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Most favor military aid to Ukraine; Republicans not so much. Supporting democracy costs a penny per federal dollar.
By Curt_Anderson
October 4, 2023 4:10 pm
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(WaPo)[The] Chicago Council poll found that 63 percent of U.S. adults support providing additional arms and military supplies to the Ukrainian government. That is comparable to 65 percent last November but down from 72 percent in July 2022.

Among Republicans, support stands at 50 percent, a drop of 18 percentage points since July 2022 and 30 points since the opening weeks of Russia’s full-scale invasion. Democratic support stands at 77 percent, barely changed from 79 percent in the summer of 2022. Among independents, support has fallen eight points, to 60 percent.

(Time)Ukraine is not the financial sinkhole anti-Ukraine extremists would like to portray, and U.S. support for Ukraine is far cheaper than it seems. For all its mistaken use as a political hot potato in budget talks, the $43 billion on U.S. military aid to Ukraine since Russia invaded amounts to about 5% of the U.S. defense budget and less than 1% of total government spending. This is not an insignificant sum but, to put things in perspective, it’s equivalent to the amount the U.S. is spending on such mundane items such as software for government agencies; COVID rental relief, and highway safety programs.

The weapons the U.S. is sending, like the 186 Bradley tanks so prized by Ukraine, from our stockpiles are likewise not breaking the bank. Unlike other foreign adventures, the U.S. is not shouldering the load alone as European countries have contributed an equivalent amount in military aid themselves and twice as much in humanitarian support. Some European countries such as Estonia are setting aside half their defense budget for Ukraine’s defense, an order of magnitude higher than U.S. support. And most importantly, the U.S. has sent no American troops to Ukraine and zero American lives have been lost with the Ukrainians doing all the fighting.


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  1. by islander on October 5, 2023 6:31 am

    "Today news broke that Ukrainian attacks have forced Russia to withdraw most of its Black Sea Fleet from occupied Crimea. This is a serious blow to Vladimir Putin’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. It is an unfortunate time for the U.S. to back away from Ukraine funding, and legislators are urging the House to pass that funding quickly." *

    * HCR


  2. by oldedude on October 5, 2023 7:55 am
    A real question. Does it say where they're going? There's only so much sea in there.


  3. by Indy! on October 5, 2023 8:35 am

    Ds are bigger supporters for 2 reasons...
    1. A D happens to be in the White House, so it's gauche to go against the president's wishes (for more cash in his wallet).
    2. Ds are far easier fooled by politispeak.


    So far as the $45 Billion to Ukraine not being that much? According to the Department of Housing and Urban Development it would cost about $20 Billion to end homelessness in America. I'd rather spend the money on that.


  4. by Donna on October 5, 2023 8:55 am

    It doesn't have to be either or; both can be done.

    At HUD's website it says that in 2023 HUD distributed almost $260 billion to its eight sub-components.

    usaspending.gov


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