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American manufacturing is back… to make guns – RT World News

Joe Biden’s announcement of tank supplies to Ukraine came with bragging about boosting US jobs

Amid soaring inflation and other economic troubles, US President Joe Biden’s administration has been obsessed with emphasizing every shred of positivity it could find. This is especially true with that quintessentially American buzzword: jobs.

Last Thursday, the President tweeted a graph showing the average number of jobless claims over the past four weeks compared to when he took office. Apparently the number has decreased by more than four times. The day before, Biden tweeted a message from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, showing that job creation for blue-collar workers is believed to be attributable to his clean energy agenda, that “climate actionequals “works.”

Both of these examples are fairly innocuous, but on the same day as that last tweet, another round of posts followed. One of them simply says:American manufacturing is back.” Another was official news confirmation that the United States is now dispatch of 31 Abrams tanks to Ukraine, which he described as “Proof of our enduring and unwavering commitment to Ukraine and our confidence in the competence of Ukrainian forces.”

The latter was important because it represents a major escalation of American involvement in the conflict in the Eastern European country. Only a few countries have been equipped with this weapon system, and the United States is sending an entire battalion to Ukraine. This is an indication that there is potentially no limit to what Washington is willing to give kyiv.

This naturally leads to questions about whether high-end US warplanes or surface-to-surface missiles will end up in Ukraine. It also leaves us wondering what these systems would be used for. For example, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would defend Russian territory, including Crimea, “by any means necessary”. Meanwhile, Ukrainian officials have vowed to retake the peninsula.

So the announcement of Biden’s tank – which follows a series of others by Western capitals – shows the potential for a war that could spread far beyond Eastern Europe and go global. It could even mean outright nuclear annihilation. It’s a truly terrifying prospect, especially for those of us in close proximity to the action right now.

It doesn’t look like Biden is so scared, given his tweet that “American manufacturing is back.” Not only are Abrams tanks made in the USA in Lima, Ohio, they are also made by union workers. Check, check the priorities made in America and made by the unions of the Biden administration.

Of note, we’ve seen a similar line from other prominent figures before. On the one hand, Jack Matlock Jr., the former American ambassador to the Soviet Union, once told Putin opposite that the anti-missile defense system installed by Washington in Romania – at the gates of Russia – was not designed to attack, but to create American jobs. Putin laughed and replied: “Why would you “create jobs” in an industry that has the potential to put the entire human race at risk?

Just days ago, speaking to the National Association of State Chambers (NASC) in Boca Raton, Florida, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said there was “big deal» opportunities in his country for any American company interested in working there. This also naturally includes the defense industry, which Zelensky was sure to give a special shout out to.

White House facing tanks for Ukraine

Maybe I’m misinterpreting Biden’s tweet and it was actually related to the clean energy sector. But the fact that a New The Green New Deal has not been established and the only major climate legislation undertaken under his presidency has just been implemented, casting doubts on this position. If he was talking about anything else, I think it’s clear that most of the manufacturing is definitely not in the United States, nor will it be coming back to the country.

The United States – or at least its politicians – lack the general political will for initiatives in economic spheres outside of the so-called defense industry. And that’s what’s so ironic about Biden’s tweet, whether he’s gloating about the quality of the latest jobs report or how a tank factory in Ohio could hire more union workers despite the fact that the world is getting closer to nuclear armageddon.

I remember another American country, Cuba, which counts medical services among its greatest exports and regularly receives Nobel Peace Prize nominations for its heroism. The now deceased leader Fidel Castro once said that Havana would send “doctors” and “no bombs” around the world. It’s quite a foil for Washington, which is content to produce only bombs while everything of practical use is manufactured literally anywhere else.

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