A former Democrat from Ohio’s congressional delegation has been critical of President Joe Biden’s statements on the possibility of the United States protecting Taiwan in the case of an attack by China.
Newsweek reports that Dennis Kucinich, who was also the Mayor of Cleveland and ran for president in both 2004 and 2008, has accused Joe Biden of engaging in “dangerous games” and putting the world at risk of experiencing World War III as a result of comments he made during an interview that aired on the 60 Minutes program of CBS on Sunday.
Biden had the following response when asked whether the United States military would protect a self-governed island that China says is part of its territory: “Yes, if in fact there was an unprecedented attack.”
When asked if this meant that, apart from in Ukraine, American service members from the United States armed forces would be deployed to defend Taiwan against an invasion by China, Biden said “Yes.”
In a twitter post, Kucinich brought attention to the fact that Vice President Biden had once again violated the official United States policy of “strategic ambiguity” by refusing to comment on the possibility of armed intervention pertaining to Taiwan, thereby exposing the United States to the possibility of a severe reaction on the part of China.
“Is U.S. prepared for War [with] China over Taiwan? NO,” Kucinich tweeted.
“China has world’s largest navy, coast guard, military of two million, number 1 in ship building and steel production. Yet U.S. troops to defend Taiwan [says] Prez on 60 Min. Then WH says ‘No.’ Dangerous game [with] our troops as pawns.”
The tweet was finished off by Kucinich with a hashtag that read “WWIII.”
The White House responded to the comments made by President Biden by issuing a statement to CBS and other news sources, in which they said that their stance on Taiwan has not changed.
“The President has said this before, including in Tokyo earlier this year. He also made clear then that our Taiwan policy hasn’t changed. That remains true,” a White House spokesperson said.
During a trip to Tokyo in May, President Biden announced that the United States had formed a “commitment” to safeguarding Taiwan in the face of rising concerns regarding Chinese military activities in the area.
This quote comes to mind… “I’m fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.”
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