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Greenwald: Twenty-Two House Republicans Demand Accountability on Biden’s $40B War Spending

A cohort of Republicans, part of the dissenting vote on Biden's Ukraine war package, seeks oversight and specifics about the destination of U.S. money and weapons.
Vice President Kamala Harris (L) and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), in the House Chamber of the U.S. Capitol on May 17, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

By Glenn Greenwald / Substack

The House of Representatives, on May 10, approved President Biden’s $33 billion package for the war in Ukraine, and then, on its own initiative, added $7 billion on top of it. That brought the new war spending authorization to $40 billion, on top of the $14 billion already spent just 10 weeks into this war, which U.S. officials predict will last years, not months. The House vote in favor was 368-57. All 57 NO votes were from GOP House members. All House Democrats, including the Squad, voted YES.

A similar scene occurred when the Senate, “moving quickly and with little debate,” overwhelmingly approved the same war package. All eleven NO votes were from Senate Republicans. All Senate Democrats, including Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), voted in favor, seemingly in direct contradiction to Sanders’ February 8 op-ed in The Guardian warning of the severe dangers of bipartisan escalation of the war. Efforts by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to delay passage of the bill so that some safeguards and accountability measures could be included regarding where the money was going and for what purposes it would be used were met with scorn, particularly from Paul’s fellow Kentucky GOP Senator, Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, who condemned Paul as an “isolationist.” Following the Senate vote, a jet was used to fly the bill across the world to President Biden in South Korea, where he signed it into law.

But the lack of any safeguards over the destination of the money and weapons prompted close to two dozen House Republicans, led by Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-NM), to send a letter to the Biden White House on Monday demanding greater specificity and assurances about legal requirements on how weapons are used. The letter urges a public reckoning on the dangers of the U.S.’s bankrolling of the war in Ukraine: “We write today to express grave concern about the lack of oversight and accountability for the money and weapons recently approved by Congress for Ukraine,” it began.

“The aid package approved by Congress provides unprecedented funding for a foreign conflict in which the United States is not fighting, while there have been no significant hearings or substantive briefings on the use of the money and weapons being provided at taxpayer expense.” The lawmakers raised the prospect of sophisticated weaponry falling into the hands of terrorist organizations, citing a documented history of illicit arms-trafficking within Ukraine, a market which is one of the largest in Europe: 

“According to a 2017 Small Arms Survey briefing on arms trafficking, over 300,000 small arms disappeared from Ukraine between 2013 and 2015 and only 13 percent were recovered. Criminal networks, corrupt officials, and underpaid military personnel can make a profitable business from the sale of arms from Ukrainian military stockpiles. For example, in 2019, the Ukrainian Security Service uncovered a plot by Ukrainian soldiers to sell 40 RGD-5 grenades, 15 grenade launchers, 30 grenade detonators, and 2,454 rounds of ammunition for 75,000 Ukrainian hryvnia or around $2,900.”

Indeed, the relentlessly war-supporting CNN last month acknowledged that “the US has few ways to track the substantial supply of anti-tank, anti-aircraft and other weaponry it has sent across the border into Ukraine.” Biden officials admitted the “risk that some of the shipments may ultimately end up in unexpected places.” About the heavy weaponry the Biden White House had originally said it wouldn’t send, only to change its mind, a senior official briefing reporters said: “I couldn’t tell you where they are in Ukraine and whether the Ukrainians are using them at this point.”

Following that trail, this new letter accuses the Biden administration of indifference toward Ukraine’s dismal corruption record and the resulting possibility that large amounts of U.S. weaponry could soon circulate around the black market, placing the security of both Europe and the U.S at risk. The only member of “the Squad” to explain her YES vote in support of the $40 billion, Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO), referenced similar dangers in a written statement explaining her vote: 

Additionally, at $40 billion, this is an extraordinary amount of military assistance, a large percentage of which will go directly to private defense contractors. In the last year alone, the United States will have provided Ukraine with more military aid than any country in the last two decades, and twice as much military assistance as the yearly cost of war in Afghanistan, even when American troops were on the ground. The sheer size of the package given an already inflated Pentagon budget should not go without critique.  I remain concerned about the increased risks of direct war and the potential for direct military confrontation

The letter from these twenty-two GOP dissenters questions the administration’s compliance with the Arms Export Control Act of 1976, which governs and limits the use of weapons exported to other countries by the U.S. Government. The law was particularly designed to control the end-use of U.S.-supplied weapons, and it regulates arms transfers which might result in an escalation of conflict. With those legislative limits in mind, the lawmakers demand a response from the Biden administration to the following key questions:

  1. What steps has Ukraine taken to ensure weapons supplied to them are not falling into the hands of criminal networks or being sold for profit? 
  2. How exactly is the U.S. government complying with the Arms Export Control Act and ensuring that end-use monitoring of defense articles and defense services” adhere to all foreign military sales standards? 
  3. Has the U.S. discovered whether any weapons previously provided to Ukraine were diverted from their intended recipients or stolen? Have any of the weapons fallen in the hands of criminals or terrorists? 
  4. Are you and your administration confident that you have effective end-use monitoring capabilities in place and enough resources to ensure no weapons will be used against U.S. citizens or those of allied nations, like weapons from the Balkans which were used in recent European terror attacks? 
  5. Will the administration commit to the creation of a special monitor to ensure that funds sent under this and other aid packages to Ukraine are not subject to waste, fraud, and abuse and comply with all Arms Export Control Act requirements? This monitor should be modeled after the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction.

As escalating gas prices and the soaring costs of consumer goods place greater and greater strain on the American worker, the Republican lawmakers signing onto this letter highlighted the strange logic behind the bipartisan position that enormous sums of money must be spent on a war in a country in which the U.S., as former president Barack Obama long maintained, has no vital interest, all while Americas are asked to endure shortages and economic downturn at home. “The American people did not elect us to pour their hard-earned money into a conflict halfway around the world with little ability to track the end use of weapons or their effectiveness,” they argued. 

So few questions were asked about the Biden administration’s war strategy as the extraordinary $40 billion package sprinted through Congress that even the The New York Times appeared shocked. The paper, reporting on the House’s approval, repeatedly noted how members of both parties appeared too frightened to express concerns or even scrutinize what the Pentagon and CIA are doing. The paper sounded a similar tone after the Senate quickly approved the bill on Thursday, noting that “the speed with which it moved through Congress, where the leaders of both parties raised few questions about how much money was being spent or what it would be used for, was striking, given the gridlock that has prevented domestic initiatives large and small from winning approval in recent years.”

Continuing a pattern of performing the function long-served by the now muted, or rather nonexistent, “antiwar Left,” these Republican lawmakers stressed at the letter’s outset that “no path forward on ending the conflict in Ukraine has been outlined” by the Biden administration (the key argument Sanders made in his February op-ed before snapping into line last week to vote YES). While the Biden administration has been quite eager to flood advanced weaponry into this active war zone, and Congress even more so, it remains utterly uninterested in, if not opposed to, the prospect of a negotiated settlement. Speaking at the annual World Economic Forum on Monday, Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) explicitly rejected the desirability of a diplomatic solution, saying the only acceptable outcome is full military victory over Russia by Ukraine and the U.S.

Whatever one’s views on this war, it should be deeply concerning how little debate or scrutiny is being permitted as the Biden administration aggressively escalates the U.S. role in what is clearly its most dangerous war in decades. If Congress has no role in asking where these weapons are going or who is receiving these staggering sums of money, then it has no role at all. Even if one supports the spending of $40 billion more and untold amounts into the future as this war drags on, there is no denying that the few dozen members of Congress demanding answers from the White House about their strategy, their management of these expenditures, and their ability to control the destination of these weapons are doing their jobs.

Glenn Greenwald

Glenn Greenwald is a journalist, former constitutional lawyer, and author of four New York Times bestselling books on politics and law. His most recent book, “No Place to Hide,” is about the U.S. surveillance state and his experiences reporting on the Snowden documents around the world. His forthcoming book, to be published in April, 2021, is about Brazilian history and current politics, with a focus on his experience in reporting a series of exposés in 2019 and 2020 which exposed high-level corruption by powerful officials in the government of President Jair Bolsonaro, which subsequently attempted to prosecute him for that reporting. 

42 comments

  1. One can only hope this isn’t more posturing by Republicans looking for a foothold that strikes public sentiment and that will lead them to majority rule in house and senate. They need to pick a better figurehead than Trump, just as democrats needed something other than Biden. Smoke and mirrors and broken promises, higher prices and taxes is all we get and in all my years of paying attention to leaders and their promises, few if any were able in most recent years, once reality on the hill smacks them, to fulfill any promise, even if they had actual intentions to do so. Lose-lose situation. It’s up to John and Jean Q Public but they are being propagandized enormously with psychological warfare.

    1. You hope that votes for not wasting $45B are not posturing? You are concerned that the public “sentiment” is met? Your first concern is power holding in The House? You sound like you already have the government you need in a shitlib Democrat held, lobbyist owned House consumed by Trump Derangement Syndrome.

      Every person should support any vote against any funding or corrupt lapdogs of US Neocons in Ukraine, to say nothing of sending them arms half of which will be sold off to Islamic mercenaries or used to murder Russian speaking civilians in Ukraine because they wish to be autonomous.

    2. Not to mention that the Ukrainian military itself is the fascist Azov Battalion; they wouldn’t even need to sell the munitions, they themselves are carrying out pogroms against Russian-speaking citizens, women, Jews, and other vulnerable populations. Just like our aid to the fascists in the Philippines and everywhere else – disaster imperialism to defend the unipolar world…. the New Cold War.

  2. I’m rootin’ for Putin and hoping he’ll bring a regime change to this fu(kin’ country.

    1. @Rob Roy
      I wouldn’t go that far. While Russia is the mostly aggrieved party here (along with the ethnic Russians in eastern Ukraine), neither Putin nor Russia are good guys. I understand that the U.S. is so evil that almost anyone is not as bad, but a lesser evil is still an evil.

      1. Tell me any lies Putin has told. I have listened to him for years and read his writings. He is not a lesser evil. He’s not evil at all, having undone years of Soviet rule, replaced it with social democracy and brought 70 millions people out of poverty. I was recently in Russia and would chose to live in St. Petersburg, Moscow or Pushkin than my home town Portland, Oregon. You wouldn’t believe the difference unless you go there. The best thing Americans can do is travel and learn from that experience. Plus read non-biased authors and skip the USA propaganda machine.

      2. Haha and you probably don’t even believe he rigged the Sochi Olympics, killed numerous journalists and activists, etc.

      3. That’s right. He didn’t. Apparently, you know only what you’re told by the MSM.
        “We’ll know our disinformation program is complete when everything the American public knows is false.”

      4. @Rob Roy
        All large countries are evil or they wouldn’t be large. All nation states are evil; we should have communities, not nation states. Russia has nuclear weapons. Etc., I could go on forever.

        As to Putin, I can’t think of anything I’ve heard him say that I disagree with except for his unhinged speech, right before the invasion of Ukraine, about restoring the old Russian empire. All empires are evil.

        The Russia v. U.S. crap is just false duality, opposite sides of the same evil coin. I haven’t traveled that much, but the only place I’ve been to or know of where I’d like to live and wouldn’t hate for its mere existence is some small south pacific island (I wouldn’t have returned here from French Polynesia if I hadn’t run out of money, but I would have sailed west to a non-colonized island).

  3. There are no words in my vocabulary to express the disdain I feel for our government. $40 billion for a country that most in this country can’t pinpoint on the map while intelligence and reason scream to make an end to a conflict that affects millions is beyond my understanding. The only hope I see in this situation is for a Russian victory.

    1. Hi Robert Sinuhe, I share your disdain, the intensity of which you cannot express in words. In my case I am deeply repelled by and disgusted with our government. It makes my job voting in the upcoming California primary easier though. I will henceforth neither vote Democratic nor Republican (even though some Republicans appear to be responsible according to this article, and assuming there will be a henceforth). This June in California that means for candidates from the Green and Peace and Freedom parties, who have formed the Left Unity Slate for this primary. I am also shocked and saddened by Sander’s and “the Squads'” votes.

      1. @Helen+Londe,+MD
        1. California general elections are rigged against 3d parties because of the BS “open” primaries that we now have. I’m registered Green and never vote Democrat nor Republican, so I don’t vote for anyone for statewide office in the general election, because only Democrats and Republicans make it there.

        2. Careful about voting Peace & Freedom; some of their candidates have connections to the Democratic Party, and I just refused to vote for one of them because of that (sorry, can’t remember who it is).

      2. I agree with Caitlin Johnstone’s article about their appearance of opposition, but there really is no such thing – they all capitulate to empire in the end; sadly, even Sanders and the Squad.

    2. The words I would use to describe this are insanity, criminal insanity, and this applies not only to every nutcase in Biden’s criminal outfit, but to every single one who voted for this. The Squad? Don’t make me laugh. The war on terror? The US are the best friends of terrorists across the planet. $40 billion. And they know (or care) where this, including the weapons, will end up. Obscene.

      1. Should have said DONT know where the weapons are going. My vision is impaired at the moment. Struggling to read stuff.

      2. A good old Javelin could run right up the tailpipe of Biden’s limo.
        Weapons don’t have any allegiance, and portable weapons like vagabonds, can turn up anywhere.
        Because of the austerity the NATO cloaked USA imposed on Ukraine (Median income under 5K and falling long before war/ just add polarized wealth and extraction) desperate corruption has been intensified, especially in the military. And now with combat there is no inventory control or reliable custody. There is an enormous black market in weapons in any area of conflict, even around domestic USA military bases. So there’s a Soleimani omelet with payback dessert on almost every menu. Recall Dr.Khan and proliferation to N. Korea for giga-bucks.

  4. Accountability is required. Period. Full stop. Isn’t it time the USA didn’t get away with murder?

    1. One would expect automatic accountability for any such massive transfer of funds and weapons to another country by Congress. We all know that the military has been caught repeatedly “losing” $TRILLIONS, as their audits show. We also know there is no accountability in DC or their jails would be full of Government officials.
      Joe Biden has served as the Viceroy of the US Puppet State of Ukraine since 2009; he is quite at home in the most corrupt country in Europe. Ukrainegate.info During Trump’s impeachment, Vindman made the case that the President was interfering with “consensus policies” in Ukraine (possibly Biden was still heavily involved?) The whole point of Corrupt Ukraine is that there is minimal effort to trace money pumped in, which always goes “Poof!” As Biden has stated repeatedly, to derision from Ukrainians who know him and his “Americans” well, “Corruption is a cancer”.
      The Biden administration, Think Tanks and Democratic Party have an abundance of people with personal family axes to grind against the Soviet Union (now simplified to Russia, although Ukraine has an even worse history during and after WWII). Nuland and Nina Jankowicz have Ukrainian grandparents, Max Boot and Alperovitch are Russian-born, Vindman is a Ukrainian American, Marie Louise “Masha” Yovanovitch is a Canadian American whose family fled the Soviet Union. In short, we have people with divided loyalty (mostly against Russia) making our foreign policies in Eastern Europe, where the US clearly has no interest (beyond theft and money laundering). The situation is similar to dual Israeli American citizens making foreign policy in the MidEast to protect Israel. But in Ukraine it is nakedly obvious, and puts all Americans at risk.

      1. Michael 1888, you are exactly right on. Biden was part of the cabal that overthrew the democratically elected Ukrainian government in 2014, and he knows exactly where the money is going – to the Azov Battalion, those Nazi gangsters that were the worst offenders in WW2, and continue to recruit fascists and neo-Nazis from around the world.

    2. @Selina
      I was deeply disappointed in the hysterical gross overreaction of Europe to the Russian invasion. I expected as much from the brainwashed idiots in the U.S. who’ve been subjected to 6 years of Russiagate lies & propaganda, but I thought that western Europe was supposed to be better than here. Guess I no longer have that part of the world to fall back on.

    3. Ah now, they some “smart weapons.”
      They’ll find their way.

  5. When the NY Times questioned ““the speed with which it moved through Congress, where the leaders of both parties raised few questions.”…that’s called “reputational cascading conformity’ and the members of congress were more concerned with their ‘status within their group’ than who they represent..

    1. @Peguisboy
      I can’t think of anyone in Congress who isn’t more concerned with their career than with doing the right thing. And members of Congress don’t represent their constituents, they represent their donors, aka the ruling class. Always keep the latter in mind, it’s Political Science 101 and fundamental to understanding what’s really going on.

  6. After this outrageous vote for war on the part of Democrats, I may find myself voting Republican in some races.

    1. I am not voting for either of the two parties. I did vote for this terrible president and he has done nothing. People will have a hard time convincing me that I need to vote blue or the world will end, people will die, kids will suffer, hunger will grow. If they want my vote, they will have to show me what they have done to improve our lives, the lives of those who have nothing left. i decided that my integrity has some value, at least more value than any of those in congress – even Bernie

    2. @Dianne Foster
      Please don’t vote Republican either. Both of these parties are absolutely disgusting, and both need to be made into minority parties as they should be by reforming our electoral system into something that provides legitimate results. We need to start with replacing the winner-take-all system with proportional representation, and prohibiting all private campaign contributions. Voting for either of the two current gangs in power will ensure that proper and adequate electoral reform never happens.

      1. Yes, Rand Paul’s foreign policies are OK, but domestic are horrific. Not much choice there, but I don’t vote in Kentucky anyway. Have donated to Charles Booker in the past, and asked him how he feels about military funding, but no answer. I did email Paul to compliment him on the courage to vote against Ukrainian war spending.

  7. Those Republicans didn’t vote against the package, they voted against BIDENS’s package. They are not demanding accountability because they are concerned about accountability, they are demanding accountability because it is a democratic president.
    The more dissent against the government – any government, considering that this country has been a mess for decades – is a good sign. But don’t get fooled by this sudden show of concern towards bad policy. It is all part of a calculating move. They knew the bill would pass, they counted the votes, they saw that they could enact this farce.
    Real dissent will come from the people but we prefer to just go on social media and complain, waiting for politicians to stop being politicians and act in the best interest of human beings. We became a nation of lazy people, a majority of us do support or don’t care about the United States imperialism. As long as we don’t have to feel bad about the loss of American soldiers – because we like to believe that only American lives have value, we are neutral about the destructions of lives far away. All we have are words and fake outrage, but only for the time we are posting rants on social media. Then we can go back to our lives, as hard as it may be, and ignore that people all over the word are losing all they have, including their lives, so a few corporations can reward their investors. We are absurd, ridiculous, horrible people. Those “accountability” republicans are no different, they are just more opportunistic.

    1. Agreed. Plus the spending of American taxpayer money to fund US death equipment merchants is always a cause that both parties fall over themselves to support. The Rethugnicans are just posturing cause it’s sleepy Joe. If it was Orange 45 they would be asking for more.
      Out of that 40B the majority is going to American weapon manufacturers. The 782 Billion we normally spend now per year to keep the American Imperial forces around the world just wasn’t enough. Those who elect our officials with their political bribes must get their returns and hey, inflation!

  8. Putin’s proxy war against the west, NATO, the US and democracy is the last nail in the coffin of left-ish, Neo Progressive relevancy in western political understanding. The anti-liberal insanity that permeates its narrative for several years now had rendered it completely incapable of even seeing reality behind the veil of alternative facts it invented to justify its preconceived convictions and unattainable goals.

    It is not surprising, than, that Chief Propagandist Greenwald is ignoring the entire reality of conservative long and well-documented anti-liberal governmental disruption tactics simply because it echos, in the most narrow sense possible, his own ill-conceived preconceptions on the matter. The intention of the Republicans he praises is disruption, not oversight, and Greenwald’s pretense it is related to anything he speaks for or wishes is either wilful idiocy or, more likely, a shameless demagogic, attention-grabbing quip.

    Putin’s imperialist invasion of Ukraine is the farthest possible from a US war, as Greenwald and his cohort of left-ish, Neo Progressive demagogues and propaganda buffs persistently pretend, and their inability to see outside their irrational hatred is regretfully becoming a permanent feature, rendering the little they still have to say inaudible to anyone but their most avid, cult-like flock, and THAT is sad and tragic.

  9. All US House members are millionaires, multi millionaires or billionaires . The US senate is a cesspool of filthy rich elite billionaires.

    None of them give a crap about “we the people”. So stop crawling into voting booths to self humiliate and to legitimate this outrage.

    Case closed.

    Unfortunately Greenwald is one of those multi millionaires still emerged in this meaningless political puppet show with funny money. Interesting even fun but only if you have money to put food on the table.

    CW Mills did not think it was funny either.

    “The individual loses his substance by voluntarily bowing to an overpowering and distant oligarchy, while simultaneously“participating” in sham democracy.”

    C. Wright Mills,”The Power Elite” (1956)

  10. Disdain can be spread around, but still, look to BlackRock and Blackstone, and, Private Equity. May 26, sign up?

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    America’s New Landlord: Private Equity
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    During the 2008 financial crisis, when banks foreclosed on the homes of millions of Americans, private equity money bought up properties at bargain prices. Today, private equity is one of the biggest landlords in urban America — targeting multifamily apartment buildings and often using aggressive tactics, such as increasing rent or neglecting upkeep, to squeeze out profits before selling the buildings at a higher price.

    Another hidden force impacting renters is tenant screening algorithms, which landlords increasingly rely on to help them select renters and determine rent prices. But how these algorithms work is unclear and, for those whose tenant applications are denied, getting answers is nearly impossible.

    In partnership with The Markup, we will examine how private equity and shadow algorithms are contributing to the nationwide affordable housing crisis, explore potential pathways to change from a policy perspective and address tenants’ rights.

    https://www.propublica.org/events/americas-new-landlord-private-equity

  11. As usual, an excellent piece (of course, I expect nothing but excellence from Greenwald) which just goes to demonstrate how far the Democratic party has sunk into the cesspool of corporate control of the party. As for myself, I’ve given up completely (after an entire life within the Democratic Party, my parents were New Deal Democrats, and I joined the party at 18yrs in 1973) on the Democratic Party and especially the “so-called” Progressive Caucus as well as Bernie Sanders who was (nearly) our only hope, too bad. I’ve joined The People’s Party and I encourage anyone reading this to look them up online as we need strong, truly oppositional Third Parties or We the Poeple, are toast!

    1. I agree, especially since the so-called progressive Dems voted for the military-industrial complex war on Ukraine.

  12. It’s a glaring feature of the Democratic party’s groveling fealty to the corporate oligarchy that the Republicans are the “peace”party, opposed to foreign entanglements and “forever wars.”

    This is not based on any conviction or analysis, it’s just an outcome of their need to “own the libs” and their perception that Putin supports their white nationalist agenda. He’s on tape characterizing Jan. 6 as a valid political protest.

    The Democrats have used opposition to Trump to underpin their warmongering, imperialist vision and arrogant American exceptionalism — from Clinton through hopey-changey Obama to Biden.

    The Squad and “democratic socialist” Bernie are

    a: not socialists
    b: sold-out concubines

    Here’s AOC’s latest bold act

    Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez says she’s thinking of getting rid of her Tesla after her Twitter feud with Elon Musk
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/alexandria-ocasio-cortez-says-shes-131945450.html

    Workers of the World, return your Teslas!

    The oligarchical owners have begun to roll back the measly FDR adjustments, as Newt promised originally when he won the speakership. All the reforms won since the 1950s, including Brown vs. Board education — are potentially headed for the scrap heap.

    The establishment is starting to destroy the basis for its own existence. Reckless, profoundly impulsive and stupid, it’s sowing the dragon’s teeth, as mentioned in the article:

    According to a 2017 Small Arms Survey briefing on arms trafficking, over 300,000 small arms disappeared from Ukraine between 2013 and 2015 and only 13 percent were recovered. Criminal networks, corrupt officials, and underpaid military personnel can make a profitable business from the sale of arms from Ukrainian military stockpiles. For example, in 2019, the Ukrainian Security Service uncovered a plot by Ukrainian soldiers to sell 40 RGD-5 grenades, 15 grenade launchers, 30 grenade detonators, and 2,454 rounds of ammunition for 75,000 Ukrainian hryvnia or around $2,900.”

    Some of that stuff could be on its way here, if there are any really alert and serious revolutionary groups waiting for their time.

    Some of it for sure is on its way to ISIS, Al Qaeda and other children of American “nation building” and “counterinsurgency.”

    Possibly Hamas can use it adjacent to Ben Gurion airport . . .

    1. @BabaYaga
      There are some Republicans who actually believe in not making war around the world. I saw a video of Ron Paul asking fellow Republicans at a presidential primary debate how they would like it if other countries did to us what our military does to them. Of course he was roundly booed and was a complete outlier in the party on this issue, but I haven no doubt that he was sincere and meant what he said. Same for his son, though I don’t trust him as much.

      1. Their motivation is libertarian anti-governance, which is not feasible. He’s also against healthcare, civil rights laws etc. The “legacy”GOP would have tossed him out by now.

      2. @BabaYaga
        1. You’ve made a false assumption. Ron Paul’s motivation was what I told you he said it was, which was “do unto others …”

        2. I’ll take a libertarian peace candidate any day over a war monger big government candidate.

        3. I wasn’t talking about where Ron Paul stood on other issues, I was talking about the issue of war & peace. I never said that I’d vote for him or that I generally support him, because I wouldn’t and I don’t.

  13. 22! Wow! That’s almost two dozen, as GG notes. That even sounds like more. That’s going to serve notice to the other 400+. The people have spoken through their representatives. And Republicans no less. I’m going to vote for their corrupt party come election time.

    What a load of balderdash. The 1976 Arms Export Control Act has been unburied and dusted off (once cronies had negotiated their pork barrel deals with corporate lobbyists) to pose the tough questions of cost-benefit accountability for the killing bizzness of War, Inc, and whether Amerikkka’s getting responsible bang for the buck. With dissent like this, who needs debate over what’s really going down with Ukraine?

    Is this latest routine in a nauseatingly long history of the same old song and dance of ruling class representatives the best Greenwald can find as some semblance of opposition? Or is his own controlled criticism just part of the act? All this management of empire shows is how we the people still need to revolt against the government.

    P.S. Go Bernie, 2024! See if you can pull off a third sheepdog roundup of the electorate.

  14. As people like Jimmy Dore and Chris Hedges pointed out, things are totally screwed up when right wing Republicans are the only ones offering any resistance to this U.S. war. Nothing else to say about this, just think about it.

  15. Forget about black markets and terrorists, how much of the $40 billion will just disappear into the pockets of military contractors and the weapons either be confiscated or destroyed by the Russians?

    How much of the military aid has already been flushed down the toilet due to Russian bombing of the ports and warehouses where the weapons are stored and distributed? Is there some magic stealth way to hide an immediate multi-billion dollar shipment of arms to Ukraine?

    Is there any limit to how fucking stupid these Blinken-Austin-Nuland-Raytheon idiots may be? Could the idiots conceivably be planning to ship the weapons to some Special Forces commandos stationed at the re-opened US Embassy in Kiiv?

    Rather than defeating the Russians, the military aid might end up strengthening them. When the dust settles, the Russians might end up with more US arms than the Ukrainians. The Russian military must be licking their lips, just waiting for the aid to arrive.

    https://www.reuters.com/business/aerospace-defense/planes-guns-night-vision-goggles-talibans-new-us-made-war-chest-2021-08-19/

    The massive multi-billion dollar arms shipments won’t be hidden from the Russian military. Only the dupes in the US, who get stuck paying for the Raytheon corporate welfare, will be kept in the dark.

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