Rep. Fallon: Joe Biden Continues to Set 'Arbitrary Red Lines'; Situation 'Demands Ambiguity'

Susan Jones | March 14, 2022 | 11:05am EDT
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President Joe Biden speaks about Russian military activity near Ukraine on February 22, 2022. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden speaks about Russian military activity near Ukraine on February 22, 2022. (Photo by BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Pat Fallon, a Texas Republican who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, says the United States must do all it can to supply the Ukrainians with the ability to defend themselves from Vladimir Putin's vicious war on innocent civilians.

He urged President Joe Biden to stop drawing "red lines" by saying what the U.S. will and will not do:

"Joe Biden continues to draw these arbitrary red lines on himself, which reduces flexibility, limits his latitude," Fallon told Fox Business on Monday morning. "The president of the United States isn't deterring Vladimir Putin; he's allowing Vladimir Putin to deter him.

"In this kind of situation, you want to have deliberate ambiguity, to keep your adversary guessing."

Fallon is among those who want the United States to give Ukraine the 28 Soviet-era jets Poland has offered to transfer to a U.S. air base in Germany for delivery to Ukraine.

The Biden administration refuses to get in the middle of such a deal, believing it would be the kind of provocation Putin has warned against.

But Fallon said it's not like the U.S. would be flying "hot missions" into Ukraine:

"Where the line is, a proxy fight like this won't have direct contact with American troops and Russian troops, but we can provide Ukrainians with war materials, and Joe Biden dragged his feet on that. It doesn't make any sense at all."

Fallon compared Putin to a "mob boss" who "doesn't necessarily want to make the Ukraine part of Russia, but he certainly wants the Ukraine to be in their sphere of influence.

"So he wants to appoint a 'capo,' if you will, take out Zelensky, appoint a capo -- and just like he does in Belarus. I mean, Belarus just does the bidding of their master in Moscow. And that's, I think, what he's after -- hammer them, you know, demoralize them and occupy them just briefly, and then put in a puppet regime. That's the endgame.

"Now, what our endgame should be is to arm the Ukrainians to the teeth, with not only the Javelins to take out the tanks, and the Harpoons that are anti-ship missiles, but Stingers, but also some asymmetrical warfare, like sniper rifles, plastic explosives, anti-tank mines, the American version of the RPG, and make Russia bleed white. If they want a war of attrition, that's fine.

"A Russian tanks costs between $4 and $8 million dollars, a...Javelin costs about $100 grand, $175 grand. And we can do that, but we need the will to do so. And we need Joe Biden to lead. Not, you know, lead from behind, but lead from the front."

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