Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA) on Wednesday introduced a bill in the House that would allow the US to lend or lease weapons to Taiwan as Congress is looking for ways to ship more arms to the island.
The legislation is modeled off the World War II-era Lend-Lease Act that allowed the US to arm the Soviet Union, Britain, and other allies prior to its entry into the war. A similar law for Ukraine was signed into law by President Biden last year in the wake of Russia’s invasion.
Versions of the bill for Taiwan were introduced in both the House and the Senate last year but were never put to the floor for a vote. “I’m reintroducing the Taiwan Democracy-Defense Lend-Lease Act to arm Taiwan with the tools it needs to defend itself and deter a #CCP [Chinese Communist Party] invasion,” Steel wrote on Twitter.
Steel claimed in comments to The Washington Times that China is “the greatest threat to global stability and America’s national security.” So far, her bill has received 12 bipartisan cosponsors; four Democrats and eight Republicans.
Congress has been scrambling for ways to get more weapons in Taiwan’s hands in the name of deterring a Chinese attack. But the increasing US military support for Taiwan has led to more Chinese military pressure on the island.
For example, the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act includes $2 billion in military aid for Taiwan in the form of loans to finance weapons purchases. In response to President Biden signing the bill into law, China launched major military exercises around Taiwan.
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Bill Introduced in the House Would Allow US to Lend Weapons to Taiwan The legislation is modeled on the WWII-era Lend-Lease Act that allowed the US to arm allies before entering the war”
Joey Balloon Boy Biden is giving away the strategic petroleum reserve and massive amounts of weapons to Ukraine. Now the insane congress people want to give away more weapons to Taiwan.
America may soon become a hallow shell with few weapons to fight with.
Looks like they already are a shallow shell, they lost NATO and the EU market and will lose Ukraine. they will fight China alone with what is left of the isolated hegemon USA.
Nuland is more than stupid, she must have lost her mind years ago.
Victoria Nuland more and more resembles Jabba the Hut.
Neocon swamp Congess at it again provoking China with no good reason at all. Learning absolutely nothing from Ukraine and every failed neocon war before that.
Could the Taiwanese be so stupid after the Ukraine fiasco and follow in their footsteps? That would require a lot of stupidity or deep pockets to be filled with money or better both.
Give them weapons AND give them debt. Perfect.
That way not only arms makers have a piece of the pie, but so do the banks
I’ll bet after the ‘loan’ the weapons won’t be in the same condition as when they were delivered. Wonder how much the US taxpayer will shell out for the coming fiasco in Asia? If Ukraine is any indication, better be ready to give ’till it hurts again. What a country America has become! and it’s Wash., not the people that are destroying it.
Maybe we are lucky and the Russians put the idiots in their place in their asylum. We can only hope they win and soon to safe the lives of all the young soldiers and civilians.
That is the best we can hope for.
Wash. will keep the war going as long as it’s profitable for the MIC and all linked to the war industry, including the media. They are all linked through Wall St.
I am afraid you are right. The MIC is really *Military Industrial Government Complex*. ” M I G C”
Selling and financing weapons is the only business the USA excels in, it is all it has were it can compete. But to have a market it takes never ending wars. And only the establishment elite profiteers, the people pay with blood and sweat. The USA, the Merchant of Death.
For some time now, going back to Trump, the USA is arming Taiwan but when bellicose Biden stirs more war and China supports Russia they scream bloody murder, dear, they are more deranged than one can imagine. We need regime change before the inmates in the asylum loose their pea sized brains completely and blow up the planet instead of just an ally’s pipeline.
“Never a borrower or a lender be”…
Lend weapons? OK, is Taiwan allowed to returned weapons after use? Who pays? Or have our money vhangers iinvented one more resin for issuing credit — ie invent non-existent money — a transaction in which they earn hefty fees UP FRONT. Coutresy ofvtaxplayer of course. It all sounds so business like, while robbing American people without mercy.
They are going to lend what exactly?
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