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

Biden admin needs to arm Taiwan now: Gallagher

Rep. Mike Gallagher says deterrence failed in the case of the Russia-Ukraine war and it could fail again with China-Taiwan on ‘Sunday Night in America.’

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

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


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

“When the dust settles, despite the very real bravery on display by the Ukrainian people, deterrence in this case failed. The Biden Administration thought that sanctions and tweets would be enough to deter, but they failed to apply the kind of hard power that would have deterred Putin from launching this war in the first place. By the way, a war that could still escalate and involve us at any moment,” Gallagher said.

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

Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke to female flight attendants in comments broadcast on state television on Saturday, March 5, 2022.
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“And I think it should serve as a reminder that authoritarian countries with leaders who have no checks and balances like Russia and China and leaders who think human life is cheap can launch invasions that seem impossible for us to imagine,” Gallagher said. “If the Biden Administration is wedded to this approach that they are calling integrated deterrence, which is just liberal code for cutting hard power, I fear deterrence will fail again in a bigger stage which is the conflict over Taiwan.”

He has lobbied for the White House to change its outlook to face off against evil men like Putin and Xi Jinping.

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

The Biden administration is trying to negotiatie a new deal with Iran that involves Russia despite the president vowing to isolate the Russian government from the world community.. Gallagher referred to this priority as “humiliation for America and a gift to our enemies”

The flag of Iran waves in front of the 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 of Nov. 28, 2021, aimed at restoring the nuclear deal that crumbled after the U.S. pulled out three years ago.
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“Because of the bravery of the Ukrainian people, President Biden was giving something you rarely get in geopolitics: a second chance. But if he signs this deal, if he signs this instrument of simultaneous surrender to Iran, Russia, and China, he will squander the second chance and America will suffer in the process,” Gallagher said. “It’s like giving Putin the pistol to point at our heads to hold us hostage. It makes absolutely no sense and again, it undermines everything that President Biden promised with respect to Vladimir Putin.”

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