Bill Maher questioned Friday night why the U.S. has to get involved in Ukraine at all, battling panelists Simon Schama and Congressman Keith Ellison, asking them why America can’t just sit back, let a situation unfold, and “sit out a dance” for once. Schama and Ellison argued that the U.S. can’t just do nothing when Vladimir Putin is violating Ukraine’s sovereignty and international borders, but Maher asserted that most Ukrainians are “giddy” about Putin and wondered when America suddenly decided not to let other nations have democracy.
Schama shot back, “Not where guns are being pointed at their head.”
Maher said the U.S. is hypocritical on this front because it “stole half of Mexico” and took Panama decades ago. He suggested, “We don’t have to go to DEFCON 5 every moment,” but all the U.S. does now is “fear mongering” about disaster. Vice News’ Shane Smith noted that the Cold War rhetoric from Russia has been rumbling for a while and has now “reached a fever pitch,” and whatever the U.S. does, “you cannot go in militarily.”
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