The Pentagon reportedly gave an extra $6.2 billion in aid to Ukraine thanks to a supposed accounting error, and the agency claims it plans to make up for the mistake in future aid to the war-torn country.
The error was due to the military using the estimated cost to replace the weapons and equipment that was given to Ukraine rather than the value recorded in the Pentagon’s books, according to an internal review cited by Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh.
The $6.2 billion discrepancy didn’t happen all at once, as there was a $3.6 billion shortfall this fiscal year and a $2.6 billion shortfall in fiscal year 2022.
However, that amount of money had already been allocated by Congress, and thus the Pentagon will be able to make up the difference without needing additional appropriations. The error was convenient for the pro-war contingent in the Biden administration and Congress, according to the Daily Wire, which noted: “Conveniently, this windfall comes as FY 2023 comes to a close and existing Congressional funds for the war effort were running low.”
“It’s just going to go back into the pot of money that we have allocated for the future Pentagon stock drawdowns,” Singh explained.
Pentagon announces 'accounting error' provides extra $6.2 billion for Ukraine?!?! I AM NEVER PAYING TAXES AGAIN!!! pic.twitter.com/7T0E47nRUk
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) June 20, 2023
This news comes as Ukraine has begun a counter-offensive in Russian-occupied territory, which prompted Russia to increase the number of drone attacks on the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv.
The Ukrainian counter-offensive would likely not have been possible without the $113 billion in aid given to Ukraine by the U.S. over the course of the war, or the $40 billion in military aid. The most recent aid package given to the war effort was passed by Congress in December 2022, and was meant to last until the end of fiscal year 2023 in September of this year. However, the costs of the counter-offensive were not calculated into the aid, and thus the funds may run out more quickly than anticipated.
President Joe Biden, Democrats and pro-war Republicans have vowed to continue supporting the proxy war in Ukraine — with Biden insisting that the U.S. will support Ukraine for “as long as it takes.”
Meanwhile, support for the war among Americans has been decreasing — with many questioning why the federal government has the ability to fund a foreign war but cannot help Americans who are suffering, and others wondering why there is little-to-no oversight of the American taxpayer dollars being sent to a country known for its corruption.
The growing anti-war sentiment may eventually prompt Congress to limit future aid, especially as there is no end in sight for the Russia-Ukraine war.
Recent reports have also indicated that the pro-war Biden administration actually stopped a peace agreement from happening between the two countries last year, which has prompted increased concern over the motivations behind support for the war and the massive aid packages.
Looks like the Biden Administration deployed Boris Johnson to scuttle a tentative peace agreement between Russia and Ukraine in spring 2022. This was never about the Ukrainian people. It was always about engineering a war against Russia. #Kennedy24https://t.co/SYyFEqy5El
— Robert F. Kennedy Jr (@RobertKennedyJr) June 19, 2023