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Biden’s National Security – Off the Mark

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No American wants war – with China or any country. But strength deters war, as weakness invites it. Shrinking from an obligation to prepare, anticipate, and proportionally respond is reckless.  Four facts suggest Biden’s national security team is off the mark. 

First, Biden’s proposed military budget is anemic.  Democrat rumblings in Congress suggest they want cuts to Biden’s flat number. Leadership is about “peace through strength,” Reagan’s credo. It works. To cut defense when threats loom is wrongheaded. Preparation assures survival and deters war through readiness. America’s enemies know what Democrats propose. See, e.g., Congressional Democrats urge Biden to cut defense spending.

Second, America’s adversaries cooperate, and Biden’s team misses the impact.  America’s adversaries cooperate against us, even as they spar with each other. As China ramps up military spending, coordinating with Iran and Russia, they push the US and Russia to cut intermediate-range ballistic missiles, see, e.g., China Urges U.S. and Russian Nuclear Cuts and Progress in Iran Talks. Meantime, they “prioritize” deployment of the same missiles.  See, e.g., How Are China’s Land-based Conventional Missile Forces Evolving? Ominously, China is building 100 new missile silos. Biden is silent. 

Similarly, China and Russia take turns hacking, stealing, cyber- ransacking Western computer systems (public and private), testing defenses, strengthening their own. Likewise, China is working on missile defense while trying to induce the West to stop deployments. See, e.g., China Flight-Tests Missile Interceptors; Pentagon pushes for Pacific missile defence site to counter China’s threat to the USMANAGING THE SINO-AMERICAN DISPUTE OVER MISSILE DEFENSE

The world’s chess pieces are never stationary; no game won with a brilliant opening, fewer by a bad opening. More to the point where they stand relative to each other affects us. Not to grasp the combination aligning against US interests is not to understand that – for many – their enemy’s enemy is their friend. Put differently; coordinated Lilliputians can immobilize a giant. 

Third, China’s military and ideological blades are sharpening.  If our military is superior, China aims to overtake us. Their intent is clear, dominance. The longer we wait to disabuse China of this notion, the more eager they get.  

China originated COVID-19 through “gain of function” research at Wuhan, almost certainly. That research was two-edged, useful as defense and possible bioweapon. Whatever their intent, they hid the origins and now cover up the coverup. Biden’s team should hit back, but nothing. 

China’s annual “two sessions” summit this year was blunt, declaring Communism ascendant, the West in retreat. China resolves to push their advantage, including economic gains from the pandemic’s “chaos.” See, e.g., At annual political meetings, China lays out its plan to surpass the U.S.; Key Takeaways From China’s Annual ‘Two Sessions’ Meeting

Last week, China’s 100th anniversary of Communism pushed a similar narrative. President Xi elevated Communism and threw down, declaring China “will never allow any foreign force to bully, oppress, or subjugate us,” and “anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.”  See, China’s Communist Party Vows To Rule For Another 100 Years On Its Anniversary.  

None of this sounds like collegiality, respect, or world peace – just the reverse, ambitious, unapologetic advancement of Communism, ideological warfare, saber-rattling. In the spirit of Reagan’s response to Soviet ambitions, where is Biden’s tough pushback, defense of freedom? 

“Celebrating Communism” is a glass raised to unspeakable horrors, tantamount to feting Stalin’s pogroms, mass starvation, proliferation of gulags, and Soviet ideology. 

China’s oppression of basic rights is only grand in the way a hurricane’s destruction is, on a grand scale, of heartache. 

“What?” you say. 

Yes, that is history. Mao Zedong, on whom President Xi models himself, killed up to 80 million Chinese by “starvation, persecution, prison labor, and mass executions.”  See, e.g., Mao Zedong. In 2016, the Washington Post – now suffering activist amnesia – noted “both Hitler and Stalin were outdone by Mao Zedong” as “his Great Leap Forward policy led to the deaths of up to 45 million…” See, e.g., Remembering the biggest mass murder in the history of the world. This is Xi’s big hero. 

While toasting Communism, millions of Chinese citizens remain captive in labor and reeducation camps, involuntarily sterilized, hundreds of millions are denied rights in our Bill of Rights. Western media – many young, naïve, uneducated in history, never having set foot in a Communist country, lap up China’s fake data, declaring poverty gone, where two dollars is rich. 

These young “journalists” do not grasp life in a place with a one-child policy for decades, where pregnant women were dragged off the street to abortions, where speaking out got you killed, no appeals. How can we honestly accept this kind of behavior – as worthy of praise? Yet Biden is silent, elites and media enamored of Mao’s oh-so-savvy successor.  See, e.g.,   Media critics erupt as outlets continue to gush over Chinese Communist Party anniversary: ‘PARTY TIME’CNN roasted for glowing coverage of Chinese Communist Party’s anniversary: ‘This is Xi-N-N’;

Elon Musk Swoons Over China on Communist Party’s 100th Anniversary: ‘Truly Amazing’;

Experts warn the tone of the Chinese Communist Party’s 100th anniversary American media celebration.

Finally, watch Russia.  They are pushing the envelope with cyberattacks, likely complicit in cyber-assaults on critical infrastructure, oil, food, other sectors. Biden’s team plays coy, no coordinated response, suggesting impotence. Russia will continue until pushback. Whether Russia’s aim is to harass, probe weakness, or distract from other actions, response is needed.

Bottom line: No American wants war – with China or any country. But strength deters war, as weakness invites it. Forgetting that lesson will be costly. The time to remember is now.    

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papayec
2 months ago

Sorry, but the author is “missing the mark”. The Democratic Party IS “America’s adversary”.

Bill on the Hill
2 months ago

National security? Our back door is WIDE OPEN aka the non existent southern border. The ( 2 ) latest Covid variants, Delta & Landah are in central America, those same people are pouring across our southern border unchecked by the millions. Comatose Joe has already hinted at shutting the states down again & make no mistake it will happen by the 2022 midterms & once again back to those mail in ballots…They have their ace in the hole card to play once again.
In case no one has noticed, we & the world are at war with China & as long as the current insurgents remain in DC, China will march right in unopposed. Is this by design? You bet it is. This is Obama’s 3rd term & he is finishing the job Trump interrupted these last ( 4 ) years. The O’Biden team is working at breakneck speed to bring America to her knees…
If the military does not see this by now, then we are screwed & tattooed & this nation is done…
Bill on the Hill… :~(

Felix
2 months ago

China, Russia, North Korea and Iran know that they have to act before the 2022 and the 2024 elections, while the door is open to destroy the United States, and we the people are watching it happen. Biden, the PINO (President in Name Only) either is clueless, or so indebted to all these countries, that he and his handlers, only look out for them selves and the power they have, and could care less for the people of the United States!

Gunny Joe
2 months ago

Forgetting hell this planed! Why you ask, the people planing this think DEAR LEADER will put them in command! What a rude awakening are they in for, they shall be the first to get on their knees and be sent to what ever reward God has for treason. Should they prevail (looks like the will), we will be open on the east, west and south, for there will not be the manpower or material to defend our Nation.

D.P.
2 months ago

Not only is this present administration “off the mark”, they don’t even know where the target is! I call it “spitball diplomacy”…..kids in the corner with drinking straws, spitting and splatting. We have it coming at us from all directions, from outside this country and from within….and the current administration is doing the ole “Potomac ‘two-step.” Watch our “allies” and our “enemies” and you will see just how far this nation has slipped, is sliding, and will fall.

Victoria Johnson
2 months ago
Reply to  D.P.

Fiddling while ‘Rome’ burns.

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