The hostilities foisted on Ukraine by Vlad the Invader and his ‘forces of evil’ the West has shoved numerous weapons up the butt of Ukraine….new missiles, anti-tank, anti-personnel, air support systems all donated with the hope that it will be a long war (at least that is the hope of the M-IC)…..
Since Russia invaded on February 24, the US pledged about $2.6 billion in military aid. According to media reports, President Biden is preparing to announce yet another weapons package for Ukraine that will be similar in size to the $800 million one that was announced last week.
More money more money…..
President Biden announced another $1.3 billion in aid for Ukraine. Of that amount, $800 million will go towards a new weapons package, and $500 million will go directly to the Ukrainian government for economic assistance.
The new package brings the total military aid pledged by the Biden administration for Ukraine since Russia invaded on February 24 to a whopping $3.4 billion. Including direct economic assistance given to Ukraine, the total aid climbs to $4.4 billion.
Why would anyone want this war to be a protracted war?
Why do you think? CASH!
The war in Ukraine will indeed be a bonanza for the likes of Raytheon and Lockheed Martin. First of all, there will be the contracts to resupply weapons like Raytheon’s Stinger anti-aircraft missile and the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin-produced Javelin anti-tank missile that Washington has already provided to Ukraine by the thousands. The bigger stream of profits, however, will come from assured post-conflict increases in national-security spending here and in Europe justified, at least in part, by the Russian invasion and the disaster that’s followed.
Indeed, direct arms transfers to Ukraine already reflect only part of the extra money going to U.S. military contractors. This fiscal year alone, they are guaranteed to also reap significant benefits from the Pentagon’s Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative (USAI) and the State Department’s Foreign Military Financing (FMF) program, both of which finance the acquisition of American weaponry and other equipment, as well as military training. These have, in fact, been the two primary channels for military aid to Ukraine from the moment the Russians invaded and seized Crimea in 2014. Since then, the United States has committed around $5 billion in security assistance to that country.
According to the State Department, the United States has provided such military aid to help Ukraine “preserve its territorial integrity, secure its borders, and improve interoperability with NATO.” So, when Russian troops began to mass on the Ukrainian border last year, Washington quickly upped the ante. On March 31, 2021, the U.S. European Command declared a “potential imminent crisis,” given the estimated 100,000 Russian troops already along that border and within Crimea. As last year ended, the Biden administration had committed $650 million in weaponry to Ukraine, including anti-aircraft and anti-armor equipment like the Raytheon/Lockheed Martin Javelin anti-tank missile.
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There is one drawback that should be considered…..all those weapons and zero chance of tracking who gets them or just where they go…..
A US official said the White House has “almost zero” ability to track the weapons it is sending to Ukraine. So far, President Joe Biden has approved over $3 billion in arms shipments to Kiev.
Speaking with CNN about the weapons, one source said, “we have fidelity for a short time, but when it enters the fog of war, we have almost zero. It drops into a big black hole, and you have almost no sense of it at all after a short period of time.”
The source said the US lacked personnel “on the ground,” making it nearly impossible to track the movement of weapons. Another source told CNN Ukraine was incentivized to lie to get access to more weapons, saying “It’s a war – every statement is an information operation, every interview. Every Zelensky appearance broadcast is an information operation.”
The truth be known…,the US has NO idea where these weapons will wind up…..no accountability or responsibility….just shove the weapons up their butts and hope for the best….as long as the check does not bounce who gives a f*ck?
The same with every war.
Mark my words these ‘lost’ weapons will be used again.
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Sounds familiar? … QUOTE: “The truth be known…,the US has NO idea where these weapons will wind up … no accountability or responsibility … just shove the weapons up their butts and hope for the best … as long as the check does not bounce who gives a f*ck?”
AS always I appreciate your help…..chuq
At the very least, and I mean least, the arms industry will profit from the ‘replacement costs’ of weapons sent to Ukraine. (Even though the US is not technically at war) Their lobby in DC must be immense!
Best wishes, Pete.
Pete…we have 535 voting members of Congress and there is 22.5 lobbyists per member and each has a suitcase of cash for the member. so yes it is larger than immense. chuq
Guns and munitions are the most effective lobbies there are in Congress. Thatg is why guns dominate the American political dialogue. I too am worried about the endless flow of our resources to another country, especially if we should need them for our own use at some future time. So I promise Congress eithere set a limit on what is sent over there or, if that is not agreeable, then how about doing pro-rated support to Ukraine’s weapons needs by contributing a percentage of what every other country is sending to Ukraine? Let other friendly nations send their fair share into the fray.
I totally agree….we cannot find cash to feed the hungry but unlimited cash for Ukraine….I say time for the spigot to be shut off. chuq
I have mixed feelings about it. I don’t know how we got involved in the first place since Ukraine is not a NATO member. I still don’t understand why we started the Lend Lease program in the Second world war either.
The lend-lease program provided for military aid to any country whose defense was vital to the security of the United States. The plan thus gave Roosevelt the power to lend arms to Britain with the understanding that, after the war, America would be paid back in kind.
The difference is we will NEVER see any pay back from Ukraine…it is all a gimme.
The people of this nation will pay dearly for the profits of the M-IC. chuq
Let’s all move to Costa Rica. That’s where my friend went.
Too many Germans…..LOL chuq
Cheap living though.
I would go to Andorra, small country in the mountains between Spain and France. chuq