Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich did not hold back in giving his assessment of the widening Russian invasion of Ukraine during a Sunday interview, and made a dire prediction about what’s to come.
“All of this means the end of the post-World War II system, which had successfully maintained the peace worldwide for some 77 years,” Gingrich told Sunday’s “The Cats Roundtable” on WABC 770 AM-N.Y.
“We’re going to see a much more violent world. And we’re going to see the dictatorships being much more aggressive.”
While the direct blame can be laid at the feet of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Gingrich also cast aspersions at President Joe Biden for basically reconstituting former President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and diplomatic team.
“Biden has the same team as Obama,” Gingrich told host John Catsimatidis. “They were astonishingly weak when Putin took Crimea. There was no real consequence. When Putin cross the so-called red line in Syria, there was no real consequence.”
“The same team that sent $1 billion in cash to the Iranians, which they then use to fund terrorism,” Gingrich continued, “is trying to cut a [nuke] deal with Iran. They are failing in Ukraine. They are in danger in Taiwan. And there is a very high likelihood that they’re going to sell out our interests Iran.
“This is a disastrous administration, whose only virtue is keeping us out of war by surrendering faster than the bad guys can demand.”
Putin obviously deserves blame too for wanting to use force to recreate the former Soviet Union, but Gingrich said the weakness shown by the current administration is essentially egging the Russian leader on.
“He’s a little bit like a gambler who’s going to push see what the reaction is,” Gingrich said. “If the West is as weak as it seems right now, he will push again, probably against the three Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — maybe against Poland.
“He really wants to destroy NATO and drive the U.S. out of Europe. He sees that as his job.”
Also, Gingrich said, China is keeping an eye on the developments and the Biden administration’s reactions.
“The great danger right now is that Xi Jinping in China is going to watch how weak the West is and decide the point has come to seize Taiwan, what China considers its 19th province,” he said.