The US has now spent $196 Billion in contributions to Ukraine in their war with Russia, leading all other nations. The second largest contributer is Germany at $172 Billion. The rest of the world has given less than $75 Billion combined.
When will it be enough? The US defense budget request for FY2024 is $858 Billion which means we have given Ukraine roughly 25% of what we in the US spend. Several in Congress have said enough is enough.
According to Fox News:
Some members of Congress are looking to put a stop to the superabundant spending by the U.S. government, including Rep. Matt Gaetz, who introduced a resolution to end military and financial aid to Ukraine.
“How much more for Ukraine? Is there any limit?” asked Gaetz, R-Fla., on the House floor. “Which billionth dollar really kicks in the door? Which redline we set will we not later cross?”
The proposal also urges Ukraine and Russia to seek a peace deal, requiring them to renew their negotiations.
The “Ukraine Fatigue Resolution” has at least 10 co-sponsors and calls for the U.S. to “end its military and financial aid to Ukraine and urges all combatants to reach a peace agreement.”
The resolution notes the U.S. has been the top contributor to the Ukrainian war effort, providing financial, military, and humanitarian aid to the U.S. ally.
“America is in a state of managed decline, and it will exacerbate if we continue to hemorrhage taxpayer dollars toward a foreign war,” said Gaetz, a member of the House Armed Services Committee. “We must suspend all foreign aid for the War in Ukraine and demand that all combatants in this conflict reach a peace agreement immediately.”
It’s hard for me to disagree with Rep. Gaetz and the other sponsors. Biden once said that the US shouldn’t send tanks as that would lead to the US being more involved in this war. And then he sent tanks. This has many of the marks of another “endless conflict.” It’s time to see if the US can put an end to this war in a different way than sending endless military aid.