‘Destroy Russia Together’: Jim Inhofe Calls for Even More Aid to Ukraine

Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) talks with reporters before a Senate GOP lunch meeting in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill March 20, 2020 in Washington, DC. Lawmaker and Trump administration officials are in negotiations about the phase 3 coronavirus stimulus bill, which leaders say they hope to have …
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Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the ranking member of the Senate Armed Forces Committee, on Tuesday called for even more aid to Ukraine as he urges the West to “Destroy Russia Together.”

“Many of our @NATO allies on the front lines with Russia give more aid to Ukraine pound-for-pound than the U.S. That’s why we need to ramp up industrial capacity to refill our own weapons stocks, sell to allies to refill their own and sustain Ukraine victories,” Inhofe wrote on Tuesday. 

Inhofe shared a graphic detailing allegedly how Latvia gives more than other wealthier countries to Ukraine as a percent of its military budget. 

The graphic, however, ignores that the United States has already given far more in financial, humanitarian, and military aid than most other European countries combined, including Latvia. Many countries have also given far more in military aid than Latvia, Estonia, or Lithuania compared to the graphic’s decision to measure ratios of a country’s military budget to military aid to Ukraine. 

According to the Kiel Institute for the World Economy, the United States has given roughly $27.29 billion in military aid to Ukraine, the European Union (EU) has given roughly $2.47 billion in military aid, and the United Kingdom (UK) has given roughly $3.69 billion in military Ukraine.

In contrast, Latvia has only given roughly $290 million in military aid to Ukraine, Estonia has only given $250 million in military aid, and Lithuania has only given roughly $187 million in aid to Ukraine. 

The Kiel Institute shows that the United States has provided far beyond the most military aid, with most European countries paling in comparison.

Inhofe’s graphic also called for everyone to “Destroy Russia Together,” which calls into question America’s objective with Russia.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in April that “We want to see Russia weakened to the degree that it can’t do the kinds of things that it has done in invading Ukraine.” The comment received support from Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

In contrast to the Biden administration and Inhofe, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for Ukraine to give up part of its territory to reach a peace deal with Russia.

“Ideally, the dividing line should be a return to the status quo ante. Pursuing the war beyond that point would not be about the freedom of Ukraine, but a new war against Russia itself,” Kissinger said at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in May.

Inhofe’s call for more military aid to Ukraine raises the question if Americans agree that the country needs to provide more military aid to Ukraine, which would prolong the war.

A poll commissioned by the Quincy Institute found that the Washington, DC, establishment remains out of sync with Americans on the need for diplomacy to strike a peace accord between Russia and Ukraine.

A majority of Americans, or 57 percent, support the United States pursuing diplomatic negotiations as soon as possible “even if it means Ukraine making some compromises with Russia.”

The Quincy Institute wrote of the poll’s findings, “As Washington considers new aid and prepares for a long war, it should recognize that Americans want to see an end to this brutal and bloody war, and dread the potential costs and impacts a drawn-out conflict may have on Ukrainians, Americans, and the world.”

Moreover, it appears that Inhofe is out of step with an increasing number of his own party and conference.

House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) has said that America cannot provide a “blank check” to Ukraine.

Eleven Senate Republicans have voted against the Ukraine Supplemental Aid Package, which provided $40 billion in aid to Ukraine while Americans struggle with historic levels of inflation under President Joe Biden.

Further, one Senate senior GOP aide told Breitbart News that Senate GOP leadership could face strong opposition over the plan to send endless aid to Ukraine:

When Republicans take the Senate, it’s time to have a real debate about the merits of continuing to pour billions of dollars into a rapidly escalating war in Ukraine. Leadership could be in for a rude awakening if they expect to keep sending blank checks out the door with no oversight. Members are beginning to understand the voters are sick of the same old failed foreign policy.

Many populist Senate Republican candidates, such as Ohio Republican J.D. Vance, have voiced opposition to aid to Ukraine. Vance said in a statement in February regarding the conflict between Russia and Ukraine:

Vladimir Putin is an evil man, who has done a number of evil things during his time in government. But spare me the performative affection for the Ukraine, a corrupt nation run by oligarchs, that is as close to a functional democracy in 2022 as Afghanistan was when Joe Biden handed it over to the Taliban in 2021.

“I got a lot of flack in the last week because I had the audacity to suggest that before our leaders obsess over a Ukrainian-Russian border over 6,000 miles away, maybe they better guarantee the sovereignty of their own country and their own border first,” Vance said at CPAC this February.

Sean Moran is a congressional reporter for Breitbart News. Follow him on Twitter @SeanMoran3.


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