Somehow balancing the role between a dangerous warmonger and a sleazy used-car salesman, British Foreign Secretary David Cameron has spent part of this week in Washington lobbying the U.S. Congress to pass Biden’s war budget for Ukraine. Cameron claimed that America has spent only about 10% of one year’s defense budget aiding and arming Ukraine since Russia’s special military operation in early 2022, and with that, Ukraine “has destroyed half of Russia’s pre-war military assets.”
“Now, if that isn’t a good investment, I don’t know what is,” Lord Cameron said during remarks at the Aspen Security Forum in Washington yesterday. “Ukraine doesn’t even really have a navy, but they have managed to sink about a fifth of the Russian Black Sea Fleet.… I’m sure the Pentagon is excited by the value for money on offer there. I mean, it’s a remarkable thing.”
But it’s not just good for Ukraine, but also for the U.S. economy. Ukraine aid has also helped reinvigorate the U.S. industrial base, Cameron proclaimed, pointing to recent analyses that found almost 90% of the money spent on Ukraine stays in America to manufacture weaponry and matériel. That production is key, because the Russian invasion has been “a tremendous wake-up call to the West” to resume building up war stocks, he added.