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Proposal to Place Zelensky Bust in Capitol Speaks Volumes About Corruption in DC

US President Joe Biden welcomes Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on December 21, 2022. – Zelensky is in Washington to meet with US President Joe Biden and address Congress — his first trip abroad since Russia invaded in February. InternationalIndiaAfricaSouth Carolina Republican Congressman Joe Wilson introduced a resolution to place a bust of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in the US Capitol earlier this week only to come under criticism from his fellow GOP lawmakers.

"The resolution is laughable to say the least," Lisa Haven, a libertarian commentator, radio host and alternative media news analyst, told Sputnik. "Joe Wilson, and anyone who supports this nonsense, is supporting the very guy who banned opposition parties in his country and is currently cracking down on Christianity. This is not a man who should receive such status. We already have enough democrat and RINO [Republicans in name only] worship of Zelensky via the billions of American taxpayer dollars that he continues to receive. We don’t need a bust where people can worship him daily. This is America, not Ukraine."

On Monday, South Carolina Representative Joe Wilson tabled a resolution to direct the House Fine Arts Board to obtain a bust of the Ukrainian president and then find a “suitable, permanent location” for the statue in the Capitol Building.It’s not the first time that Wilson has come up with the controversial initiative: in March 2022, the lawmaker also sought to place the Ukrainian president’s bust in the US Capitol.

"Anyone not tied to the idea that the US must selectively police or fund conflicts abroad without regard to helping Americans, would not only object to lionizing Zelenskyy with a bust (which is utterly absurd), but also would object to funding any more of Zelensky’s international Ponzi Scheme," Republican political commentator Marc Little told Sputnik, in an apparent reference to the October 2021 bombshell 'Pandora Papers' release by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). The expose shed light on Zelensky's offshore companies and his longstanding cooperation with Ihor Kolomoisky, a Ukrainian oligarch dogged by US allegations of multibillion-dollar fraud.

RussiaUS Analyst: Time Has Come for American Politicians to Hold Kiev Responsible for Endemic Corruption23 July 2022, 13:03 GMTIn response to Wilson’s relentless efforts to obtain Zelensky’s bust, GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga) tweeted on Thursday: “Absolutely NOT! We serve America not Ukraine!” Greene is well known for her criticism of the Ukrainian president: in March 2022 she openly called Zelensky “corrupt”.Republican Representative Andy Biggs (R-Ariz) echoed Greene on Twitter: “Was the $100Bln+ to Ukraine not enough?”In late December 2022, Congress passed a government funding bill, which included $45Bln in aid for Ukraine. In addition, the Pentagon pledged $1.85Bln as well as the US Patriot missile system for the Ukrainian military. Earlier, in March and May 2022, US lawmakers voted for a total of $54Bln for Kiev.”I believe our American lawmakers, including some Republicans, have truly lost sight of what we the American people want and need,” Haven said. “Rather than focusing on us and the fact that many Americans are now going hungry and hurting financially from inflation, they’re sending our tax-paying dollars to a dictator, despite the fact that we desperately need it. Congress is more concerned with playing political games than it is with its own people. And they’re putting us all at risk of war. They have no regard for We the People. And Americans are ticked!”WorldBigwigs, Bucks & Biolabs: US Establishment Has a Lot of Skeletons in Ukraine’s Closet, Analyst Says13 May 2022, 12:00 GMT

What Does Zelensky Have on the Bidens & Others?

There are many American politicians, especially in the camp of Democrats, who have a lot to hide regarding Ukraine, according to Haven. She does not rule out that Zelensky has dirt on some American policymakers, including the family of the incumbent US President Joe Biden. The First Son, Hunter Biden, used to serve on the board of Ukraine’s gas company Burisma, and received a hefty salary despite having no expertise in energy or Ukrainian economic policies.On 24 March 2022, the Russian Ministry of Defence (MoD) revealed, citing documents obtained during the Russian special operation in Ukraine, that Hunter Biden-linked firm Rosemont Seneca maintained “close ties” with the US defense contractors, including Metabiota and Black & Veatch (B&V), and participated in the financing of the Pentagon’s biological program in Ukraine. On 25 March 2022, The Daily Mail reported that Hunter indeed “helped secure millions of dollars of funding” for Metabiota, a Pentagon contractor which worked in Ukraine, specializing in research on pandemic-causing diseases “that could be used as bioweapons”.Opinion & AnalysisBattle for Bakhmut: Why the City is Key to Russia’s Liberation of Donbass10 January, 15:00 GMT

Americans are Worse Off Because of Biden’s Adventurism

The Biden administration’s excessive focus on the Ukraine standoff at a time when all sorts of conflicts simmer in the Middle East and Northern Africa speaks volumes, according to Little.

"The absence of any public information on the US response to these additional conflicts tells a story about what’s 'really going on' with our interest in Ukraine whose leaders have been historically corrupt," the commentator said. "You need only look to then vice-president Joe Biden on video tape exhorting the Ukrainian leadership with $1Bln to fire the prosecutor who was investigating his son Hunter Biden. This is openly reprehensible behavior by the US vice-president which seems to be an acceptable practice given the absence of international outrage."

He argues that pouring tens of billions of dollars on the conflict in Ukraine when the US economy is weakening by the day makes no sense. Likewise, the US neocons are prioritizing the conflict in Eastern Europe at the time, when the Biden administration has left “the southern US border open – allowing millions of unknown illegal immigrants into the country with all of the known and horrific consequences – driven up gasoline prices at the pump, and tanked our economy (inflation and recession), and go all-in for Ukraine”.According to Little, Americans are worse off as a direct result of the spending and Biden’s politics with regard to the Russo-Ukrainian conflict.

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