Michael Tracey attended an America First Policy Institute and recorded his experiences on substack. If you want to know how everything is totally screwed up, you’ll want to read it. Read it anyway. The one particularly noteworthy thing is that the weapons and money we send to Ukraine go down a “black hole.” We have heard that before, but here is proof again, and no one will stop sending weapons and cash down the black hole.
During the conference, Rep. Waltz had talked about accelerating the use of troops in Ukraine despite money and weapons going down the “black hole.”
Tracey caught up with Rep. Waltz said he wanted US troops to help with planning and logistics. He assured Tracey he wasn’t asking for troops to serve on the front lines. Waltz also wants oversight.
“And the thing that I most want to happen is to provide oversight of all these billions that we’re providing. Where’s it going, who’s using it? How is it being used? We just can’t send this stuff into a black hole,” he said.
I asked if this plan of his would require Congressional authorization, and he did not reply, instead ducking swiftly into an elevator. But think about what Waltz did manage to say. Like the vast majority of his Republican colleagues, he voted for the latest round of $40 billion in war funding back in May.
Now, two months later, he’s publicly admitting the “billions that we’re providing” to Ukraine are going down a “black hole.” But rather than acknowledge this as an astronomical flaw in the measure he voted for — and therefore in the wider policy approach the US is taking to the conflict — Waltz now says the solution is to escalate the US war effort dramatically further by sending US military “advisors” to physically integrate into the actual war. Which, according to Waltz, is what British forces are already doing.
(By the way, does this mean the UK is at war with Russia? Wouldn’t the UK military personnel currently operating inside Ukraine be legitimate military targets? In the event they get blown up by a Russian missile strike, what is the US/NATO response supposed to be? Furthermore, why doesn’t anyone in the UK media seem to be asking these glaringly pertinent questions? There’s currently a Conservative Party leadership contest underway, and the UK press corps has all but ignored the issue. But I digress.)
The blunt admission that all this much-heralded US weaponry is simply plunging into a “black hole” — from one of the most dedicated pro-Ukraine hawks in Congress, no less — really deserves to be dwelled upon for a moment. Not just in the insanity of the admission but in how it’s now being used to justify even greater US military commitments.
“I’d like to know where in the hell that equipment is too, Mike,” Sen. Bill Hagerty (R-TN) said to Waltz at one point. In order to fix the mess he created by voting for a bill with no actionable monitoring provisions, Waltz is now proposing to entangle the US even more deeply into the war.
And according to Waltz — who’s apparently on track to be a top foreign policy sage for the next GOP House majority — this is a totally sensible remedy, because he doesn’t envision the troops technically deploying to the “front lines.” Which sounds very reassuring.
You don’t have to be a scholar of the Vietnam War to know that the incremental buildup of so-called “advisors” was how the US ended up in an all-out war by 1965.
Tracey noted that Waltz voted for a war funding bill with zero oversight and, months later, admits the weapons sent by the US are going down a “black hole.” He then proposed to fix the mess he made by sending in US troops. Now he is the GOP’s key point-man on foreign policy.
It would be a mistake to focus only on Rep. Waltz. Most are doing the same, and it’s both parties.
Meanwhile, the one who did try to get oversight – Rand Paul – didn’t become the point-man. And the weapons and money continue down the black hole.
Rep. Waltz is just another corrupt RINO looking for career advancement. His words are troubling. He is a con man. He is not America First. Lots of republicans give the facade of America First but they have the same old decrepit agenda. Recall the fake Tea Party people who jumped on the bandwagon for personal profit (Rubio, Kinzinger, …).
They always try to move in US troops as “advisors”.
Joe Biden’s bribe money to silence corrupt and polluted Ukraine govt officials and businessmen he has engaged and is likely still doing. By giving Zelensky and unending cash flow plus arms Biden is also hiding his and Zelensky’s neo-nazi race-cleansing battalions which both employ.
America….under the current regime you are a disgrace to Democracy. WTF? Get control of your insane “leadership” before Putin is forced to unleash his real weaponry, this is something the Russian people want bad, despite your fucked up media’s endless lies the Russians are fully behind Putin and are spoiling for a fight ….and right now Russia is moving massive numbers of weapons and troops to both Crimea and Belarus since you thought it wise to send longer range missiles and guns…and while this disaster is unfolding you are additionally provoking China at a time when Xi is losing all pretense of “face” which means anything might happen.
Xi is a coward, but has lost so much face he will be deposed (killed) unless he does something now, is that what you really want? And your endless war against Putin in the Ukraine since 2014, you signed the Minsk Agreement and yet backed the coup against the Democratic Gov and support Nazis now for Christ’s sake…. Bloody idiots, get organized or lose your own freedom…and it effects all of us. I have lost my home in the Nth of Sydney because of your idiot of a Pres. and his vile Gov. thanks a bloody lot for that.
And finally, Putin is not a coward, he is a real man, an old school man and has steered his country through a very difficult period of time and his people support him in a way you cannot imagine….Putin will not lose, and the insane Xi is likely to use nukes if he needs to save his life. I repeat, is this what you really want?
If not, do something……or are you going to wait until the inevitable complete disaster unfolds? Like Sri Lanka?
It’s not always easy to find the facts due to your indifference to your press and their endless lies, I see most of your population are in favour of war with Russia…why is that? Because you have been told to think that way and so you do…here is a site with some actual real stories and you wont see any of it in your shitting media…wake up America…and do something.
“THEY” fully control the msm…NOTHING is ‘broadcast’ that IS NOT to be ‘broadcasted’….and 50+% of the population garner their ‘education’ from said, sold out, controlled, imbecilic media…
Few recognize the huge criminal underground which is he black hole that profits.
The problem becomes: who is naïve and ignorant, and who is profiting; which members of congress are honest and which are bribed.
Where is the Congress’ Declaration of War that is required by the Constitution?
The ‘politicians’ NEED a war!!! November is fast approaching…the way biden and his handlers are acting one would believe that the ‘blue helmets’ are already in place in the USA…they have been strategically placing ‘refugees(?)’ around the country for YEARS…