Following his recent trip to the capital of Ukraine, Joe Biden announced to thousands of people in Warsaw, Poland, that he plans to continue spending U.S. taxpayer money on the Russia-Ukraine war for as long as it takes.
A CNN broadcast appeared to suggest that some type of political theater is going on, as seen by a strange set of remarks a reporter delivered surrounding Biden’s visit to Kiev.
CNN's Alex Marquardt: "I've been here for the past five days. I have not heard any explosions. I have not heard any air sirens, until about half an hour ago, right when President Biden was in the center of Kyiv." pic.twitter.com/hPKmXSjgpr
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) February 20, 2023
“Our support for Ukraine will not waver, NATO will not be divided, and we will not tire,” Biden declared on Tuesday.
A CBS reporter lauded Biden for his visit, referring it to as “an American-style political rally” as music from the Foo Fighters played in the background.
CBS News' @edokeefe on President Biden's remarks in Poland ahead of the one-year mark of the war in Ukraine:
"The contrast between what he's doing and saying here tonight, versus what he did and said here in this same spot last March, couldn't be more night and day." pic.twitter.com/AY16oGbfYT
— CBS News (@CBSNews) February 21, 2023
As the Federalist noted, this news comes as Americans are racing record-high inflation, a worsening crisis of illegal immigration and other issues at the southern border, and toxic chemical spills resulting from catastrophic infrastructural issues.
A recent poll conducted by the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research revealed that only a minority of Americans support the U.S. providing armaments to Ukraine at 48%, with 29% standing in opposition to such a proposal.
As it stands now, over $100 billion in U.S. weaponry and financial aid has been sent to Ukraine in less than a year. For comparison, the $113 billion funneled to Ukraine by Congress in 2022 is rapidly approaching $146 billion in military expenditures stemming from 20 years of U.S. occupation in Afghanistan.
Some House Republicans have blasted the Bid administration over the spending and have called for more stringent oversight on how the money is being used.
During his speech in Poland, Biden asserted that the American people are “united in our resolve” to back Zelensky in his fight against Putin “for as long as it takes.”
President Zelenskyy and all Ukrainians remind the world every day what courage is.
They remind us that freedom is priceless.
And worth fighting for.
For as long as it takes. pic.twitter.com/GlBT0Sg9ZL
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 20, 2023
“All across my country, in big cities and small towns, Ukrainian flags fly from American homes. Over the past year, Democrats and Republicans in the United States Congress have come together to stand for freedom. That’s who Americans are, that’s what Americans do,” boasted Biden.
Biden insisted that he believes Ukraine should remain a “free, sovereign, and democratic” nation.
He appeared to suggest he is a lover of liberty, telling the crowd, “There’s no sweeter word than freedom. There is no nobler goal than freedom. There’s no higher aspiration than freedom. Americans know that, and you know it.”
Perhaps the most major takeaway from Biden’s address was his promise that the U.S. will accept nothing short of Russia ending its invasion of Ukraine entirely. There were no mentions of any potential for negotiation, which likely means the war will continue for the foreseeable future.