‘Truly amazing’: Look what Cori Bush admits about the war package she and entire Squad voted for

Journalist Glenn Greenwald used Rep. Cori Bush’s own words against her in a revealing quote where she admits that a large part of the $40 billion Ukrainian aid package that she and her fellow Squad members voted for is going “to private defense contractors” with “increased risks of direct war.”

“Good morning. May I show you something truly amazing? Look at what @CoriBush admits about the $40b war package she — and the entire Squad — just voted for: ‘a large percentage’ goes not to Ukraine but ‘to private defense contractors,’ with ‘increased risks of direct war,'” Greenwald tweeted.

He also noted on Twitter, “The silence from the Squad about why they voted YES on a huge war package for Raytheon and CIA — exactly what they have spent years denouncing — is exceeded only by the utter silence of the sector of the left-media that branded and enriched itself by tying itself to the Squad.”

“One can believe the invasion itself should be seen through an unambiguous moral prism: all Russia’s fault, the US played no role, etc. That’s rational. That does not mean one should uncritically cheer the US radically escalating its role in its most dangerous war in decades,” he continued.

“Go look at what your favorite left media stars on YT, Twitter and Twitch have spent the last 48 hours yapping about in order to desperately avoid discussing the fact that the entire Squad just voted for this $40 billion war package to Raytheon, Lockheed and CIA. It’s amazing,” Greenwald asserted.

Bush released a statement that tried to have it both ways on the Ukraine-Russia conflict. In part, praising the passage of the funding in support of Ukrainians in need, while also expressing deep concern over increased military spending and the looming threat of global war.

“This evening, I voted in support of the Ukraine supplemental aid package to provide assistance to Ukrainians who are resisting Russian aggression with a heroic amount of resolve and unrelenting resilience. As the murderous Putin regime desperately accelerates its brutality in Ukraine, my vote today was one to strengthen the Ukrainian people’s fight against oppression and tyranny. All people deserve their right to self-determination,” she declared in her statement.

“As this conflict progresses, its ramifications will spread beyond Ukraine. Indeed, many other countries rely on Russia and Ukraine for a significant percentage of their wheat, fertilizer, and vegetable oil imports. This bill directly responds to this looming crisis by providing $4.35 billion to provide emergency food assistance to people around the world suffering from hunger as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. Similarly, the legislation provides critical funding for refugee resettlement and diplomatic support,” she noted but did not address directly how the funding would stop a worldwide famine due to the war from occurring.

“Recently, I introduced the Energy Security and Independence Act to build renewable energy capacity using the Defense Production Act. I urge the Biden administration to utilize the authorized $600 million to invest in renewable energy and heat pumps to help lower utility prices for American families and create reliable energy sources,” Bush disingenuously proclaimed.

“Additionally, at $40 billion, this is an extraordinary amount of military assistance, a large percentage of which will go directly to private defense contractors. In the last year alone, the United States will have provided Ukraine with more military aid than any country in the last two decades, and twice as much military assistance as the yearly cost of war in Afghanistan, even when American troops were on the ground. The sheer size of the package given an already inflated Pentagon budget should not go without critique. I remain concerned about the increased risks of direct war and the potential for direct military confrontation,” she remarked, attempting to both praise and criticize the funding in one convoluted statement.

“This moment of crisis demands that we respond to the looming humanitarian and climate catastrophe with clear goals. The billions in funding for food security and humanitarian relief are important steps toward achieving that outcome, as are this bill’s substantive actions to directly aid the Ukrainian people in their fight against Putin’s authoritarianism,” Bush concluded.

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