McCarthy says Ukraine invasion should serve as ‘lesson’ to arm Taiwan
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the Russian invasion of Ukraine should serve as a “lesson” for a possible Chinese invasion of Taiwan, arguing that President Biden needed to take immediate steps to strengthen Taiwan’s military so that he could defend himself more. There may be a good chance.
During an Easter morning look on “TOU Sunday,” McCarthy, R-Calif., Denounced the Biden administration for being too slow to supply arms to Ukraine before the invasion.
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“This is going to get stronger and rougher,” McCarthy said. “And what really needs to happen is that Ukraine is not asking American men and women to fight. They just want weapons to defend themselves. If we had taken those steps sooner, instead of waiting for Russia to invade.” “If we had done it earlier, they would probably never have attacked.”
McCarthy said early action on arming the Ukrainians could have saved “thousands of lives” and possibly prevented Russian President Vladimir Putin from invading in the first place.
“I had this discussion with President Biden a long time ago, when Putin threatened to impose sanctions once he entered. I don’t think Putin is ever worried about sanctions. He just looks at it, can he be prevented from entering Ukraine?” Said McCarthy. “Ukraine was desperate for its ability to defend itself. If we had previously moved weapons to Ukraine so that they could defend themselves, it could have saved thousands of lives and perhaps Putin’s decision not to enter.”
“And then after Putin entered, we told President Biden, ‘Well, sanctions take a long time to work.’ And then the president rejected Ukraine and refused Poland to provide Ukraine migs to protect itself on the flyover, “he continued. “It’s all a wrong move going forward.”
McCarthy said the president should learn from his mistakes about Ukraine if China decides to take military action against Taiwan.
“We need to learn from this … but we also need to look at the future of what China is doing,” he said. “Taiwan has been waiting for more than a year for arms to defend itself. Let democracy defend itself. This is a lesson we must learn today.”
US extends its hand to China after Russia’s invasion, needs more than sanctions to curb Taiwan’s aspirations: experts
China claims that Taiwan is part of its national territory and has not been an independent country since the partition in 1949. The communist country is building its military presence in the South China Sea, fearing that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will encourage China. President Xi Jinping will try to reclaim Taiwan.
On Friday, China conducted military exercises in areas opposite Taiwan while a delegation of six U.S. lawmakers led by Sen. Lindsay Graham of South Carolina met with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen.
The military exercise, conducted by the People’s Liberation Army’s Eastern Theater Command, was “a hostile response to recent negative actions by the US, including a visit to a delegation of Taiwanese legislators,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zhao Lijia said. Keep up the good work. ”
The United States has been supplying arms to Taiwan ever since Taiwan Relations Act Was passed in 1979, but some experts argue that the island needs a significant increase in support amid China’s military situation.
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Matthew McKinsey of the Institute for the Study of War insisted that any sanctions would not be effective unless they were accompanied by a “full-spectrum campaign” involving the use of force, effective political and diplomatic maneuvering, information sharing and augmentation. Weapons supply.
“Economic sanctions don’t just work on their own,” McKinsey told TOU Digital in an interview last month, citing his experience in conducting maximum pressure campaigns for the state department. “There are other issues … It is very clear that there has been an increase in air defense capabilities and anti-armor – things that have proved so effective for the Ukrainian forces – I think we need to take a little more risk in augmenting air defense and the enemy. Armor and anti-drone capabilities in the potential Taiwan scenario. ”
Peter Aitken of TOU and the Associated Press contributed to this report.