Thursday, December 31, 2020

Time To Rethink US National Defense

For the first time since the end of World War II, President Trump was in the process of rethinking US National Defense to put America First and it was working.  Trump has been clear eyed in recognizing that China not Russia is the biggest long term threat to American military and economic security.  While it is true that Russia has far more Nukes than China,  the Chinese are determined to establish hegemony over Asia and beyond.   To do so, they are in the process of rapid expansion of their military using stolen technology including the building of a blue water navy that will allow them to project power all over the world.  In addition, China has economic power that the Russian's do not have, which will allow them to use loans and bribes to foreign countries and leaders that will make them a force to be reckoned with throughout the world.  The recent investment trade deal that China has concluded with the European Union is just one example that may not be in the best interests of the United States.  

So to counter China's influence in Asia, the United States must form an expanded military alliance that includes Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, India, Australia and even Russia, perhaps called the Asia Pacific Alliance (APA) to contain China much the same way we put NATO in place after World War II in Europe.  All of these countries have reason to fear an expansive China.  Only this time, each must each pay their fair share; at least 2% of their annual budgets for national defense. 

Next it is absolutely critical that all NATO Members pay their fair share, at least 2% of their annual budgets for defense.  In fact, they need to pay back monies that are owed for years.  It is high time that countries like Germany, the richest country in Europe pay up.  In reality,  American tax payers have been subsidizing European social welfare programs since the end of World War II.  It has to stop.  And finally, Russia should be invited to join NATO and maybe even the EU.  Russia is a Christian nation fighting Islamic terrorism.  There is no reason that Russia needs to be an enemy of the US or Europe.  Russia has always felt the need to control the territory surrounding it because of invasions from the West and East that have cost them millions of lives.  It is time that we study the history of Russia to understand their sensitivities.  If Russia was part of the Club, they would not feel the need to defend themselves from the Club.  

The Trump Administration has done a remarkable job in the Middle East by playing a completely different game than past administrations have played for years.  The reality is that Sunni Arab countries fear and detest Iran, a Shia Persian country far more than they fear and detest Israel and with good reason that goes back centuries.  And so by putting the Palestinian issue aside for now and focusing on the bigger picture, Israel now has diplomatic relations with six Sunni Arab countries, which was unthinkable under Obama Biden.  Let's hope Biden does not screw it up; but don't count on it because the radical left of his Socialist Party hates Israel.  They will push Biden to put the interests of Palestinians ahead of the interests of Israel, which never worked in the past.  

One of the best reasons for Trump's second term was to continue the rethinking of US National Defense.   Since Biden has named a bunch of Obama cronies and Deep State Swamp Lizards to his cabinet, it is unlikely that we will see a new and more enlightened approach.  We will go back to the bad old days of America Last and a world in chaos.  Let's just hope that stupid Joe does not get the US into another endless war.  

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