Ukraine’s Appetite for Aid Leaving US Vulnerable?

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by Church Militant  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 4, 2023   

Pentagon cites dwindling US military readiness

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WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Pentagon is warning Congress that Ukraine's appetite for U.S. military aid is jeopardizing America's own military readiness.

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Department of Defense Comptroller Michael McCord

In a letter obtained by the Associated Press on Monday, the Pentagon urgently requested that Congress increase funding for Ukraine, which the letter alleges has seen delays in its troops being resupplied for its conflict with Russia.

The letter stated that only $1.6 billion remains from the initial $25.9 billion that Congress appropriated for replenishing U.S. military supplies. It is from this pot of money that U.S. aid to Ukraine is siphoned.

In contrast, the letter noted, there is $5.4 billion of the U.S. military appropriation still earmarked for Ukraine. Therefore, Ukraine is set to receive more than double what remains available for the United States' own defense. 

Michael McCord, comptroller for the U.S. Department of Defense, wrote in the letter, "We have already been forced to slow down the replenishment of our own forces to hedge against an uncertain funding future." He added, "Failure to replenish our military services on a timely basis could harm our military's readiness." 

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown over the weekend, but the temporary government funding deal did not provide increased money for Ukraine.

Congress has so far approved approximately $113 billion in U.S. taxpayer funding for Ukraine.

President Joe Biden proclaimed on Sunday, "We cannot under any circumstances allow America's support for Ukraine to be interrupted." He added, "We have time, not much time, and there's an overwhelming sense of urgency."

White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre declared Monday, "If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin thinks he can outlast us, he's wrong. We will have another package of aid for Ukraine soon to signal our continued support for the brave people of Ukraine." 

CNN reported that, according to figures from the U.S. State Department Office of Inspector General and the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget, Congress has so far approved approximately $113 billion in U.S. taxpayer funding for Ukraine.

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