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Mark Levin: Chinese Would Never Have Stolen Drone Under Reagan

By Michael Morris | December 21, 2016 | 2:58pm EST
Nationally syndicated radio talk show host Mark Levin (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

On his nationally syndicated radio talk show last Friday, host Mark Levin blasted U.S. leaders for how China’s theft of an American drone in international waters was handled saying, “They [China] would never have done this with Ronald Reagan as president of the United States.”

“They would never have done this with Ronald Reagan as president of the United States because Reagan taught our enemies – taught our enemies through actions, not just words – that there were consequences,” Mark Levin chided. “And you see, appeasement, isolationism, passivity in the face of evil, in the face of bullies, results in more provocations, as they continue to test the outside limits of what it is that they want to do.”

Levin’s comments come after the Chinese military seized a U.S. Navy unmanned underwater glider in the South China Sea. On Tuesday, China returned to the United States the underwater drone it seized last week.

Below are Levin’s comments from his show last Friday:

“Well, ladies and gentleman, China has stolen one of our drone boats, a scientific boat, with lots of technology on it, in international waters off the Philippines. As our navy was trying to pull in the boat, the Chinese stole it.

“As the Chinese have militarized their fake islands, which they’ve put throughout the South China Sea, in violation of international law, as the Chinese continue to threaten the navigable waters off of Japan in the East China Sea, as China continues to hack into our databases – along with Russia – this is serious business.

“We’re going to need to muscle up the United States military, we’re going to need to muscle up the United States navy, and we’re going to have to have a fleet. We’re going to have to have a fleet in the South China Sea, a carrier group, our own little island if you will. And the Chinese are going to have to be told, ‘You do anything like that again, the boat will be blown out of the water.’

“Now, the appeasers, the Code Pink Republicans, the Putin-ites within the Republican Party, will tell you there is something wrong with us, and I really want you to think about this. We now have a group within the Republican Party that embraces George McGovern’s foreign policy, that embraces Code Pink’s foreign policy – the so-called ‘make America great’ but blame America first crowd.

“So if we stand up for our rights under international law in navigable waters, and we stand up for our right to be in those navigable waters and to use a scientific drone, and if a nation like China violates international law in navigable waters and steals our technology right in front of us, then we’re the ones provoking war.

“So we have the blame America first, ‘make America great’ crowd, within the Republican Party.

“Absolutely incredible to me.

“They would never have done this with Ronald Reagan as president of the United States because Reagan taught our enemies – taught our enemies through actions, not just words – that there were consequences.

“And you see, appeasement, isolationism, passivity in the face of evil, in the face of bullies, results in more provocations, as they continue to test the outside limits of what it is that they want to do.

“Without firing a bullet, the Chinese have now conquered multiple nations and taken over international waters.”

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