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house Bill H.R. 598

Should the U.S. Support Georgia's Independence From Russia?

Argument in favor

Georgia is an important ally that supported the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it deserves U.S. support for in its ongoing struggle to maintain its sovereignty. Russian aggression in Georgia has also led to human rights abuses and the flouting of international norms, which cannot be tolerated by the U.S. and its allies.

Kodiwodi's Opinion
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04/21/2019
This is an opportunity to support an alliance and fortify a trade relationship as well as keep Russia on notice that we will stand behind and beside our allies. Imagine if we helped our friends rather than continuing to stick our noses in the business of countries that neither need or want our interference. I question our ability to speak on Human Rights violations but we can do the rest. DionrDixon-thanks for the education on DIME.
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Poli.Sci's Opinion
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04/21/2019
Georgia has been trying unsuccessfully to become a NATO ally because of NATO’s rule to not have any boundary disputes. In that manner, Georgia has repeatedly asked for better security help from European and the US. The US would be better at helping the Georgians than Europe would, as we have more resources and have less squabbling than several foreign policies within the European Union. A free trade agreement would be extremely beneficial to US trade. I support this 100%.
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Doug's Opinion
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04/21/2019
Yes, but Congress and the American people need to have the backbone to back this legislation up if it passes. Symbolic votes alone don’t mean anything.
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Argument opposed

The Russian government had legitimate interests in Georgia in when it invaded in 2008, and those haven’t changed. Today, Russia recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent territories, not as part of Georgia — challenging this would further destabilize a fragile region.

John's Opinion
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04/21/2019
We have no business messing around in the ruskies backyard. Ukraine is foo far to begin with. The Russians are bad enough without double dog dareing them to do something. It’s time to focus on our side of the pond and stop being not only the worlds police but their checkbook. Who will be the triple dog dare?
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Gopin2020's Opinion
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04/22/2019
With China being our biggest threat for years to come we must put our focus on them. We’ve fallen behind in cyber security, rebuilding our Armed Forces. The President has made a big down payment on rebuilding our military, with Trumps second term fairly secure we must continue with extra funding for new equipment, modernizing existing ships, planes, nuclear forces and fixing the failure of our cyber security problems. While I support independence for Georgia right now we have other problems to correct. #MAGA
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Jim2423's Opinion
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04/22/2019
I see it is one of the War Hawk Democrats. No let’s get our stuff straight first.
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      house Committees
      Committee on Foreign Affairs
      Immigration and Citizenship
    IntroducedJanuary 16th, 2019
    This is an opportunity to support an alliance and fortify a trade relationship as well as keep Russia on notice that we will stand behind and beside our allies. Imagine if we helped our friends rather than continuing to stick our noses in the business of countries that neither need or want our interference. I question our ability to speak on Human Rights violations but we can do the rest. DionrDixon-thanks for the education on DIME.
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    We have no business messing around in the ruskies backyard. Ukraine is foo far to begin with. The Russians are bad enough without double dog dareing them to do something. It’s time to focus on our side of the pond and stop being not only the worlds police but their checkbook. Who will be the triple dog dare?
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    Georgia has been trying unsuccessfully to become a NATO ally because of NATO’s rule to not have any boundary disputes. In that manner, Georgia has repeatedly asked for better security help from European and the US. The US would be better at helping the Georgians than Europe would, as we have more resources and have less squabbling than several foreign policies within the European Union. A free trade agreement would be extremely beneficial to US trade. I support this 100%.
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    Yes, but Congress and the American people need to have the backbone to back this legislation up if it passes. Symbolic votes alone don’t mean anything.
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    “House Bill H.R. 598 AKA the Georgia Support Act” I’m in support and recommend the passage of the “Connolly-D” House Bill H.R. 598 AKA the “Georgia Support Act” which would reassert America’s support for Georgia’s sovereignty and its opposition to the forceful and illegal Russian invasion of Abkhazia and the Tskhinivali region / South Ossetia. It would take steps to strengthen security and trade ties between the U.S. and Georgia. Georgia remains an important ally that has supported the U.S. in Iraq and Afghanistan, and it deserves U.S. support for in its ongoing struggle to maintain its sovereignty. Russian aggression in Georgia has also led to human rights abuses and the flouting of international norms, which cannot be tolerated by the U.S. and its allies. SneakyPete..... 👍🏻👍🏻HR-598👍🏻👍🏻. 4*21*19..........
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    If they would like our support, then yes, we should support them. Russia is well known for illegal military action against sovereign countries.
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    Expressing our support along with other member nations of NATO and the UN is encouraging the people of Georgia in their efforts to establish self-rule, but such support should be based on concrete evidence that the people of Georgia are both the source of these efforts and the driving force behind them. I am presently unfamiliar with the details of the Georgian situation, though I will undertake to correct my lack of knowledge ASAP. However, we should be cautious in how we approach the internal politics of other nations. IMHO, the days of US nation-building are and should be over. Part of our foreign policy strategy should be recognize the right of the peoples of other nations to rise up against their rulers. However, those of us in other countries must take great care to understand the potential damage we could do before interfering in any way. We have built up over the entirety of my lifetime a war machine that comprises military and industry feeding off each other to ensure that any conflict we enter into lasts as long as they are benefiting from the efforts financially. States and cities that benefit from these conflicts become, like the corporations and the heavily contract-based military, unwilling to lose their sources of income. We need a new way to view our role in the world, and our military needs to return to its true role of defense. Anything more than an EXPRESSION of support in these circumstances seems to me unwarranted.
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    If they want independence, we should support it!
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    Putin and his authoritarian government are dangerous. We should support all people of the world seeking sovereignty.
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    Sounds good. Doesn’t sound like Putin’s number one fan, Trump would go for it though. Strength, power, rule. That’s Trumps three squares a day.
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    I’v been to Georgia and it is a great country! Beautiful, hospitable, good food, polite people, and they want desperately to be free of Russia. A great deal of Georgian history is the story of repeated Russian aggression and their resistance. They want to join NATO. They want to be free if Russian meddling in their government. We need to support their quest for freedom and independence.
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    With China being our biggest threat for years to come we must put our focus on them. We’ve fallen behind in cyber security, rebuilding our Armed Forces. The President has made a big down payment on rebuilding our military, with Trumps second term fairly secure we must continue with extra funding for new equipment, modernizing existing ships, planes, nuclear forces and fixing the failure of our cyber security problems. While I support independence for Georgia right now we have other problems to correct. #MAGA
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    This bill is pretty hypocritical considering that our country illegally invaded and occupied Iraq. However, on principle, any illegal invasion of another country should not be tolerated! South Ossetia and Abkhazia need to be viewed as parts of the country of Georgia and Russia’s invasion and occupation of these territories is illegal!
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    I see it is one of the War Hawk Democrats. No let’s get our stuff straight first.
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    Long overdue! Only cowards and wimps will say no.
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    Any time people can become free from under the thumb of some reporter shooting, truth squelching, opponent murdering dictator like Putin they need to be support and helped to do so. LIKE MY TAKE? GIVE ME A FOLLOW
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    We should keep our noses out of it, unless we are directly asked to get involved. And then, very cautiously.
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    The United States of America needs to focus on the United States of America.
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    Please allow Georgia it's right to choose.
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    Not only this but also Crimea.
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