This morning it was confirmed that Speaker Nancy Pelosi is going to Taiwan. It has not been explained why she’s going to Taiwan.
Pelosi has been all but told not to go by her own President. The U.S. military has said they think it’s a bad idea. Her trip is not sanctioned by the State Department. It is not the job of the Speaker or of the legislative branch to make foreign policy.
And, it’s not as if she doesn’t have her hands full at home. Democrats are on the cusp of finally passing some of their biggest priorities now that Sen. Joe Manchin has agreed to a tighter set of programs, but the details still need to be worked out. She’s fighting for her life as Speaker since it’s likely that she will lose her House majority in November, but you don’t want to send the signal that you’re throwing in the towel by leaving the country. Not yet, anyway.
Look, I do think that liberal democracy is under attack all over the world and it does need to be defended. But Pres. Biden has gone out of his way to say that the U.S. would defend Taiwan if it were attacked by China. In fact, his statement to that effect was more blunt than previous administrations had made.
So, what on earth does the Speaker think she has to gain by doing this? Does she have frequent flyer miles burning a hole in her pocket? She’s causing unnecessary headaches for her President and her party with no apparent upside.