Biden Signs Bill Reviving World War II-Era Lend-Lease Program to Ukraine

Anti-War – by Dave DeCamp

President Biden on Monday signed a bill into law reviving the World War II-era lend-lease program for Ukraine, paving the way for an escalation in US military aid to Kyiv. 

The Ukraine Democracy Defense Lend-Lease Act of 2022 allows Biden to send weapons to Ukraine free of charge while technically requiring payment at a later date. Under the lend-lease act during World War II, the US sent billions of dollars in weapons to the Soviet Union, China, Britain, and other allies.

The legislation received massive bipartisan support in Congress, passing by voice vote in the Senate and by a vote of 417-10 in the House, with only Republicans voting against the bill.

According to a summary of the bill, it waives “certain requirements related to the President’s authority to lend or lease defense articles if the defense articles are intended for Ukraine’s government or the governments of other Eastern European countries affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.”

The bill’s signing comes after President Biden asked Congress for $33 billion in new aid for Ukraine, including $20.4 billion in military assistance. He has nearly exhausted the funds for arms shipments to Kyiv from a $13.6 billion Ukraine aid package that was included in a spending bill he signed in March.

President Biden waited until Monday to sign the bill since May 9 is the day Russia marks its victory day for the Soviet defeat of the Nazis in 1945. Ironically, the Soviet Union was one of the largest beneficiaries of US military aid under the lend-lease act during World War II.

According to the US Embassy in Russia, the program provided the Soviet Union with $11.3 billion in assistance, the equivalent of $180 billion in today’s currency, from 1941 to 1945.

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8 thoughts on “Biden Signs Bill Reviving World War II-Era Lend-Lease Program to Ukraine

  1. It matters not what so-called ‘legislation’ they put in place, renew, or alter to meet their current-day lust for expanding their control and for the ownership of everything. Fake Formalities of The Great Reset and the Guidestone objectives. Mammon-driven. Ruthless. Fake Formalities. Yet, people die.

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  2. And on so-called ‘alternative’ sites, the gate-keeping and half-measures keep rolling out. I hear, and I paraphrase: “All we can do is run and save what we have. There’s not much we can do anymore, except pray.” And then I hear, “We need the warrior class to step up and fight this. I can’t go out and do this or everything will fall in on me. It’s up to people who are trained. I can’t. I have to protect my wife.”

    Ha!! Protect her by NOT fighting?!! His co-host even told him: “We’re ALL the warrior class!” I’d have called in if I was listening live but it was a podcast. I’d have asked “Who then is the militia?” And said something about everyone from 16 to 6O, though there’s really no age limitation. And I’d have screamed at this person: “So you’re the only one with someone to protect? Your life is more important than anyone else’s? What? We don’t have people we care about too?!!” Only a coward has other people do his fighting for him. You piece of you know what!!”

    Then he ended with a command: “Get going, warrior class!!” I was disgusted. I couldn’t comment because it wasn’t live, so I post it here because I bet some of those guys read here and listen to the broadcast. I’m just saying to them, the non-fighters are NO HELP to us, and some see right through you. DESERTERS!!!

    Thank you, Henry, for always making clear what the response must me.

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      1. Oh Hal, I wish I didn’t have to but I can’t ignore them because I have this unrelenting charge on my soul to keep telling people that THEY’RE GOING TO HAVE TO FIGHT!! It’s hardly ever off my mind. So I call out what I can. I ask myself, is it just better to let them go or to keep trying? I guess I’m still in the keep trying place. It’s the ones who have a large influence (big listening audience) who seem to beg my attention and leave me no choice but to go on and on about 1775.

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        1. “The walls of Sparta were its young men, and its borders the points of their spears.”
          — Spartan King, Agesilaus

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