On Wednesday, Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) repeated a call for legislation that would give President Biden authorization to go to war with China in the event that Beijing invades Taiwan.
Even though a military confrontation between the US and China should be unthinkable since it could easily spiral into nuclear war, Luria thinks the US must intervene if China ever moves to take Taiwan by force.
Luria is unhappy that Biden “doesn’t have the authority [under the law] to actually respond” should China attack. “If China were to invade Taiwan today, the president would have to come to Congress for authorization to respond,” she said. “We can’t lose [the] months that it would take in order for us to provide a response.”
Luria, the vice-chair of the House Armed Services Committee, has made the case to give the president war powers for Taiwan before. In October, Luria penned an op-ed for The Washington Post titled “Congress must untie Biden’s hands on Taiwan.” Around the same time, Foreign Policy reported that centrist Democrats favored giving Biden authorization to fight China over Taiwan while progressive Democrats opposed the idea.
Luria’s Republican colleagues have already crafted legislation that would give Biden the war powers she wants. The Taiwan Invasion Prevention Act, which was introduced by House Republicans last year, would authorize “the President to use the Armed Forces to defend Taiwan against a direct attack by China’s military, a taking of Taiwan’s territory by China, or a threat that endangers the lives of civilians in Taiwan or members of Taiwan’s military.”
The legislation hasn’t gotten very far, and a new version of the bill would need to be introduced this year for it to advance. But the fact that giving Biden the power to go to war for Taiwan is becoming increasingly popular in Congress has grave implications.
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Another example of what military analyst Andrei Martyanov describes as ignorant, uneducated politicians with no concept of modern war.
Martyanov suggests in his latest video that, given the failure of talks between the US and Russia over security guarantees, that Russia might announce a formal military alliance when Putin attends the Beijing Olympics. Further, Russia may decide to share the “Zircon Lite” missile, which has a range of 500 km as compared to the main Zircon variant which has a range of 1,000 km, which if China deployed that would remove any chance of the US Navy operating anywhere near Taiwan or the First Island Chain.
It makes perfect sense though, doesn’t it?… Well, so, we’ll have Russia and China lined up to kick our asses. We are due for a world war, can’t go too long without one… For that matter, we are due for an ass kicking…peace-donna
I have retired my other posting name of Peace Chic. It doesn’t make sense to use it now…
Just a great idea. Let’s let old men who are in steep decline when it comes to their ability to fucking think straight decide on their own when we should end civilization as we know it. And that also goes for the king in exile who will be back in power in’24.
Well said, well said WRU…
I’m a peace activist and proud of it but…. If I had Ms.Luria in front of for five minutes, I would bitch slap her from here to Kingdom come. Forgive me. donna (formerly peace chic)
Peace through superior firepower. LOL
Thanks Richard, even I had to smile for a moment…
biden is a dead house plant from the neck up.. i wouldn’t let him control the remote to the tv, and would NEVER give him war powers!
Other body parts too. 😉
Thanks for making us laugh… 🙂
How about they wait until China actually attacks Taiwan, then take it before the UN Security Council regarding a coordinated international response.
How long has Russia been about to invade Ukraine?
These idiots (both D & R) in Congress are obviously unaware that most everything sold in USA is made in China.
China has veto power on the UN Security Council. Which is the same reason the UN can’t hold the US to anything.
“These idiots (both D & R) in Congress are obviously unaware that most everything sold in USA is made in China.”
Sure, if you define 2.7% as “most.”
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