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Rep. Mike García (R-CA) on Wednesday referred to the “imminent” Russian invasion of Ukraine in a statement, blaming the democratic nations of the West for their failure to “establish and maintain adequate strategic partnerships for three decades in the wake of the Cold War.”
Moreover, García said that the Biden administration is “failing to demonstrate the fortitude to act as a meaningful deterrent” to a Vladimir Putin willing to move forward in Ukraine.
“We as a superpower should not allow power vacuums to exist and persist in strategic and critical regions such as Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the South China Sea,” says García’s statement.
Mike García warns of “distractions” from real threats
The Republican representative added that the tense situation between Russia and Ukraine will serve as a “distraction” in the face of a much more forceful and direct threat against the United States and the West: China.
“The scenario of Russia imminently annexing Ukraine is the high and slow snowball that is thrown up to distract us from the line drive coming at our forehead, called China,” Mike García said.
“While all eyes are on Eastern Europe this month, China has been escalating its incursions against Taiwan and its airspace. China continues to grow in strength, capacity and resolve. Chairman Xi and Putin have most certainly been coordinating their efforts to test our resolve.”
In that regard, García proposes “doubling down on our commitments” with Taiwan and Asian allies to ensure a posture of strength on the part of the United States in the face of the Chinese threat, as well as strengthening ties with Israel to ensure peace in the Middle East.
“We must stay focused on China and invest in a premier military capable of deterring and winning wars in all domains against the real existential threat that China poses.,” the congressman insisted “When we do that successfully, we will see less brazen behavior from all of our potential adversaries, including Putin.”
Finally, Mike García called on the Biden administration to “restore the superpower role” of the United States vis-à-vis the world, invest in military hardware and build strong alliances. “Otherwise,” García writes, “the damage and lack of leadership from the last 12 months may in fact lead to our own nation’s demise.”