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Biden mobilizes US military industry to arm Ukraine

Samizdat | April 13, 2022

US President Joe Biden is looking to mobilize the military industry and send another $750 million worth of the Pentagon’s own weapons stockpile to Ukraine, according to new reports citing anonymous officials in Washington. This is on top of the $1.7 billion worth of goods sent to Kiev courtesy of American taxpayers since the conflict escalated on February 24.

So far the US “lethal” aid has consisted mainly of Javelin anti-tank missiles and Stinger portable anti-air systems.

Now Biden is preparing to escalate the aid to include heavy artillery and other systems, worth three-quarters of a billion or so, Reuters reported on Tuesday citing two US officials. The official announcement could come within a day or two, the agency added.

Biden wouldn’t need congressional authorization for this, either, as it would be done under a Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), which authorizes transfer from current US military stocks in response to an emergency.

This would put the amount of US military aid to Kiev at over $2.4 billion since Russia sent troops into Ukraine on February 24, when added to the White House’s own figures made public last week.

The US has sent more than 1,400 Stingers and 5,000 Javelins to Ukraine already, Financial Times (FT) reported on Tuesday citing the Pentagon. This amounts to a third of the US stock of Javelins and a quarter of its Stingers, estimated the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think-tank. At current production rates, it will take 3-4 years to restock on Javelins and at least five for the Stingers.

Production levels will be one of the topics at the meeting between the Pentagon officials and top eight US weapons manufacturers, which both Reuters and FT said is scheduled for Wednesday. Raytheon, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, General Dynamics and L3 Harris Technologies are expected in attendance.

Kiev has reached out to US allies far and wide – from its NATO neighbors all the way to South Korea – asking for airplanes, tanks and artillery in particular. On Saturday, German Defense Minister Christine Lambrecht said that Berlin could not afford to send any more weapons without depleting its own stocks too much. By Monday, however, the Rheinmetall conglomerate said it could refurbish some obsolete Leopard 1 tanks and send them east.

Last week, Slovakia announced it would send its only battery of S-300 air defense systems to Ukraine, and get US-made “Patriots” to replace them. On Monday, the Russian Defense Ministry claimed that the battery had been obliterated in a cruise missile strike against a hangar in Dnepropetrovsk, a city Ukrainians call Dnipro, the day before.

April 12, 2022 - Posted by | Militarism | , , , , , ,

12 Comments »

  1. Joe Biden is a complete imbecile in cognitive decline.

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    Comment by papasha408 | April 12, 2022 | Reply

    • ….and he is not the only one in Washington who is an imbecile. WHAT about the Deficit/National debt of US$30,000,000,000,000(Thirty Trillion dollars!!) Who is going to pay for all this military LUNACY? Certainly not the politicians who have completely let go of the steering wheel in Washington.

      And, is there any call from the American tax payers, who will have to pay the bills?(America’s Tax Evaders certainly aren’t worried about the National Debt.

      Have can the USA allow a Mentally impaired President to sit on his hands and allow the “LOOTING” of the USA to continue, without addressing the cause and finding a solution?

      From the outside looking in, the USA looks like the World’s Largest “Loony Bin”………

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | April 12, 2022 | Reply

    • Yeah, the puppeteers — Zios/neocons, MIC, neolibs, Killary…are lovin’ and usin’ Dementia Joe, with Kamala at his left elbow just in case….

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      Comment by roberthstiver | April 13, 2022 | Reply

      • My criticism, as I have said before, is not aimed at the American people, it is aimed directly at America’s “Bought and owned” Rotten Politicians…..They hold the voters, in contempt………

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        Comment by brianharryaustralia | April 13, 2022 | Reply

      • It’s about time that the American people woke up and said something about their foreign policy.
        The U.S. military and Biden are murderers.

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        Comment by Judith Lutfy | April 13, 2022 | Reply

  2. There could have been no clearer signal that the US will not be involved in the war itself, which is actually quite a disgrace.

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    Comment by Balthasar Gerards | April 13, 2022 | Reply

    • American foreign policy and much of its domestic policy are in the hands of neocons and neoliberals who are dual citizens of Israel and the U.S., but, their patriotism is not American, but, Zionist. Their work in the last thirty-odd years points to contempt and even hatred of not only America but, all of Western Christian civilization. They destroy every host country they are allowed to thrive in. They push their disgusting Talmudist hatred and deceive people into believing it is a religion. They still push the hoax of the holocaust when there is no evidence this atrocity ever happened except ‘hearsay.’ They have pushed every war America has been involved in since World War Two which was an unnecessary war. All of these wars are unnecessary and only pushed for the greed of a giant arms industry, the industrial-military complex, and banking moguls without ethics or morals. America has a presidency, a congress, and a senate that is at least 80% compromised. And, now their ridiculous push for war with Russia may very well see the economic destruction of the West.

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      Comment by papasha408 | April 13, 2022 | Reply

  3. Excellent/right-on comment! I’d only make your “…the last thirty-odd years…” “…45-odd years…,” because I believe the (mostly Jewish) neocons date back (improbably) to the era of “liberal” Sen. Scoop Jackson. The worst-of-the-worst-Zioneocons, Richard Perle (termed the Prince of Darkness when he first crossed my radar screen in the early/mid-80s), got his Zioscheming/satanic momentum going in the mid-’70s or early ’80s…and the rest is (tragic to the US and the globe) history.

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    Comment by roberthstiver | April 13, 2022 | Reply

    • I take your point, but, they really didn’t have the power in the 80s they have now. But, Reagan’s government was full of them as were Bush’s and Clintons. They infiltrate and subvert.

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      Comment by papasha408 | April 13, 2022 | Reply

      • “They infiltrate and subvert.” — and, we must concede, are damnably/focusedly/diabolically clever and successful at their trade.

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        Comment by roberthstiver | April 13, 2022 | Reply

  4. The US assisting Ukraine reminds me of an old proverb that says: “He who beats the drum for the madman to dance is no better than the madman himself.”

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    Comment by Jim Yost | April 13, 2022 | Reply

  5. never anything for peace is there? these govt clowns need sent to their wars.

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    Comment by chrisirish67 | April 14, 2022 | Reply


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