Former U.N. ambassador and potential 2024 presidential candidate John Bolton told Newsmax on Wednesday that the United States is "benefiting" from aiding Ukraine in its war with Russia.
"I think this is a war that is having several very beneficial effects for the United States," Bolton said during "Eric Bolling The Balance" on Wednesday. "No. 1: It's chewing up the Russian army and diminishing its power worldwide. And No. 2: If the Russians were able to get away with unprovoked aggression in Ukraine, every other former republic of the Soviet Union would be in jeopardy."
Bolton said that staying out of the conflict would jeopardize stability for our allies on the European continent and that the Chinese would see that weakness as a catalyst to move against Taiwan.
"The lesson that the Chinese Communist [Party] would learn in Beijing is that neither the United States nor the Western alliance would stand against aggression against a country in Europe," he said. "What chance was there really that we would stand aggression if they went after Taiwan? So I think this is all connected, and I think it's important to understand those ramifications.
"I think it's important to deter China from ever undertaking the attack to begin with or creating a pretext of a crisis to throw a blockade around the island, which they've demonstrated they have the capability to do. I don't deny that," he continued.
"I think the way you do that through deterrence is to show that Taiwan's capability of resisting an invasion or a blockade is significant. This is, for us, critical to maintaining our defense against China's increasing its hegemony along its periphery and Indo Pacific and ultimately worldwide."
Bolton said preventing such conflicts in the first place is the goal.
"The point is to try and avoid avoid military conflict," he said. "The way you do that through deterrence is to convince the adversary that if they undertook an act of aggression, the cost that they would bear would be far, far, in excess of anything they could hope to gain."
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