A Cow Pod Or A Chocolate Cookie?

I knew it was an anomaly when I agreed with Times columnist Charles M. Blow. [See my last blog post.] The uber-liberal returned to the Op-ed arena today to encourage Joe Biden to “boast” about his “remarkable summer.” Blow’s attempts to have us believe Biden’s cow pod administration is a chocolate chip cookie failed miserably.

He starts out by claiming “the truth is that news narratives and polls are symbiotic.” It’s a vicious cycle. I guess I can agree with this statement at least, but nothing else in the Op-ed.

It’s staggering that Biden is being portrayed as a politician caught up in the news cycle and not his own bumbling actions and missteps. Republicans had to repel the ultra-liberal press every day for misrepresentations of the truth during the previous administration, even if they were right about the former president’s character.

Now, Democrats are saying the news is unfair to their leader. Even hardcore Democrats have been saying that Biden can’t legislate and govern worth a damn. It’s been rewarding to see the media accuse Biden for what he really is, a lousy president. This doesn’t pertain to Mr. Blow, however.

Blow goes on to quote Lou Holtz, the legendary football coach who said, “You’re never as good as everyone tells you when you win, and you’re never as bad as they say when you lose.” [As an aside, I resent Blow quoting the beloved Holtz. I’m a Notre Dame alum.] Joe Biden is so bad, he set records for low polling ratings of his leadership skills. He’s the worst of the worst.

Sure, it’s true gas prices have fallen 86 cents since the high point. What did Joe do to encourage lower prices? He begged Saudi Arabia, Iran and Venezuela to increase production, rather than inspiring American companies to do so. Biden doesn’t get it, neither do Democrats, the world is not ready to substitute fossil fuel for climate friendly energy like electric cars and windmills. The technologies are not ready for prime time.

Blow mentions the 9.1% increase in inflation by saying that it is offset by improved employment numbers. Tell this to Americans who can’t afford to feed their families and fill their cars with the same paycheck.

OK, the gun legislation was a positive step in the right direction. But it was a weak response. There are still too many ways unbalanced individuals and criminals can acquire guns, including assault rifles. The law is a “very small step for mankind.”

Biden was embarrassed that his multi-trillion-dollar spending spree was waylaid by Sen. Joe Manchin. The president settled for a smaller package that will have practically no impact on global warming and inflation, despite claims of the opposite. [Bernie Sanders chimed in and said the new bill would not have a serious impact on inflation.]

Biden’s foreign policies are in shambles. Russia is still invading Ukraine. China is shooting missiles over Taiwan. Iran can build a nuclear bomb. Britney Grimes is still in a Russian jail.

And Biden will never truly support abortion. He’s a Catholic. He’s always danced around the issue and never accomplished anything in the area of a woman’s right to choose.

Blow says Biden needs to be more boastful. About what? Our nation is falling behind the other superpowers because Biden is timid. Blow even says Biden should be more like Trump. For what, bragging about things that haven’t actually happened.

Charles, you took one step forward and three steps backwards. Biden is an empty suit, and Republicans are going to do a number on Democrats in the upcoming elections no matter how much Biden boasts.

US and PRC Dig In (High*) Heals About Taiwan

*Refers to Speaker Nancy Pelosi

The convoluted US policies towards Taiwan are creating serious angst in diplomatic circles. The PRC even hinted that it would shoot down the plane that carried Speaker Nancy Pelosi to Taiwan. Few thought that it was a credible threat, but to her credit, the Speaker defied China.

The US position on Taiwan is reflected in “six assurances to Taiwan.” The Six Assurances include:

  • The US has not agreed to set a date for ending arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The US has not agreed to hold prior consultations with the Chinese on arms sales to Taiwan.
  • The US will not play a mediation role between Taiwan and China.
  • The US has not agreed to reverse the Taiwan Relations Act.
  • The US will not alter its policies regarding Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
  • The US will not exert pressure on Taiwan to negotiate with the Chinese.

The position of the US has offended the Chinese continuously ever since 1949, when Chiang Kai Shek’s troops decamped to Taiwan at the end of the Chinese civil war. In 1978, the US announced it would break relations with Taiwan and formally recognize the PRC as the sole and legal government of China.

Over the years, though, American presidents have reconsidered these policies, much to the chagrin of the PRC. For instance, on several occasions, the US stated or implied it would come to the rescue of Taiwan if it were attacked by the PRC.

How does all this affect the current US/PRC relations? Frankly, the PRC resents the wishy-washy position of the United States and the latter’s interference into internal affairs of the PRC. The visit by Speaker Pelosi has riled PRC leadership greatly, and that is resulting in aggressive and undiplomatic actions by the PRC, including a show of force in the area around Taiwan that included live fire combat exercises.

Would the PRC go to war to protect its claims on Taiwan? It’s doubtful that it would initiate a shooting conflict with the US, but it might take other kinds of actions that are deemed to be provocative, such as claiming more islands in the South China Sea and militarizing islands located near the PRC. There is a growing concern that a misstep by either the US or the PRC could accidentally lead to direct conflict.

Seems to me that the current policies of the US are the major issue. Our government has been dancing around its position relating to Taiwan for many years. Direct and frank negotiations with the PRC are an obvious alternative to military confrontation.

These solutions would be complicated and likely fraught with economic sanctions by both sides, something the world economy does not need at this time. I am absolutely dedicated to affirming the rights of US, but we need to be clearer, as it was with Hong Kong. Perhaps a date to reunite the two Chinas in the distant future would be a reasonable idea to discuss. The 100-year deal between the PRC and Hong Kong ultimately worked out without serious violence.

In the meantime, the US should retain all of its rights to have a relationship with Taiwan that includes among other things arming the island. Another Russia/Ukraine situation is not a preferred course. If the PRC wants to annex Taiwan, it should do it peacefully. So long as this happens there will be no need for either the PRC or the US to show their muscles.