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Frank Bernheisel
Posted 09.02.14
Just Outside Washington

FRANK BERNHEISEL

Dear President Obama

My, how things have changed since 2009. You came to the presidency with broad support as a president of peace, determined to get our military out of Iraq, to finish the war in Afghanistan, and resolve the country's domestic problems (there were several).

Fast forward -- many on the home front are unhappy with you, or worse. Abroad, the situation is dire, which is why I write.

Russia has decided to make war in Europe. Yes, it is way over to the East and none of our NATO allies are involved. However, the integrity of international borders is at stake.

In March, the Russians occupied Crimea militarily, held a phony election, and declared that it is part of Russia. Now, just last August, Russian army troops and material are fighting with the separatists in the east and opening a new front along the Sea of Azov.

This is war by Russia on the sovereign nation of Ukraine.

Ukraine borders four NATO countries, which will be directly impacted if Ukraine collapses. NATO under U.S. leadership needs to move a significant level of military forces and material into its eastern members. Further, NATO and its members need to supply the Ukraine with money, military supplies, intelligence, and training. NATO must support Ukraine in its fight for its integrity.

It is no longer the time to consider and discuss. It is now time to decide and act.

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