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January 05, 2023

Taipei Personalities, Or War Pigs' Gonna Pig

Every reasonable person with a rational view of sound American foreign policy understands that we have absolutely zero national security interest in going against Russia by propping up a corrupt Zelenskyy regime in Ukraine. Regardless of the fact that Vladimir Putin committed an act of naked aggression against his neighbor, the junta in DC as well as fools on both sides of the aisle are itching to send American boots on the ground to fight Russia - nuclear armed Russia - if they're not there already.

That's bad enough but now these same idiots are baiting an assuredly much more dangerous and unpredictable adversary.

Capitol Hill long has had about 530 out of 535 legislators who believe they should be president. Perhaps worse: At least as many legislators are determined to play secretary of state. That makes for a thoughtless, often reckless, foreign policy.

Such is the case with Nebraska’s Rep. Don Bacon, who recently discussed at a webinar how he wanted America to go to war over—excuse me, deal with—China’s threat to Taiwan. The congressman seems earnest and serious-minded, but holds the standard assumption that the U.S. is the only country on earth that matters. If only Washington acts to restore deterrence, Bacon repeatedly emphasized, then Xi Jinping and the rest of the Chinese leadership are sure to abandon Beijing’s nearly 130-year quest to reclaim the island state.

War is far more likely than Chinese acquiescence on the Taiwan question—and Bacon’s course would increase the risk of conflict. . .

. . . Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that the U.S. would defeat China if conflict erupted. The U.S. has the bigger military, is wealthier, and has more military allies, but none of these is determinative. With Washington’s “Blob” determined to defend most of the known world, from Europe to South Korea, American forces are spread thinly around the globe. . .

. . . One of Bacon’s more clueless expostulations was: “China will be mad; they’ll throw a fit. They did when Pelosi visited. That’s all right. They can throw a fit.”

That isn’t all the PRC can do. First, Beijing can change its assessment of U.S. and Taiwanese policy. China wants neither war nor Taiwanese independence. Rather, it hopes to intimidate Taipei into a negotiated surrender—the “one country, two systems” formula that was murdered and buried at Hong Kong. 

As long as Taiwan operates as a largely unofficial state, China can put off any effort at coercion. However, if Taipei either pushes for or is pushed into a formal declaration of independence, the Chinese Communist Party must act or surrender its nationalist mantle. And determination to reclaim Taiwan is not limited to the CCP. It is held by the vast majority of Chinese, including the young. . .

. . . Historically, the nation’s heartland has been skeptical of war. It was always intellectual and commercial elites who were enthusiastic about drafting the rest of the population to fight needless foreign wars. After decades of stupid military misadventures, the American people desperately need lawmakers willing to represent them rather than Washington’s permanent war lobby.

Taiwan, IMHO, is much more in our national security interest than Ukraine. But because of our foolishness in recognizing the PRC thanks to Richard Nixon's visit and in so doing marginalizing Taiwan, and then the absolutely insane move of giving them most favored nation trading status, we've created a monster. Trump had the right idea in dealing with them, and for his troubles the Chi-Coms unleashed COVID on us to take him out and turn the world upside down. The latter mostly as psychological warfare that the Deep State Globalist traitors here either aided and abetted at the outset or glommed onto as the "crisis" they couldn't let go to waste.

In any case, war may not be healthy for children and other living things, but it sure as hell is healthy for those who wet their beak with the military industrial complex.

But potentially getting our hair mussed with China won't be healthy for anyone. Thank goodness we're in the best of hands.

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