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A day earlier, Zelenskyy had told a visiting U.S. Senate delegation, led by Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, that Ukraine will lose the war without direct military aid from the U.S. “Everyone we saw, from Zelenskyy on down made this very point clear: If Ukraine gets the aid, they will win the war and beat Russia,” Schumer told the New York Times. “But if they don’t get the aid, they will surely lose the war.”

But Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) thinks that’s a crock. “We have expended decades’ worth of supplies of American weapons” on the Ukraine conflict, Vance said in an interview at the CPAC conference, Sputnik reported yesterday. He deplored the destruction of the American manufacturing base over the years, which has resulted in that, “We don’t make enough of that stuff on our own.” “Yet at the same time they want us to send all of our critical weapons overseas,” the politician pointed out.

According to Vance, “the elites of America have fundamentally failed their own people” in several ways in their reaction to the Ukraine conflict, and he called out the Democrats for being “obsessed with Russia,” the “Russia collusion hoax,” which has clouded their judgment. “It is absurd for the U.S. to devote so many resources, so much attention, and so much time to a border conflict six thousand miles away while out own U.S. southern border is wide open,” insisted the Republican, adding: “We now no longer have the weapons in store to actually prosecute our own national security. Let’s focus on our own problems.”