Afghanistan Proves Taiwan Should Buy Nukes

Afghanistan Proves Taiwan Should Buy Nukes. By Robert Kraychik.

Erik Prince, founder of Blackwater USA, said Taiwan should procure nuclear weapons as a deterrence against China following the Biden administration’s handling of U.S. military forces in Afghanistan.

“The Taiwanese must be very concerned about how much they can rely on the U.S.,” Prince said Monday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow. “If I were the Taiwanese leadership, I would load up an airplane full of cash and fly to either India or Pakistan and go buy a few nuclear weapons, because it’s really ultimately up to them to determine their own defense [and] their own deterrence, because I don’t think they can depend on the United States showing up for that.” …

He remarked, “Ultimately, Taiwan needs to defend itself. They need to prove that with their willingness to defend themselves and certainly a nuclear deterrence is the best way from to do that.” …

Australia should acquire nuclear weapons too, for much the same reason, though maybe not like that.

Taliban and terrorist windfall, courtesy of US taxpayers:

“Hundreds of thousands of small arms, artillery machine guns, high-precision brand new drones still in the package — these are eight- and twelve-hour surveillance drones that go for $3 million a piece — hundreds of aircraft — fixed-wing and helicopters — including laser-guided bombs laser-guided rockets, some pretty capable stuff, much of which has already shipped on to Iran or sold off.” …

How Afghanistan could have been handled, much more cheaply:

“If we had just focused on what worked in the first place — the first six months — you had special operations backed by a little air power and they smashed the Taliban from October of 2001 and until the summer of 2002. … And then when the conventional military rolled in, we replicated the Soviet battle plan with all of its costs…”

“What I recommended to President Trump was a model just like the special operations units use for the first six months, so all the high cost conventional military could have gone home. It would have cost less than five percent of what the Pentagon was spending on full effort, and it would have kept a lid on the whole country for decades to come.” …

“The one time I saw Trump when he was president was at a Veterans Day event in 2019. He said, ‘Eric, you’re right. I should have listened to you on Afghanistan.’ I said, ‘There’s still time, Mr. President.’ But he didn’t.”

Practical, cost effective solutions from outside government.

hat-tip Stephen Neil