In a startling revelation, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR) John Sopko disclosed that the United States is currently spending more money per year on support for Ukraine than it did over the course of 12 years of the Afghan campaign.
Speaking during a virtual discussion hosted by the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, Sopko emphasized that by the end of 2023, the total amount of aid provided to Kiev will surpass the entire funding of the Marshall Plan after World War Two.
According to Sopko, the Biden administration allocates approximately $2.5 billion per month on security assistance for Ukraine, a substantial increase compared to the $375 million per month spent in Afghanistan. Since February 2022, the US has committed over $75 billion in various forms of assistance to Ukraine, with nearly $50 billion dedicated to weapons and related military equipment.
The significant financial commitment to Ukraine has raised eyebrows, particularly as it exceeds the resources invested during the prolonged Afghan campaign. The surge in support comes as Ukraine continues to face challenges in countering Russian aggression, making it a crucial strategic partner for the US and its European allies.
During a NewsNation town hall on June 28, 2023, Democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. highlighted the issue of the US budget allocation for Ukraine, which he stated surpasses the budgets of crucial organizations like the CDC and EPA. Kennedy expressed concern about the pressing needs within the US, including hunger and financial emergencies faced by a significant portion of the population.
As the situation unfolds, the international community closely observes the impact of this aid on Ukraine’s capabilities and the broader geopolitical dynamics in the region. The US administration’s prioritization of support for Kiev signals a strong commitment, but it also raises questions about long-term implications and the potential for further regional instability.
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