One good thing has come out of the impeachment hearings. We’re now aware that our taxpayer dollars are being sent to support one of the most corrupt countries in the world. While the politicians fight it out in congress, we have to ask ourselves: Why do we send millions to Ukraine?
The cold war supposedly ended in 1991, when U.S. President George H.W. Bush announced, ” By the grace of God, America won the Cold War: ” After that, the average American stopped worrying about Russia . Since Sept. 11, we’ve been preoccupied with ISIS, the Taliban and terrorism. So, why are we so invested in Ukraine?
It started in 2014, when Russia seized Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula and continued to occupy it. Many foreign policy experts believe that Ukraine, caught in the middle between East and West., is the bulwark against Russian expansionism. And so, through NATO, we got sucked into sending aid to Ukraine.
In 2015 The Guardian called Ukraine “the most corrupt nation in Europe”. According to a poll conducted by Ernst & Young (accounting firm) in 2017, experts considered Ukraine to be the ninth-most corrupt nation in the world.”
So now, we’re in an impeachment inquiry about withholding money from Ukraine. At least two of the star witnesses have family ties to either the Ukraine or Russia. Lt. Colonel Alexander Vindman, Director of European Affairs for the National Security Council. was born in the Ukraine. Former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’ s parents fled Russia before she was born in Canada. She grew up speaking Russian.
So, what will happen if the president is impeached because he demanded an investigation into Ukraine corruption? Will we keep sending more and more aid, with no strings attached? ? Maybe we’re spreading ourselves a bit thin, fighting battles all over the world and giving away money without getting anything back in return.