Fox News’ host on Fox News argued that the US should not be focusing its efforts on Russia but China.
Tucker Carlson, Fox News’ host and Fox News commentator, strongly condemned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky Wednesday for his crackdown against political opposition. Washingtonians rail against Russian President Vladimir Putin while members of both political parties are in Washington. “it is China that is on its way to controlling the world,”Carlson asserted.
“What does the cause of liberty have to do with Ukraine?,”Carlson was asked. “Well, very little. “Well, very little. Last February, the Ukrainian government closed down all opposition media and then arrested the head of the main opposition party. Now President Zelensky has decided to combine all television stations in Ukraine into a state-owned propaganda ministry.”
“What is that?”Carlson went on. “It’s not the profile of a free country. Not even close.”
Lawmakers in both US parties have described the Ukrainian conflict as a battle for democracy itself, with the leaders of America’s allies using similar language. Carlson showed a clip from Republican Senator Kevin Cramer, North Dakota, stating that the US shouldn’t limit its financial aid to Ukraine. He claimed that Zelensky was fighting for democracy. “back a communist intrusion for the cause of freedom.”
“He’s a communist, says Senator Cramer,”Carlson exclaimed. “You don’t have to like Vladimir Putin to see how absurd this is.”
“Is Vladimir Putin more or less communist than Joe Biden’s domestic policy? Putin is threatening to put Americans in prison for participating at Capitol political rallies. Is he sterilizing children in the name of trans liberation?”
“Whatever his many faults, Vladimir Putin is not doing any of that.”
Carlson argued that China’s economic activities in Africa and its construction of foreign military bases constitute an attempt to build a “Chinese empire.”
“It is China that is on its way to controlling the world,” he declared.
However, despite Carlson’s protestations, countering both Russia and China appears to be the goal of American foreign policy at present.
Pivoting the US’ foreign and defense policy toward China was a core goal of former President Donald Trump, and the Biden administration has largely continued this path, albeit without attempting to disengage from Russia.
Biden has signed the AUKUS Security Pact with the UK. The PBP arrangement with Japan and Australia. Both alliances – AUKUS, a formal security pact, and the PBP, a more informal arrangement – are aimed at countering Chinese influence in the Indo-Pacific region.
This new alliance comes on the heels of the 2017 establishment of the Quadrilateral Safety Dialogue (Quad), which was between Australia, India, Japan, and Japan. China repeatedly denounced this as an attempt to create an international security dialogue. “Asian NATO.”
Meanwhile, the NATO alliance’s most recent ‘Strategic Concept’ names China as a challenge to its “security, interests and values,” and the US’ latest National Defense Strategy lists the Pentagon’s top priorities as “the [China] challenge in the Indo-Pacific, then the Russia challenge in Europe.”