“We have artillery, yes, thank you. … Is it enough? Honestly, not really.... Your money is not charity. It’s an investment in the global security and democracy that we handle in the most responsible way.” (Washington Post)
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President Biden, at a joint news conference with Zelensky, stated:
“We understand in our bones that Ukraine’s fight is part of something much bigger.... The American people know if we stand by with such blatant attacks on democracy and liberty … the world would surely face worse consequences.” (Washington Post)
More About Zelensky's Speech
Columnist David Frum in the Atlantic wrote an article titled "Zelensky Recalled Us to Ourselves: He came to thank the U.S. for supporting Ukraine. It is Americans who should thank him." Frum wrote about the Congressional and national reception of Zelensky:
"The extremists and conspiracists and populists, the authoritarians and kleptocrats and theocrats who have all gained so much ascendancy in recent years, they do not speak for us. That small man in the olive-green jersey at the rostrum of the House of Representatives, he spoke for us. And the reception given to him today by the president and by Congress told the world that his words had been heard and received and understood by the great democracy-minded majority of Americans.
“'So much in the world depends on you.' Sometimes, Americans forget that.
"Zelensky reminded us. He came to say thank you. It’s a little embarrassing to hear that thanks, because what Americans gave, fundamentally, was just money. Zelensky’s people have given blood, home, comfort, and security—every precious thing that human beings can sacrifice. The answer we owe Zelensky, the answer Zelensky should hear from this country, revived by his visit, his cause, and his country’s heroic fight, is: No, no, no—thank you." (The Atlantic)
What will happen next? The New York Times summarized the prospects for the continuation of war in an article titled "As Ukraine Prepares for a Second Year at War, the Prospect of a Stalemate Looms: American officials believe that with Russia bolstering defenses and learning lessons, Ukraine will find it more challenging to retake land." According to the article:
"With Mr. Zelensky’s arrival in Washington, the Biden administration announced a new $1.8 billion arms package that would send one Patriot air defense battery to Ukraine, along with precision-guided munitions for fighter jets and other weaponry. Since the start of the war in February, the United States has sent more than $20 billion in military aid to Ukraine.
"The package presented on Wednesday will include air defense batteries and precision-guided bombs for the first time. But even more weaponry for ground units will be needed to avoid a stalemate in the months to come, according to lawmakers and outside experts." (The New York Times)
I'm sure that within a few hours there will be many more articles about the war, about Zelensky's leadership, and about the declining support by right-wing extremists in the US for this critical international effort. My thoughts are with the Ukrainian people whose welfare has been destroyed by the Russian war on their existence. Zelensky invoked the image of Christmas without heat, electric power, or running water. I hope in the New Year we will continue to support the Ukrainian struggle to achieve victory.
Blog post by mae sander for maefood.blogspot.com
I so agree and am ashamed at the same time.
Germany´s doodle head, smurf, whatever (Olaf Scholz), promised so long ago proper help and never did it arrive.
A piece here, another there.
I remember one time.
Zelensky was on the screen, bombs in the background, asking the smurf for help. He turned his back to him.
I think all Germans cried out in despair.
I did give money, it was not enough, of course, but I think the people help more than the (German) politicians.
What a shame, again.
My ex-teamleader went with medicine, clothes, foot, toys and all to Kiev a couple of times.
My heart goes out for the people and I hope they stay strong against smurf #2 who sits in his warm bunker.
P.S. I joined you, blog-wise. Just to let you know.
Bad times. I hope "you" can help. "We" can not.
I watched President Zelensky's speech. It was a powerful speech, I hope we continue to support Ukraine. I hope funding passes before more of the crazies are in office. Take care, enjoy your day!
It is an awful situation. Both our countries have sent human and physical resources. It has an impact on the entire world.
I had planned to also write something, but I only saw the entire speech about 2 am this morning. I am glad you shared your thoughts because I plan to do the same tomorrow. I appreciate your thoughtful message and how much Zelensky is loved in the states, regardless what politicians and their followers on the right have to say.
One can only pray that this War ends soon, with victory for Ukraine.
I saw only a little of Zelensky's speech on the news last night, I almost missed it! I saw the flag he presented. He sounds more tired than in the beginning, understandable of course, I hope he gets at least some rest. I wish this silly war was over right now.
I didn't see Zelensky's speech, but I so appreciate that he wore his standard olive sweatshirt and didn't put on airs. He seems like such a good, straightforward leader for Ukraine and the right person to lead them out of this horrid war.
I heard the speech. He's wonderful and so deeply admired. This post is terrific -- so well written in every way. I'm not surprised.
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