Biden Blowing Up the World
“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight” – Sun Tzu
I’ve been mourning the death of my sister, Caroline. So I haven’t been writing on national and international matters. A lot has been happening, but I’ll try to say something new.
A new Barnes & Noble opened near me on Wednesday and I enjoyed the clean, new store and the fresh books on the shelves. I still love bookstores less for buying something I want than discovering something I wasn’t aware of. And if I like something, I buy it in the store, instead of going home and getting a cheaper version on Amazon.
I found “The Art of War: A Strategy Oracle for Success in Life,” by Sun Tzu. It includes a 128-page book and 52 “inspirational cards.” Actually, they’re just quotes from the sage, who probably was a collection of warriors and editors over the ages. I already have several editions. Whenever a war starts, I go through the sayings, which are studies in every military academy around the world. They can be enigmatic. And sometimes they sound like Caine on the old “Kung Fu” TV show. But they are a good starting point to think about war.
The above quote was on the first card I read: “He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight.” Clearly, President Biden does not know when to fight and when not to fight. In his speech last night, he mumbled something he’s said lately: “In moments like these, we have to remind — we have to remember who we are. We are the United States of America. The United States of America. And there is nothing, nothing beyond our capacity, if we do it together.”
Except a little over two years ago he withdrew our troops disastrously from Afghanistan, a pointless war he supported for 20 years. And he’s also supported the even more disastrous Iraq War. He came into office in 1972 after winning an election to the Senate calling for withdrawal from the decade-old Vietnam War debacle. He was in office when the helicopters took off from the U.S. embassy for the last time in 1975. He recently went to Vietnam, still a communist country, but which now has markets in some ways freer than those in Biden-overregulated America.
His speech was about 60% on Ukraine, less on the Hamas terrorist slaughter in Israel Oct. 7. His delusion that “there is nothing beyond our capacity” is shown by his belief we can win a three-front war: vs. Russia in Ukraine, in the Middle East including Iran, and maybe with China over Taiwan. This is not possible. Even before the Hamas terror, there were numerous reports of U.S. weapons stockpiles running down.
Indeed, Biden brought that up in his speech: “We send Ukraine equipment sitting in our stockpiles. And when we use the money allocated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own stores, our own stockpiles, with new equipment. Equipment that defends America and is made in America. Patriot missiles for air defense batteries, made in Arizona. Artillery shells manufactured in 12 states across the country, in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas. And so much more.”
So it’s really all about more profits for the merchants of death who fund political campaigns and hire generals like SecDef Lloyd Austin, recently of Raytheon.
Biden then said this, “You know, just as in World War II, today patriotic American workers are building the arsenal of democracy and serving the cause of freedom.” Except in World War II America still had a vast manufacturing base. Today it does not. It was allied with the British Empire, then gigantic, and the Soviet Union/Russia, which lost 27 million people stopping Hitler. Today on Biden’s side only are NATO’s feckless European freeloaders. And NATO’s second biggest army, Turkey, is playing its own game in the Middle East. Today by some reports Russia actually has a military manufacturing base larger than that of the U.S. and Europe combined.
Let me also provide some slight insight from my own experience on how Hamas could attack Israel without being detected. Biden got five deferments from serving in Vietnam. So he shirked a chance to fight communism and find out how the military really works. He would have found out it’s just another inefficient government bureaucracy. Certainly, Special Forces, Seal Team 6 and presumably the nuclear missile forces are highly proficient. But they’re just part of the overall bureaucracy, which isn’t. And currently is headed by Biden.
That’s why I don’t think there’s a conspiracy behind the failure of both the Israeli and U.S. intelligence services in detecting an impending Hamas attack. When I was in, 1978-82, we had a severe shortage of Russian linguists, the MOS I was trained in. If you’re smart enough to learn a difficult foreign language, you probably can make some decent cash in the private sector. Unless you’re dumb enough to go into journalism.
Even the vast U.S. military, with a budget now close to $1 trillion a year, wouldn’t have the assets properly to eavesdrop on Hamas, which speaks a Palestinian dialect of Arabic, meaning special training would be needed beyond learning generic Levantine Arabic. Because they wouldn’t prioritize it.
Moreover, with vast resources devoted to the U.S.-Russia conflict and a potential U.S.-China conflict, the Middle East would have been neglected. Perhaps they just figured Israeli intelligence would handle it. But Israel’s military, although proficient, also is a bureaucracy, therefore inefficient.
Finally, the world has become so complex it couldn’t be sorted out even by a Bismarck or a Nixon. Expecting Biden to do so is ludicrous in the extreme. When I was in Washington in the 1980s, even Democrats laughed at his stupidity. That was before his mind dissolved. Just listen to him if you can.
A better president would eschew the jibes at Putin, Xi and others, and hold summits with them to make sure the world isn’t blown up. This is not a time to fight, but to cool down tensions and work for peace.
Please say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Caroline. Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
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