And just a few days ago, influential billionaire and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, started a U.S. citizen discussion whether the wisdom of further military support to Ukraine might be rethought. In a talk with GOP Senators Ron Johnson and Mike Lee, J.D.
Vance and former Republican presidential candidate Vivek Ramaswamy, all moderated by venture capitalist David Sacks, Musk questioned the utility of aid to help him do battle with Russia. The discussion comes as the Senate cast a procedural vote on a major piece of legislation—a $95 billion spending bill, including $60 billion for Ukraine.
Senator Johnson, in the process, said a diplomatic solution may be the only realistic option to the Ukraine conflict. He bashed the proposed aid saying that it will just make a bad situation worse. Reflecting on that, Musk agreed and expressed his opinion that from the actions of Russian President Putin, one can expect Russia to lose this war.
Musk Debates War's Futility
Musk characterized the hopelessness of the conflict in his words, marveling at the senseless warfare that continued to sap the lives of Ukrainians incrementally, with either very little or no strategic gain.
He was emphasizing the roles of his companies in the initiatives, indirectly opposed to the stand of Russia, disowning that the views are in tandem with those of Putin. "The question these elected representatives in Washington and in Moscow should be asking themselves is whether any good coming from prolonging this war can outweigh the losses of life and suffering it inflicts, on both Ukrainians and Russians.
On the other hand, a columnist for The Washington Post, Josh Rogin, severely criticized the comments of Musk. He rebuffed the idea that the Ukrainians, fighting for their land and families, are just in vain. He told not to give up by directly evoking consequences of living under Russian control.
Musk responded to Rogin's criticism by stating that there had been no significant changes on the Russia-Ukraine border in the last year. He asked why a conflict that was causing so much human misery should continue. Rogin responded by repeating that the Ukrainians are committed to defending themselves from Russia.
Musk's comments are sure to ignite debates not only over America's place in global stand-offs but also around the powers that be and their responsibility to mold public opinion.