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Top Republican on foreign affairs committee believes US is in new cold war with Russia

<i>Ting Shen/Pool/Getty Images</i><br/>The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday he thinks the US is engaged in a new cold war with Russia amid high tensions between the nations over Russia's potential invasion of Ukraine.
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The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday he thinks the US is engaged in a new cold war with Russia amid high tensions between the nations over Russia's potential invasion of Ukraine.

By Devan Cole and Daniella Diaz, CNN

The top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee said Sunday he thinks the US is engaged in a new cold war with Russia amid high tensions between the nations over Russia’s potential invasion of Ukraine.

“I do. I do, because I think (Russia President Vladimir) Putin again smells weakness here,” Rep. Michael McCaul, a Republican of Texas, told CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union” when asked whether he thinks there’s a new cold war happening.

His comments come after CNN reported the US has information that indicates Russia has prepositioned a group of operatives to potentially conduct a false-flag operation in eastern Ukraine in an attempt to create a pretext for an invasion.

“He knows that if he’s ever going to invade Ukraine, now is the time. I hope he doesn’t make that miscalculation. But the fact is, if he does invade Ukraine, what is the United States, what is our commander-in-chief prepared to do to stop it?” McCaul said.

“If Putin sees deterrence coming back from the United States and our NATO allies, he may second guess his calculation to invade Ukraine. Now Ukraine is the breadbasket of Russia. Putin wants to restore the glory of the old Soviet empire. He’s been wanting to do this for quite some time.”

McCaul added: “I’m not seeing a lot of deterrence. I’m seeing some tough rhetoric, but not a lot of action … you have to put things on the table like sanctions, you have to talk about more arm sales, weapon sales to Ukraine.”

The congressman’s warning comes after a week’s worth of diplomatic meetings between Russian and Western officials over Russia’s amassing of tens of thousands of troops along Ukraine’s border failed to achieve any breakthroughs. Russia would not commit to de-escalating and American and NATO officials said Moscow’s demands — including that NATO never admit Ukraine into the alliance — were non-starters.

Following the failed talks, Michael Carpenter, the US ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, told reporters the “drumbeat of war is sounding loud and the rhetoric has gotten rather shrill.”

“We have to take this very seriously,” Carpenter said of the massing of Russian troops along the border with Ukraine. “We have to prepare for the eventuality that there could be an escalation.”

This story has been updated with additional details Sunday.

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  1. “He (Kim Jong Un) wrote me beautiful letter and we fell in love” DJT. This is the sort of foreign policy rhetoric that made America great!!!! Big fat failed and fired donnie the orange snowflake 2024!!! I thank the gods daily we had cooler heads in our military to intervene cadet bonespurs’ crazy foreign policy!!

    1. Presidnet Trump did more to end the Korean War than all other Presidents combined. AND Kim is now again testing weapons with sleepy joe in office. BTW- love your TDS rantings!! (btw- this news article is about Russia)

    2. “North Korea is trying to lay a trap for the Biden administration,” Easley said. “It has queued up missiles that it wants to test anyway and is responding to US pressure with additional provocations in an effort to extort concessions.”

      Pyongyang is barred from testing ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons under international law, but it has continued developing the weapons in violation of that.

      …..did not hapen during the Trump Admin, just sayin’

    3. The fact that Trump went to North Korea was actually a bit of genius. Prior to that “Little Rocket Man” was launching missiles on a regular basis. Trump understood that sanctions such as those proposed by the Dems only succeed in starving the masses of poor people in the DPNK. The leaders there will not suffer from hunger. The way to get to Kim was to bolster his ego on the international scene. A visit from the POTUS to the DPNK was a master play of diplomacy. Kim shook hands with the POTUS in his own country. How brave of Trump to go there.

      So what does Biden do? The age old threat of more sanctions on a starving people.

      The cooler heads of the current administration have brought us closer to war with the Russians. Imagine that. A war with a major nuclear power and a modern industrial nation is not in our national interest.

  2. Herr – Now we have Corn Pop Joey in office, so much winning this last week he doesn’t even get a participation trophy. This is the administration that you cheer for, just a few of his losses – The Border, Afghanistan, defeating Covid-19 with more deaths than Trump and has had the vaccines his entire presidency, inflation is the worst in 40 years, crime is at record numbers in his party’s run cities, Mandates unconstitutional, can’t pass build back broke, or the cheat they want to do for voter reform. Not really sure what Trump lost – We were energy independent, inflation was at a comfortable 2%, no missiles flying out of Korea, China let loose a virus he was called racist for pointing out, Russia wasn’t invading the Ukraine. And all that was done while the Democrats made up a Russia Hoax, he had very few in Washington he could trust, the media was against him and spreading mis information. Keep cheering on Biden, that 33% might just go to 33.5%, What a mistake.

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