To set the record straight, “Sanctions” aren’t an act of war, but blockades have long been considered acts of war. Ergo, Russia more likely would consider our actions more of a blockade than any trade policy dispute. Many would likely aver that WW3 started last month and it’s only a matter of time before America joins the fight – whether we like it or not.
To wax lyrical and somewhat comical at the same time, If economic sanctions constitute an act of war (and that’s a big if), then Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Republic of Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Japan, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the UK are also at war with Russia. At least we’ve got some good company. Mmmmm?!
Yours truly is about to send a brilliant article your way with a disclaimer that the current political class supposedly tending to our future, has zero interest in what the Constitution plainly expresses as the “will of the people” – or “doing the right thing”. Unfortunately, our current political class is all about “posing” and taking actions that are the most inane to foster and produce the most damage to our own country.
Our political class apparently loves destruction, ignorance, pomposity, and self adulation. Not a very wise assumption after all. Sanctions, let us never forget, are an act of economic disapproval of bad behavior. It’s a leap to call them an act of war.
But there are more important lapses to cover.
First, there is the Budapest Memorandum – the 1994 agreement among the U.S., Britain, Ukraine and Russia where we (the US and Britain) gave Ukraine “assurances” of protection from Russian intervention in exchange for Ukraine returning 1,900 Soviet nuclear warheads to Russia, who agreed to dispose of them. Russia is in direct violation of that agreement and, short of boots on the ground, we must therefore provide the protection we promised. Russia in fact, has been in violation of that agreement for a decade or more and we’ve shown great restraint (if not cowardice) by not acting much earlier. Secondly, we blockaded Cuba when Russia put their missiles on site.
Bay of Pigs aside, we didn’t send tens of thousands of troops and equipment into Cuba to attempt to make it a vassal state of the US; nor did we bomb the Cubans into submission, nor cut off their food and energy supply. Putin is a thug and a bad actor. No, we don’t want direct conflict with Russia.
But we don’t want to be whipped around by their thuggery either. Sanctions and defensive weaponry seem entirely appropriate. Madness in the middle of madness.
Josiah Lippincott, American Greatness: ‘Sanctions Are an Act of War’ …
Biden’s war of choice against Russia is not justified by America’s most fundamental laws.
The United States is at war with Russia. Without a vote in Congress, a specific announcement by the president, or even meaningful awareness on the part of the bulk of the populace, the United States has stumbled into conflict with another nuclear power.
True enough, American “boots on the ground” are not yet (openly) engaged in combat in Ukraine. But the devastating sanctions put in place unilaterally by Joe Biden on Russian property constitute an act of war nonetheless. On Tuesday morning, Biden announced he was unilaterally banning the importation of Russian fuel and oil products into the United States. This decision is a direct attack on the Russian economy. It is designed to dictate a certain political outcome to the Russian government.
Such a dramatic act, therefore, constitutes participation in armed conflict against the Russian regime. It is an act of war.
Emer de Vattel, the famous international law jurist, gives the classical understanding of neutrality in his magnum opus, The Law of Nations, in Book III, “Of War.” There he observes, “Neutral nations are those who, in time of war, do not take any part in the contest, but remain common friends to both parties, without favouring the arms of the one to the prejudice of the other.” Vattel goes on to spell out what this means in practice:
As long as a neutral nation wishes securely to enjoy the advantages of her neutrality, she must in all things shew a strict impartiality towards the belligerent powers: for, should she favour one of the parties to the prejudice of the other, she cannot complain of being treated by him as an adherent and confederate of his enemy.
By leveraging financial and trade sanctions against Russia, the United States is not acting in “strict impartiality” toward the Ukrainian and Russian participants in the current conflict. The United States has become a belligerent on the side of Ukraine and against the Russian government.
This is unconstitutional. Under the Constitution, only Congress can declare war. At most, the president can respond to a direct attack or invasion. But Putin has not attacked the United States. Yet Biden has unilaterally abandoned neutrality against the Russian government.[-]
[+] … The American people certainly deserve a say in matters that affect their interests and happiness. The Constitution, no less than the law of nature and nature’s God, makes this clear.
War in Asia will be a disaster for the American people. Indeed, it already is. Biden’s war of choice against Russia is not justified by America’s most fundamental laws. Every concerned patriot should speak out against such warmongering misbehavior. Enough with D.C.’s wild and unconstrained longing for imperial dominion in the name of Democracy™. We need real liberty and democracy here at home. Biden should pull the log from his own eye before trying to pull the splinter out of Putin’s. [end]
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Anyone with half a brain can see that these sanctions are an act of war and that the occupying dementia-riven cognitive dissonant village idiot in the White House is violating the Constitution by imposing them without Congressional approval. Indeed, this is just one more but the worst example to date, of this wanna-be-something-he’s not, ruling by fiat.
The U.S. has no business involving itself in this war but, unfortunately, we have been using Ukraine for years to destabilize the Russian government, e.g. the Maidan revolution of 2014. Cognitive village idiot is bringing us closer to the brink of nuclear war while further expanding the power of the federal government. He deserves to be impeached and put away somewhere safe. Madness in the middle of madness. Without relief.
And on that note, time for today’s MAGA Pill – Still our president Donald John Trump doing what he can to keep America Great under the Constitutional Republic of the United States – MAGA! KAG!
- Josiah Lippincott, American Greatness: Sanctions Are an Act of War