Democrats are pushing for American troops be deployed to Ukraine to wage war against Russia – with one senator claiming Vladimir Putin can only be stopped by American forces.
Senator Chris Coons (D-DE) called on President Biden to put boots on the ground in Ukraine, suggesting that Russian President Vladimir Putin will “only stop when we stop him,” while claiming that the conflict would somehow escalate even further if America did not openly enter into war with Russia.
Coons joined CBS’ “Face the Nation,” saying to host Margaret Brennan that the war between Russia and Ukraine will continue adding that he wants the American public to remain focused on the situation and “defend freedom” in Ukraine.
During the interview, Brennan noted that Coons recently “said the country needs to talk about when it might be willing to send troops to Ukraine,” referring to comments made by the Delaware senator last week at the University of Michigan.
“We are in a very dangerous moment where it is important that on a bipartisan and measured way we in Congress and the administration come to a common position about when we are willing to go the next step and to send not just arms but troops to the aid in defense of Ukraine,” Coons said at the University. “If the answer is never then we are inviting another level of escalation in brutality by Putin.”
This is a complete 180 for Sen. Coons who told the media in January that President Biden should not send U.S. troops to fight off Russia in Ukraine. He told Greta Van Susteren that if President Biden sent troops to fight in Ukraine “we would simply be sacrificing them” and that it would “escalate dramatically” things with Russia.
Brennan asked Coons if President Joe Biden was wrong to not send troops. Coons refused to answer that question directly, but again argued that it was America’s responsibility to defend Ukraine.
“I think those of us in Congress who have a critical role in setting foreign policy and in advising the president in terms of his decisions as commander in chief need to look clearly at the level of brutality. This is a moment of enormous challenge for all of us.”
Coons said that by “turning its back on the war” the U.S. was creating an atmosphere for more escalation, though its unclear how sending billions of dollars in aid to Ukraine along with powerful arsenal of weaponry is considered “turning its back” on the conflict.
“If Vladimir Putin, who has shown us how brutal he can be, is allowed to just continue to massacre civilians, to commit war crimes throughout Ukraine without NATO, without the West coming more forcefully to his aid, I deeply worry that what’s going to happen next is that we will see Ukraine turn into Syria,” Coons argued.
“The American people cannot turn away from this tragedy in Ukraine. I think the history of the 21st century turns on how fiercely we defend freedom in Ukraine,” he added.
Coons’ comments come as Ukrainian leaders warn that Russia could escalate the violence in the region in the coming weeks and days. During an interview with CNN, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky claimed that the world should be worried about Putin’s readiness to deploy nuclear weapons.