Mike Pompeo, the former Secretary of State and former CIA Director, has recently jumped up to state that Chinese President Xi Jinping is “watching for American weakness” as he made statements during a Monday interview in the wake of a general with the Air Force issuing a warning via a memo sent out to the U.S. soldiers that expressed that we are on a collision course with communist China.
Mike Minihan, the Four-star Air Force General in question, stated via a memo last week that they believe that the U.S. will end up being in an all-out war against China at some point over the course of the next few years.
“I hope I am wrong. My gut tells me we will fight in 2025,” he explained. “Xi secured his third term and set his war council in October 2022. Taiwan’s presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a reason. United States’ presidential elections are in 2024 and will offer Xi a distracted America. Xi’s team, reason, and opportunity are all aligned for 2025.”
Minihan stated that his main priority was instilling the fact that “unrepentant lethality matters most” in the minds of over 50,000 service members which he is responsible for.
Pompeo spoke out to Minihan’s statements as part of an appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report,” stating: “I take General Minihan to be serious, in the sense of he’s clearly very concerned that we’re not doing enough to prepare to deter the Chinese Communist Party.”
“I think that’s what he was really getting at – it’s hard to put timelines on any of these things: he says 2025,” stated Pompeo. “But make no mistake about it, Xi Jinping is watching for American weakness. He’s watching for an absence of resolve. And if he sees opportunity, he will seize that very opportunity.”
On Sunday, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX) claimed tha the overall odds of an actual conflict breaking out with China by 2025 “are very high.”
“I hope he’s wrong …” stated McCaul. “I think he’s right, though, unfortunately.”
“We have to be prepared for this,” stated McCaul. “And it could happen … as long as Biden is in office — projecting weakness as he did with Afghanistan that led to Putin invading Ukraine — that the odds are very high we could see a conflict with China and Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific.”
As a ranking Democrat on the Armed Services Committee, Rep. Adam Smith stated that the possibility that the U.S. would end up fighting a war against China was “highly unlikely.”
“We have a very dangerous situation in China, but I think generals need to be very cautious about saying, ‘We’re going to war. It’s inevitable,’” he explained.