Biden Mulls Sending Long-Range Missiles to Ukraine

While Ukrainians and supporters welcomed Boeing's proposal to arm Ukrainian forces with long-range precision-guided bombs, one antiwar voice accused the American military-industrial complex of "dictating the U.S. foreign policy and profiteering from wars."

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The Biden administration is considering an offer from military-industrial complex giant Boeing to supply Ukraine with long-range precision-guided bombs capable of striking targets up to nearly 100 miles away, Reutersreported Monday.

The Pentagon is reviewing Boeing’s proposal to send Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bombs (GLSDB) – manufactured jointly with Sweden’s SAAB – to Ukrainian forces, a move that would enable them to hit targets deep behind enemy lines as they fight to repel invading Russian troops.

The GPS-guided GLSDB combines the GBU-39 bomb and the M26 rocket motor, both of which are cheap and relatively abundant. GLSDB is compatible with existing launchers used by Ukrainian forces and could be added to Kyiv’s arsenal by early next year.

While Ukrainians and their supporters encouraged the proposed transfer on social media, Bulgarian independent journalist Dilyana Gaytandzhieva – one of the few online critics of the proposal – tweeted, “This is how the US military-industrial complex (Boeing) is dictating the US foreign policy and profiteering from wars.”

The proposal to arm Ukraine with GLSDBs comes as US and some NATO allies, as well as Western weapons manufacturers, are reportedly running low on arms and ammunition to transfer to Kyiv as Ukrainian and Russian forces are locked in fierce combat in the embattled nation’s east and as the invaders pound Ukrainian cities, towns, and critical infrastructure with missile and artillery attacks. More than six million Ukrainians are currently without power as daytime high temperatures drop below freezing and nighttime lows are forecast to dip below 20°F in the coming days.

In contrast with its willingness to consider a GLSDB transfer, the Biden administration has so far refused Ukraine’s request for longer-range Army Tactical Missile Systems – which have an attack range of up to 185 miles – due to fears they could be used to hit targets in Russia and potentially escalate the war.

Last week, the White House announced an additional $400 million in military aid to Ukraine, including air defense missile systems, machine guns, artillery, ammunition, vehicles, generators, and spare parts. The US has given nearly $40 billion in military assistance to Kyiv since Russian forces invaded in February, with more than $20 billion in additional defense funds proposed, according to the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Politicoreported last week that top European politicians are infuriated by what they described as US war profiteering.

“The fact is,” said one unnamed senior European official, “if you look at it soberly, the country that is most profiting from this war is the US because they are selling more gas and at higher prices, and because they are selling more weapons.”

Brett Wilkins is is staff writer for Common Dreams. Based in San Francisco, his work covers issues of social justice, human rights and war and peace. This originally appeared at CommonDreams and is reprinted with the author’s permission.

7 thoughts on “Biden Mulls Sending Long-Range Missiles to Ukraine”

  1. One more step toward nuclear war. Wheeee!!! Just imagine how Russia will react when missiles start raining down on their country.

    1. Bout the same as we will when they decide to retaliate and let all hell cut loose and finish this stupid experiment with evolving chimpanzees, I suppose.
      Personally, I prefer the giant asteroid. Might as well use one of nature’s erasers.

      1. Yes. Our only difference is that I call them Trouble Monkeys (credit to a friend who coined the name). Humans have evolved in all the wrong ways, and this is the result.

        1. There are sane humans, but they have no place in the political universe that leeches on the rest of the planet.

          1. The only properly mentally and spiritually evolved humans I can think of are the few remaining hunter-gatherers and ascetic monks. Like with everything else there are exceptions, but these are the only groups on the right path.

  2. Well, when you’re losing the war, you have to keep ramping up the dosage, right Uncle Joe?
    Sounds like the junkie who keeps having to up the dosage to get the same high to me.

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