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U.S. Will Have Spent $100B on Ukraine This Year

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Eric Zuesse

On November 15th, U.S. President Joe Biden requested Congress to allocate another $37.7 billion to Ukraine, and the Democratic Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, the neoconservative Gregory Meeks of New York, said it was “urgent to make sure that we get them everything that we can … so that they have the weapons to continue the momentum moving through the winter,” against the Russians. According to the AP’s report, “U.S. aid to Ukraine has already included tens of thousands of missiles and rockets for air defense and anti-armor systems, and more than 84 million rounds of ammunition, as well as drones, tanks, trucks, radars, body armor and other gear.”

Calculations published on October 11th by the the Kiel Institute for World Economy’s “Ukraine Support Tracker” totaled up $52B from the U.S. to Ukraine this year, as-of that time, and by now around $60B has been allocated, so that if the current request for $37.7B is granted — which seems almost certain (since the U.S. Congress is now virtually 100% neoconservative and never turns down an opportunity to spend more money for weapons and warfare) — America will have spent this year on helping Ukraine defeat Russia in the battlefields of Ukraine, something in the neighborhood of $100 billion.

Russia is likewise planning to intensify its military operation in Ukraine. A Russian news-report that is censored-out in The West but available in Russia, is dated November 15th and headlines “EW specialists continue to carry out tasks within special military operation” and says that Russia’s electronic warfare devices in Ukraine have “already neutralized around 50 AFU [Armed Forces of Ukraine] drones.” That seems inconsequential in comparison with the immense flood of U.S. weaponry that is pouring into Ukraine. Also on November 15th, CEPA, the neoconservative Center for European Policy Analysis in Washington DC, bannered “Doomed to Failure — Russia’s Efforts to Restore its Military Muscle”, and reported that “Much is revealed by examining Russia’s defense budget. The planned 2022 national defense (ND) budget was 3.51 trillion rubles ($57.4bn), which rose to 3.85 trillion rubles after the all-out invasion began.” So: Russia’s total military spending now, which includes both personnel (troops) and weapons, might be less than what America is spending on weapons for Ukraine plus only training of Ukraine’s troops. Nonetheless, CEPA says that in Russia, “Officials and defense sector managers declare that the defense industry is ready to make up all losses as the government increases its arms procurement budget.” The report says that achieving that will be virtually impossible, not only because Russia can’t afford unlimited military expenditures such as are routine in America, but because, due to America’s anti-Russia sanctions, “[Russian] officials are now traveling intensively from one defense factory to another trying to manage multiple problems arising on production lines. … As a result, the losses of Russia’s military during its invasion of Ukraine are irreversible.”

Whereas Russia normally would be spending around $60B per year on its military, America has been spending over $1.2 trillion per year (some of it in non-military federal departments, such as the Treasury Department, so as to hide from the public the roughly $400 billion per year of America’s military spending that ISN’T being paid from the “Defense Department”). So: in a normal year, the U.S. spends about 20 times what Russia spends on its defense.

Perhaps the Biden Administration’s main strategy to defeat Russia in the battlefields of Ukraine, and so to overthrow Vladimir Putin (which is Washington’s step-one to conquering Russia and making it another part of the U.S. empire), is precisely that 20-to-1 military spending advantage.

Russia’s great advantage is the enormous amount of sheer corruption that is in America’s $1.2T+ annual military spending. That, for example, is the reason why “U.S. GAO Finds Failure Is the Norm in U.S. Military Aircrafts”. No nation can compete with America in the category of the corruptness of its military spending. But since Russia spends only about 5% per year as much as America does on the military, the U.S. regime’s plan to conquer Russia might not be unrealistic, after all. Whatever will be coming in this war will contain some big surprises, and a WW III that obliterates all life as we know it might be one of them.

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Investigative historian Eric Zuesse’s new book, AMERICA’S EMPIRE OF EVIL: Hitler’s Posthumous Victory, and Why the Social Sciences Need to Change, is about how America took over the world after World War II in order to enslave it to U.S.-and-allied billionaires. Their cartels extract the world’s wealth by control of not only their ‘news’ media but the social ‘sciences’ — duping the public.

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The statements, views and opinions expressed in this column are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of this site. This site does not give financial, investment or medical advice.

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penrose
penrose
November 16, 2022

$100B for the privilege of shelling civilians trying to live their lives. Mind boggling.

Jamie Teem
Jamie Teem
Reply to  penrose
November 16, 2022

Totally Mind boggling!!

Jamie Teem
Jamie Teem
November 16, 2022
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I like your articles but I can hardly stand to read them as I need to suck my head out of the sand every time. I find it so horrific what you write that I loose all faith in humanity and that is painful… BUT I’ve realised how much energy it takes to reveal all this Evilness and that I’m great full for. I think the devil does not like to be exposed actually. That’s my own inner experience when I’ve had bad/evil thoughts and I see them for what they are. The one thing I’m realising also, is how… Read more »

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Jamie Teem
Jamie Teem
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
November 16, 2022

wow.. you are right.. I used google to search for ‘the Duran’ and it does not list this site on its first page – I didn’t look beyond the first page – but it lists the pop group Duran Duran.. The Duran does get listed after Duran Duran but the YouTube web page.. I also use Start Page (google driven) and it does the same so not even Start Page is that good and censor ‘stuff’. I’m willing to let me friends know but they fall into three categories: 1. they followed The Duran before I did; 2. they will… Read more »

Jamie Teem
Jamie Teem
November 16, 2022

I also wanted to say: where are all the Greenies and Save the Plant people when it comes to all this transportation of weapons polluting our skies and digging up the earth to create these weapons!!
The Stop Oil people are not bombarding weapon production manufacturers with paint I notice !!!!

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Jamie Teem
November 16, 2022

That’s a good question. Apparently they think that the best way to “Save the Planet” is to blow things up and destroy lives and property instead of promoting healthy societies which start where we are and ask how we can best move forward while protecting the environment. We cannot do that by hysterical and fanatical behavior which only exacerbates problems instead of solving them.

Joe
Joe
November 16, 2022

the U.S. regime’s plan to conquer Russia might not be unrealistic, after all. 

Hahahaha. Dude you should stop writing BS. The sad thing is that you know it is BS. I must say that you are easily one of the poorest contributors to this site.

Jarno P
Jarno P
Reply to  Joe
November 16, 2022

I just clicked the up button but number stays 0. Then I refreshed the page and clicked it again and system said “you can’t you already voted” but number 0 stays. Is Duran using demonrats voting system ? LOL

penrose
penrose
Reply to  Jarno P
November 16, 2022

Jarno P, the commenting software either has a bug or a feature.

Joe
Joe
Reply to  Eric Zuesse
November 16, 2022

Your links are crap. Look at who posits the BS in the articles you link to. These are the guys who said that Russia had run out of missiles in March yet yesterday Russia launched another 85. Dude the Americans industrial base is non existent and furthermore the money in the American military budget is mostly used to fund their overseas bases not weapon manufacture. Sorry but you are an idiot pretending to know what you are speaking about.

Jim
Jim
Reply to  Joe
November 17, 2022

A distractionalist, sponsored by Hasbara ~ Lmao

Tom
Tom
November 16, 2022

$100 billion taxpayer money went to the Biden Ukraine laundry route and returned back to Washington filling up the democrat coffers.

Ozy
Ozy
Reply to  Tom
November 17, 2022

The FTX scandal Dwarfs Watergate,by Long way..

Ozy
Ozy
November 17, 2022

I Agree with the article,US corruption favours Russia..Putin has mentioned money printing, which relies on the petro dollar as the reserve currency, and it’s days are numbered, but a bit early I guess for the demise of the empire, but it will come..I can’t remember who said empires are as dangerous when they are collapsing as when they on the rise,but I concur with that sentiment..

Vera Gottlieb
Vera Gottlieb
November 18, 2022

When your money printing presses are in the White House’s basement…offering all kinds of financial assistance anywhere is no problem. The problem is, these dollar bills are as good as useless. Perhaps as toilet paper…

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