On Monday, a New York Times headline blared “Biden Speeds Up Military Aid to Ukraine, Drawing U.S. Deeper Into War.”
The Times reported (emphasis added), “When President Biden signed a modern-day Lend-Lease Act on Monday, 81 years after the original version helped lead the way into World War II, he effectively thrust the United States even deeper into another war in Europe that has increasingly become an epic struggle with Russia despite his efforts to define its limits.”
“Recent days have underscored just how engaged the United States has become in the conflict in Ukraine,” the report noted.
On Tuesday, the House voted to give Biden his spending package. Every single Democrat – including the Squad – voted for it.
57 Republicans voted against it.
Last night, 57 House Members voted NO on the bill to send another $40 billion (on top of the $14b already spent) to the war in Ukraine.
All 57 NO votes were Republicans. *All Squad members* joined all other Democrats to vote YES.
Does this tell us anything about these factions? https://t.co/jEDSKD3jVa
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) May 11, 2022
It should be noted that Biden had requested $33 billion, but Congress saw fit to raise it to $40 billion.
Hey, why not?
Greenwald: Biden Wanted $33B More For Ukraine. Congress Quickly Hiked To $40B. Who Benefits? https://t.co/uWSN6QY9jV
— zerohedge (@zerohedge) May 11, 2022
The 57 Republicans who opposed this package included some of the most conservative GOP members, many of whom have expressed that they don’t want the U.S. to be pulled further into this conflict.
They also thought members should have time to read the bill.
57 Republicans made the Honor Roll yesterday. Biden will print the billions Congress voted to send to Ukraine which will further exacerbate the record high inflation we are experiencing.https://t.co/piQhWBsrE6
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) May 11, 2022
I'm voting against tonight's reckless $40B Ukraine spending bill.
Pelosi rushed the bill to the House floor without hearings or time for members to adequately review the bill.
I oppose Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but we can't help Ukraine by spending money we don't have. pic.twitter.com/z2mgJkYN51
— Rep Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) May 10, 2022
Congress is jamming through ANOTHER massive spending bill that its members haven't had time to read.
More from Rep Roy: pic.twitter.com/WNFEXzAU02
— Rep. Chip Roy Press Office (@RepChipRoy) May 10, 2022
You can’t find baby formula in the United States right now but Congress is voting today to send $40 billion to Ukraine. Let’s put America First for a change.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) May 10, 2022
Cofounder of the Bush-era antiwar group Code Pink, Medea Benjamin, wondered where the antiwar Left had gone.
“And the Squad?”
House passes $40 billion for Ukraine, mostly weapons that will just prolong the war and kill more people, with the support of EVERY Democrat! What happened to our anti-war members? And the Squad? https://t.co/WqfA5CrmWh
— Medea Benjamin (@medeabenjamin) May 11, 2022
She wasn’t the only one wondering what’s up with the Left on this issue.
When it comes to the dangerous & expensive Ukraine proxy war, Congressional progressives — including @BernieSanders and the Squad — are ceding anti-war sentiment (& attendant advocacy for social spending instead of war) to MAGA Republicans. That will be a part of their legacy. pic.twitter.com/te7njO19t3
— Aaron Maté (@aaronjmate) May 11, 2022
20 years ago, Benjamin and her fellow progressives were the loudest voices against U.S. involvement in another foreign war regarding America’s invasion of Iraq.
Obviously, not all wars are the same. The unique parameters and politics of each conflict matter. But even the Biden administration warned as late as March against starting “World War III” by involving America and NATO too much in the Russia- Ukraine conflict.
Yet, doesn’t the U.S. diving deeper into this conflict – $40 billion deeper – inch us closer to a world war scenario?
And why is every Democrat for this?
And if we’re going to spend dangerously abroad… WHY NOT $40 billion for baby formula at home instead?