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Biden Is Worried Putin Could Start a Nuclear War over Ukraine

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Trinity Nuclear Test: Creative Commons.

The U.S. Congress is set to vote on another package of aid to Ukraine. The aid, which is bundled into a stopgap funding bill that needs to pass in order to avert a government shutdown, would send $12.3 billion in military, economic, and humanitarian aid to Ukraine. 

“The package includes $7.5 billion in military assistance and another $4.5 billion in economic and humanitarian support,” Defense News reported, adding that it is “on par with the amounts the White House asked for earlier this month as part of its latest Ukraine supplemental request.” 

America Is Officially Afraid of a Nuclear War over Ukraine 

The most notable earmark from the new aid package: $35 million to the National Nuclear Security Administration “to prepare for and respond to potential nuclear and radiological incidents in Ukraine.” The nuclear strike preparedness funds seem timely given that last week, Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Russia would use nuclear weapons in retaliation to any attack against Russia. 

If Congress passes the bill – as is expected – it will become the third Ukraine aid package this year. The first was approved in March and totaled $13.6 billion. The second, approved in May, was for $40 billion. This package would bring the total aid sent to Ukraine this year above $65 billion. 

The American People Support Ukraine Funding

Despite the staggering expense, the U.S. public mostly supports funding Ukraine’s resistance to the Russian invasion. “President Joe Biden’s latest request for nearly $12 billion is unlikely to be controversial,” POLITICO reported. The left especially, formerly of staunch anti-war sentiments, seems willing to fund Ukraine’s resistance in perpetuity. The right, formerly uniformly bellicose, has a growing germ of anti-war constituents and representatives. Liberals, sensing the growing anti-war sentiment on the right, are concerned that future aid for Ukraine could be at risk if the Republicans take back either chamber of Congress in the upcoming midterms elections. 

“Though many GOP defense hawks argue the bulk of the party will still support efforts to repel Vladimir Putin’s invasion, a divide between the party’s establishment wing and conservatives aligned with former President Donald Trump suggests the window for massive emergency bills – like a $40 billion package passed in May – is closing,” POLITICO reported. 

“There is some push, but I think the majority [will] support Ukraine because it’s in our national security interest,” Representative Don Bacon (R-Neb.) said. “Now, I don’t know that we’ll do a $40 billion clip like we did before.” 

Conservatives, increasingly, believe that the money being spent on Ukraine would be better spent elsewhere. “America can’t afford to provide a blank checkbook to Ukraine when we have inflation, gas prices, supply chain crisis, all of the above, going on at home,” said a GOP lawmaker speaking anonymously to POLITICO. “That’s what I’m hearing from my voters.” 

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Russian Artillery Firing. Image Credit: Creative Commons.

The $12.3 billion aid package will help Ukraine prolong the war. America’s end game for the war in Ukraine, which America is now deeply invested in, remains unclear. 

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. He lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken. Follow him on Twitter @harrison_kass.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.

4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Bender

    September 27, 2022 at 5:22 pm

    You are using the wrong terminology Mr Kass:

    You wrote “The $12.3 billion aid package will help Ukraine prolong the war” as if Ukraine was interested to prolong the war.
    Ukraine is interested in save its people and its land from the maniac in the Kremlin.

    A better way would have been:
    “The $12.3 billion aid package will help Ukraine defend itself”.

  2. Scottfs

    September 27, 2022 at 7:41 pm

    You keep saying “Biden” when you mean “Obama”.

    Everyone now knows Joe Biden is simply a confused old man who keeps telling the world ‘they’ will get angry with him if he doesn’t obey.

    Now reports are coming from the Washington Post that reporters are being physically pushed from the room after Biden stops talking for fear he might say something stupid. And remember the Easter Bunny had to push Joe away from the crowds?

  3. Tamerlane

    September 27, 2022 at 9:00 pm

    For one, Don Bacon is a hardline neoconservative, equal in bellicosity to invade the world as Liz and Dick Cheney.

    Secondly, the “aid” to Ukraine is not designed to ensure Ukraine achieves victory, nor should it be, as Russia will use nuclear weapons to forestall the destruction of Russia as a power capable of protecting its own borders and preventing the encroachment to them of openly hostile alliances hell bent on imposing regime change—like NATO. Of course they would use them, as would we if the circumstances were reversed. What we are attempting to do is bleed Russia as rapidly as possible before Russia responds by wholly engaging. The Russians have indicated fairly convincingly that they view Ukraine in an anti-Russian expansionist alliance like NATO to be an existential threat to their national security—so it is rational for them to do whatever is necessary to prevail and prevent this union. As Thucydides said through the words of the Athenian democratic assembly to the small neighboring country of Melos (when they sought to remain neutral in the Peloponnesian War): “the strong do as they will, and the weak suffer as they must”.

    In the United States, there is actually great and growing opposition to sending roughly (counting the new 12B) upwards of $75,000,000,000.00 to Ukraine here, particularly as our soldiers are told to “go on food stamps” to survive inflation on the 3.5% pay “raise” allocated—something which actually has resulted in a pay cut of 5% to our junior enlisted and all pay grades. I expect opposition to this new regime change in Russia crusade to have substantial opposition in the next congress.

  4. Dr. Scooter Van Neuter

    September 28, 2022 at 6:22 pm

    Giving Biden credit for doing literally anything requiring more intelligence than eating a hot dog is ridiculously gracious. However is pulling the levers, it ain’t Joe.

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