Mike Durant for Senate

Mike Durant on sending aid to Ukraine: ‘We can’t make decisions based on emotion — We’ve got to make decisions that make sense and don’t escalate this’

By Michael Yaffee March 19, 2022

On Tuesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky gave a speech via video to a joint session of Congress, in which he asked for more military aid from the United States

U.S. Army veteran and Republican candidate for Senate Mike Durant said he supported giving the Ukrainians what they needed to hold Russia back.

Friday on WVNN’s “The Yaffee Program,” Durant said the United States should help Ukraine but needed to be smart about it.

“We can’t make decisions based on emotion,” he said. “We’ve got to make decisions that make sense and don’t escalate this thing beyond, you know, where it is already, which is just almost incredible.”

Durant explained what’s he’s currently hearing from his sources about what Ukraine really needed right now.

“We need to give them what they’re asking for,” he explained. “They are the ones who know best what they need, and what I’m hearing, I mean I get involved with some conversations that are pretty close to folks on the ground there, they want more stingers, they want more Javelins, they need radio communications, they need UAVs.”

The Senate candidate expressed some concern about sending them MiG fighter jets but didn’t rule it out completely.

“Are these old generation MiGs that, ya know, they get up in the air and they’re up against more advanced version of that aircraft, they’re just going to get blown out of the sky?” he asked.

He reiterated why it’s important to be specific on the kind of aid the United States was sending to the country.

“We need to give them our full support, but it has to be systems that will make a difference to them, that they already know how to use, they have the logistics for, parts, training, all of that,” he said.

Durant also expressed how Ukraine has done much better fighting back against Russia than most people expected.

“They have far exceeded anyone’s expectations in holding their ground at this point,” he said. “The Russians have taken much more heavy losses than I think anyone thought, certainly than they thought.”

The Army veteran added he hoped they could force Russia to agree to reasonable peace terms.

“We need to do everything we can to continue that and try to get them to at least stop, so that we can get them to the negotiating table and try to bring an end to this,” he concluded. “That is the best scenario at this point to resolve this, to find a way to, you know, come to terms to stop the fighting.”

Michael Yaffee is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts “The Yaffee Program” Weekdays 9-11am on WVNN. You can follow him on Twitter @Yaffee

ABOUT MIKE DURANT

On October 3rd, 1993, during combat Operation Gothic Serpent in Mogadishu Somalia, “Super Six Four,” the Blackhawk helicopter flown by Mike Durant, was hit by an RPG and crashed in the city.

Mike and and his crew, Ray Frank, Bill Cleveland, and Tommy Field, all badly injured, fought for their lives as a violent mob approached. Witnessing what was about to happen from above, two members of the elite Special Operations unit Delta Force – MSG Gary Gordon and SFC Randy Shughart – volunteered to be inserted to defend them. They too were eventually overcome by the mob.

But Mike Durant, somehow survived, was captured and held as a POW by Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid.

The heroic actions of Gordon and Shughart – who were both posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor – are the reason Mike is alive today. Mike has seen sacrifice – fellow service members who put honor, country, and mission above all else. He knows firsthand that the United States leaves no one behind.

While in captivity, Mike heard the voice and promise of Dan Jollota broadcast from the sky:

“Mike Durant, we will not leave without you.”

Now, Mike is signing up for one more tour of duty to serve his country and Alabama in the United States Senate.

He’s watched as the Biden administration has deserted these core principles – abandoning our allies, along with American citizens, in Afghanistan; cowering to the influence of the Chinese as they evade responsibility for the Wuhan Virus; and letting the radical left open our borders and try and re-define the essence of what America stands for through misguided and distorted revisions of our history like “critical race theory”.

Mike believes that President Trump was the first President in his lifetime who always pushed for policies that put America first. That’s because he knows that America is more than just a country – it is a beacon of hope and freedom for the entire world.

President Trump knew it, Mike Durant lived it. And he will carry that vision forward in the U.S. Senate.

Mike Durant was released from captivity in Somalia after 11 days. He would later write a book titled In the Company of Heroes, about his experience on that mission in Somalia and the many other missions he participated in during his career. He also wrote The Night Stalkers, about the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) in which he served.

After retiring from the Army with 22 years of active-duty service, Mike moved to Alabama with his family to start a new chapter in his life. He started and grew a highly successful business – Pinnacle Solutions, an engineering and services company based in Huntsville.

In thirteen years, Pinnacle has grown from a home office-based startup to over 500 employees and more than 175 subcontractor personnel operating in sixteen US and international locations with major prime and subcontract efforts supporting the U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, NASA and the U.S. Special Operations Command.

Mike has a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics and a Master of Business Administration in Aviation degree from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Mike’s military awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, the Distinguished Flying Cross with oak leaf cluster, Bronze Star with Valor device, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, three Air Medals, one with Valor device, the POW/MIA ribbon, the Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, and numerous other awards.

He and his wife Lisa (also an Army Aviator) reside in Huntsville and have a family of six children, four boys and two girls, three grandchildren and a fourth on the way.