Gen Keane rips ‘outrageous’ US handling of China threat: ‘You’d think we would have learned our lesson’

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The United States’ decision to postpone a planned test of an intercontinental ballistic missile due to China’s deployment of dozens of military aircraft and missiles in the Taiwan Strait is a mistake, said General Jack Keane, Fox’s senior strategic analyst. News Thursday, warning that the move predicts weakness at a critical time amid escalating tensions.

National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Thursday that the Biden administration will postpone a long-planned test of an Air Force Minuteman III ICBM to avoid escalating tensions with Beijing as China threatens to invade Taiwan.

Keane, a retired four-star general, denounced the move as undermining our own national security interests and called on President Biden to address mounting tensions in the region with “a sense of urgency”.

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“I totally disagree with that,” Keane said in “The Story.” “We have planned tests for good reasons. This is in our national interest, just keep doing it. That to me portends fortitude and determination and ruthlessness.

“It’s not a provocation,” he added. “I think as opposed to sending a message of… determination, we’re sending a message of weakness — and it’s so unnecessary.”

China claimed its military successfully carried out “precision missile strikes” on Thursday, a day later House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leave the island.

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The US responded by deploying various warships to the area, but Keane said Biden “needs to get serious about what’s happening here” and consider a stronger US military response.

“China is getting closer and closer to doing what President Xi has promised to do if Taiwan doesn’t capitulate and willingly join mainland China…and here we are, without even an effective military deterrent to that operation,” he said. .

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The United States should focus on moving capabilities to the region, Keane said, calling on officials to speed up shipments of weapons and ammunition to Taiwan after months of delays.

“This is outrageous stuff,” he said. “You would think we would have learned our lesson as a result of Afghanistan. So yes, we have to come to a conclusion here that President Xi is dead serious, just like Putin was dead serious and we fired him for years.”

China is getting “closer” to war, and the United States has no effective deterrent against it, Keane said.

“We need to have a sense of urgency,” he said. “No phone call to President Xi will solve that problem. This is our problem to salvage with our partners in the region.”

Kirby said the ICBM test will be moved to the near future.

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