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Jenkins frustrated with lack of strategy for Ukraine crisis

August 29, 2014


U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins

Margie Wakefield

Margie Wakefield

With more than 1,000 Russian troops now occupying portions of eastern Ukraine, U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins said she is growing frustrated at what she says is a lack of strategy from President Barack Obama.

But she does not think that Congress or the American people are ready to commit U.S. military forces to the region.

"I think everyone's frustrated that we don't have a strategy yet," Jenkins said Friday. "I think the nation is war-weary. There's very little if any support for troops on the ground. But we do need the president to step up, listen to his national security advisers and present a plan to Congress when we get back after Labor Day."

Jenkins, a Republican who represents the 2nd District of eastern Kansas, was in Lawrence Friday on a congressional visit. She spoke to the Journal-World after touring a Boys and Girls Club after-school program at Kennedy School.

On Thursday, Obama said during a news conference that he has ruled out the use of force, at least for the time being. He is expected to call for imposing additional sanctions on the Kremlin, but he declined to label Russia's action as an "invasion."

Asked what she thinks Congress is ready to do about the crisis, Jenkins put the responsibility on the president's shoulders.

"We're ready to hear some leadership out of the Oval Office, a plan from the military advisers," she said. "And as the nation has always done, it has been very supportive once we know the plan."

Jenkins is running for re-election to a fourth term in the House. She also serves as vice chair of the House Republican Conference.

Her Democratic challenger this year is Lawrence attorney Margie Wakefield.

In a separate interview, Wakefield said she believes the U.S. does have a vital strategic interest in the Ukraine, saying Russia's actions threaten to destabilize the region, which could pose a threat to NATO allies.

But she said she is also skeptical about the use of military force anytime soon.

"I think the U.S. goal is to always support the peace and stability and security of other nation-states, and those trying to be a democracy for sure," she said. "But in terms of military aggression right now, I think we always have to analyze that in terms of, is it in our self interest; is it something that meets our values; and finally, is it an area where we can make a difference?"

"Every time you're going to talk about putting our troops at risk, our military people in harm's way, we've got to always look at those questions," Wakefield said. "I don't think that we are there yet in terms of wanting to take military action."

Ukraine was part of the former Soviet Union until that nation broke up in 1991. It has been an independent country since then and once applied for membership in NATO, but those plans were dropped in 2010 when voters there elected a pro-Russian president, Victor Yanukovych.

In an election this year, Ukrainian voters elected President Petro Poroshenko, who has adopted a more pro-western stance, sparking increased tensions with Russia.

Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk said this week that he would introduce a bill to resume efforts for Ukraine to join NATO.


Steve King 3 years, 9 months ago

What would she have us do? Put troops on the ground?

James Howlette 3 years, 9 months ago

She'd have us do the opposite of whatever Obama wants to do. She's frustrated because Obama hasn't told her what she should be opposed to yet.

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 9 months ago

Another clueless rant from the most clueless rep Kansas has ever had. She makes Ryun look like a genius. What would she do without Fox and the Kock brothers handing her the script on what to do.

Gregory Sharp 3 years, 9 months ago

We have already imposed sanctions. If she wants join the military she can strap on a M 16 and go for it Yes we are war weary and we need to stand down Let them figure it out

Steve Jacob 3 years, 9 months ago

One issue is harsh sanctions against Russia puts Europe back in recession. I still say Obama can release oil for our reserves and drop oil prices 20-30% overnight, crippling Russia. That has some unintended consequences also, but Russia would back off.

Mike Ford 3 years, 9 months ago

I love the red meat people who never think realistically about the consequences of physically confronting Russia. It's like these clowns didn't grow up during the Cold War. This is a chess game and these Republicans want to act like a bull in a china shop. If one sucks as a politician then they go right to the rah rah weak on defense ploy right Ms. Jenkins?

Dorothy Hoyt-Reed 3 years, 9 months ago

It doesn't matter what the strategy is, if Obama supports it, she'll be against it.

Robert Rauktis 3 years, 9 months ago

So…the Europeans are doing nothing…except the same token sanctions as the US.. Why would we do something Ukraine's neighbors won't? Or is this more troop commitment to a war a long ways away with uncertain relevance here? Are the Ruskies really a threat to their trading partners?

Even Putin isn't that stupid. Or maybe he's being advised by Dick Cheney?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 3 years, 9 months ago

"Jenkins is running for re-election to a fourth term in the House. She also serves as vice chair of the House Republican Conference".

Doesn't tell you all you need to know? She is frustrated that the president, who all Republicans despise and oppose, will not stub his toe in this issue and give them further ammunition in their on-going attacks against the sitting president and the Democratic Party.

She is a non-starter, yet another Koch Regime puppet who feeds at the trough of the billionaires money pool.

Gareth Skarka 3 years, 9 months ago

I'd give a damn what Jenkins thinks about the situation in Ukraine if I thought for a second that she could locate it on a map.

She's an embarrassment -- and, given the politicians that the hayseeds of this state regularly send to Washington, that's saying something.

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 9 months ago

She's frustrated because she doesn't know what to do. If Obama doesn't announce a policy, how can she oppose his policy?

James Howlette 3 years, 9 months ago

Oh, Scott. Your jealousy of smart people is so unbecoming.

Bob Forer 3 years, 9 months ago

Lynn Jenkins wouldn't recognize a viable Ukraine strategy if it reared its head, spat and hissed, and bit her in the behind.

Bob Forer 3 years, 9 months ago

Lynn Jenkins wouldn't recognize a viable Ukraine strategy if it reared its head, spat and hissed, and bit her in the behind.

Philipp Wannemaker 3 years, 9 months ago

Scott, see you are working very hard to earn your Koch checks. Guess you are dead set on replacing Dave, as soon as Koch's realize he's not doing them any good.

Bob Forer 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't claim to have an answer, Scott. Your argument is a red herring and doesn't prove or disprove anything. What I know or don't know is irrelevant. The fact remains that Lynn Jenkins professes to have knowledge in an area she doesn't know JACK about.

Mike Riner 3 years, 9 months ago

instead of spending all your efforts railing on how horrible you think Jenkins is, does it concern anyone what Russia may ultimately do? Didn't Putin recently make a veiled threat by reminding everyone that he has nukes? I think he's just crazy enough to use one or two. Jenkins may not be a good Congressperson, but I think there are other things to concern ourselves with right now.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

ALEC Right Wing Libertarian Front = Bringing republicans back to power brings to back this very right wing imperialistic foreign policy position….. once again.

Meet PNAC: "Rebuilding America's Defences," openly advocates for total global military domination” (Very dangerous position which threatens OUR freedoms and the nations security)

Our aim is to remind Americans of these lessons and to draw their consequences for today. Here are four consequences:

• we need to increase defense spending significantly if we are to carry out our global protection for Wal-Mart,Oil,Coca Cola,Pepsico,diamonds,gold etc etc etc

• we need to strengthen our ties to dictator regimes friendly to American interests and Bogus values;

• we need to promote the cause of the political right wing and economic rape for corp USA abroad;

• we need to accept responsibility for America's unique role in forcing others to accept our corrupt principles.

Such a war mongering policy of military strength and immoral clarity may not be fashionable today. But it is necessary if the United States is to build on the extortions of this past century and to ensure our security and our greatness no matter how many innocent USA soldiers and innocent mothers,children and fathers abroad die.

The Plan,12271,1312540,00.html

Taking down our nations financial institutions is part of the plan !

Endorsed by:

Elliott Abrams / Gary Bauer / William J. Bennett / GHW Bush / GW Bush / Jeb Bush

Dick Cheney / Eliot A. Cohen / Midge Decter / Paula Dobriansky / Steve Forbes /

Aaron Friedberg / Francis Fukuyama / Frank Gaffney / Newt Gingrich / Fred C. Ikle /

Donald Kagan / Zalmay Khalilzad / Charles Krauthammer / I. Lewis Libby /

Richard Perle / Norman Podhoretz / Vice Adm John Poindexter / Dan Quayle /

Peter W. Rodman / Stephen P. Rosen / Henry S. Rowen / Donald Rumsfeld /

Vin Weber / George Weigel / Paul Wolfowitz

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

I don't believe Jenkins is that well informed on the matter. Things she is saying are also being quoted by other ALEC/Koch financed politicians and candidates. Perhaps because of:

With few exceptions my conclusion is most current members of congress are the least informed individuals in the world. Yes there are exceptions but Jenkins is not among them.

Jenkins IMO is on this band wagon:


This increases your cost of living everyday that this type of spending is not curtailed. Can YOU afford this monster 24/7 tax increase?


Who would have ever thought a tax that increases 24/7 could be implemented?

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Straight talk diplomacy should be the avenue. Such as very very stiff economic sanctions among other things cut off all American tourism to the region. No oil sales to any USA corporation for any reason.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 9 months ago

No people ever achieved peace by talking unless the talking is being done by the side doing the surrendering too. Peace is achieved by defeating your enemy. It has never been any other way but you liberals insist upon diplomacy and asking for group hugs. You are delusional.

Mike Ford 3 years, 9 months ago

hey archie bunker.....put on your "These Colors Don't Run" Shirt and bring John McCain with you and flash your NRA card at the Separatists and the Russians. If you survive let me know how this goes.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 9 months ago

Hey, Joan Baez, why don't you crawl inside a bong and leave the adult conversations to the adults.

Mike Ford 3 years, 9 months ago

Never smoked weed ever but thanks for stereotyping archie bunker. and no you're not an adult.

James Howlette 3 years, 9 months ago

I'm totally picturing this delivered in Conan's voice as he tells us about the lamentation of the women.

Josh Thompson 3 years, 9 months ago

Most right-wing proponents can't. Deflection and distortion are their strengths, rational thinking and honesty are not.

Richard Heckler 3 years, 9 months ago

Vote the Paul Davis/Jill Docking ticket they are going to have a messy house to clean up.

Kansas needs Margie Wakefield in Congress

Chad Taylor for US Senate

Vote Jean Schodorf for Secretary of State

Bob Smith 3 years, 9 months ago

The dog-eating tyrant is too busy going to gay weddings to concern himself with a trivial matter like Europe.

Scott Burkhart 3 years, 9 months ago

Vote for Brownback. We can't afford to go back to unlimited taxation to go along with unlimited spending.

James Howlette 3 years, 9 months ago

We can't afford Brownback's plan to have us foot the bill for the Kochs while they freeload. At least Keen proposes a flat tax.

Mike Ford 3 years, 9 months ago

Archie Bunkers are men who haven't evolved beyond their angry complaining father's views of Civil Rights and other issues like Women's Rights and the like and think that sounding educated and respectful of others is pc. They fight for the right to insult others like an American freedom. They have never moved beyond a point when a White man's word was the last word when it came to other people knowing their places whether it was being quiet and tolerating racist comments like a "GOOD" minority or knowing how to be quiet and cook in the kitchen. I was five or so living in central Louisiana and going to my late mother's family gatherings in Greene and Perry County, MS, and being around my grandfather and a couple of his siblings who were STRAIGHT Archie Bunker before Archie Bunker was on TV. Some of the people on here would fit right in Mississippi. Someone needs to tell the truth here. I don't see a TOS problem with that. The Trayvon Martin, Redskins mascot issue, and Ferguson situation along with the fast food strikes bring on Archie Bunkers en masse. I hear them all day on KMBZ whether it's Jonathan Weir, Rush, or the Dana and Parks or Darla J shows. Someone has to confront these people because they think in terms or regression instead of progression and they're bringing this country to a halt with the Tea Party and GOP because they fear the world changing around them and they try by any means possible to stop it from happening. I've put up with people like this most of my life and I've had it. That's where I come from.

James Howlette 3 years, 9 months ago

So is he a tyrant or a weak leader who is so unAmerican that he's focused on domestic issues instead of international conflict? You should probably just pick a theme and go with it instead of trying to mush them all together. You'd still be totally wrong, but at least you wouldn't sound like you'd played Obama Insult Mad LIb.

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