“Well, I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now. But I don’t know what the status of it is.”
These bumbling remarks were made by Biden just a couple of weeks ago, in direct response to his opinion regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s potential visit to the island of Taiwan.
Biden appeared to know little, saying he “thinks” the military “thinks” it’s hardly a good idea.
His humorous addition of, “but I don’t know what the status of it is” is particularly amusing, especially considering that he does not appear to know the status about much in general.
However, it is clear the military does not think it’s a good idea judging from China’s obvious anger over such a visit.
“We would like to tell the United States once again that China is standing by, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army will never sit idly by, and China will take resolute responses and strong countermeasures to defend its sovereignty and territorial integrity,” Chinese propagandist Zhao Lijian proclaimed.
Lijian also continued on to detail precisely why Pelosi’s presence would not be welcome.
“Her stature as the No. 3 U.S. official means a trip would be highly sensitive. As for what measures, if she dares to go, then let’s wait and see,” Lijian added.
If only Lijian knew how ineffectual she could really be, then perhaps he will not be so threatened.
After all, Pelosi is likely keen to visit Taiwan to check the status of her husband’s investment alongside whatever official duties she’ll purport to have while there.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken made an effort to taper some of China’s increasingly bellicose rhetoric, noting that there was no reason whatsoever for the nation to become so incensed by the Speaker’s visit.
“If the speaker does decide to visit and China tries to create some kind of crisis or otherwise escalate tensions, that would be entirely on Beijing,” Blinken said. “We are looking for them, in the event she decides to visit, to act responsibly and not to engage in any escalation going forward.”
COVID could also fall entirely on Beijing, but the world is still waiting for the Biden administration to move forward on that one.
John Kirby the coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council, also weighed in on Pelosi’s visit, claiming it is very miuch “consistent” with the United States’s foreign policy.
“It is very much in keeping with our policy,” Kirby declared, “it is consistent with our support to Taiwan under the Taiwan Relations Act. As a country, we shouldn’t be intimidated by that rhetoric or those potential actions. This is an important trip for the speaker to be on, and we’re going to do whatever we can to support her.”
China isn’t impressed by Kirby’s argument, however, and days before Pelosi’s visit, the nation used Twitter to openly threaten her.
Chinese propagandist Hu Xijin posted a stunning tweet that openly called for shooting down the House Speaker’s plane, which is not even remotely in the same league of the tweets that Trump is currently being grilled over by the January 6 Committee.
“If US fighter jets escort Pelosi’s plane into Taiwan, it is invasion,” Hu declared on Twitter, “the PLA has the right to forcibly dispel Pelosi’s plane and the US fighter jets, including firing warning shots and making tactical movement of obstruction. If ineffective, then shoot them down.”
Humorously, Hu was suspended for a grand total of one day from Twitter.
Looks like China has pull there as well.
Especially considering Hu’s follow-up remarks upon learning that Pelosi was going.
“Let her go to Taiwan. But pray before departure: wish herself a safe journey and wish herself not be defined by history as a sinner who starts a spiral of escalation process expanding military frictions to a large-scale war in the Taiwan Strait,” Hu intoned ominously.
Hopefully, world war will not break out at any point soon … but a whole lot of fear surrounds America’s response, or lack thereof, if it does.
Author: Ofelia Thornton