How Russian Mothers See Their Sons.
Imagine your own mother not caring if you live or die because she has a backup son and she's going to get paid anyway...
Fun and useless fact. My username comes from that book series.
Doubt it'd make Russia a decent neighbor let alone place to live though. People thought Russia was gonna be better off after Lenin took out the Romanovs, then they thought Russia would be better off after the Soviet Union collapsed, then they thought it'd be better off under Vladimir Putrid, but time and time again Russia has shown us that it just can't escape being terrible.
Tends to be the narrative most dictatorships walk down though...They downplay/obfuscate the facts in order to maintain/grow their support/power base.
Thankfully it has hilariously not gone the way they intended thus far.
This may upset you but most of Ukraine's military aid doesn't have to be paid back
What America sends to Ukraine is nothing more than a minor accounting error in the grand scheme of things compared to their overall massive military budget, Ukraine doesn't have to pay any of it back (so far) as long as Biden still has Congressional support.
Most of it is pre-existing stocks sitting around doing nothing which will be replaced by new stock thus more manufacturing jobs and money.
NATO's huge military budget and especially USA's is down to two countries, Russia and China. They have right now an opportunity to massively weaken one of their main rivals for a fraction of the costs, thus it's more than worth it to them to give Ukraine this stuff for free.
So the West will hold out as long as it takes.
And I am happy to see my taxpayer money go towards a good cause.
The incursion into Belgorod is justified, in fact, they should create a whole DMZ between Ukraine and Russia.
A large portion of the US economy is based on a "war economy" that is underpinned by manufacturing and resources that stemms back 100~ years.
And you are right, turning over old products is going to reinvigorate various job sectors in the US because of it... And drive innovation on their replacements, which will ultimately enhance the US military capability long term.