Rewriting reality. Perception management at work.
Accounting “errors” Cooking the books.
All being done so more weapons can flow to Ukraine and Biden can manage the debt ceiling issue to save political face.
WASHINGTON, May 19 — The Pentagon overestimated the value of the ammunition, missiles and other equipment it sent to Ukraine by around US$3 billion (RM13.64 billion), a Senate aide and a defence official said on Thursday, an error that may lead the way for more weapons being sent to Kyiv for its defence against Russian forces.
The error was the result of assigning a higher than warranted value on weaponry that was taken from US stocks and then shipped to Ukraine, two senior defence officials said on Thursday.
“We’ve discovered inconsistencies in how we value the equipment that we’ve given” to Ukraine one of the senior defence officials told Reuters. The officials and the Senate aide spoke on the condition of anonymity. Congress is being notified of the accounting adjustment on Thursday, the sources said.
The defence official said it is possible the amount of overvalued weaponry could grow beyond $3 billion as the Pentagon examines the situation more thoroughly.
In its accounting, the Pentagon used replacement cost to value the weapons aid, instead of the weaponry’s value when it was purchased and depreciated, the senior defence officials said.
Since August 2021, the United States has sent weapons valued at about US$21.1 billion to Ukraine from its stockpiles.
Changing the valuation of the equipment could delay the Biden administrations’ need to ask Congress to authorise more funds for Ukraine as the debt ceiling fight intensifies.
Well that’s convenient- no need to ask Congress to authorise more funds for Ukraine when you, allegedly, haven’t used up the funding already allotted.