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  • Joe Biden says Hunter probe is ‘Russian misinformation’

    12/23/2020 3:47:38 AM PST · by karpov · 118 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2020 | Ebony Bowden
    President-elect Joe Biden said Tuesday that the federal tax probe targeting his son Hunter Biden’s murky financial dealings is “Russian misinformation,” and called the reporter who asked for comment on the probe a “one horse pony.” As he walked off stage after a press conference in Wilmington, Del., Biden was asked by Fox News if he still believed The Post’s exclusive reporting on the contents of his son Hunter Biden’s laptop was “Russian misinformation,” in the wake of reports that some of those damaging emails were part of the federal probe. “Yes, yes, yes. God love you, man. You are...
  • It’s Long Past Time To Get U.S. Troops All The Way Out Of Somalia

    12/18/2020 7:26:48 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 18, 2020 | Daniel L. David
    Al-Shabaab does not pose a threat to America that cannot be handled more effectively by our global intelligence networks and ability to strike direct threats to our country.On Dec. 4, President Trump ordered most of the approximately 700 U.S. troops out of Somalia. The move wasn’t a full withdrawal, however, as the White House specified the forces will be moved to neighboring countries to continue targeting the al-Shabaab terror group. While addressing the tactical actions our troops would continue to perform in Africa, there was no mention of the strategic justification for our presence—because there is none. Al-Shabaab is unquestionably...
  • Mattis didn't disclose ties to China-boosting firm in column slamming Trump's 'America First' policy

    11/26/2020 6:23:36 PM PST · by george76 · 45 replies
    Just the News ^ | November 26, 2020 | Susan Katz Keating
    In an online column denouncing President Trump's "America First" policy that includes measures regarding Beijing, ex-Defense Secretary James Mattis did not disclose his affiliation with an organization that fosters international business deals with communist China. As coauthor with three other writers in a Nov. 23 Foreign Affairs column, Mattis did not mention that he works for the The Cohen Group consulting firm. Nor did he challenge China's tough talk against U.S. policies regarding Taiwan, nor the strict economic retaliation Beijing levied against Australia. Instead, Mattis criticized Trump administration policies toward Beijing. Such policies, touted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo,...
  • 'It's time to come home' — acting Pentagon chief wants to end America's wars in the Middle East

    11/14/2020 5:07:44 PM PST · by blueplum · 5 replies
    CNBC via MSN ^ | 14 Nov 2020 | Amanda Macias
    In his first message to U.S. military forces, acting Pentagon chief Chris Miller said it's time to end America's wars in the Middle East... "Indeed, this fight has been long, our sacrifices have been enormous, and many are weary of war — I'm one of them — but this is the critical phase in which we transition our efforts from a leadership to supporting role," Miller wrote in an early Saturday morning message to Department of Defense employees. "We are not a people of perpetual war — it is the antithesis of everything for which we stand for which our...
  • Never-Before-Published Letter From US Soldier Sheds New Light On Unstomachable Nazi Horrors in Dachau

    10/13/2020 4:04:21 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 13, 2020 | Marina Medvin
    “The worst sight and the last place we visited were the cremation chambers at Dachau,” wrote American soldier Leon Morin on July 9, 1945, in a handwritten letter to his family. “… I think it is wors[e] than Buchenwald …” U.S. soldiers liberated the Nazi concentration camp Dachau on April 29, 1945. What the Americans discovered shocked their conscience. Some U.S. troops were so overwhelmed and enraged by the horrors of this death camp that they executed dozens of Nazi camp guards. Dachau was hell on earth. “Nothing you can put in words would adequately describe what I saw there...
  • Are the Forever Wars Really Ending?

    09/15/2020 5:17:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 15, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    "There is no... sound reason for the United States to continue sacrificing precious lives and treasure in a conflict not directly connected to our safety or other vital national interests." So said William Ruger about Afghanistan, our longest war. What makes this statement significant is that President Donald Trump has ordered a drawdown by mid-October of half of the 8,600 troops still in the country. And Ruger was just named U.S. ambassador to Kabul. The selection of Ruger to oversee the U.S. withdrawal came as Gen. Frank McKenzie of Central Command announced plans to cut the U.S. troop presence in...
  • Would a Biden administration be softer than Trump on China?

    08/02/2020 7:24:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/03/2020
    n december 2018 China hawks in the Trump administration pushed a series of punitive measures in what some referred to internally, according to a new book by Bob Davis and Lingling Wei, as “Fuck China Week”. That was as nothing compared with what happened in the month of July 2020. In recent weeks America has imposed sanctions on senior Chinese officials, including a member of the Politburo, for their part in atrocities against Uighurs in Xinjiang; added 11 Chinese companies to the Commerce Department’s blacklist, for complicity in those atrocities; declared China’s sweeping claims in the South China Sea illegal;...
  • Is America Up for a Naval War with China?

    07/17/2020 4:18:35 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 17, 2020 | Pat Buchanan
    Is the United States, preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression created by that medical crisis, prepared for a collision with China over Beijing's claims to the rocks, reefs, and resources of the South China Sea? For that is what Mike Pompeo appeared to threaten this week. "The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire," thundered the secretary of state. "America stands with our Southeast Asian allies and partners in protecting their sovereign rights to offshore resources ... and [we] reject any push to impose 'might makes right' in the South China...
  • Carl Bernstein: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials

    06/29/2020 6:00:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    CNN ^ | 06/29/2020 | Carl Bernstein
    In hundreds of highly classified phone calls with foreign heads of state, President Donald Trump was so consistently unprepared for discussion of serious issues, so often outplayed in his conversations with powerful leaders like Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Erdogan, and so abusive to leaders of America's principal allies, that the calls helped convince some senior US officials -- including his former secretaries of state and defense, two national security advisers and his longest-serving chief of staff -- that the President himself posed a danger to the national security of the United States, according to White House...
  • Australia Responds To Beijing’s Bullying: We Don’t Trade Our Values, Mate!

    06/18/2020 9:28:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 7 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 18, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    While it may be too costly for Beijing to attack the United States directly, Beijing is getting its message out at relatively minimal cost through attacking U.S. allies like Australia. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison gave his strongest response to Communist China this week after enduring months of bullying from Beijing. He let Beijing know loud and clear that Australia is “an open trading nation, but I’m never going to trade our values in response to coercion.”It all began back in April, when Australia led a draft resolution, which demanded the World Health Organization (WHO) conduct an “impartial, independent and...
  • Beijing Effectively Ends Hong Kong’s Historic Freedoms

    05/25/2020 7:55:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 25, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    If the United States doesn’t follow through to revoke Hong Kong’s special treatment, Beijing may be emboldened to take aggressive actions against Taiwan. May 22, 2020 will go down in history as an important milestone. On this day, Beijing announced it will impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, which will effectively end the “One Country, Two Systems” era.Beijing made the move at this week’s “Two Sessions,” annual legislative meetings of two organizations: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In the past, more than 5,000 delegates, representing the elites in China,...
  • What U.S. National Strategy Should Look Like In The Wake Of Coronavirus: The threat Communist China represents is unlike anything America has faced

    05/19/2020 9:01:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/19/2020 | John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, and Richard Levine
    “Come not between the dragon and his wrath,” King Lear enjoined, but this we must do to upend the wrath that has emanated from the most powerful foe America has faced. As terrible as the coronavirus crisis is, we must imagine a world ten or 20 years from now, in which the People’s Republic of China’s nominal gross domestic product is 50 percent larger than that of the United States.What power would an unconstrained China wield? What force of arms would they muster to intimidate and to control?If China’s actions in the coronavirus catastrophe offer any window into this...
  • Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s Herd Immunity Is the Only Realistic Option—the Question Is How to Get There Safely

    05/15/2020 12:06:32 PM PDT · by Signalman · 7 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 5/12/2020 | Nils Karlson, Charlotta Stern, and Daniel B. Klein
    China placed 50 million people under quarantine in Hubei Province in January. Since then, many liberal democracies have taken aggressive authoritarian measures of their own to fight the novel coronavirus. By mid-March, almost all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries had implemented some combination of school, university, workplace, and public transportation closures; restrictions on public events; and limits on domestic and international travel. One country, however, stands out as an exception in the West. Rather than declare a lockdown or a state of emergency, Sweden asked its citizens to practice social distancing on a mostly voluntary basis. Swedish...
  • Sweden’s Coronavirus Strategy Will Soon Be the World’s: Herd Immunity Is the Only Realistic Option—The Question Is How to Get There Safely

    05/12/2020 9:09:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    Foreign Affairs ^ | 05/12/2020 | By Nils Karlson, Charlotta Stern, and Daniel B. Klein
    China placed 50 million people under quarantine in Wuhan Province in January. Since then, many liberal democracies have taken aggressive authoritarian measures of their own to fight the novel coronavirus. By mid-March, almost all Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries had implemented some combination of school, university, workplace, and public transportation closures; restrictions on public events; and limits on domestic and international travel. One country, however, stands out as an exception in the West. Rather than declare a lockdown or a state of emergency, Sweden asked its citizens to practice social distancing on a mostly voluntary basis. Swedish...
  • Americans Don’t Hate Foreign Policy Experts, Just The Stupid Ones

    05/12/2020 7:02:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 12, 2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    A recent Foreign Affairs essay predictably gives the public a false binary choice, blames the current administration, and defends the foreign policy establishment. Who do you think is responsible for the current coronavirus foreign influences fiasco? If you ask the Washington foreign policy establishment, the answer is evident. It is President Trump’s disdain for “the foreign policy establishment” that has led to this current crisis.This is their same answer for every problem humanity has faced since 2016. If only we listened to the establishment! If only they learned their lesson in 2016. Apparently not, if you go by the Foreign...
  • We’re In A New Cold War, This Time With China

    04/30/2020 5:53:20 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | April 30, 2020 | Kyle Sammin
    In our exultation, we forgot to finish the job. Communism lived on in mainland China, and is once again challenging the free world for dominance. When the Berlin Wall fell and the Soviet Union dissolved, the Western world thought, with considerable justification, that the generational struggle with communism had ended. But in our exultation, we forgot to finish the job. Communism lived on in mainland China and is once again challenging the free world for dominance.This time, theyÂ’re doing it with our money. As we have begun to realize these past few years, and as the coronavirus outbreak has made...
  • Dutch Court Puts Kremlin Flight MH17 Lies on Trial

    03/12/2020 7:56:42 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2020 | Austin Bay
    In this digital media world, despotic lies and authoritarian propaganda spread at light speed, with the goals of manipulating emotions and weakening a targeted audience's will to resist the tyrant. The antidotes to a 21st-century dictatorship's destructive falsehoods -- justice and its ally, truth -- often react slowly. In the Age of the Internet, slow has a price. Slow doesn't generate hot headlines and wag the tongues of talking heads, so the dictators make the first impression and set the agenda. But to paraphrase former President John Adams, facts and evidence are stubborn things, and when ethical human beings pursue...
  • Conservatives in Dominican Republic Fear Becoming ‘Hostage’ to China’s Belt and Road

    02/01/2020 7:30:24 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Feb 2020 | Frances Martel
    A senior leader of one of the Dominican Republic’s most prominent conservative political parties told Breitbart News he is concerned the island nation, just a little over 200 miles from the United States, could become a “hostage” in China’s growing bid for hegemony... Chinese Ambassador to the Dominican Republic Zhang Run...is openly advocating for the country to open a public bidding war for the development of the Manzanillo Port, rather than sign an agreement with U.S. developers that would keep China’s “Belt and Road” workers out of the area... Zhang also said that China had offered Santo Domingo a $600...
  • (What’s Left of) Our Economy: The Case that the Phase One Trade Deal With China Passes the Enforceability Test

    01/16/2020 7:06:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Reality Check Blog ^ | 01/16/2020 | Alan Tonelson
    Not only has the “Phase One” trade deal now been signed by the United States and China, but official texts have now been released. And my initial read indicates that the Trump administration just might have come up with an effective enforcement regime – though success here will depend on U.S. governments (including this one) displaying nerves of steel. At the same time, the enforcement terms raise the question of why the President felt the need to reach this point via a treaty, rather than simply punish China unilaterally for economic transgressions – as his tariffs on hundreds of...
  • Left Blames President Trump For Iran’s Decision To Shoot Down A Passenger Plane

    01/10/2020 8:51:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | January 10, 2020 | Erielle Davidson
    The crash of Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752 is a tragedy, the culpability for which lies unequivocally with Iran. To suggest otherwise is to cheapen the deaths of hundreds to score political points against the 'bad orange man.' Something grotesque is unfolding on the left, particularly about Ukrainian Airlines Flight 752, which domestic and foreign governments indicate was likely shot down by an Iranian antiaircraft missile. One-hundred and seventy-six individuals perished as the airplane caught fire and came crashing to the ground in Iran early Wednesday morning.Those on the left have opted to blame President Trump for the IraniansÂ’ error,...