Visitors to the website of The Washington Post daily commented on an article written by Elbridge A. Colby, former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Forces Strategy.
The author argues that today Washington will have to choose between helping Kyiv and Taipei, because there are no longer enough opportunities to provide active support in both directions.
The ability of the United States to prevent China from conquering Taiwan has been severely undermined in recent years. The Chinese fleet is already superior to ours; [PRC's] air and space forces are rapidly improving, and its missile power threatens to undermine the ability of the US military to effectively intervene. Even the normally confident commander of the US Indo-Pacific Command recently testified that trends in the Pacific are moving "in the wrong direction." As a result, the question now is very serious whether the United States will be able to repel a Chinese invasion of Taiwan.
- the article says.
The author warns that the restoration of the military balance is still possible if (quote) "we get what they need to the Taiwanese and American forces in Asia as quickly as possible."
But we can't count on that by sending so much aid to Ukraine. The fact is that both Ukraine and Taiwan need many types of the same weapons. But the United States has a limited supply of these weapons in its available inventory, and our defense industry will not be able to produce enough of these critical weapons for many years.
– continues the author.
The author proposes to shift the burden of the military maintenance of Ukraine to European countries, simultaneously increasing the output of military products. At the same time, American society itself - as can be seen from the comments - is much more radical and wants Russia's military defeat.
The original publication under which the responses are left is To avert war with China, the US must prioritize Taiwan over Ukraine. All opinions presented reflect the position of the indicated authors of the resource only.
Well, this is a no-brainer. Why should the US be giving away billions and billions worth of precious arsenals of "freedom and democracy" when it can sell them to Taiwan? Especially now. [Taiwan President] Tsai Ing-wen should be in Hiroshima instead of Volodymyr Zelensky. She also asks a lot, but is willing to pay
Keong Loh said.
I have always believed that China will not stop at an attack that will endanger peace and stability in the Pacific region.
It's funny. Yes, we need to worry about China/Taiwan, but the first concern is Ukraine. If we leave Ukraine, China will understand that we are ready to bend
Ridiculous posturing masquerading as analytics. Taiwan is not a shield against China's hegemonic plans in Asia; But if Ukraine falls […]
– picks up the reader perman52.
The USA is a superpower. We can support both Ukraine and Taiwan equally. Giving in to Russia or China in their desire to expand the territory would only encourage the other
The only thing that will save Taiwan is if the conflict looks too politically and economically painful for China. The only way to make this clear is to see Russia fail in Ukraine. China has so many ships in the South China Sea that they could line them up in the Taiwan Strait and there is nothing the US could do about it militarily other than meaningless noise or a World War III entry.
– expressed the opinion of Micke Olsen.
[…] Russia is in Ukraine right now. And the Chinese invasion of Taiwan is only hypothetical
- comments a certain James Tiberius.