Elon Musk is a Threat to Ukraine and U.S. National Security

Wes O'Donnell
5 min readSep 11, 2023
Photo by Mariia Shalabaieva on Unsplash

The United States of America, with the most powerful military the world has ever seen, must rely on the charity of an unpredictable billionaire for battlefield communications.

The last time I wrote an article that was critical of Elon Musk, nearly half of my audience came to his defense. This illustrates the power of the cult of personality: when a public figure is excessively glorified and celebrated to the point where their image and influence become heroic or god-like.

Like Trump, Musk has his own large group of die-hard supporters and sycophants.

Because of this (and not wanting to lose too many subscribers), I steered safely clear of Elon Musk topics in my later Ukraine War coverage.

Not anymore…

Do you remember the mysterious Ukrainian sea drone or uncrewed surface vessel (USV) that washed up on shore in Crimea in September of last year?

A Ukrainian USV that lost contact with its operator thanks to Musk. Courtesy Telegraph.co

We now know exactly why.

According to excerpts from a new biography by famed historian Walter Isaacson, Elon Musk refused to extend his Starlink satellite service to prevent Ukraine…

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Wes O'Donnell

US Army & US Air Force Veteran | Global Security guy at War is Boring, GEN, OneZero | Intel Forecaster | Law Student | TEDx Speaker | +Democracy | +Human Rights