by Bernhard at Moon of Alabama
Yesterday, at 9:46 local time, Strana published (machine translation):
Today, President Volodymyr Zelensky will address US senators via video link with a request to approve financial assistance to Ukraine. …
Twelve hours later, at 21:43 local time, this piece came out:
President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky canceled his speech to lawmakers scheduled for today at the last moment. This was announced by the head of the Democratic majority in the US Senate, Chuck Schumer.”By the way, Zelensky was not able to join our briefing at 15:00 (22:00 Kiev time) – something happened at the last minute,” Schumer said.
Well, yes, something had happened:
President Biden’s urgent push to replenish Ukraine’s war chest and send aid to Israel is on the brink of collapse in the Senate, where Republicans are prepared on Wednesday to block the funding unless Democrats agree to add strict measures to clamp down on migration at the U.S. border with Mexico.A classified briefing with administration officials called to shore up support devolved into a partisan screaming match on Tuesday afternoon, with Republicans angrily accusing Democrats of trying to steamroller over their demands for a border crackdown.
It would have been easy for the Democrats to commit a few billions for border security. But Biden wants to end the war in Ukraine. Starving it of money is the easiest way to push it towards negotiations.
All this was planned by the Pentagon think tank RAND which, early this year, published a study about how to end the war in Ukraine:…Continue Reading