Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. slammed the Biden administration for sending cluster bombs to the Ukraine war zone, something the White House previously described as a “war crime.”
RFK Jr. noted that more than 100 nations have signed an international treaty prohibiting their use due to the devastation they wreak on civilians. “Now,” he tweeted, “the Biden administration is preparing to send them to Ukraine. Stop the ceaseless escalation! It is time for peace.”
The candidate said that these munitions create “bomblets” that scatter over a wide area, and many fail to explode.
That means that weeks, months or even years later a child may pick up one of these objects and be gravely injured or killed. As RFK Jr. said, “they have caused thousands of injuries and deaths to civilians.”
This mad dash to keep the war going at all costs, both financial and moral, runs counter to Biden’s words shortly after he was inaugurated. RFK Jr. pointed out that the president at that time said that “diplomacy is back.”
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But that was then, and this is now. Now the White House turned it back on peace talks and instead sent these horrific weapons to Ukraine.
RFK Jr. remembered that Biden as a senator in 1982 opposed the sale of cluster bombs to Israel and asked, “What happened to his conscience?” The president, of course, attempted to rationalize sending these weapons.
Biden on Friday described the decision to deliver these bombs to the war zone as “difficult.” He explained that Ukrainians are low on ammunition and that created the need for more firepower.
Most NATO members are part of the 111-country agreement to ban the manufacture, use or transfer of cluster bombs. That list, however, does not include the U.S., Russia or Ukraine.
In the early days of the war, Kyiv accused Moscow of using cluster bombs on civilian targets in Bakhmut. The White House sang a different tune at that point as then-press secretary Jen Psaki described the action as a potential war crime.
The administration faces worldwide condemnation for its decision to inject these weapons into the conflict. Human Rights Watch said the action “disregards the substantial danger they pose to civilians.”
Spanish Defense Minister Margarita Robles on Saturday said her country is committed to the “legitimate defense of Ukraine” but will not provide cluster bombs.
The U.K. also come out in opposition of the U.S. deliveries.