Is the West Willing to Bear Long-Term Costs for the War in Ukraine?

Is the West Willing to Bear Long-Term Costs for the War in Ukraine?

Putin Shifts To “Long War” Strategy To Test The West’s Financial Resolve

( – When Russia invaded Ukraine and began murdering innocent people, the US and other countries pledged their full support. After all, it was the first time a war had erupted on the European continent since WWII, which left millions dead. However, as the war drags on and countries are spending billions to support Ukraine during a period of global inflation, there’s a question about whether it’s sustainable.

Historic Aid Packages

President Joe Biden recently asked for $33 billion to fund military and humanitarian aid in Ukraine through September 2022. On May 10, Congress approved even more than that, passing a $40 billion aid package with an overwhelming majority vote — 368 to 57. The vote came just weeks after a bipartisan group of lawmakers passed $13.6 billion in emergency aid, bringing the total to about $53 billion since the war began in late February.

On May 9, ahead of the vote, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said, “Time is of the essence — and we cannot afford to wait.” Lawmakers didn’t waste any time the next day, now the legislation is headed to the Senate where it’s expected to pass.

Lend-Lease Act

The US also passed another historic bill recently and Biden signed it into law on May 8. The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 was modeled after the Lend-Lease Act of 1941 which is seen as a turning point in America’s involvement in WWII. The original law allowed the US to send aid to Europe, such as food and military equipment, without violating America’s stance of neutrality.

The latest version will allow the US to expedite aid to Ukraine, but some critics have said the bill just plunges America deeper into the war.

American Woes

The New York Times pointed out that US lawmakers have passed historic aid packages for Ukraine, while domestic priorities are being pushed aside to fund a foreign war. For example, Republicans and Democrats haven’t reached an agreement about whether to extend the child tax credit to help American families.

Inflation is still at a record high, with families paying more for food, housing, gas and healthcare. Immigration is still a major problem along the US-Mexican border and is expected to get worse when Title 42 protections expire. But still, lawmakers are throwing billions at Ukraine.

Do you think the United States should spend so much money helping Ukraine? Or would you prefer lawmakers focus on issues impacting Americans?

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