(Video: Fox News)
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Doug MacGregor joined Fox News’ Tucker Carlson Monday and said he believes the current Democrat-controlled government is “probably the most reckless and irresponsible administration in living memory.”
“We don’t have anyone that qualifies as a statesman,” Macgregor explained. “Statesmanship involves advancing American interests at the least cost to the American people. None of that is in play here. We are dealing with a group of posers, people who are posturing. Posturing is not statesmanship.”
He continued, “The American people need to understand something that no one has bothered to tell them: that during World War II, Taiwan was the unsinkable aircraft carrier of the Imperial Japanese Armed Forces. All the major invasions of China were launched from Taiwan. Beijing will not allow Taiwan to become a garrison state for American armed forces or Japanese armed forces or any foreign power,” the combat veteran assessed.
“If they [China] think that we are going to ally ourselves with Taiwan, if they think we are going to intervene to defend that island in the event of a dispute then we will be at war with China for the reasons that I just outlined, and we are not prepared for that,” MacGregor warned.
He observed the American military is likely not in a position to successfully carry out any war operations against communist China.
“We are grossly overstretched. We don’t have the logistical infrastructure and frankly, it is an old adage that everyone should remember: A ship’s a fool to fight a fort. You have to fight China from the sea. We can’t win that. China can absorb everything we throw at it, and the Chinese are happy to sit there, let us travel thousands of miles to reach them and then sink us,” he contended.
Carlson responded, “I don’t know why every show on TV is not covering this right now. This seems like one of the craziest things that’s happened in my lifetime. Do you have any speculation and guess as to why the Biden Administration would want this?”
MacGregor suggested the Biden regime and its predecessors are – and have been – essentially unserious people, especially in matters of foreign policy.
“Well, the Biden administration and its predecessors treated everything that the Russian government said for the last 15 years about Ukraine with complete contempt. They are repeating that process. We see how well that’s worked out in Ukraine.”
He concluded, “The Russians were always serious. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been lost in this war in Ukraine that we should have acted quickly to stop, and now we are provoking the Chinese over an issue that is at least as strategically important to them.”
Meanwhile, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has reiterated its stern objections over a possible visit to Taiwan as part of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) Asian trip that is currently underway.
“We would like to tell the US once again that China is standing by, and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by. China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told reporters Monday.
“As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Zhao added.
Previously, commentator Hu Xijin of the Chinese state-run Global Times offered an even more extreme suggestion.
“If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is an invasion. The PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction,” Hu Xijin wrote on Twitter. “If ineffective, then shoot them down.”
It remains to be seen whether the House Speaker will make the trip to the island nation.
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