In a national address declaring that the United States is “facing an inflection point in history” and that “American leadership is what holds the world together,” President Joe Biden announced that he was “going to send to Congress an urgent budget request to fund America’s national security needs, to support our critical partners, including Israel and Ukraine.”
The brittle 80-year-old commander-in-chief used the Israel-Hamas conflict to sell the reported $100 billion aid package but in reality, Israel is expected to get just a small percentage of the total amount.
Biden said: “The security package I’m sending to Congress and asking Congress to do is an unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security that will sharpen Israel’s qualitative military edge, which we’ve committed to — the qualitative military edge.”
At the same time, he likened Russian President Vladimir Putin to Islamic terrorists: “Hamas and Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common: They both want to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy, completely annihilate it.”
The White House is expected to formally submit the massive funding request to Congress on Friday, so details are not clear at this point but there are various reports of how the package will break down.
The Daily Mail reported that most of the funding, $60 billion, will go to help Ukraine in its war against Russia and that Israel will receive $14 billion.
“Another $10 billion has been earmarked for humanitarian aid and $7 billion for the Indo-Pacific region, including to bolster Taiwan,” the U.K. newspaper reported.
NBC News also reported that $60 billion is going to Ukraine and that the “rest of the request will include roughly $40 billion to provide aid to Israel, Taiwan and the U.S.-Mexico border.”
ABC News reported that sources said that the “bulk” of the assistance will likely go toward Ukraine and that Israel was slotted for $10 billion.
By including funding for Ukraine in a package to help Israel, the DC political establishment is looking to skirt growing opposition from conservative Republicans to continue pouring money into the Eastern European country. The US has already given Ukraine “more than $75 billion in military, humanitarian and financial aid,” NBC News noted.
Interestingly, Biden acknowledged as a selling point that the aid to Ukraine is depleting U.S. stockpiles while promising economic benefits.
“We send Ukraine equipment sitting in our stockpiles,” he said. “And when we use the money allocated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own stockpiles with new equipment — equipment that defends America and is made in America: Patriot missiles for air defense batteries made in Arizona; artillery shells manufactured in 12 states across the country — in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas; and so much more.”
Assuring Americans that the world is “waiting for us,” Biden warned that “time is of the essence.”
“I know we have our divisions at home. We have to get past them. We can’t let petty, partisan, angry politics get in the way of our responsibilities as a great nation,” he concluded. “We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win.”
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