US Is Sending Tanks to Ukraine. But Why? By Ted Snider

By the time U.S. tanks get to Ukraine, the Russians will have won the war. From Ted Snider at

The US announced on January 25 that it will send thirty-one M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. The tanks may take months or even years to arrive and may never see the battlefield. But that may never have been the intent.

The M1 Abrams is the main battle tank of the US military and is one of the most powerful and sophisticated tanks in the world. But, for Ukraine, that is both the advantage and the problem.

According to military analyst Daniel Davis, “it could take a year or more for all these Abrams to make it to Ukraine, so any expectations that these tanks will have an immediate impact on the fighting needs to be tempered.”

In his comments announcing the decision, Biden said that delivering the tanks to Ukraine will “take time” without further specification.

Reporting ahead of the Biden administration’s announcement, the Associated Press said that “it could take months for the tanks to be delivered.” Other reporting by the AP added that “it could take months or years for the tanks to be delivered.” The longer estimate seems to be based on US intentions to purchase new tanks through the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative package, which provides longer-range funding for weapons, rather than sending tanks from US stockpiles.

The tanks will be purchased from General Dynamics, the manufacturer of the tank. National Security Council spokesman, John Kirby, says it will take many months for General Dynamics to build them. Kirby says the US doesn’t have the extra tanks in its arsenal and “even if there were excess tanks it would still take many months anyway,” suggesting that the unbuilt tanks will take even longer to arrive.

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One response to “US Is Sending Tanks to Ukraine. But Why? By Ted Snider

  1. Slow Fuse to WWIII

    No uranium armor plates and the RF has stated that any depleted uranium rounds will be dealt with harshly.
    UK is training UKE tankers right now.
    There won’t be any vote on WWIII in muh democracy.
    Wash down some freedom fries with vodka.


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