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Ukraine: Biden Signs Modern Day ‘Lend-Lease’ Bill to Speed Up Military Aid, Russia Bombs Odesa

Ukraine: Biden Signs Modern Day ‘Lend-Lease’ Bill to Speed Up Military Aid, Russia Bombs Odesa

Macron said NO to Ukraine joining the EU.

President Joe Biden signed the Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 on Monday. The bill expedites military aid to Ukraine.

If “Lend-Lease Act” sounds familiar to you then you paid attention in your U.S. History classes.

Modern Lend-Lease Act

FDR signed the Lend-Lease Act in March 1941. It allowed America to supply aid to the UK, Soviet Union, China, and the rest of the Allies with food, oil, and other materials like weapons. FDR said the aid would defend America.

The aid totaled $50.1 billion ($690 billion today). It ended America’s neutrality in WWII.

Plus, what happened on December 7, 1941?

Basically, Biden brought us deeper into the Russia-Ukraine war. Oh, who am I kidding? Everyone has been involved in this war since February 24:

Recent days have underscored just how engaged the United States has become in the conflict in Ukraine. In addition to the new lending program, which will waive time-consuming requirements to speed arms to Ukraine, Mr. Biden has proposed $33 billion more in military and humanitarian aid, a package that congressional Democrats plan to increase by another $7 billion. He sent the first lady for a secret visit to the war zone. And he provided intelligence helping Ukraine to kill a dozen generals and sink Russia’s flagship.

But even after two and a half months, Mr. Biden is still anxious about looking like the United States is fighting the proxy war that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia says it is. While Mr. Biden publicly sends aid and signed the lend-lease bill on camera, off camera he was livid over leaks about the American intelligence assistance to Ukraine that led to the deaths of Russian generals and the sinking of the cruiser Moskva out of concern that it would provoke Mr. Putin into the escalation Mr. Biden has strenuously sought to avoid.

After reports in The New York Times and NBC News about the intelligence, Mr. Biden called Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III; Avril D. Haines, the director of national intelligence; and William J. Burns, the C.I.A. director, to chastise them, according to a senior administration official. That seemed to be where Mr. Biden was drawing a line — providing Ukraine with guns to shoot Russian soldiers was OK, providing Ukraine with specific information to help them shoot Russians was best left secret and undisclosed to the public.

Sorry, Biden. We’ve been in a proxy war with Russia since you started supplying military items and money to Ukraine. The West has also been involved with all the sanctions, strongly-worded letters, and money going to Ukraine.

Ukraine Losing $170 Million a Day Without Port Access

Ukraine is losing millions every day as Putin bombards the port cities:

Ukraine loses $170 million every day it is cut off from access to the sea and the national export capacity had been more than halved, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said on Monday.

“Ninety million tonnes of agricultural produce, which Ukraine planned to export to countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe, have been blocked,” Mr Shmyhal said in the southern port city of Odessa, speaking alongside European Council President Charles Michel.

Mr Shmyhal said some produce had been exported on road or rail, but some other reserves remained in areas under shelling, or had been captured by Russia.

Zelenskyy also spoke about the situation:

“For the first time in decades and decades, in Odesa there is no regular movement of the merchant fleet, there is no routine port work. This has probably never happened in Odesa since World War Two,” Zelenskiy said in a video address.

“And this is a blow not only to Ukraine. Without our agricultural exports, dozens of countries in different parts of the world are already on the brink of food shortages. And over time, the situation can become, frankly, frightening.”

Ukraine was the world’s fourth-largest exporter of maize (corn) in the 2020/21 season and the No.6 wheat exporter, according to International Grains Council data. But nearly 25 million tonnes of grains are now stuck in Ukraine, a U.N. food agency official said on Friday. read more

“Immediate measures must be taken to unblock Ukrainian ports for wheat exports,” Zelenskiy said earlier on his Telegram messaging channel.

He did not specify what measures he was seeking. NATO countries including the United States have ruled out armed intervention for fear of triggering a wider war.

Macron Says No to Ukraine Joining the EU

I wonder what Putin told him during all of those phone calls:

France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said it would take “decades” for a candidate like Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested building a broader political club beyond the bloc that could also include Britain.

The idea immediately found favour with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who described it as a “very interesting suggestion” that he was “very pleased” to discuss with the French leader.

Ukraine, which is battling Russia’s invasion, is seeking EU membership, and the European Commission has said it will respond to the request next month – a key step before the issue is taken up by member states.

But Mr Macron buried any hopes of swift membership for Ukraine, suggesting rather that it may be more efficient to consider building a wider club beyond the EU.

“I am saying this in all honesty – honesty that we owe to the Ukrainians,” Mr Macron said.

“We can have an accelerated process… to accept candidate status for Ukraine but we know that given our standards and the criteria, it would probably take decades for Ukraine to really join the European Union.”

Russia Attacks Odesa

Russia basically has Mariupol. Now they’ve turned their eyes back to Odesa, an important port city in western Ukraine, leaving two injured and destroying five buildings:

The regional military head says three missiles struck the southern port city.

Two people were injured and taken to hospital, Serhiy Bratchuk wrote on the Telegram messaging app.

Five buildings were destroyed, he added.

Odesa is under curfew until 05:00 (02:00 GMT) on Tuesday following several Russian attacks in recent days.

Earlier on Monday, European Council President Charles Michel had to take shelter from one such missile strike while in the city.

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Comments

The Gentle Grizzly | May 10, 2022 at 9:35 am

I’m laying odds we have troops on the ground by end of June. Then, close to election the appeal will be do we really want to be changing Congress and set it during war time.

    Camperfixer in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 10, 2022 at 9:36 am

    Already in process by the backdoor.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Camperfixer. | May 10, 2022 at 9:42 am

      Any links? Thanks.

        Still in the hospital?

        Camperfixer in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 10, 2022 at 3:12 pm

        Nothing concrete, a host of things, but set up so the Dem’s and their propaganda arm can emphatically state “We are not at war with Russia!”, when in fact we are beginning the process. When they say one thing assume the opposite is true, right?

        June for troops is a sound bet. To wit:

        Endless cash and weapons to Ukraine to prop up a war between the Slavic Hatfield & McCoy’s, seemingly as some payback between massively corrupt parties, let alone trying to obfuscate the Dem’s heavy involvement with Russia over the years (let alone The Hologram’s Crime Family with China); the constant daily Perception Narrative push for Zelensky by our betters and their MSM propaganda tool; last week’s congressional visit charade (for what exactly?); the projection of “support at any cost to win against Russia”; death to Putin threats by some of them.

        “Smoke-Fire” red flags.

        Then there’s this guy (linked from American Greatness) – a lot of military activity happening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZ8ub1vJc_4

        Read below you are in the hospital…hope nothing serious. May God’s healing hand be upon you while he guides the doctors.

    paracelsus in reply to The Gentle Grizzly. | May 10, 2022 at 9:55 am

    I would just like to know when we, the United States of America, declared war on the Russian Federation.

      The Gentle Grizzly in reply to paracelsus. | May 10, 2022 at 10:24 am

      I don’t know. Maybe it was about the same time that we declared war on north Vietnam. Or was that North Korea? With a minute. Iraq? I know! Afghanistan!

      Camperfixer in reply to paracelsus. | May 10, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      We never will, my surmising above is it’s being done in a “soft” manner to avoid blow back by the American people. Ease into it by “other means”. Then “poof” we’re in, or have to be as some sort of bravo sierra “peace-keeping ” operation.

    There are probably some there now without uniforms.

    I’d take that bet. Even the commies running the biden misadministration are not that stupid.
    Maybe.
    Possibly.
    🙂

    US soldiers have been in Ukraine for at least the last 8 years. Elements of the Florida National Guard 53rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team have been training the Ukrainian army on weapon systems including Javelin for that long, with a brief pause when the current administration yanked them out in February, only to put them back in April.

Camperfixer | May 10, 2022 at 9:37 am

Just keeping sending our tax money to Ukraine Joe, you bum. Nothing more than a cover up his criminal activity.

We need a reckoning, today.

thad_the_man | May 10, 2022 at 9:52 am

“Now they’ve turned their eyes back to Odesa,” You do realize there is big city called Mykoliav that has to be taken first. Instead of reading propaganda, why not look at

Colonel Travis | May 10, 2022 at 11:08 am

Jackass president rushes to protect a border on the other side of the world, risking a war. What does he do for our own border? Nothing.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Colonel Travis. | May 10, 2022 at 11:12 am

    Someone might get hurt.

    While you are correct, the Socialist/Communist Biden administration sees the chaos on the Southern border as a feature, not a problem. They caused it and they will do nothing to stop it, court orders or a loss of Congressional majority notwithstanding. So there’s basically no comparison, we could do both if the will was there to do anything about our border.

      nordic_prince in reply to Edward. | May 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Not to mention it’s probably easier to Biden to launder foreign aid than it would be for him to get his grubby paws on funds allocated for the Southern border.

      The whole Ukraine thing is just killing two birds with one stone – money laundering for our corrupt pols, and a convenient excuse to bang the war drum.

      Colonel Travis in reply to Edward. | May 10, 2022 at 1:58 pm

      Yes, I know. I live in Texas. People have no idea what’s going on here.
      We could do both, but there is no reason for us to be doing anything with Ukraine even if the Rio Grande were walled up 500 feet with alligator moats and machine guns.

The ‘Sorcerers of Deaths construction’ have quarterly earnings targets that were hard to meet given the ‘end’ of the wars in Afghan/Iraq. Ramp up direct US arms shipments to Ukraine = increased earnings. Have our NATO allies transfer Soviet era equipment to Ukraine which then needs to be replaced with NATO compatible, read US, equipment and there are more earnings.

Of course our members of Congress and revolving door executive branch appointees or SR officials would never be so crass as to accept a plush salary from appointment to a board or think tank. No, those are for their family members and they would only accept those positions after or between govt service. In the meantime they must be content to see their stock portfolio exceed the returns of professional investors by a considerable margin, I’m sure it’s all above board.

Thanks, Mary.
“France’s President Emmanuel Macron on Monday said it would take ‘decades’ for a candidate like Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested building a broader political club beyond the bloc that could also include Britain.”
So, Macron has not given up on Britain again being subjugated by an early form of a new world order.

    CommoChief in reply to Ira. | May 10, 2022 at 12:09 pm

    Plus it would PO Turkey who made significant strides to meet the goal of EU membership only to have the goalposts moved repeatedly to deny them membership. Further isolating and rejection of Turkey by the west pushes them further towards economic alignment with the BRICS.

      Edward in reply to CommoChief. | May 10, 2022 at 12:47 pm

      With Erdogan seemingly hellbent on making Turkey the latest Islamic Republic, Europe may be reconsidering their adherence to the “Islam is a religion of peace” meme.

        CommoChief in reply to Edward. | May 10, 2022 at 2:40 pm

        Erdogen and his far more Islamist coalition came to power only after conservative bids for EU membership for Turkey by the previous, largely agnostic and western oriented governing coalition were rejected by the EU. That rejection by the west of Turkey as not being ‘European enough’ was in large part directly responsible for the shift in the political fortunes in Turkey.

        The influence of the more Islamist party was rejected by modern western oriented Turkey for decades until that point. The actions and statements of EU govts and officials were analogous to Clinton calling MAGA a ‘basket of deplorables’ then expecting those comments not to have an impact. MAGA elected DJT. The Turks elected Erdogen. Words and actions matter in life, in politics and in statecraft.

Grizzly, God speed you are feeling better

Zelensky says Ukraine needs the United States to provide 7 billion dollars a month. In total, he is asking the US to give him $600 billion.

Biden is busy figuring how to come up with the money. He says he will consult with Hunter concerning fees as soon as soon Hunter finds laptop.

    nordic_prince in reply to Peabody. | May 10, 2022 at 1:35 pm

    WTH – as if the $7 bn couldn’t be better spent on American soil, benefiting Americans.

    Of course sending the money overseas is better for Biden’s bottom line.

    Rot in hell, Joe. GFY and all your corrupt family.

Sundowner repaying the grift to Hunter and himself.

AnAdultInDiapers | May 10, 2022 at 3:04 pm

It took until 2006 for the UK to repay its World War 2 lend lease bill.

Good luck getting payment from Ukraine for the next 60 years.

No more $s for Ukraine until full funding/approval is made for completing President’s Trumps border wall, President Trumps immigration policies including stay in Mexico is approved, and order for rounding up ALL invaders and sent back to Mexico is implemented! America is first priority!

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