Our friends at the Heritage Foundation have come out with a hard-hitting video demanding that Joe Biden and his endless war allies in Congress stop holding aid to Hawaii and California hostage and articulate a plan for U.S. support for Ukraine.
The video points out that every American household has already donated $900 in aid to the Ukrainian war effort and says it is “just plain wrong” that aid to American disaster victims is being held hostage to the Ukraine aid package.
One would think that common sense, maybe elementary is a better word, strictures like “have a plan” and “give aid to Americans first” would not be controversial. Unfortunately, that assumption underestimates the influence and vitriol the DC War Party is capable of mustering against anyone who questions the current American non-strategy in the Russia – Ukraine war.
The problem with all this summoning of the ghosts of Reagan and Thatcher is that, in contrast to Joe Biden, Ronald Reagan actually had a plan to defeat the Soviet Union, and it wasn’t just “we win, they lose.”
Ronald Reagan and his team correctly analyzed the weaknesses of the Soviet Union and attacked those weaknesses, for example the Soviet’s reliance on energy revenues to prop up their economy prompted Reagan to dispatch CIA Director William Casey to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf Sates to negotiate an increase in their oil production to drive down the price of oil and wreck the Soviet economy.
Nothing has changed in that Russia still relies on its energy sector to prop up its economy, but Biden didn’t attack it, he actually OK’d the Nordstream pipeline that would keep the energy dollars flowing from Europe to Russia.
And, he managed to alienate the Saudis so badly they unflinchingly turned him down when he pleaded for more oil production.
President Reagan also engaged in a well-planned military build-up to challenge the Soviets on another economic front. He correctly saw that the Soviet Union was incapable of keeping pace with the American economy’s ability to support a 600-ship Navy, advanced aircraft production and the “Star Wars” missile defense system.
Reagan was right, the Soviet economy all but collapsed under the pressure of keeping up with American military production, the demands for support from failing Communist states and satellites, and its adventurism in Afghanistan and other parts of the world.
In contrast to Reagan’s targeted military build-up, Biden has cancelled new programs, such as the sea-launched cruise missile greenlighted by President Trump. And, rather than expanding the Navy to 600 ships, Biden’s budget would cut nine Freedom-class Littoral Combat Ships, five Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, two Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarines, two Dock Landing Ships, two oilers, and two Expeditionary Transfer Docks.
We could go on, but you get the picture – in contrast to Reagan’s well thought out plan to defeat the Soviet Union without firing a shot, it appears Joe Biden, and his allies in the Endless War Party are simply pumping money into Ukraine on an ad hoc, “maybe this will keep them in the fight” basis.
Right now, a majority of Republican and independent voters say they oppose additional U.S. aid for Ukraine, according to polling data released Saturday and first reported by The Daily Signal.
By a margin of 54% to 29%, Republicans say they don’t want Congress to provide funding and supply weapons to Ukraine. Among independents, opposition jumps to 56% and support is a mere 17%.
Scott Rasmussen conducted the national survey of 1,000 voters Aug. 2 and 3.
Overall, a plurality of American voters—43% to 38%—oppose more U.S. aid to Ukraine.
Voters are divided by party, with 59% percent of Democrats supporting congressional approval of more aid and 24% opposed, Rasmussen said.
The poll also surveyed voters on Biden’s handling of the Russia-Ukraine war. Americans expressed dissatisfaction with the commander-in-chief with just 31% of voters rating his performance good or excellent. An overwhelming 61% gave Biden either fair or poor marks.
After returning from their August recess, some members of Congress want to provide more funding for Ukraine in a bill providing hurricane relief to Americans.
“Estimates of what the administration will request vary wildly from $10 billion to $70 billion, which demonstrates that no one knows what to request because they don’t know what they will do with it,” Heritage Foundation national security expert Victoria Coates told The Daily Signal in an email.
“Until we get clarity on a strategy I would be very cautious about voting in support,” said Coates, vice president of Heritage’s Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy.
We agree. The Capitol Switchboard is (202-224-3121), we urge CHQ readers and friends to call their Senators and Representative, to demand that there be no more aid to Ukraine until disaster aid for Americans is passed and there’s a plan and oversight of the billions already sent.
George Rasley is editor of Richard Viguerie's ConservativeHQ.com and is a veteran of over 300 political campaigns. A member of American MENSA, he served on the staff of Vice President Dan Quayle, as Director of Policy and Communication for former Congressman Adam Putnam (FL-12) then Vice Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee's Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, and as spokesman for retired Rep. Mac Thornberry, a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and former Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.