(Jacob Bruns, Headline USA) As President Joe Biden sends more and more money and weaponry to Ukraine to wage war allegedly for democracy against the Russians, the United States military disarmament has continued, the American Spectator reported.
In an op-ed published by Jed Babbin, he noted that things look dire for American military production, as helping the Ukrainians spread democracy becomes our sole military objective.
According to Babbin, the military has unloaded its arsenals to Ukraine at such a pace that there seems to be little hope of production keeping up.
“Biden has sent roughly one-third of our Javelin anti-tank missiles and one third of our Stinger anti-aircraft missiles to Ukraine,” he wrote. “Ukraine is expending those weapons and others faster than we can manufacture them.”
Further, with America’s manufacturing base having dwindled almost to extinction due to neoliberal free trade policies, there is little hope of production recovery any time soon.
“We normally produce between 1,000 and 2,100 Javelins each year. The Army is trying to get industry to up the rate to 4,000 each year. Faint hope.”
This led Babbin to conclude that “our defense industrial base is no longer capable of supplying the Pentagon’s needs in time of conflict, even one in which we aren’t directly engaged.”
Babbin, even though he supports America’s intruiging abroad, concluded by slamming President Joe Biden for his “neglect,” noting that “we are now reaching the point at which we may have to reduce lethal aid to Ukraine in order to rebuild our munitions stockpiles in adequate quantity and condition to support our own war plans. Our national security cannot be sacrificed on the altar of Biden’s hubris.”
According to the Epoch Times, Assistant Secretary of the Army Douglas Bush noted that America’s position is particularly precarious given the growing tensions in both Ukraine and the Far East.
“The long-term challenge will be how much of that capacity can we sustain over time, post-conflict,” Bush said. “We don’t know how long the conflict will last. We don’t know how low our stocks will be.”