Ukrainian President Zelenskyy’s visit to the U.S. Congress was a disgrace. Congressional fawning and praise after his broken-English demands for more money symbolized an upside-down world, one where the client state orders around the supplicant patron. The corrupt and collapsing country of Ukraine would not last a week without American largesse and has tried to drag NATO into a larger war with false flags. Yet Zelenskyy spoke grandiloquently of “partnership” and “investments.”
This pseudo-Churchill attempted to play the heroic and austere wartime leader, complete with his trademark and ridiculous green sweatshirt. This is why he could not trouble himself to put on a suit: he is an actor putting on a show.
His congressional audience was also the producers and investors in the show. Much of the loot will be directly and indirectly recycled back to the American defense industry—lately with less to do on account of the failures in Afghanistan. An unknown amount will also splash into incumbents’ reelection war chests. Of course, Zelenskyy and his entourage will likely pocket much of it, too.
The unfurling and presentation of the Ukraine flag by Nancy Pelosi and Kamala Harris at the conclusion of Zelenskyy’s speech were particularly unseemly. This level of identification with a foreign state shows a deep confusion about where the loyalties and priorities of our political leaders should be.
This slavishness is particularly laughable after the pious nonsense about “foreign interference” in the 2016 election.
Congress’ sorry dereliction of duty was not just the fault of the Democrats but, rather, a symptom of a broken political system. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said, “Providing assistance for Ukrainians to defeat the Russians is the number one priority for the United States right now according to most Republicans . . . . That’s how we see the challenges confronting the country at the moment.”
This is just more evidence that the people in charge know little and care even less about the concerns of American voters. They are giving away massive amounts of money, more than the entire defense budget of Russia, as if we were not already $20 trillion in debt, paying too much for food and gas and healthcare, on the brink of a recession, and dealing with many pressing challenges and crises at home.