March 16, 2022
U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, issued the following statement ahead of President Zelensky’s address to Congress this morning.
“Zelensky needs more:
More drones -- including Switchblades.
More grenade launchers.
More machine guns.
More surface-to-air missile defense systems -- SA-8s, SA-10s, and SA-11s.
And, yes, more planes -- get the Ukrainians the damn MiGs.
Get them anti-ship missiles too.
If they can shoot it, we can ship it. Here’s the problem in a nutshell: The whole world knows what Putin is for -- he's for murdering Ukrainian moms and babies. The whole world knows what Zelensky is for -- he's for his country and for the free world.
But the whole world is only hearing what the Biden Administration is against -- at every turn this administration has said what America won't do.
Here’s what we should be for: Our strategic goal should be to help Ukraine win -- not to help them lose as slowly as possible, as many in Washington seem resigned to accept. To help Ukraine win, our tactical goal should be to help the Ukrainians inflict as many casualties on Putin’s invaders as possible with as much weaponry and intelligence as possible.
When Ukraine asks, our response should be ‘how fast can we get it there?’ not ‘how will the lawyers explain this?’ Zelensky needs more and America can do more.”