Jim Hartnett

Jim Hartnett

House Speaker Nancy Policy just visited the island of Taiwan, a democracy of 23 million people. Amidst controversy over her visit, who knows for sure what she may have said to the Taiwanese leaders in private. What she should have told them is that if they do not wish to be absorbed by a belligerent communist Chinese regime, they must prepare Taiwan and its people to fight and die on their own soil, like Ukraine’s, with a similarly speculative outcome. She also should have told them they cannot wait to either internally come to a consensus on their defense policy or garner U.S. and international support for their defense.

If she were speaking to U.S. and international business leaders, she would have to tell them that they must not wait to wean themselves from their dependence on Taiwanese produced semiconductors or any reliance on the Chinese market.

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(2) comments

edkahl

Thank you for a definitive analysis of our policy optoins for Taiwan. The embarrassment of having a successful, prosperous western style government next door, must be enormously embarrassing for Chairman Xi and the Chinese autocracy. Taiwan makes chips for G5 networks that the Chinese couldn't hope to make in 10 years.

Taiwan would do well to develop a submarine force that could sink an amphibious Chinese navy and purchase a large number of anti-missile systems that Ukraine failed to stock pile ahead of time. The Chinese have no experience in amphibious warfare and the prospects of a protracted land war in Taiwan might give them second thoughts.

Terence Y

Thanks for your letter, Mr. Hartnett. When treasonous Biden took a knee and gave Afghanistan, along with aid and comfort, to the Taliban, it was a green light for any other country having designs on expanding their influence. They all know they can take Biden behind the woodshed - Russia already has and it remains to be seen whether China will. If China does, it won’t be a great surprise. Sadly, I predict we’ll be treated to more hot air and impotence from bumbling Biden and the mainstream media either apologizing for or ignoring Biden’s ineffectiveness in global affairs.

Besides, don’t we have more important things to work on? After all, we have a Supreme Court Justice (and many others) who can’t define what a “woman” is; we have a military more concerned about CRT garbage than military matters; we have so-called military leaders trying to kick out soldiers for refusing an experimental jab (I’m pretty sure these folks have more important things to worry about than wondering whether their brothers-in-arms have been jabbed).

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