China and Islam

China massacres Muslims and puts them in concentration camps to convert and indoctrinate them, but you don’t hear much about this in the Western press.  Why?

It does seem that China gets a pass from the West on whatever tyrannical behavior they engage in, going all the way back to Tiananmen Square.  Why?

Concentration Camps

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Russia Initiative

Back in the late 60s and early 70s — when the Cold War was really hot and very threatening —  Nixon was faced with two giant communist countries forming a very intimidating ideological alliance against the United States.  He did a very smart and diplomatic but unexpected thing by broaching a thaw with communist China, and actually went to China to cement the new relationship.  The obvious benefit was that communist China would be less of an ally to the then Soviet Union and more neutral in its dealings with the United States.

We face the same potential alliance between Russia and China today that Nixon faced, even though Russia is no longer communist and so the two countries are not all that ideologically compatible.  But with the relentless bad mouthing that the American press has voiced toward Russia, as well as the State Department’s endless negative tactics toward Putin’s Russia, we have done the reverse of what Nixon did, and actually driven Russia into the welcoming arms of China — the two countries have actually participated in joint strategic games, and it goes without saying who their enemy is.  Our rigidly hostile attitude toward Russia is responsible for all of this.

What I think the United States should do is take a page out of Nixon’s playbook, and try to splinter this alliance or at a minimum neutralize one of the two countries.  But instead of China — still a communist country, one with a very domineering economy, and, in my mind, the greater long-term threat to the United States — we should rather approach Russia with a new and welcoming relationship 

The truth is that the United States and Russia have very few areas in the world where we are in direct conflict with one another — perhaps in the Arctic region, but that’s about it.  And Russia is a Christian country with the same issue of Islamic terrorism that we face.  It is also an underdeveloped country, but a huge one with tremendous natural resources yet to be fully exploited.

Russia is also a country loaded with nuclear missiles aimed at the United States.  Is it really in our interest to keep poking the Russians in the eye when this nuclear threat hangs over our heads?  I think not.  A more cordial relationship with Russia would go a long way toward safeguarding our nation against annihilation.  Improved relations with Russia could push back the Doomsday Clock a good half hour, if not even more.

That American media is always playing the Russia bogeyman card is no reason why we shouldn’t be doing a smart diplomatic play if it would clearly be in our national interest.  Nixon did it; why can’t we?

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Decades-Long Trade Imbalance with China Coming to an End?

Finally we have a president willing to actually do something about the disastrous trade imbalance that we now have with China, which has been growing steadily for decades.  Back in the mid 1990’s, the annual trade imbalance with China was merely $10+ billion — a manageable amount — but it has ballooned from those modest levels to $375 billion for 2017 — that is, at the end of a 2017, China, for that year alone, was net $375 billion richer and we were that much poorer.

Frankly, given how gigantic this trade imbalance has become, if we had zero trade with China, the United States would be better off — because we would no longer see this massive wealth transfer from our shores to theirs.  Of course, a balanced trade with China where they buy as much from us as we buy from them would be ideal, but short of that, I say we would be better off without any Chinese goods.

Think of all the American production that would cause if the Chinese goods we currently buy from them were instead American made.  What a boon that would be!  And no more gigantic wealth transfer to another country and to one that may not have our best interest at heart.  And, oh by the way, did I forget to mention that China is still a totalitarian, communist country, with an ever expanding military, and a country where people who have fallen out of favor with the regime simply disappear.  That’s the country we have been enriching — at our expense.  Why?

Trump Slaps Fresh Tariffs on 200B of Chinese Goods

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Anti-Russia Hysteria

So now we see what the net result is of all the anti-Russia hysteria in Congress and the country — war games carried out jointly by Russia and China.  We have just driven the Russians into the arms of the Chinese.  Very smart foreign policy on our part — duh.  Tell me again, how was this in our interest?

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