Army who deployed into combat zones four times. He is the author of “The Eleventh Hour in 2020 America.” Follow him @DanielLDavis.

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Skimming the comments and their upvotes/downvotes, it's struck me that some users on here may not care for facts at all.

For instance, MiuraAnjin's post has 9 downvotes. The question that I'd ask the 9 commenters that gave the downvotes is this: Did you disagree with the facts or did you simply not like to hear somebody mention the facts?

I'm off keeping my eyes and ears open.

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A year plus and Putin still thinks he can accomplish or gain something out of his war, Russians are beginning to get fed up with his lies and deception , already Russians fighting for Ukraine are attacking targets well inside Russia, this could be the end of Putin's grip on the military and power.

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Mark, Russian have not been fed up for 100 years,why now is a priority

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More crying and fake outrage over Japan taking increased actions against the Russian's invasion of Ukraine. Dont do the crime if you cant take the results of your own actions.

Russia has nobody to blame but itself, but its blind followers will blame everyone else but Russia for the horrific actions it continues to take in Ukraine.

Russia is the one, the only, the single cause and reason for its decision to invade. All the lies it tries to use to deflect from the truth, and to attempt to place blame on everyone around them. Russia is shameful as are those who support it. No excuses, just disgustingly shameful. Take it on the chin or get the hell out of Ukraine. Conscientious people will not support the criminal actions of Russia. The only ones who do are disgraceful enablers. Looking at you Iran, NK and China.

India should have the courage to call Russia out but refuses to stand up for whats right to protect the major arms supplier for its own military. This invasion shows Russia cant continue with previous supply guarantees and that their equipment is inferior to western arms in any case. Time for India to join the free world and oppose Russia and not just China, disappointing. South Africa also needs to wake up.

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Peter14,why you continue to support a lost cause corrupt Government in Ukraine,who fail it people,before they got invaded

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Russians are beginning to get fed up with his lies and deception

Mark, are u Russian? are you Russian to make such confident conclusions?

Russians don't want war, Russians hate war! But the Russians will never bend before a madhouse who imagines himself the master of the world. Even if it's going to last for years.

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Russians don't want war, Russians hate war!

Hate it more.

But the Russians will never bend before a madhouse who imagines himself the master of the world.

Who are you talking about?

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Has to be done - think about it - on the UN security council you have a country that willfully invaded a neighbo[u]r....violation of the tenants of the UN...their [senior] partner threatens invasion of another democracy - Mao and Stalin are no longer here...but their doctrines are clearly followed in their homelands...Of course Japan would join G7 nations' sanctions - Japan has proven (since the war's end) to have been a very responsible world citizen - Even helping with debt re-structuring for 3rd world countries bent-over the table by China SPECIFICALLY to extract consessions/control...if you're gonna gripe about effect - gripe about the cause for that effect ALSO...

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Ukraine is on a loosing streak they should come to terms and negotiate a peace agreement. Before they lose half their country but Zlesky already sold his country to the vanguard so they have all the money needed to keep fueling the fire by handing out free weapons

-5 ( +3 / -8 )

I’m other words Ukraine became US property and the US is going to try to take over Russia which is very likely to spark nukes and we are technically witnessing WW3 already. NATO vs Russia and its allies

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Ukraine is on a loosing streak they should come to terms and negotiate a peace agreement.

What 'peace agreement' do you envisage? Be specific. Is it another, 'Please surrender' plea?

I've asked this to several supporters of the Russian invasion, none have been brave enough to answer.

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What 'peace agreement' do you envisage? Be specific. Is it another, 'Please surrender' plea?

I've asked this to several supporters of the Russian invasion, none have been brave enough to answer.

LOL

Seriously responding to such a shallow question is rather pointless given your bias and bad personal attacks.

invalid CSRF

-5 ( +4 / -9 )

What peace agreement could end the war 

One where Ukraine refuses to take any more weapons or money from the USA and tells Biden to fight his own war with Russia if that’s what he wants to do.

Then both sides stop killing each other and start negotiating.

-9 ( +2 / -11 )

So nobody has a peace plan to end the war. Nothing.

I'll give you my idea.

Russia leaves Donbas.

Russia keeps Crimea, but leases it for $50 billion per year, including water, and not blowing up its bridge.

All Russian forces leave Ukraine apart from Crimea.

Russia pays $200 billion to rebuild Ukraine

50 mile military exclusion zone for entire border

Russia keeps Crimea. Ukraine exists. What do you think?

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

The left (and left affiliated) act like there has never been a diplomatically negotiated end to a war/skirmish in human history.

there have been.

-9 ( +3 / -12 )

Putin is not interested in peace.

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Russia keeps Crimea. Ukraine exists. What do you think?

nothing in it for Russia.

They already own Crimea.

why they need to now lease it for an exorbitant amount -and- leave Donbas -and- leave all of Ukraine they already control -and- pay the entire cost to rebuild?

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nothing in it for Russia.

Reply guy, hi. Creepy eh?

Russia gets to keep Crimea. You think Putin cares about the rest right now?

If you or anyone else has a better idea than mine, lets hear it.

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nothing in it for Russia.

Oh boo hoo. Their men will stop dying in Ukraine, that's enough.

One where Ukraine refuses to take any more weapons or money from the USA and

Why should Ukraine "refuse" US weapons? They want their land back, and I have a hard to believing you'd feel any different in their position.

tells Biden to fight his own war with Russia if that’s what he wants to do.

lol Biden didn't choose to invade. Russia did. Blame them for once.

Your idea is horrible.

His idea is the only morally correct one. What you want is Ukraine groveling at the feet of fascist Russia. Pathetic.

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I just told you. I replaced Biden with “USA” so that you can focus and move past the butthurt over his name. Here it is again:

One where Ukraine refuses to take any more weapons or money from the USA and tells the USA to fight their own war with Russia if that’s what they want to do. 

Then both sides stop killing each other and start negotiating.

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What you want is Ukraine groveling at the feet of fascist Russia

and what he proposes has zero value to Russia.

That’s not how you negotiate, especially when you are the weaker party and trying to get concessions to survive.

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and what he proposes has zero value to Russia.

Then the US/Europe should continue supplying weapons to Ukraine until Russia has had some sense beaten into it.

That’s not how you negotiate, especially when you are the weaker party and trying to get concessions to survive.

lol

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US puts nukes in Poland...and as a response.....

You are jumping ahead, but while you are predicting the future, NATO should put them in Poland, in Finland and the Baltics.

https://eurasiantimes.com/dangerous-but-not-escalatory-polands-dream-to-host-us-nukes/

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Then the US/Europe should continue supplying weapons to Ukraine until Russia has had some sense beaten into it.

and when they run out and/or lose interest or have changes in leaders/policies/priorities?

What is Ukraine is never able to what you propose? Then all the additional death and destruction is for nothing.

thats definitely not lol now is it?

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Just say 'I wish Ukraine would surrender' and be done with it. We all know that is what you want.

Not what I said was it?

your “plan” is basically Russia surrender. Why would they, realistically?

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thats definitely not lol now is it?

It's also very unrealistic. You've been engaging in this phony "better negotiate before it's too late" since the outset of the war, and it seems to me Ukraine's hand is considerably stronger now than this time last year.

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it seems to me Ukraine's hand is considerably stronger now than this time last year.

That’s the fallacy that you can’t seem to recognize.

every day that passes with no progress except some defense there is less money, fewer weapons and closer to elections to change the current leaders.

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So what’s Japan’s contribution to all this? Money? Weapons? Moral support?

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That’s the fallacy that you can’t seem to recognize.

What "fallacy?" Anything to back up your assertion to the contrary? I can certainly point you a map of Ukraine showing all the ground they've retaken!

every day that passes with no progress except some defense there is less money, fewer weapons and closer to elections to change the current leaders.

Except, there is always more money, and more weapons. Even Kevin McCarthy voted to give funding to Ukraine!

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Except, there is always more money, and more weapons. 

Except when there isn’t.

both are finite resources.

yeah what has Ukraine retaken recently? Im curious, I saw that 1km advance couple weeks ago, and no “spring offensive”, anything else I missed?

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Dear Japan..

So Russia will never return at least two islands from "your northern territories", say goodbye to those islands, because your lack of vision and subservience to good old US..

Japanese sovereignty, where are you??..

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Criticising Russia for daring to base some of their nuclear weapons in a third country (Belarus) is a bit rich when the US overtly has nukes in Turkey, Germany, Italy, Belgium and the Netherlands, and covertly has them right here in Japan.

All weapons which have been there throughout the cold war. Just as Russia uses the excuse of NATO to have a larger stockpile total, the US is perfectly within its rights to use the excuse of NATO to have them positioned closer to the adversary.

Reminiscent of the Cuban Missile Crisis

It's reminiscent of no such thing, but since you are looking for a comparison, the US was forced to leave Cuba alone as Russia will be forced to leave Ukraine alone.

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One where Ukraine refuses to take any more weapons or money from the USA and tells Biden to fight his own war with Russia if that’s what he wants to do.

Then both sides stop killing each other and start negotiating.

You ignore the fact that Ukraine is eager to see Russians dead. They could always easily surrender if that was their preference. You will get your negotiations soon, though, as soon as the land bridge is gone and Russia's humiliation is complete.

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This idea idea there is always more of other people’s money and other country’s weapons sure is an odd logic and a dangerous assumption.

but you do you. Not like there are any consequences to you personally if you are wrong (and you are).

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both are finite resources.

lol No. They're not finite resources. They can and are receiving more of both.

yeah what has Ukraine retaken recently? Im curious, I saw that 1km advance couple weeks ago, and no “spring offensive”, anything else I missed?

"lately" lol That wasn't what I said, was it? Does Ukraine control more of it's land now than this time last year? The answer is obviously yes, which undercuts your "better sue for peace before it's too late" nonsense.

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You ignore the fact that Ukraine is eager to see Russians dead.

they shouldn’t be when the trade off for that is an equal number or greater of Ukrainians dead.

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This deterrence makes US and NATO less likely to proliferate WMDs to Ukraine

Well let's see, every weapons system short of nukes has been sent to Ukraine since the Russian escalation. You so sure about that last one being less likely?

War's over, simply wasting time and Ukraine's heading to failed state status, read above US Army Colonel recent article, well written on why Ukraine cannot win conventional war, making WMDs very tempting for these maniacs. Putin knows well this crowd WELL after all and meanwhile old sleepy joe MIA = RISKY

Thats why all the Putin commenteers on here say the next step is for Russia to go WMD, huh? Then we will see Russia rolled back for certain.

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but you do you. Not like there are any consequences to you personally if you are wrong (and you are).

lol No. I don't think I am wrong, but there certainly are rightwing Putin fans who would like to stop funding Ukraine, which would put them in a weak position. hmmmm

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they shouldn’t be when the trade off for that is an equal number or greater of Ukrainians dead.

Except that isn't true. No matter how much you may it to be.

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they shouldn’t be when the trade off for that is an equal number or greater of Ukrainians dead.

Every Ukrainian dead is a national hero. Every Russian dead is a toilet thief. That and land is forever.

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It would seem so, notice the grain shipments are 'held-up" now

We'll see how long Turkey tolerates their waters being filled up with ships because of Russian shamelessness.

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Every Ukrainian dead is a national hero. Every Russian dead is a toilet thief

What’s the commonality between the two?

both dead.

Does that satisfy you in some way?

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“Don’t do that” is actually a quite effective solution in most cases. If you follow that, you generally live.

don’t pet that snake. Don’t drink that gasoline. Don’t jump off the roof. See?

very realistic solutions that beat the repetitive “lol”

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but the claim that more Ukrainians are dying than Russians is nonsense.

I said *the same *or more.

-6 ( +1 / -7 )

I said *the same *or more.

Even that claim is just nonsense.

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Does that satisfy you in some way?

I imagine it does satisfy Ukrainians as land is forever and particularly coastal land that allows them to not be under the boot of Russia.

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One where Ukraine refuses to take any more weapons or money from the USA

Russia hasn't earned this concession and probably never will. This is the central folly of Putin as it would have been a long time for Ukraine to have been armed without his invasion.

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Well I don’t believe being dead for no real reason other than your leader “refuses to negotiate” is a path to satisfaction

highly doubt that to be the way to become satisfied.

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Even that claim is just nonsense.

Even if it’s 100:1 you still have to consider the cost of the 1. Who are you to decide it’s ok that they die so that 100 Russians do?

are you still on that 7:1 ratio propaganda?

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Well I don’t believe being dead for no real reason other than your leader “refuses to negotiate” is a path to satisfaction

Oh, I'd say having your land stolen, your country torn apart, and your women and children raped is a pretty good reason to fight, and even die. It never ceases to amaze the hubris of rightists to think they know better for the Ukrainians than they do.

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Even if it’s 100:1 you still have to consider the cost of the 1. Who are you to decide it’s ok that they die so that 100 Russians do?

I don't decide. The Ukrainian people do. Why do you want to handicap the Ukrainians?

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America is the biggest perpetrator in world

I believe some sources are in order. NATO weapons remain under the control of the acknowledged nuclear powers among them. My understanding is Russian weapons were in a really shoddy state of securement when Russia collapsed the last time.

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Well I don’t believe being dead for no real reason other than your leader “refuses to negotiate” is a path to satisfaction

Many people believe that death is preferable to Russian enslavement. In any event, it won't be the death of every Ukrainian as there are a limited number of toilet thieves.

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but never been brave enough to outline that peace. Grow a set and try.

That peace is to first stop killing each other, sit down, negotiate and come to an acceptable agreement.

like the way that most conflicts are resolved before total destruction of one side.

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That peace is to first stop killing each other, sit down, negotiate and come to an acceptable agreement.

But that isn't what the Ukrainians want. Why do you want to handicap the Ukrainians?

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And you don't want them to have the weapons to do so.

No, they can have them.

as many as they can purchase. Or even until their donors refuse to give anymore. Go ahead!

with the understanding that more of their people will die and that peace is a better opportunity.

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as many as they can purchase

Nope. We can give them. You rightists repeatedly raised the debt ceiling to increase military spending, and now it's being put to good use. boo hoo.

with the understanding that more of their people will die and that peace is a better opportunity.

And there it is again, BL knows more about what's best for the Ukrainians than the Ukrainians do. Pathetic.

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Anyway, the result is already determined. Stop now or stop later in an even weaker position. It’s up to Ukraine.

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Anyway, the result is already determined. Stop now or stop later in an even weaker position. It’s up to Ukraine.

Totally. Because you've been right about everything so far. lol Because Ukraine doesn't control more of their land now than this time last year. Yeah, right.

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increase military spending, 

For the USA, our citizens, not for Ukraine.

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Anyway, the result is already determined.

There has been no Russian breakout from Bakhmut. Nothing is determined.

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For the USA, our citizens, not for Ukraine.

Right. Let's load up a trillion dollars worth of weaponry every single year and leave it just sit in a warehouse. Giving it to Ukraine is infinitely better. Maga brainrot is something else.

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Why would the USA increase our own debt ceiling just so that we can give more money to Ukraine? Makes zero sense to Americans. We have our own needs for our own taxes.

but seeing as you think other peoples money is infinite, I can see why you think this makes sense when it doesn’t.

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and leave it just sit in a warehouse. 

Yep so when we need it we don’t open up an empty warehouse despite having spent 700 billion+ every year of our taxpayer money.

we don’t budget our military spending to include other countries needs.

not your taxes not your money not your decision. Sorry bout that.

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Why would the USA increase our own debt ceiling just so that we can give more money to Ukraine?

Again, this isn't what I said. I only pointed out how the GOP repeatedly raised the debt ceiling so that we could buy a trillion dollars worth of weapons every year that will just sit an a warehouse, whereas we could be giving some of that to Ukraine, and they'd actually be able to use it.

but seeing as you think other peoples money is infinite,

Money is infinite though. If you spend it, you can make more, and by the way, the GDP has increased throughout all of history. We can literally make more money. Which is something we can't do with say gold, or oil, or precious metals. Now those are finite resources.

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whereas we could be giving some of that to Ukraine, and they'd actually be able to use it.

use them- to kill people.

thats the problem. This isn’t stocks of soon to expire potato chips.

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 If you spend it, you can make more,

What if I make it but you spend it?

That’s not just a little different?

yes, quite different when USA makes it and Ukraine spends it. That amount is definitely finite.

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Anyway, the result is already determined.

TaiwanIsNotChinaToday  01:56 am JST

There has been no Russian breakout from Bakhmut. Nothing is determined.

There has been silence in Artyomovsk for several days now... Russian soldiers are walking the streets, pulling out the corpses of Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries from under the ruins. Ukrainians, leaving the city, blew up multi-storey buildings behind them, along with civilians hiding in basements.

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not your taxes not your money not your decision. Sorry bout that.

Governments can spend tax money as they see fit. Not your money anymore and not your decision. Sorry bout that.

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There has been silence in Artyomovsk for several days now... Russian soldiers are walking the streets, pulling out the corpses of Ukrainian soldiers and foreign mercenaries from under the ruins.

So, in other words, too scared to advance?

Ukrainians, leaving the city, blew up multi-storey buildings behind them, along with civilians hiding in basements.

That's impressive because Russian criminality illiminated all civilian life and buildings in the city months ago.

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That peace is to first stop killing each other, sit down, negotiate and come to an acceptable agreement.

What kind of agreement could be acceptable, when Putin has shown time and again that he does not honour any agreement Russia has made?

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whereas we could be giving some of that to Ukraine, and they'd actually be able to use it.

use them- to kill people.

thats the problem. This isn’t stocks of soon to expire potato chips.

I think "people" is being a bit generous here. We're talking toilet thieves at best and hardened war criminals at worst.

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