“Putin may circle Kyiv with tanks, but he will never gain the hearts and souls of the Ukrainian people. He will never extinguish their love of freedom. He will never weaken the resolve of the free world,” President Biden declared in his State of the Union speech on Tuesday to what received bipartisan applause. On Thursday, he followed those words up with action, requesting $10 billion in military aid for the young democratic republic.
That’s nearly ten times what the U.S. has provided in assistance to Ukraine since Biden first took office – providing not just military equipment but also emergency food assistance for the Ukrainian people and stricter enforcement of Russian sanctions. The package will also tighten cybersecurity and take countermeasures against Russian disinformation campaigns, while strengthening the stability of Ukraine’s electricity by connecting it to a European power grid.
This is all happening less than three years after the former guy was impeached for threatening to withhold foreign aid from Ukraine if President Zelenskyy refused to investigate Hunter Biden. It shows you how much of a difference a change in leadership can make – and also why it’s pretty much impossible to distance the former guy from his role as a puppet of the Kremlin.
We knew that Donald Trump liked to cozy up to dictators quite often – an accusation that the right liked to make against his predecessor – but only now are we beginning to realize the full consequences of him doing that, as his authoritarian friends across the globe are going for a desperate last power grab. Fortunately, we have the right leader in charge to meet this moment in President Joe Biden – and a Democratic congress to support his efforts.
James Sullivan is the assistant editor of Brain World Magazine and an advocate of science-based policy making