Ukraine War, September 21, 2023: Zelensky’s visit to Washington–a day of great shame for the Banana Republican Party

Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy vetoed a speech by Ukraine’s president Volodymyr Zelensky on the stated ground that the House didn’t have time for a Joint Session of Congress to hear Zelinsky’s speech.

This will go down as a day of great shame for the Banana Republican Party.

Imagine Winston Churchill coming to Washington in 1940, when the Battle of Britain was underway in the air every night, when English cities were being bombed by the German Luftwaffe every night, and a Republican-controlled House didn’t have time to hear him address a joint session of Congress.

That would be the equivalent insult.

Zelensky is the Winston Churchill of Ukraine. And the insult of the House Banana Republican Party is an insult heard round the world.

Actually, it may be that McCarthy has done the Democrats a great favor.

It is now clear that Joe Biden and the Democrats support Ukraine and the battle for Freedom in Ukraine and the United Nations Charter.

It is equally clear that the putative nominee of the Banana Republican Party, Donald Trump, an admirer of Russian President Vladimir Putin, will lead the country down the road of appeasement if he is elected president in 2024.

Trump has never criticized Putin. Not once.

The choice will be clear:

Vote for the Democratic presidential candidate in 2024 if you want to support Ukraine and the U.N. Charter.

Vote for the Banana Republican Party nominee, Donald Trump, if you want to follow him down the road of appeasement of Putin.

Democrats = Support Ukraine
Banana Republicans = Follow Trump down thev road of appeasement of Putin.

Nothing could be simpler, or more true.

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James Rowles
"The Trenchant Observer" is edited and published by James Rowles (aka "The Observer"), an author and international lawyer who has taught International Law, Human Rights, and Comparative Law at major U.S. universities, including Harvard, Brandeis, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Kansas. Dr. Rowles is a former staff attorney at the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) of the Organization of American States OAS), in Wasington, D.C., , where he was in charge of Brazil, Haiti, Mexico and the United States, and also worked on complaints from and reports on other countries including Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, El Salvador, Nicaragua, and Guatemala. As an international development expert, he has worked on Rule of Law, Human Rights, and Judicial Reform in a number of countries in Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, the Middle East, South Asia, and the Russian Federation. In the private sector, Dr. Rowles has worked as an international attorney for a leading national law firm and major global companies, on joint ventures and other matters in a number of countries in Europe (including Russia and the Ukraine), throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, and in Australia, Indonesia, Vietnam, China and Japan. The Trenchant Observer blog provides an unfiltered international perspective for news and opinion on current events, in their historical context, drawing on a daily review of leading German, French, Spanish and English newspapers as well as the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and other American newspapers, and on sources in other countries relevant to issues being analyzed. Dr. Rowles speaks fluent English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish, and also knows other languages. He holds an S.J.D. or Doctor of Juridical Science in International Law from Harvard University, and a Doctor of Law (J.D.) and a Master of the Science of Law (J.S.M.=LL.M.), from Stanford University. As an undergraduate, he received a Bachelor of Arts degree, also from Stanford, where he graduated “With Great Distinction” (summa cum laude) and received the James Birdsall Weter Prize for the best Senior Honors Thesis in History. In addition to having taught as a Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School, Dr. Rowles has been a Visiting Scholar at Harvard University's Center for International Affairs (CFIA). His fellowships include a Stanford Postdoctoral Fellowship in Law and Development, the Rómulo Gallegos Fellowship in International Human Rights awarded by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and a Harvard MacArthur Fellowship in International Peace and Security. Beyond his articles in The Trenchant Observer, he is the author of two books and numerous scholarly articles on subjects of international and comparative law. Currently he is working on a manuscript drawing on some the best articles that have appeared in the blog.

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