DC China Hawks Will Virtue Signal This Country Into Poverty

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    by Philip Giraldi, The Unz Review:

    US leaders are picking a fight with the country’s largest financier and supplier of goods.

    Bipartisanship is foolishly celebrated. It often comes in the form of banal red tape, expansion of the sacred welfare state, but worst of all is good old-fashioned war. Warfare makes the job of a politician easy: pious speeches, self-affirming pats on the back, and vague saber-rattling without repercussions. DC lawmakers get to masquerade as freedom-fighting patriots while enticing our country’s largest lender[1] and supplier of goods into a Cold War. Bipartisanship is dangerous.

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    Brief Context

    Xi Jinping considers Taiwan part of China. One day, he may decide to invade. Would he be morally justified in doing so? No. Slave labor camps, social credit scores, an AI-powered surveillance state that crushes any seeds of dissonance before they grow — these are objectively evil systems, and we shouldn’t wish them imposed on any people. So the bipartisan moral outrage against the Chinese Communist Party is justified, but at the end of the day… we (the US) can’t save Taiwan:

    • War is off the table, given we are both nuclear powers (not sure why the CSIS keeps running Taiwan invasion simulations that conclude the US needs to purchase more conventional weapons, could have something to do with their donors).
    • Sanctions are off the table because… well… just walk into any store and inspect the inventory.
    • Our only real option is diplomacy.

    Still, our leaders are going down the path of instigation.

    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waves alongside Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Wednesday. | TAIWAN’S PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE / VIA AFP-JIJI
    U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waves alongside Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen at the Presidential Office in Taipei on Wednesday. | TAIWAN’S PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE / VIA AFP-JIJI

    We fly diplomatsPentagon officials, and House speakers to Taiwan to “send a message” — aka senselessly provoke the CCP while accomplishing nothing for the people of Taiwan. Feeble and witless congressmen posture and puff their chests at China, hoping to receive some pickup on social media. The US military continues to expand its 750+ network of foreign bases, having just struck another deal with the Philippines to allow US personnel at four additional Filipino sites. The agreement establishes a “complete arc around China,” as BBC put it. Additionally, the US will station 200 American troops in Taiwan (up from 30).

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