Ron DeSantis warns against ‘proxy war’ with China in Ukraine

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The Governor bashed Biden's 'blank check' approach to conflict, lack of clear strategic objective.

One potential 2024 presidential candidate is throwing cold water on the current President’s trip to Ukraine.

Gov. Ron DeSantis told “Fox & Friends” viewers about his serious concerns with Joe Biden’s Ukraine policy, including a potential “proxy war” with Beijing and an open-ended war with no seeming strategic objective.

“Well, they have effectively a blank check policy with no clear strategic objective identified and these things can escalate. And I don’t think it’s in our interest to be getting into proxy war with China, getting involved over things like the borderlands or over Crimea,” DeSantis said.

“So I think it would behoove them to identify what is the strategic objective that they’re trying to achieve. But just saying it’s an open-ended blank check, that is not acceptable.”

DeSantis also said that Russia was not a serious threat, as the last year has shown that given its lack of progress in subjugating Ukraine.

“Well, I think it’s important to point out the fear of Russia going into NATO countries and all that and steamrolling, you know, that has not even come close to happening. I think they’ve shown themselves to be a third-rate military power. I think they’ve suffered tremendous, tremendous losses,” he said.

“I’ve got to think that the people in Russia are probably disapproving of what’s going on. I don’t think they can speak up about it for obvious reasons. I think Russia has been really, really wounded here, and I don’t think that they are the same threat to our country, even though they’re hostile,” DeSantis added. “I don’t think they’re on the same level as a China.”

DeSantis also contended that the willingness of Russia, and apparently China, to engage in Ukraine is a direct consequence of the “weakness” of the Biden administration.

“I’m also reminded that I don’t think any of this would have happened, but for the weakness that the President showed during his first year in office, culminating, of course, in the disastrous withdrawal in Afghanistan,” DeSantis contended.

“So I think while he’s over there, I think I and many Americans are thinking to ourselves, okay, he’s very concerned about those borders halfway around the world. He’s not done anything to secure our own border here at home. … We’ve had millions and millions of people pour in tens of thousands of Americans dead because of fentanyl. And then of course, we just suffered a national humiliation of having China fly a spy balloon clear across the continental United States. So we have a lot of problems accumulating here in our own country that he is neglecting.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Elliott Offen

    February 20, 2023 at 10:17 am

    China has no intention of getting involved. Just more right wing propaganda in place of anything that helps the majority of Americans. Just more empty suit steam.

    • Ocean Joe

      February 20, 2023 at 10:23 am

      If they do, the GOP view is to back off and let Russia take Ukraine, regardless of how much China helps. Fascinating when all the chicken hawks (Scott, Rubio) are always demanding we stand up to China.

      • Ocean Joe

        February 20, 2023 at 10:30 am

        Let me add there’s a very clear strategic objective: repelling a totally illegitimate invasion, maintaining their national sovereignty, and putting an end to war crimes against their people.
        The US made assurances to Ukraine for which they agreed to give up nuclear weapons. We are honoring that. The Russian invasion results from paranoia about the future and dreams of restoring empire. No better lesson can be taught to China.

  • AV

    February 20, 2023 at 11:55 am

    The Governor is right about one thing , If we were going to support Ukraine to win a war why piece meal the aid. Either give them everything they need, tanks, planes etc., or not help at all. Not providing the aid sooner and more of what they needed has caused a drag on Vietnam. I’m concerned that the Governor’s idea of letting off the gas on helping Ukraine is not such a good idea. Russia needs a knock out punch to come to the negotiating table and finish this war.

  • David Bruck

    February 21, 2023 at 12:22 am

    What a childish political piece of nonsense. Anything to attack his supposed opponent.
    No courage, no morals, and precious little in the way of American support for democratic countries. Put your white Gogol boots on and parade around south beach, but stay the hell out of serious politics.

  • tom palmer

    February 23, 2023 at 12:34 pm

    It is good to know the governor supports the imperialistic subjugation of a sovereign county by Russia. There was a time when Republicans made it a point to oppose such things.

  • Chat

    February 26, 2023 at 2:06 pm

    The milenial is a RINO shill, endorsed by the McConnells and Ryans of the country to take out Trump. He would be WAY over his head in DC.

    He came out against Chinese land purchases in Florida after a HUGE one had just gone down…(1400 acres for a farm to raise poor experimental animals for Chinese drug tests).

  • Catherine P. Henry

    March 6, 2023 at 5:34 am

    Gov. DeSantis is purging books and colleges. He says students should study the Western Canon. I don’t disagree, but DeSantis is taking the collaborationist line when it comes to Russia’s war in Ukraine. That’s not my idea of Western, democratic values.

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