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Rep. Mike Gallagher: Biden’s deterrence strategy will fail in Taiwan like it did in Ukraine


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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., warned “Sunday Night in America” ​​viewers of the threat posed by China and Iran as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine enters its second week.

As Russian forces continue to bomb and invade Ukrainian cities, Fox News host Trey Gowdy commented on China’s refusal to respond or condemn Russia’s behavior on the world stage.

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Rep. Mike Gallagher, R-Wisc., speaks during the House Republicans press conference on the U.S. military withdrawal from Afghanistan in the Rayburn Room of the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, August 31, 2021.
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Gowdy asked the Wisconsin lawmaker “why” China would refuse to speak out against Russia’s actions.

“Because, of course, China wants to do the same with Taiwan,” Gallagher replied, condemning President Biden and his administration for failing to properly deter Russian aggression.

“When the dust settled, despite the very real bravery of the Ukrainian people, deterrence failed in this case. The Biden administration thought that sanctions and tweets would be enough to deter, but they didn’t apply the kind of force that deterred Putin from starting this war in the first place, by the way, a war that could escalate further and implicate us at any time,” Gallagher said.

Although the world’s attention is on Ukraine, Gallagher warned that Biden’s failure to manage Russia could be used as an invitation for more authoritarian countries to invade other countries.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed flight attendants in comments broadcast on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022.

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed flight attendants in comments broadcast on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
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“And I think that should remind us that authoritarian countries with leaders who don’t have checks and balances like Russia and China and leaders who think human life is cheap can launch invasions that seem to us impossible to imagine,” Gallagher said. “If the Biden administration is married to this approach which they call built-in deterrence, which is just a liberal code for cutting off hard power, I’m afraid deterrence will fail again in a bigger step which is the conflict over Taiwan.”

He lobbied for the White House to change its outlook to confront evil men like Putin and Xi Jinping.

“It comes down to our willingness to invest in hard power as well as our ability to let go of this anti-American nonsense. We need to wake up and realize that we live in a dangerous world full of bad guys, bad guys KGB like Putin and genocidal communists like Xi Jinping but we America are the good guys,” he added.

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The Biden administration is trying to broker a new deal with Iran that involves Russia despite the president’s pledge to isolate the Russian government from the global community. Gallagher called the priority “a humiliation to America and a gift to our enemies.”

Iran's flag flies in front of the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 24, 2021. Iran and world powers resume talks in Vienna this week from November 29, 2021. February 28, 2021, aimed at restoring the nuclear deal that collapsed after the United States withdrew three years ago.

Iran’s flag flies in front of the International Center building with the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 24, 2021. Iran and world powers resume talks in Vienna this week from November 29, 2021. February 28, 2021, aimed at restoring the nuclear deal that collapsed after the United States withdrew three years ago.
(AP Photo/Florian Schroetter)

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“Because of the bravery of the Ukrainian people, President Biden has given something you rarely get in geopolitics: a second chance. But if he signs this deal, if he signs this instrument of simultaneous surrender to the Iran, Russia and China, he squanders the second chance and America will suffer,” Gallagher said. “It’s like giving Putin the gun pointed at our heads to hold us hostage. It makes absolutely no sense and yet again it undermines everything President Biden promised Vladimir Putin.”


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