WASHINGTON – House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Ranking Member Mike Turner (OH-10) and House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Michael McCaul (TX-10) hosted a press conference yesterday on global threats and the national security policies of the Biden Administration.
“Today we are less safe because the Administration continues to say what it will not do, continue to say what it is concerned about instead of saying what it will do and making it clear to Russia of the actions that NATO will do in a unified manner if Russia does cross red lines,"Turnersaid.“This Administration continues to be in a reacting mode rather than making it clear that there are red lines… an understanding that there are those red lines I think can help deter and contain Russia.”
“Putin has always wanted Ukraine, it’s a breadbasket of Russia, he sees it as part of Russia.It’s just a question of timing and I believe he thought this was the right time to take it back,”McCaulsaid.“Juxtapose that to Chairman Xi in China who sees Taiwan in the same way, he’s watching this very closely to see how this experience goes to make a calculated decision if the invasion of Taiwan is fruitful. What worries me the most is this is kind of like my dad’s generation World War II and I never thought I’d see anything like this in my lifetime. To violate territorial sovereignty, such an aggressive invasion, the likes of which we really haven’t seen since World War II. I just got back from [the Poland-Ukraine border] and it was very reminiscent of the Nazis invading Poland. And seeing the refugees as well, [Russia has] created a major major crisis.”