Patterico's Pontifications

4/13/2022

Zelensky Says Ukraine Needs Weapons: Give the Man What He Needs

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 8:29 am



Hopefully we are going to give them what they need. But I have my doubts.

The need is obvious:

It looks like the Biden administration is slowly lumbering towards the right decision, but I worry it could be like Lucy with the football. Case in point:

The Biden administration is poised to dramatically expand the scope of weapons it is providing Ukraine, U.S. officials said Tuesday, with the Pentagon looking to transfer armored Humvees and a range of other sophisticated equipment.

The new aid package could be worth $750 million, these people said. Like others, they spoke on the condition of anonymity because the transfer has not yet been finalized.

Preliminary plans circulating among government officials and lawmakers in Washington also included Mi-17 helicopters, howitzer cannons, coastal defense drones and protective suits to safeguard personnel in the event of a chemical, biological or nuclear attack, the officials said, though they cautioned that it was not immediately clear if all of those items would end up in the final aid package.

Mi-17 helicopters! Good. They need those. Wait, what’s this?

UPDATE

An earlier version of this article reported that Mi-17 helicopters could be among the new arms transfers slated for Ukraine. After it was published, a U.S. defense official said that had been ruled out. The article has been updated.

This has been the typical pattern for weeks. Ruled out . . . why? Civilians are being slaughtered helplessly. It would be difficult to make up greater monstrosity: a soldier raped a baby and videotaped himself doing it. That really happened. And you’re dithering about giving the man helicopters.

Give the man what he needs.


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