I don’t disagree with this, but you need to get your own house in order first before helping others.
Our house is literally on fire and covered in shit while our citizens are being shit on left and right. And we are being invaded wholesale by illegal immigrants (mostly grown ass males).
This is not about freedom or the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness any more than invading Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. was. That is a bullshit trope to justify expanding our ever-increasing military industrial complex to line the pockets of the corrupt and connected under the guise of “freedom” and beating the big bad boogey man.
We are $32 TRILLION+ in debt and growing, inflation is running rampant, US citizens are struggling.
Forgive me, if I don’t give a flying fuck about Ukraine or put it wayyy down the list beneath Americans’ needs.
Any anger that comes through from you reading this is not aimed at you. It is aimed at our shitty government and corrupt oligarchy.
I think anti-war critics are exaggerating (or overestimating) the effect that the money spent in Ukraine could have had if it was used in the US. $75 billion dollars is only $250 when split 300 million ways. It doesn’t even cover a month’s rent for the average American. And that’s assuming that we could somehow liquidate and get full price for a bunch of military equipment that was designed specifically for this type of war.
Our financial woes are not heavily affected by the weapons we are sending to Ukraine. Even the $75 billion number is an exaggeration when you consider that it was spent buying weapons mostly from American companies and will likely pay dividends in security savings in the future. There just isn’t a strong economic argument that we shouldn’t be spending this money for the sake of the money.
Europe has collectively sent more aid to Ukraine than the US. The US has a significantly larger total economy than Europe combined. We aren’t the only ones sending aid.
I’m not saying that $75 billion isn’t a lot of money. I’m saying that it’s money well spent in the long term. We spend nearly $900 billion a year on defense. $75 billion over a few years has a major positive impact on US security. It will save money in the long run.
Ukrainian TDF elected this person as a spokesman based on some nudge nudge wink wink suggestions from 'Murica and apparently with a lot of misgivings.But hey, DC types know where priorities lay.
It turns out that the person (he?/she?/they? I don’t know any of that pronoun stuff) is really craaaazy (I would say surprise surprise but that would probably be transphobic), said some crazy stuff and more importantly did a reprehensible thing - livestramed a video immediately after a Russian strike with a (unblurred) dead child in the background. Great for her(?) engagement, but not great for the girl’s relatives.
Apparently, now the Ukrainians are cursing under their breath and trying to find a way to remove the person in question without offending the 'Muricans