Senator J.D. Vance (R-OH) appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Dec. 10 program to say that the U.S. should not be funding the NATO-proxy war in Ukraine, which produces a “human tragedy,” and that it should be the American leadership’s job to take steps to end the war.
Vance told CNN host Jake Tapper, with respect to Ukraine, “So what we’re saying to the President and really to the entire world is you need to articulate what the ambition is.” Regarding Biden’s demand for new Congressional funding, he said, “What is $61 billion going to accomplish that $100 billion hasn’t? We need to remember Jake, that Ukraine is functionally destroyed as a country. The average age of a soldier in the Ukrainian army right now is 43. That’s tragic.” He indicated that the average age of a Ukrainian soldier could rise to 70 and above. “We need to bring the killing to a stop and that’s what American leadership should be doing. Not writing blank checks to the war.”
Rather than accept the tale of a “morality” issue in Ukraine, Vance advocated: “We have to figure out what is in America’s best interest. We have a food crisis that’s getting worse because of the prolonged war in Eastern Europe. We have an energy crisis that’s threatening to swamp multiple allied governments in Western Europe. What’s in America’s best interest is to accept Ukraine is going to have to cede some territory to the Russians, and we need to bring this war to a close.” He added, “When I think about the great human tragedy here, hundreds of thousands of Eastern European innocents have been killed in this conflict. The thing that’s in our interest and in theirs is to stop the killing.”