Vindman: Right-Wing Pundits, GOP 'Have Blood on Their Hands' for Encouraging Putin

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Former National Security Council Director for European Affairs Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman said Monday on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show” that right-wing pundits had “blood on their hands” for encouraging Russian President Vladimir Putin in his attempt to annex parts of Ukraine.

Vindman said, “It’s the idea we will somehow will return to the geopolitics of the rule of the jungle where might makes right, where the powerful can do as they please, it’s really the age of empires, it’s a throwback to centuries gone by. It’s exactly the kind of world Putin thinks he can prosper in.”

Guest host Ali Velshi asked, “Are you a little bit puzzled at the responses coming from some right-wing American media, and now members of the Republican Party that seem to be implying that maybe this isn’t all that bad. There may not be a clear reason why we should be wary of a Russian invasion of Ukraine.”

Vindman said, “I think these folks, these right-wing pundits, the head of the GOP that is supportive of it really frankly have blood on their hands because they’re encouraging and enticing this kind of opportunism from Putin. It’s not just plain rhetoric that you can say something without consequences like too often happens in the United States. This has real consequences. People are going to die because of this.”

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