Biden’s Oval Office Address on Israel and Ukraine
During his Oval Office address, President Joe Biden appeared to read his teleprompter instructions, including the phrase ‘make it clear.’
He discussed the ongoing conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, emphasizing that the U.S. does not seek to have American troops involved in these conflicts.
Biden’s Visit to Israel and Ukraine
Biden’s address followed his return to Washington, D.C. after a seven-hour trip to Israel.
This visit marked his second trip to an active war zone this year, with his earlier visit to Kiev in February, where he marked the anniversary of the Ukraine war.
Emphasizing U.S. Leadership
The President highlighted the importance of American leadership in global affairs, particularly in supporting Ukraine and Israel.
He argued that these conflicts, while geographically distant, are vital for America’s national security.
Biden expressed his intention to request billions of dollars in military assistance for both countries.
Addressing Terrorism and Aggression
Biden stressed the consequences of not holding terrorists and dictators accountable for their actions, as it can lead to more chaos and destruction.
He asserted that the cost and threat to America and the world rise when such actors are not deterred.
The President plans to request $105 billion in funding, including $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel.
The proposal also includes funds for humanitarian efforts, border management, and addressing fentanyl trafficking.
Biden believes this investment is essential for American security.
A Nod to History and Creating Jobs
Biden drew a parallel to World War II, invoking the idea of building the “arsenal of democracy” and serving the cause of freedom.
He emphasized that the spending would create jobs for American workers, including missile construction and artillery shell production.
Biden faces challenges in securing the funding, including political divisions in the House and opposition to funding for Ukraine and Israel.