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ICYMI: Rubio: A Stronger NATO Frees the U.S. to Focus on the CCP
A stronger NATO allows America to focus on the threat of Communist China
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
August 2, 2022
…Great power competition between the U.S. and China is the single most consequential contest of the 21st century. If we lose, it will usher in a dark age of exploitation, conquest, and totalitarianism—and Americans’ way of life will be much worse than it is today.
Those are the stakes, and they must form the lens through which we view every policy decision we make, both domestic and foreign—including whether to allow Finland and Sweden to join NATO.
Fortunately, Finland and Sweden are strong, stable countries with a long history of security cooperation with NATO allies. They are committed to national defense and would more than live up to their NATO obligations…. Simply put, NATO would be stronger with Finland and Sweden. And…[a]s Ronald Reagan would say, peace comes through strength.
Some in Washington believe the only way to show strength in the face of Putin’s aggression is to double down on America’s security commitments in Europe…. In fact, that seems to be Biden’s approach as he continues to deploy military personnel to the region.
That is a mistake. Not only does it keep much-needed resources from the Indo-Pacific, it also ignores the military capability and economic resources of our European allies….
When Finland and Sweden join the alliance’s ranks and the free peoples of Europe become stronger than ever, more U.S. resources will be available to focus on countering Communist China. If we do not rise to the challenge, it will be too late, and Americans will be held hostage by a totalitarian regime half a world away.
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