UK's Cameron Savaged Over Claim Ukraine Funding 'Creates More US Jobs'
07:09 GMT 08.12.2023 (Updated: 08:44 GMT 08.12.2023)
© AP PhotoIn this photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office on Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2023, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, left, speaks with Britain's Foreign Secretary David Cameron on the occasion of their meeting, in Kiev, Ukraine.
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Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron, whose record on foreign policy during his five-year prime ministership was marked by a series of failures, in his new capacity as foreign secretary has been determined to explain to increasingly skeptical Republicans why the US should shell out more money for Kiev in its failing proxy war with Moscow.
Former UK Prime Minister David Cameron has drummed up some tone-deaf new arguments in favor of committing more money to the bottomless void of ‘Ukraine aid’.
Funneling billions to support the Kiev regime stimulates the US economy, creating more jobs, contended Cameron, who recently resurfaced as the UK’s new foreign secretary. As Ukraine’s failed counteroffensive racks up massive manpower losses, Cameron told reporters at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington, DC, that funds being sent to Ukraine "are being used very effectively."
The Ukrainian Armed Forces have lost more than 125,000 people and 16,000 units of weapons over the six-month so-called counteroffensive, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said in early December.
Cameron hailed the West’s commitment to fight “to the last Ukrainian” as an “investment in the American defense-industrial base.” According to him, the West needs to “stop thinking of how we are running down our existing stocks in Ukraine.”
At this point, the British politician was not off the mark, as a recent analysis of US military assistance to Ukraine revealed that a substantial share of the funds Congress allocated for bolstering NATO's proxy war against Russia was stimulating domestic industrial activity. Out of the $68 billion in lethal and related assistance provided, almost 90% is inadvertently boosting the US economy, being primarily funneled into creating new weapons and replenishing America’s military inventory depleted by deliveries to Kiev, as per the latest findings by a research team from the American Enterprise Institute.
The UK minister argued that, "as long as you don't cross the red line of NATO soldiers fighting Russian soldiers, we should be doing everything we can” to support Ukraine.
It should be noted that David Cameron's remarks about funding a failing Ukraine to boost US jobs did not go unnoticed by netizens. Users on social media slammed the remark as "stupid."
Some contended that it appeared as though Joe Biden was "sending talking points" to foreign politicians.
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Others slammed the "warmongers'" intent on dangerously fueling the Ukraine conflagration further.
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The man holding the UK Foreign Office portfolio is part of a clique of UK politicians who have been pushing back on Republicans who are increasingly skeptical of further aiding Ukraine. Earlier, Lizz Truss, the former UK PM who spent a mere 50 days in office before being forced to resign, converged on Washington with a posse of Tory colleagues to try to convince the GOP’s MAGA wing to reverse its stance on Ukraine funding. David Cameron, just two days after being appointed, rushed to Kiev to meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
30 November 2023, 18:01 GMT
However, all this frenzied lobbying fell on deaf ears as the US Senate failed to advance a supplemental funding bill valued at more than $100 billion on December 6. Congressional Republicans continue to insist on the inclusion of border security measures in the legislation.
"Legislation that doesn't include policy changes to secure our borders will not pass the Senate," insisted Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.
US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed to reporters that the US is unable to promise Ukraine that any additional funding is going to be provided to them amid Congress' failure to approve President Joe Biden's supplemental bill.
President Biden previously requested $106 billion in supplemental funding for aid to Ukraine and Israel, among other issues. However, the initiative has largely proven a hurdle as lawmakers have refused to throw their backing behind the legislation. Furthermore, as funds previously designated for Kiev are nearing depletion, there is ever-growing "Ukraine fatigue" among US lawmakers and the American public over continued aid packages.
Moscow has repeatedly stated that Western military aid does not bode well for Ukraine and only prolongs the conflict. In addition, vehicles carrying supplied weapons are a legitimate target for the Russian military.