Zelensky just went on Fox and begged western leaders to send ALL their money to Ukraine— johnny maga (@_johnnymaga) December 12, 2023
“Don’t build roads. Spend all your money on weapons, drones, Society and pensions… we have only one enemy: Putin.” pic.twitter.com/gtuGMsMS1e
? @TuckerCarlson: "[The Ukraine/Russia war] wouldn't be still in progress were it not for the Biden administration abetted by the leadership of the Republican Party. There's a direct line between the propaganda, the lying, and the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people." pic.twitter.com/YdY45BlOER— Tucker Carlson Network (@TCNetwork) December 13, 2023
It has been a dismal two months.
As far as politics goes, I have been in a negative mood. My family life couldn’t be better though. I have spent the last few days in a rush getting everything ready for Christmas.
I’m going to try to look on the brightside here. Unless a last minute Christmas miracle for Zelensky happens in the Senate, Ukraine aid is dead until January. The Israel aid which passed the House is also going nowhere in the Senate. Also, the only forseeable way out of this legislative deadlock in Congress would be for Democrats to cave on a bunch of reforms to the asylum system and deportations. Either way, it is likely going to be a win on foreign policy or a win on immigration.
“THIS MONTH HAS SEEN A TANGIBLE VIBE SHIFT on the war in Ukraine. Between Republicans in the House and Senate blocking a $110 billion package that includes military aid to Ukraine as well as Israel and Taiwan by tying it to border-security measures, dire warnings that U.S. aid may have to stop without new funding by the end of the year, and media reports detailing the purported failure of the Ukrainian counteroffensive this fall, the narrative that the wheels are falling off the U.S.-backed Ukrainian war effort is spreading.
And, predictably, it is being met with downright glee in some quarters. Tech venture capitalist and foreign policy dilettante David Sacks, a loud voice in the anti-Ukraine chorus from day one, is crowing:
It could be worse.
Last year, Congress passed the $1.7 trillion dollar Porkulus which included $45 billion in Ukraine aid. Even if Zelensky gets the $61 billion that Biden requested, there is no reason to believe that Ukraine is going to win the war. Ukraine lost an enormous number of troops in the failed counteroffensive. The war in Ukraine appears to be winding down. It took two years but Russia has pretty much won.
Sadly, this war could have been avoided. It also could have been stopped in the first few months. If sanity had prevailed, hundreds of thousands of young men on both sides would be alive today. Tens of billions of dollars wouldn’t have been squandered on this. The final result – a Russian victory in Donbas which Americans really have no problem living with – would have been the same.