FIRST ON TUSEN: Former UN ambassador Nikki Haley is set to say on Wednesday that ‘Western weakness’ prompted Russia to invade Ukraine, while warning of an imminent threat from communist China and calling for ‘change fundamental” in the way the West approaches its adversaries.
Haley, in a speech at Policy Exchange in London, will praise the Anglo-American alliance as “the cornerstone of freedom” in the 20th century and the “basis of progress” in the 21st as she calls for a strong response to threats from Russia. and China, according to prepared remarks obtained by TUSEN News Digital.
In her remarks, she will point out that the blame for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine “lies squarely with [Russian President Vladimir] Putin,” but adds that “the West bears responsibility for a complete failure of deterrence” which she says took years to prepare.
“It was not NATO expansion or Western warmongering that drove Russia to invade. It was Western weakness that convinced Putin he could get away with trying to swallow the Ukraine. He saw America as too divided and internally distracted, and Europe as too bureaucratic and soft to stop him,” she will say. “And unfortunately, I have to say, he had no not wrong.”
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Haley cites the West’s failure to respond to Russia’s occupation of Crimea and its aggression in Syria, as well as Russia’s use of chemical weapons in the UK to target dissidents. More recently, she said Putin had been emboldened by what she described as “America’s surrender” in Afghanistan last year.
“It pains me to say this, but if there hadn’t been a disaster in Afghanistan, there probably wouldn’t have been an invasion of Ukraine,” she says. “Putin saw our lack of resolve in Kabul and assumed that nothing significant would happen once his tanks arrived in Kyiv.”
She also cites a number of measures by President Biden, in addition to the withdrawal from Afghanistan, which she blames for having encouraged Moscow.
“When President Biden took office last year, he brought with him much of the same advisers who produced the weak response to Russia in 2014. In his first year in office, he downgraded the relations with Poland, gave the green light to Nord Stream 2, slowed down military aid to Ukraine, and eagerly met Putin in Geneva without ever visiting Kyiv.Russia rightly interpreted these actions as an invitation to evil,” Haley will say.
While the former South Carolina governor hailed the firm and united response since the invasion, she said the invasion offered a ‘moment of moral clarity’ that should extend beyond the threat from Moscow , namely China.
“There is no doubt about it. There is also no doubt that China is the greatest national security threat facing the world,” she will say.
“Communist China has not yet invaded its neighbors as recklessly as Russia. But it is preparing rapidly for that day. Its actions in Hong Kong, the South China Sea and Taiwan are the clearest possible signals of its future intentions,” she added. will say. “China’s vast economic power makes it far more formidable than Russia. In terms of loss of life, military mobilization and economic pain, the war in Ukraine pales in comparison to a potential war in Asia from the East. Deterring this war should be the top priority goal of the entire free world. And we must begin now.
Going forward, Haley warns that it is a “critical error to consider Russian and Chinese threats separately.”
“Of course, they are different countries with different approaches and different strengths. But strategically they are one,” she will say. “They are united by their fanatical opposition to Western interests and values. And they are increasingly expansionist in their territorial aims.”
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His speech will also warn of a potential danger from Iran, linking the theocratic Islamic regime to the fortunes of Russia and China.
“Although far weaker than China and Russia, the Iranian regime has its own ambitions for regional domination and the destruction of free nations,” the speech will say. “Its belligerence propels Russia’s ambitions, and its oil promotes China’s strength. Russia and China are holding hands with Iran to advance their own global agendas.
Haley has long called for tough stances against Iran, Russia and China, stances she was known for during her time at the United Nations. Since leaving her post in 2019, she has called for the United States to take a hard line against the two countries and has frequently criticized the UN’s soft stance toward Beijing.
In the wake of the invasion of Ukraine, Haley says there must be “a fundamental shift in how the West approaches our enemies” that rejects the idea that economic cooperation with adversaries promotes peace and avoids conflict and sees that doing business with regimes only makes them stronger.
She urges the West to break free from its “dependency” on Russian energy and secure supply chains free from Chinese influence. She also urges the West not to allow Russia to “win any territorial victory” in Ukraine, otherwise it inspires both Russians and Chinese.
“If so, then Russia, China and the other tyrannies of the world will only be looking for more,” she said in her speech.
Haley, who has been mooted as a possible 2024 presidential candidate, then criticizes a “self-loathing” she says has taken root in the UK and the US: “A whole generation is being raised to believe that freedom is a tool of oppression.”
“In this moment of clarity, we need to restore our moral courage. We need the confidence that our cause is right and our principles are true,” she will say, adding that the forces of freedom and democracy will leave “Chinese communism, Russian imperialism”. and Iranian terrorism on the ash heap of history.”