Alternate Uses for U.S. Ukraine Aid
The United States is a massive contributor to the conflict in Ukraine; so much that it is really a proxy war between the U.S and its NATO lackeys against Russia. We previously wrote about the history leading up to the conflict itself and the current situation. Today’s focus is the actual funding given to Ukraine by the U.S government. With crumbling infrastructure, little to no social safety nets, rampant COVID cases, and more, the billions sent to Ukraine could have made massive improvements to the situation of the U.S.’s own workers.
Before looking at what could have been done, we first need to see just how much money has actually been sent to Ukraine. The Kiel Institute for the World Economy reports that, from Jan 24 to Nov 20, 2022, the U.S. has sent a total of $51 billion in aid; split into $24.38 billion for military aid, $10.50 billion humanitarian, and $16.11 billion financial. The Center for Strategic and International Studies reports total aid being $68 billion as of Nov 18, so the exact number may be uncertain. At least $50 billion so far, at the least. However, neither figure provides the full picture—there has been aid proposed since then, and neither considers any funding since 2014 in the lead-up to the special military operation. On Nov 22, 2022 the U.S. provided another $4.5 billion. In addition, another $44 billion is proposed in a recent congressional spending bill, which would bring the total to nearly $100 billion. As for historic funding, it is certainly less, but there have been sizable contributions since at least 2014:
The US government has sent at least $100 billion to prop up the illegal and corrupt government of Ukraine, but what else could that money achieve?