The 20 months long tour d ’force of arguably the most feckless and incompetent national security team in American history is on to the next big thing — China.
This bull in a China shop, (yes, pun intended) has swung its hip in the direction of Beijing with predictable results in the offing.
Xi Jinping, trying to keep the lid on a country that is in economic freefall, while he plans his October, emperor-for-life coronation, has blown his stack (as expected) learning that our U.S. House speaker, feels an urgent and uncoordinated need to visit Taiwan.
Let's be clear, China is no friend of the United States.
China reminds us of this monthly with its aggression of one kind, or another.
And they do so globally.
If that’s true, should we join some of the neo-cons of both parties and cheer dear Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on as she bravely pokes the Panda?
Or, should we weigh the costs of installing nuclear survival bunkers and potassium iodide tablets for our families?
China watchers from Gordon Chang to Bonnie Glaser, who have no issue with holding the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to account, simply want to know: what will we achieve strategically for such unilateral derring-do?
Many say Speaker Pelosi is a strong hawk on China and a friend to Taiwan.
After championing the chips bill, $280 billion dollars of corporate welfare for semiconductors, this top Taiwan industry should greet her with a hero’s welcome.
And here we are.
A crisis where there was none.
For We the People commoners, conventional wisdom would have instructed that we had our hands full with Russia, North Korea, Iran, illegal immigration, food security, energy prices, and an increasingly ominous recession.
China was already on the list, but did we need to magnify the problem? Really?
Too late now.
The press reports that she and her delegation will arrive on Tuesday, Aug.2 — the stage is set. The perilous play is about to begin.
Whoever is riding this bull in a China shop (we have no idea) had better use caution, this is the "jenga block" that could make the whole tower fall.
Honestly, it’s hard to see why Xi and the CCP kids cannot let this one slide.
After all, in this administration, they have had no greater friend.
Even before this current leadership was seated, we were getting rivulets of reporting on Hunter Biden’s deep China business, despite the media monsters working overtime to hold back a flood of Biden-China scandals coming from firsthand accounts, and of course the "Laptop from Hell" as the New York Post's Miranda Devine has dubbed it.
Thanks to the Post for recently clarifying who the "big guy" is.
It's hard to see why China wouldn’t be elated with how things worked out.
From seedy deals with CCP oil companies, CEFC (CEFC China Energy) and Sinopec our overtures couldn’t be more enticing. Recall, they were sold nearly 1 million barrels from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve; you know, the gas we need if we have to go to war with . . . wait for it . . . China.
And despite the public and private humiliations the CCP has wrought on our leaders, from the ridiculous summit in Alaska to the recent "not-so-private" call between Presidents Biden and Xi, our dream team is still looking at ways to offer China tariff relief.
Apparently offering Beijing more of our jobs just isn’t enough.
The theater of the absurd has no end when it comes to today’s American foreign policy.
The Chinese are still gobbling up American farmland and real estate, while remaining in full support of Russia, Iran, and North Korea. Let’s not forget they let loose the virus that put the planet into a tailspin for the last two years. What’s in your supply chain?
Let's remember the words of Napoleon Bonaparte, "Never interfere with an enemy while he’s in the process of destroying himself."
Dear secretary of state and national security adviser, what if we tried this new approach where we simply let the CCP do themselves in?
This writer knows all too well how the D.C. Swampers eschew economics, but they must have noticed that the Chinese real estate scandal is massive, without end, and threatens civil society stability in Xi’s China.
When you add in the 150 Belt and Road countries feeding-off the Chinese, you have a potential, dynasty ending cocktail being mixed.
"Stability" is the key word for the CCP.
They pursue stability at all turns with their population as a rule.
However, zero rule of law, corruption, and disastrous domestic policies have the various factions of the CCP at each other’s throats heading into October’s 20th Congress where power must be sorted out.
They're in trouble, and they know it.
Maybe a war would distract the people? "What’s the U.S. up to these days?" "Hey Nancy!"
China, Afghanistan, Ukraine, Russia, Iran, North Korea, Europe, the Mideast, etc.
The failures in diplomacy and foreign policy mount. When will we demand accountability from our leaders for a losing record that imperils us at home while we struggle with a recession?
But for now, all eyes are on the speaker. Ride that bull, Nancy; but don’t hit the China!
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Blaine Holt is a co-founder of Restore Liberty, former Deputy Representative to NATO, lifetime member on the Council on Foreign Relations and Newsmax Contributor. The views presented are those of the author and do not represent the views of the U.S. Government, Department of Defense, or its components. Read Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Blaine Holt's reports — More Here.
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