If you thought the Biden administration was completely, totally, utterly, and undeniably incompetent and corrupt before, you’re going to be shocked to see it’s actually far, far worse than you could have possibly imagined. I know you think that’s a tall order, but trust me, when it comes to stupidity, Biden and his team always seem to rise to the occasion.
According to The Western Journal, the Biden administration says that it, conveniently, has an extra $6.2 billion it can use to help fund Ukraine in its battle with Russia thanks in large part to what they are calling an “accounting error” made by the Pentagon.
“Pentagon spokeswoman Sabrina Singh said replacement costs, rather than the book value of equipment the Pentagon sent from its stocks were used to determine the value of the military hardware sent to Ukraine, according to the Associated Press,” the WJ report revealed.
“We have confirmed that for FY23, the final calculation is $3.6 billion, and for FY22 it is $2.6 billion, for a combined total of $6.2 billion,” Singh stated, according to a report published by CNN.
“These valuation errors in no way limit or restricted the size of any of our PDAs or impacted the provision of support to Ukraine,” she continued, employing the use of the acronym for Presidential Drawdown Authority, which is the bureaucratic mechanism that is used to transfer weaponry in our country’s possession to foreign nations.
In its report, CNN pointed out that “The extra $6.2 billion is likely to mitigate the need for Congress to pass an additional assistance package before the end of the fiscal year in September.”
“It’s just going to go back into the pot of money that we have allocated” for Ukraine, Singh went on to reveal.
“Through mid-June, the U.S. has given Ukraine $34 billion in military aid as part of an overall spending package of $113 billion linked to the war in Ukraine, including the cost to replace weapons sent to Ukraine and aid to NATO allies supporting Ukraine,” the Western Journal reported.
Singh then explained that the error was first brought to their attention back on March 31, according to information released by the Defense Department.
Originally, the Pentagon said its math was off by $3 billion, which is absolutely unacceptable, a fact that led to some rather pointed questions from CNN host Jake Tapper when he brought national security adviser Jake Sullivan onto his program.
“There was this very bizarre admission from the Pentagon this week of an accounting error that suggested that the U.S. has at least $3 billion that it didn’t know it had that it can use for Ukraine aid,” Tapper stated during his show.
“That’s a hell of an accounting error. And it provides a lot of fodder to critics of U.S. aid to Ukraine and critics who say there’s not enough oversight going on. Are you concerned about this accounting error?” the anchor asked.
“That is not money that went out the door and disappeared,” Sullivan replied.
“That is not a waste of that $3 billion. It is simply a tally of how much military equipment we have given them. And the way that the Pentagon was counting it was what’s the replacement cost for the equipment we provide rather than just the actual cost of that equipment. Once you make that adjustment, it turns out we have an additional $3 billion that we can spend to provide even more weapons to Ukraine,” he continued during the interview.
“At the end of the day, not one penny of U.S. dollars will have gone missing or have been misallocated,” Sullivan stated strongly.
Sending aid to Ukraine has been a rather divisive notion among folks in both chambers of Congress, including Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene from Georgia.
I heard the National Defense Authorization Act may have money for Ukraine in it.
The NDAA should only fund our military for our defense.
I want to be able to vote for a good NDAA, but I will not if it funds Ukraine.
We should be pushing a peace deal not funding a war.
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) June 13, 2023
I can almost guarantee the individual who is guilty of committing this “accounting error” still has a job, despite the fact they essentially misplaced billions of taxpayer dollars. If a regular, non-government employee committed that kind of mistake, they would officially be unemployed.