Mike Garcia Statement on Russia, Ukraine Conflict Escalation
Washington, January 26, 2022
Tags: National Security
Representative Mike Garcia (CA-25) released the following statement in response to the escalation of Russia's threat to invade Ukraine:
"The goal of sustaining stability in contentious regions requires one of two things: 1) Meaningful and strong strategic partnerships (like the US has with Israel in the Middle East), or 2) A unilateral qualitative advantage held by a single nation with the good will and backbone needed to ensure a meaningful deterrence.
"What is happening in the Ukraine is the product of Democratic nations failing to establish and maintain adequate strategic partnerships for three decades in the wake of the Cold War AND the current administration in our White House now failing to demonstrate the fortitude to act as a meaningful deterrent to Putin as he seeks to invade Ukraine.
"Unfortunately, as a result of our recent abandonment, Afghanistan will also ultimately suffer the same fate that Ukraine will experience imminently. This is what Crimea also experienced in 2014 when Putin annexed that nation. The conquering of nations by leaders like Putin is the end state of neglect and weakness by leaders of democracies. We won the Cold War on the back of committing to and maintaining strategic partnerships before the wars started, or before troops amassed on the borders.
"This is also a reminder that we must commit to a strong alliance with Israel to ensure we are not facing a similar fate in the Middle East.
"No American lives should be put in jeopardy in Eastern Europe as a result of recent developments. Any resources we provide cannot dilute our ability to offset and deter China.