The Biden Administration continues promoting policies that endanger our state and our nation. From their war on the energy industry to their catastrophic policies in Afghanistan, our national security and economic future continue to hang in the balance. I will always fight for Wyoming’s values, and will work to secure our nation from our adversaries.
Standing Up For Our Shared Principles:
I recently spoke with The Washington Examiner‘s Salena Zito to discuss a wide-range of issues that affect our state and our country. See below for excerpts from our conversation:
The Washington Examiner: Liz Cheney’s Conservative Street Cred Is Obvious On Broad Range Of Issues
Salena Zito – August 12, 2021
On The Coronavirus & China:
“For example, as the delta variant of the coronavirus begins to create more economic, social, and health turmoil this summer, Cheney has a clear message.
‘China clearly bears responsibility for the spread of the virus around the world,’ she said. ‘They knew that they had human-to-human transmission, that they allowed people to travel from Wuhan to the rest of the world, even though they shut down travel into the rest of China. So they bear direct responsibility for the cost in human lives and the devastation to economies. And I think that they ought to pay restitution for that.’
‘If anybody continues to view them as sort of benign actor, I think that that is not supported by the facts,’ she continued. ‘And so, I think COVID has been a real wake-up call for people, in terms of our allies around the world, recognizing the role that China plays.’
The conservative hawk said she thinks it is critically important for the government to organize itself more effectively to defeat the threat China poses across every major spectrum, ‘whether it’s intellectual property or cyber or artificial intelligence or the military.’
Cheney said the Chinese Communist Party conducts itself as if its leaders believe they must diminish American power to raise themselves.
‘We need to recognize that,’ she said. ‘And we need to make sure that we are protecting ourselves and our allies and that we are recognizing the nature of the threat they pose so that we can effectively continue to defend freedom around the world and here in the United States.'”
On The Economy:
“On the state of the economy, Cheney said the rise of inflation, which the Biden administration dismisses as temporary, is real and affects the price of gasoline, food, lumber, and just about every essential good needed for small- and medium-sized businesses to succeed.
‘Those are the consequences of Biden’s policies,’ she said, referencing the decision to shut down the Keystone Pipeline and to pause energy extraction on federal land and the money the White House keeps handing out to people.
‘One of the very first phone calls that I had with members of the Biden White House staff was about this concern about inflation,’ she said. ‘When they first began putting together their stimulus package plan, I asked them how they can be so sure that injecting this much cash into the economy won’t cause inflation.'”
On The Border Crisis:
“Another big concern, she said, is what is happening at our southern border: ‘The fact that we’ve got massive inflows across our southern border and the administration is taking no action to stop it. You’ve got complete inconsistency in terms of how the administration is dealing with COVID, where you’ve got people coming into the country who most certainly have it and people who are being taken to other towns and cities around the country.’
It is an issue of national security that she says deeply concerns her.
‘It is a perfect example of where the Biden administration came in, and they reversed policies of the Trump administration that were working,’ she said. ‘When they reversed the remain-in-Mexico policy, when they went back to ‘catch and release,’ when they took all these steps that basically are encouraging people to come.’
Cheney said that while legal immigration is important for the country and economy, it is not what the Biden administration does.
‘They’ve ceded control of our borders to Mexican cartels,’ she said. ‘And human trafficking is going on, the drug trafficking is going on. Tens of thousands of people coming across that we don’t know who they are, and they’re not being stopped.’
‘It is a devastating situation at the border and something that fundamentally is the responsibility of the president of the United States,’ she continued. ‘You can’t carry out your obligations as president if you won’t secure the border.'”
On Combatting Big Government:
“Meanwhile, she said she and fellow conservatives are working hard to fight against this massive expansion in government spending and the massive expansion of the government’s role.
‘If you look at their infrastructure bill, for example,’ she said, ‘the Green New Deal provisions in it, many of the other provisions in it, really take steps towards fundamentally restructuring key aspects of our economy in ways that are bad policies.’
Cheney said those big-government policies will certainly be a big issue in 2024.”
What’s Happening In Afghanistan Is Catastrophic:
I joined the “Hugh Hewitt Show” yesterday to discuss the Biden Administration’s failed Afghanistan policies and the importance of funding our military.
Listen to the full interview here and see relevant portions of the transcript below:
HUGH HEWITT: I’m joined by Representative Liz Cheney of the House Armed Services Committee because she and I have shared a point of view on Afghanistan for 20 years. And this is a dark and grim week. Congressman Cheney, welcome back. What do you think is happening?
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Hi, Hugh. Well, thank you for having me back. And you’re exactly right. And what’s happening is not a surprise, it’s what was clear would happen. It is, you know, in many ways catastrophic. The United States had approximately 2,500 forces in Afghanistan conducting counterterrorism, counterinsurgency missions, working very closely with the Afghans to help to ensure the Taliban was not able to establish this kind of control of territory, to ensure the Taliban and their close allies, continued allies, fighting partners, al Qaeda, did not get themselves into a position where they could have free rein and set up safe havens again for terrorist training camps of the kind we saw prior to 9/11. Joe Biden, President Biden, made the decision to withdraw all of our forces, and what we’re seeing now is the consequence of that. And it really is devastating.
HEWITT: Liz Cheney, I was probably the most vocal proponent of President Bush and Vice President Cheney’s policy, and I believe we should have treated Afghanistan like South Korea, that we should have been there as long as it took because proximity to Iran and China and Russia, the critical necessity of keeping terrorists out, and yet it seems like they’re not fighting for themselves. These are not battles, these are just surrenders. They’re not in the trenches, they’re not dying to the last man. It doesn’t seem like they are willing after 20 years to sacrifice anything except American lives and treasure.
REP. CHENEY:Well, I think you’ve got to recognize the circumstances that the Afghan forces are facing now. You know, for example, they have been able to rely on U.S. airpower, being able to fight the Taliban when you can count on our airpower is a whole different thing than the situation we’re in today. You know, the military and the Administration kept saying, and frankly the Trump Administration was saying the same thing — because President Trump wanted to do this, President Biden did do it — it was wrong then, and it’s wrong now — but kept saying we’ll have forces stationed over the horizon, we can provide help if it’s needed. You know, well, over the horizon turns out to be what, seven, eight hours away? So, being in the situation where America has abandoned our allies in Afghanistan, NATO is following suit, we basically left the Afghans to the control of the Taliban. You know, it is a brutal, horrific terrorist organization, and we’re seeing what’s happening now — they’re moving in, and obviously what they’re doing to the women is just disgraceful. They’re trying to hollow out civil society, they’re killing tribal elders, they’re shutting down radio stations, they’re conducting targeted killings of people involved in media and culture, people who are working to stop this kind of radical Islamic Emirate from being established. But it is, at the end of the day, going to demonstrate to be very bad for the U.S. national security interests, and certainly for our allies, and for the people of Afghanistan I’m afraid.
HEWITT: Now, Congresswoman Cheney, for seventeen years I’ve held two fundraisers a year for the Semper Fi Fund because 2,312 U.S. military personnel died in Afghanistan. 20,066 have been seriously wounded and continue to require — and we should continue to provide care for them. Did they fight in vain? After 20 years was it all for not?
REP. CHENEY:No, absolutely not. The fact that for 20 years we were able to prevent terrorist safe havens from being established. We were able to help to work with the Afghan government. You know, they kept us safe for all these years from, you know, further terrorist attacks from the soil of Afghanistan. So, certainly not in vain. However, I do think that the decision that President Biden made, this withdrawal, isn’t worthy of the sacrifices that they’ve made. When you look just at how the State Department, for example, is handling this — I mean, it’s an embarrassment, and it has a huge impact on America’s standing around the world. The State Department is setting up, you know, hashtags and saying the Taliban has an interest in coming to the table, “let’s negotiate.” The Taliban isn’t gonna do anything like that. The Taliban now has got the momentum to conduct this massive military offensive — I think last I saw they can control at this point something like two-thirds of the territory. And for the American State Department, you know, a superpower, the leader of the world, to have our spokesman up there talking about hashtags, it just makes us a laughingstock. So, we really do have to get back to the place where our allies can count on us, where they know we’re gonna stand with them, we’re not going to abandon them, and when we’re going to conduct our foreign policy in a way that’s worthy of the men and women in uniform who’ve sacrificed so much for all of us.
HEWITT:But these Democrats can’t have it both ways can they, Congresswoman? They can’t say, “I’m an Armed Services hawk,” and then vote for the Bernie Sanders budget, right? You can’t have it both ways.
REP. CHENEY:You can’t, that’s exactly right. You know, if you want to really do what’s necessary to defend the nation, you have to support the investments, and that means you’ve got to support a budget that provides the kind of growth that’s necessary, you have to support a top line that provides the kind of growth that’s necessary. I mean there’s, you know, reality and there’s rhetoric, and when it comes to the defense of the nation, it has severe consequences if you engage in the political rhetoric, but you don’t back it up with the support for the kind of budget numbers we need.
It remains clear that the Biden Administration’s State Department has diminished America’s credibility on the world stage. Rather than take the deteriorating conditions in Afghanistan seriously, the Secretary of State has been naive in thinking the Taliban will negotiate with the United States:
- The Washington Examiner: “Liz Cheney mocks Biden’s ’embarrassing’ hashtag diplomacy with Taliban”
America Must Continue To Lead & Cannot Allow China To Set The Global Rules Of The Road:
Last week, I took part in a fireside chat with Eric Schmidt sponsored by the Aspen Institute that focused on the future of the country and how we can combat the threats posed by China.
The full event can be seen here and an excerpt of the discussion can be found below:
REP. LIZ CHENEY: Well, first of all, the AI report I recommend to everyone. And I was telling Eric that one of the points in the report that I think really helps people to understand the nature of the threat we face is the extent to which, you know, we have to be engaged now in an effort to make sure, for example, that the Chinese don’t launch nuclear weapons without a human decision in the process — just think about that for a second. So, on China, I think that both parties got China wrong for about 20 years. And we thought, both Republicans and Democrats, that if we helped the Chinese government to have access to our markets, and we helped to encourage their opening economically, and we helped them become part of the WTO, that political openness would follow. And instead what happened was simultaneous to their openness economically, the technology became available to conduct what really is a massive surveillance state. And so they didn’t have to open up politically. And they had no intention, I don’t believe, of ever opening up politically, and certainly not under Xi. And so they’ve been engaged, in my view, in a very methodical, very effective, very aggressive campaign effort against us for many years across every domain. And we sort of haven’t recognized it. I think we’re now beginning to recognize the challenge and the threat, and it is one that, you know, you can talk about the challenge in space — what the Chinese are doing in space, in cyberspace, what they’re doing with our data. The extent to which they have really exploited our openness. And, you know, these are two worldviews. The question ultimately is going to be who sets the rules of the road globally? And then this also goes back to America’s role in the world — why I think it’s so important for America to continue to lead. But if China is able to become so dominant that they set the rules of the road, that’s not a world that anybody, I can imagine, wants to live in, and I think we have to as a government recognize the urgency. We have repeatedly — every month, sometimes multiple times a month — briefings at the Armed Services Committee — public briefings from the combatant commanders and the Joint Chiefs. We had the Commander of STRATCOM recently in front of the Armed Services Committee publicly, and he described the efforts that the Chinese are making to modernize their nuclear forces as, “breathtaking.” So, they are pushing ahead, full speed ahead, in many instances where we are not, and it is going to take very difficult decisions: economic decisions, military decisions — and the military piece of this is deterrence. We want to make sure that the Chinese never think that they are so significantly ahead of us that they can threaten us. They need to recognize that our capabilities and our will are there to prevent them from using their military to take action against us.
Unwavering Support For Israel:
The need for a strong U.S.-Israel relationship is always important — regardless of which party is in power. It was wonderful to be back with Joan Goldfarb and other local AIPAC members at the Jackson Hole Jewish Community Center. Thank you all for the work you do!
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Congresswoman Liz Cheney