The problem: President Biden announces an additional $325 million in military aid for Ukraine.
The American taxpayer is again being asked to pay Ukraine millions of dollars for its war against Russia (“Joe Gets It Right on Ukraine,” editorial, September 20).
There are many valid reasons why we should help the Ukrainians against Russia.
However, I can’t think of a single reason why we should also help Russia’s Vladimir Putin finance his war.
President Biden, through his misguided actions and executive orders, has drastically limited the amount of gas and oil the United States produces.
As a result, the price of a barrel of oil has risen from around $30 to $90 since Biden’s term.
Even if we do not buy oil directly from Russia, it benefits from the increase in world market prices.
On the one hand, the American people as taxpayers are funding Ukraine, and on the other hand, we as consumers are helping Russia finance its part of this war.
Biden may get the message of why the United States should generously support Ukraine exactly right, but his audience (world leaders and elites at the United Nations) may not be the ones who ultimately decide the fate of the Ukrainian effort.
The audience Biden and his surrogates must focus on is quickly becoming the US public.
As the war continues, powerful forces could undermine taxpayers’ willingness to foot the lion’s share of the bill.
In fact, the percentage of Americans who say the United States is providing too much aid to Ukraine has been steadily rising.
Biden and his surrogates must begin making a much more forceful and vocal case to the public about why the investment is critical to the interests of U.S. taxpayers.
Ukraine’s future territorial integrity and even sovereignty may depend on how well this government can do its sales job.
Todd L. Pittinsky
Kudos to the Biden administration for its support of Ukraine.
It is essential to resist Russian aggression.
What the government is missing is its habit of refusing to send critical weapons and materiel upon request and then changing its mind at some point.
This indecision can undermine a previously good strategy.
Peter W Kelly
Kudos to House Speaker Kevin McCarthy’s request for continued support for Ukraine (“Stand up to Russia,” Sept. 20).
Bravo to Rep. Byron Donalds for pointing out that there was no more money for Ukraine in the House of Representatives.
This is not at all about belittling the terrible atrocities inflicted on the innocent citizens of Ukraine who have no voice.
Our deepest sympathy goes out to the citizens of Ukraine.
But McCarthy’s point about accountability for tax dollars already spent is spot on.
Every company I have worked for has had a budget and a reporting system for funds spent.
We had to account for all expenses.
Incorrect. Biden deserves no credit for “standing firm and moving forward” on continued U.S. support for Ukraine in its war with Russia.
Had former President Donald Trump been re-elected in 2020, Ukraine would not be in the mess it is in today because Putin would not have invaded Ukraine and U.S. taxpayers would not have been required to provide billions of dollars in aid to waste.
Biden is like the arsonist who started the fire and then expects to be congratulated for helping to put it out.
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