Authored by Brett Wilkins via Common Dreams,
Peace advocates reacted to Thursday’s request by U.S. President Joe Biden for $33 billion in additional aid to Ukraine by warning against what they called a dangerous escalation and by accusing the administration of misplaced priorities.
Biden is asking Congress for additional funding for war-ravaged Ukraine, including more than $20 billion in “security and military assistance,” $8.5 billion in economic aid, and $3 billion in “humanitarian assistance.” “It’s not cheap. But caving to aggression is going to be more costly if we allow it to happen,” said Biden. “We either back the Ukrainian people as they defend their country, or we stand by as the Russians continue their atrocities and aggression in Ukraine every day.”
The president’s appeal for additional funds comes on top of the $4.6 billion in security assistance the U.S. has given Ukraine since January 2021, including $3.7 billion since Russian forces invaded the country in February.
Medea Benjamin, co-founder of the women-led peace group CodePink, called Biden’s request “a down payment on World War III.”
“Biden’s call for an enormous $33 billion for Ukraine is over half the entire budget for the State Department and USAID,” she tweeted , referring to the United States Agency for International Development. “We need diplomacy, not billions more in weapons!”
Benjamin also noted that the Biden administration—which refuses to unfreeze Afghanistan’s central bank reserves—”won’t fill the $2 billion shortfall in the urgent U.N. appeal for the desperately poor people of Afghanistan.” $33 billion to the Ukraine.
Ppl can’t put food on the table. Rents gone up. Housing prices have gone up. Raises have almost gone down when accounting for inflation. We’re having supply shortages across the board. But we have $33 billion to spend on Ukraine but not US citizens. — Joe Biden Hates Black […]
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