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U.S. tax-payers’ aid to Ukraine $67.5 billion – Taiwan will be the next beneficiary

Nothing But Welfare Queens: American Aid to Zelensky and Tsai Ing-wen

Libertarian Institute, by Patrick Macfarlane | Oct 13, 2022,

As it pertains to the American public, Ukraine’s response to the Russian invasion can be summed up with two words: “Zelensky demands.”

To date, Washington elites and their politicians have been happy to provide—at public expense—lining their own pockets in the process.

As of this writing, U.S. aid for Ukraine has reached approximately $67.5 billion, a figure greater than Russia’s entire 2021 military budget. According to the State Department, this support includes $15.2 billion in direct military assistance. The support comes although 60-70% of lethal aid never reaches the front lines, according to a now-redacted CBS interview with on-the-ground activists.

Not only is the American taxpayer supporting much of the Ukrainian military, it is also supporting the Ukrainian government. The same working class Americans who were deemed “nonessential” in 2020—who saw their businesses shuttered and burned down—now have to pay entitlement programs both at home and in Ukraine. As of September 30, 2022, the U.S. has provided $13 billion in “direct budget support,” which is ostensibly used;

…to pay government salaries, meet pension obligations, maintain hospitals and schools, and protect critical infrastructure[,] support continuity operations at the national, regional, and local levels, support for [sic] the health sector, agricultural production, civil society, [and enable] programs to hold Russia and its forces accountable for their actions in Ukraine.

Although American taxpayers have already matched Russia’s 2021 military budget, Ukrainian president Vlodomyr Zelensky only demands more. During a Tuesday phone call, President Biden reviewed Washington’s latest $625 million dole to Zelensky. It includes, inter alia, 4 additional High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS), 16 155mm Howitzers, 75,000 155 mm artillery rounds, 500 precision-guided 155mm artillery rounds, 16 105mm Howitzers, 30,000 120 mm mortar rounds, and 200 MaxxPro Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicles.

This latest boon notwithstanding, in the same phone call, Zelensky urged Biden to provide Ukraine with air defense systems that would be used to shoot down Russian planes.

………………… Republicans like Taylor-Greene, Gaetz, and Hawley understand the cost of empire: endless warfare, a decaying homefront, and a beclowned international reputation. They understand that a war between the U.S. and Russia will be unlike anything Americans have ever experienced. Although they cloak their condemnation of war with Russia in criticism of “weak Joe Biden,” they understand it is the West that provoked this conflict and seeks to prolong it “to the last Ukrainian.” They know that the conflict—even if it remains by-proxy—is a cost war-weary working class Americans do not want and cannot afford.

They must, then, realize that the same Washington elites waxing American fat off the Ukraine conflict are cultivating Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen as a Zelensky in-waiting.

Although U.S. military aid to Taiwan traditionally comes by way of arms sales, that may soon change. Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey Graham have introduced the Taiwan Policy Act—a piece of legislation that would radically overhaul Sino-American relations.

In short, “the Taiwan Policy Act would give Taiwan $6.5 billion in military aid, give the island the benefits of being a ‘major non-NATO ally,’ expedite arms sales to Taipei, and require sanction in the event of Chinese aggression.” The bill would also authorize up to $2 billion in loans to Taiwan.

On September 14, the bill passed the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Rather than passing it as a standalone piece of legislation, the bill’s supporters currently seek to incorporate “much” of the bill into the $817 billion 2023 National Defense Authorization Act. As of Wednesday, it is not clear exactly which provisions would be incorporated.

As above noted, the Taiwan Policy Act was introduced in the Senate on June 16, 2022 by Senators Bob Menendez and Lindsey Graham. Both Menendez and Graham are ardent supporters of Ukraine and Zelensky.

Graham met with Zelensky in July to hand deliver a plaque of his proposed Senate resolution to designate Russia as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. Since the Russian invasion, Graham has made regular appearances on Fox News whipping up lethal aid for Ukraine while calling for regime change in Moscow.

Menendez, as Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has spearheaded Washington’s Ukraine support. In January, he began and continues to lead the comprehensive U.S. sanctions campaign against Russia. In March, Menendez lambasted Congressional Republicans, mainly Senator Rick Scott (R-FL), for undermining Ukraine aid. In May, Menendez, among others, introduced a Senate resolution approving the bids of Finland and Sweden to join NATO (something Josh Hawley correctly opposed).

On June 23 Menendez specifically invoked the 75th anniversary of the Marshall Plan to stoke support for Ukraine, but the Marshall Plan came after WWII, not during it, when similar support further involves the U.S. in the conflict.

Republicans opposing U.S. support for Ukraine should take note that both Menendez and Graham have repeatedly met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen to pledge American support for Taiwan. In their latest visit on April 15, 2022, president Ing-wen called Lindsey Graham a “pillar of strength for Taiwan in the U.S. Congress” and dubbed Menendez one of Taiwan’s “staunchest friends.”

In his meeting remarks, Graham likened U.S. support for Ukraine to its support for Taiwan, saying:……………………………………………….

Menendez echoed Graham’s sentiment in his own remarks, shedding light on Washington’s Ukrainian plans for Taiwan:…………………..

Menendez followed up these remarks with an op-ed in The New York Times, stating:…………………………

These remarks should terrify working class Americans. Essentially, Menendez is proposing a redoubling of military support for Taiwan—the same “preventive policy” which played a large role in provoking Putin to invade Ukraine. We simply cannot afford it.

The above-named Congressional Republicans were right to oppose aid to Ukraine. For those same reasons, they should oppose adding Tsai Ing-wen to the same dole as the entitled and ungrateful Zelensky. Like Rand Paul, they should oppose the Taiwan Policy Act in all its forms.  https://libertarianinstitute.org/articles/nothing-but-welfare-queens-american-aid-to-zelensky-and-tsai-ing-wen/

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October 14, 2022 - Posted by | business and costs, USA

6 Comments »

  1. Nuclear-news.net now broadcasts fascist propaganda
    How can anyone say that marjory taylor greene does not promote a military agenda.
    “Republicans like Taylor-Greene, Gaetz, and Hawley understand the cost of empire: endless warfare,”
    Marjory taylor greene, says the usa should not have pulled out of Afghanistan promoting 50 caliber assault rifles to kill Muslims and black people in the usa in this video

    What a twisted evil site nuclear-news has become. It’s is awful sad and discusting

    Comment by Ann Jacobson | October 15, 2022 | Reply

    • Ann Jacobson. Sorry to read that you think that this site broadcasts fascist propaganda. That is certainly not our intention.
      Not being an American, I struggle to understand the huge divides that exist in American policy-makers and voters. I don’t know anything about Marjory Taylor Greene. I deplore Donald Trump and the whole disruptive and nasty American extreme right-wing movement.
      BUT – this site is particularly dedicated to the anti-nuclear and anti-war movement. These issues are above and beyond party politics. If some dreadful right-wing person says something sensible about nuclear power, war, and the money that goes to weapons – we’re going to publish their opinion.
      I don’t agree with extreme libertarians on many things, but if they’re opposing this mindless frenzy to enrich the weapons corporations and meet Zelensky’s unending military demands – – well – I’m with them on that point.

      Comment by Christina Macpherson | October 15, 2022 | Reply

  2. Well then, it shows what a joke, this site is. Matt Goetz is under investigation for underage sex trafficking. No Libertarian there, pure hateful, criminal deviant hypocritical facist, who would say ad do anything, to save its own scaley skin! It does not give a darned about children, or nuclear war or American taxpayers,
    or woman. Josh Hawaly is a hadcore racist fascist, republican who participated in the January 6 racist coup. Marjorie Greene is a pure psychopath killer, as bad or worse than Zelensky. Watch the video see for yourself. This writer does care. It is a paid extreme ayn rand, psychopath liar and hack. There are progressive libertarians. Most progressives despise Biden and Trump. I KNOW, I do. Why would you pick a story by a creep like this, part of whose underlying message is to promote hate and lies, in the 3rd paragraph of an article. These creeps are all militarists. In truth, all of them are salivating, for nuclear war with China and probably in the Ukraine. This site sucks!

    Comment by Ann Jacobson | October 15, 2022 | Reply

    • Ann Jacobson. Well – yes they do sound like rather unsavoury persons. Matt Goetz is “under investigation”. However, there’s still the reality of Innocent Until Proved Guilty. Though Americans don’t seem to worry about that Apparently in the USA it’s trial by media and by accusation. “Marjorie Greene is a pur psychopath killer”. Has she been convicted? Why isn’t she in gaol? (“as bad or worse than Zelensky” – I didn’t know that he is a killer etc. I just thought that he is a narcissist who wants the whole world to adore him and give him anything that he wants, regardless of the suffering of his people)
      I do see your point about this writer complaining about “entitlement programs both at home and in Ukraine”. I did worry about that one myself . Sounds as like the good old right-wing view that not a cent should be given to the poor and needy. Just let ’em suffer.
      So – these people are unpleasant right-wing people. Still – they are lamenting the huge amounts of tax-payer money going to Ukraine, especially for weapons. On that point – I agree with them.
      I have a constant problem with pro-Trump stuff being sent to me. I don’t like it, – but in some of it there are valid criticisms and facts that should be known – in this climate of unrelenting pro Ukrainian hype and propaganda

      Comment by Christina Macpherson | October 16, 2022 | Reply

      • America is a white racist society you dumn old hateful bag, where rich white people can get away with anything. Including murder

        Comment by Ann Jacobson | October 16, 2022

      • Ann Jacobson. There is no need for you to insult me. please do not comment any more.

        Comment by Christina Macpherson | October 16, 2022


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