BY: Peter Isackson
Assessing the True Meaning of US Generosity in Ukraine
The US Congress allocated $40 billion to Ukraine's war effort through the "Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022."
US aid to Ukraine ($54B and counting) rivals Russia's annual military budget ($66B), with a historical Lend-Lease precedent.
Biden's pledge to mirror FDR's reforms falters as focus shifts to aiding Ukrainian military, neglecting domestic social policies.
Biden revives Lend-Lease policy, supporting Britain and allies in World War II amid previous US isolationism.
Biden justifies Lend-Lease bill, highlighting the cost of caving to aggression and portraying support for Ukraine as a noble sacrifice.
Biden's choice of words reveals that Ukraine will bear the cost of the fight, with the US as a creditor expecting repayment.
Biden creates the impression that Ukraine chose to pay, but Washington determines the price, leaving Ukraine indebted.
Biden's remarks reveal US unilateral decision-making and Ukraine's inability to refuse the Lend-Lease offer for arms supply.
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