Ukraine Drain: Pentagon Warns Lawmakers That Weapons Must Be Replaced

The Pentagon warned Congress that funds are running low to not only supply weapons to Ukraine but also to replenish depleted U.S. military stocks.

The letter to congressional leaders was obtained by the Associated Press. It urged lawmakers to add more billions to be sent to Kyiv and to rebuild stockpiles currently at low levels due to aid for the Eastern European country.

Congress over the weekend approved a short-term funding bill to avert a government shutdown. It did not, however, include the tens of billions for Ukraine requested by the Biden White House.

Legislators already approved $25.9 billion to replenish the U.S. arsenal, but that fund has been drained down to only $1.6 billion remaining. And the Pentagon is down to its last $5.4 billion to send weapons and military equipment it already has to Ukraine.

Pentagon Comptroller Michael McCord told lawmakers the military has “been forced to slow down the replenishment of our own forces to hedge against an uncertain funding future.”

He added that leaving U.S. stocks low would undermine military readiness.

McCord noted the long-term funding for the war effort through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative has run dry. This provides taxpayer dollars for the military to enter contracts for future weapons.

Without new funding approved, McCord said the Pentagon must delay or cut back on ammunition, air defense weapons, drones and other equipment essential as Moscow prepares for a winter offensive.

President Joe Biden expressed his worry Sunday that time is running out on the aid, which he pledged will keep flowing.

The embattled Democrat said that “we cannot under any circumstances allow America’s support for Ukraine to be interrupted. We have time, not much time, and there’s an overwhelming sense of urgency.”

There is also a sense of urgency over miring the nation in yet another endless war. Tens of billions of taxpayer dollars have flowed overseas with little if any oversight.

This lack of accountability is an even greater issue as reports of rampant corruption continue to pour out of Kyiv. There is a limit to the patience of the U.S. people in sending so much to a foreign conflict even as Americans struggle with the Biden economy at home.