The Truth About the $40 Billion in US Aid Ostensibly Being spent to arm Ukraine
Once you take time to parse the details you quickly realize the media is misleading the American public on the reality of the $40 billion dollars ostensibly designated to buy weapons and equip Ukraine with a cornucopia of lethality. Mark Cancian at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (aka CSIS) provides an excellent breakdown of what was actually appropriated. Here is a quick summary:
🔘$19 billion for immediate military support to Ukraine
🔘$3.9 billion to sustain U.S. forces deployed to Europe
🔘$16 billion for economic support to Ukraine and global humanitarian relief
🔘$2 billion for long-term support to NATO allies and DOD modernization programs
Right off the bat, you can see that Ukraine is not getting $40 billion dollars worth of military goodies to whack Russians. They are not even getting $19 billion. The $19 billion is carved up into smaller packages:
🔘$6 billion for training, equipment, weapons, logistic support, supplies and services, salaries and stipends and intelligence support to the military and national security forces of Ukraine (and the specifics of the expenditures remain to be determined).
🔘$9 billion to replenish U.S. weapons stocks already sent to Ukraine.
🔘$4 billion for the Foreign Military Financing Program (this allows a foreign country like Ukraine to buy brand new weapon systems).
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