In his final days as President Trump’s Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo is trying to help Americans to understand the dangers that are posed to our country by China.
Breitbart reports that Pompeo recently warned Republican lawmakers that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is “inside the gates.”
Pompeo discussed the threat that the CCP poses to America with House Republicans during a meeting on Friday.
“This fight is inside the gates today,” Pompeo said. “Containing where they are today, leave them in our institutions of higher learning. It leaves them in our high schools; it leaves them in our PTA groups. It leaves them inside our city councils and our state legislatures all across America. This is a deep effort that has been going on for 50 years.”
Pompeo explained the nature of the threat, which is the replacement of “Western society” with “Chinese ideas and philosophies that come from the East, that are very different from the rule of law and basic human dignity that we have.”
Pompeo said that, as a lawmaker, he was aware of the threat posed by China. But, he said that it was not until he became the Central Intelligence Agency’s (CIA) director that he came to appreciate “the scope and the scale and the nature” of the threat.
What to do about it?
Pompeo said that “we need to go use the tools that we have, the power that we have, to impose real costs on them in a way that will shape their behavior, in a way that reflects the understanding that we have about how the West must win and how the United States must protect its own.”
And, the fight against China, according to Pompeo, will come at a cost. “It’s not free to push back,” he said. “There’s a reason we didn’t push back for 50 years.”
Pompeo continued: “For 50 years we told people, ‘you could have it all. You can get cheap stuff. You can outsource our jobs to these other places. We can allow them to do this; don’t worry [about] the leverage they gain from having these enormous supply chains.'” In order to meet the threat posed by China, however, Pompeo said that some of these things might have to be sacrificed.
We “got it right”
Pompeo expressed his belief that the administration of President Donald Trump has got the ball rolling in the right direction with regard to the threat posed by China. Here, Pompeo referred to the “enormous coalition” that the Trump administration has built with the Australians, Japanese, South Koreans, Indians, and others against China.
“We not only got it right, and frankly, I think there is some bipartisan basis, I hope, that we can continue to get this right,” Pompeo said.
This will be one of the defining aspects of Joe Biden’s presidency: whether he continues President Trump’s correct hardnose approach to China or whether he capitulates. His track record would suggest the latter, but we’d sure like to be wrong about that.