By Ron Paul, MD
May 23, 2023
When the smoke finally clears, President Biden's Ukraine debacle will go down – along with Afghanistan and Iraq – as one of the greatest foreign policy disasters in US history. Hundreds of thousands have been killed on both sides in the service of the US neocons' long standing desire to « regime change » Russia.
And let's not forget that $100 billion authorized by Congress to finance the neocons' « Project Ukraine. »
With Russian control established in the strategic city of Bakhmut over the weekend, the neocon Ukraine project – like all neocon foreign policy projects before it – looks to be progressing rapidly toward failure. But that won't stop the Biden Administration from attempting to extort more money from an America already teetering on the brink of economic collapse. And let's not forget the battle over the « debt limit » raging in DC.
The Biden Administration's profligate domestic spending is a battleground for Republican lawmakers, however when it comes to endless spending on Project Ukraine, with a few exceptions the two parties are in lockstep. At least when looking at Republican party leadership.
One thing is sure: we can count on Congress to throw good money after bad. After all, 20 years fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan got us…the Taliban in Afghanistan! With a cost of perhaps three trillion dollars. But the military-industrial complex and the think tanks pushing war and the mainstream media glorifying war all got paid well.
It may seem bleak, but this is where we have something to be optimistic about. As I've always said, you don't need a majority to change the course of the country. A dedicated minority driven by the principles of liberty can produce incredible results.
The mainstream media is in a panic over the fact that of the $48 billion appropriated for Ukraine, only $6 billion remains. That won't be enough to sustain « Project Ukraine » for more than a few weeks. With the tide of US public opinion turning overwhelmingly against throwing more money down the corrupt black hole called « Ukraine, » even unprincipled politicians are going to start listening to the emerging progressive/conservative alliance in Congress that's had enough.
In Congress a principled multipolar minority is going to overtake a corrupt and mindless majority – bolstered by the American people. And that's a good thing.
Election season is upon us, and although we would prefer to have recruited a majority of progressives and conservative/libertarians in Congress to our view that a hundred billion to Ukraine and possible World War III is not a good idea, we must nevertheless be satisfied that political realities are in our favor.
The communists talked about the « correlation of forces, » which took into account factors beyond military power to include politics and « soft power. » With that in mind, it seems likely that as the public mood in the US turns against sending endless billions to a corrupt Ukraine with the threat of World War III in the mix, the political animals in DC will begin abandoning the sinking ship.
With President Biden clearly flailing – and with the surprisingly strong primary challenge of Robert F. Kennedy Jr. – we should look for lawmakers to begin abandoning « Project Ukraine » in droves. That movement, led by principled conservatives and progressives, will sink forever the neocon « Project Ukraine » and thus save us from global nuclear annihilation. Hopefully after this disaster, Americans will turn against neocons one and for all.