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America is being immersed in a concerted network through accelerating social media conduits together with slanted proxies embedded in news organizations thrusting a Neo-Marxist consensus by woke monopolistic corporations, an indoctrinating school curriculum, coordinated anarchy, and public shaming where the delusion of unabated progressive righteousness has culminated into a haunted credence to alter and tear down institutions, tradition, and the moral fiber of democracy.

The United States of America is the primary objective, and it is no longer the foreign threat of the ‘Red Scare’ at our doorstep. The assault is in progress from the very powers that once protected the rights and freedom from the tyrants abroad. The world’s remaining stronghold and defender of democratic values conceived in The Constitution is being precipitously truncated. If America collapses, so does the fate of the world’s remaining democracies.    

Turn away from your mobile device or the 24-hour news cycle and you will have missed the next breaking event saturating the masses into a pattern of crazed conformity over an uninvestigated racial incident, imminent climatic disaster, a history-erasing event, or the coming soon right-of-passage digital vaccine passport.  

If one is caught up in a news event or opposing the autocratic-driven leftist agenda, an algorithmic cyber pile-on throttles up the outcry against the target; whether an opposing conservative political position or one’s faith-based convictions construed as far-right extremism and conspirative; and ultimately exiled with the Star-of-David stamped on one’s web-based social profile.   

A sincere apology followed by an act of grace or sitting down to have a thoughtful discussion in finding common ground and healing was once the way forward. Isn’t this the manner we were supposed to do it? No, just the opposite on Big Tech’s social media platforms. We have entered an indiscriminate echelon of viral judgement where an incessant and vindictive belief of perpetual victimization and injustice has set in motion the planet’s greatest societal revolution.   

The reformation has been hatched by strategically employing distinct concentrations; specifically, the woke corporatocracy and the education system both possessing internal mechanisms to be deployed against their trepid employees and easy to fleece students. Big Tech’s global power and control of the messaging has made them the Vatican of Silicon Valley in freezing the collective consensus, isolating it, and then polarizing the narrative while thwarting opposing positions. You are only one word away from being de-platformed on Twitter or Facebook, losing your livelihood, and executed on the social media guillotine.   

While climate change is still very prevalent in the neo-Marxist repertoire, Critical Race Theory has now become the principal hammer in the activist’s toolbox to the that of the sickle slicing into the blindly led masses duped into believing we are on the cusp of planetary extinction. CRT’s sinister ideology is being used to disseminate alienation and intimidation that is reminiscent to the tactics used by the Bolsheviks during the communist’s revolution in Russia or the mass genocide during China’s Cultural Revolution. It is all too familiar.

CRT’s agitators are committed to shredding apart civil society on the cock-and-bull story that our current social order is a breeding place for systemic racism. The Black Lives Matter organization and its militant Antifa wolf-packs are structured for the same functions as Mao’s student-led paramilitary brigades recruiting disenfranchised youth into the cult’s covenant to divide and subjugate. The tactics are played out on the streets of America with-in-your-face shouts at white people out for dinner, intimidating marches in upscale family neighborhoods or halting the free passage of vehicles where the agitators demand a sign of allegiance by recounting their support while under the extreme potential for violence if one does not adhere. You have little to no police protection other than the collapsing enclosure of your vehicle becoming a battering ram.

The premise in deploying CRT is to identify an enemy where one did not exist before, polarize the foe by stoking raw resentment, and ensure the storyline of systemic racism never ends to maintain and consolidate power. The only way to escape the shame of being white is to fall in line and submit your values and tradition, and if you are a person of color who disagrees; you are simply not black enough.   

Right out of the Soviet Union’s playbook, the communist youth league incited division against traditional family-orientated farmers unwilling to give up their land to the collective. The villagers, who had little to no previous disdain for the farmers previously, fell to the delusion of class hostilities as they seen the names of the unwilling farmers listed on the village postings. The CRT is disconcertingly akin to the Bolshevik’s insurgency; alongside the militant Antifa wing to that of Hitler’s SS elite guard’s anti-Semite  propaganda leading to the Jewish Holocaust or Mao’s youth gangs rampaging across China to replace the family structure with the collective that resulted in 55 million inhabitants starving to death.

Just as Karl Marx recognized the absent of class hostilities and social contentment to be a threat to the communists holding onto power, we see the same divisive sentiment from the top when US President Joseph Biden claims diverging opinions or state laws to that of Jim Crow segregationists. The Dem’s identity politics, with the aid of Big Tech’s social media and the palpable agenda-driven news networks, has been applied to create discord across America. Former President Donald Trump supporters and the alleged far right home-grown terrorists threatening the left’s hold on power have become the Bolshevik’s farmers; yet the well-funded lawless riots burning down city neighborhoods, pillaging retail businesses, and attacks on the police are the Marxist peasants seen as victims justly demonstrating.

Identity politics has resulted in two systems of justice – one where BLM leadership advocates for rioting and looting as peaceful demonstrations and assaulting police has no consequences; yet the January 6th demonstrations at the Capital has resulted in the largest round up of protesters ever seen in America. In fact, one female trespasser was shot dead by police during the Capital unrest and there was no outcry or charges against the officer. She was white and a Trump supporter.

Federal prosecutors are not seeking criminal charges against the police lieutenant whose single shot killed Ashli Babbit, the 14-year veteran who served four tours with the US Airforce. If the unarmed Babbit committed any crime, it would have been for trespassing, a misdemeanor crime that should have seen her arrested and not slain. The lieutenant’s life was not at risk nor was he saving the lives of others as he stood with numerous police officers in riot gear and strapped with submachine guns. If a member of BLM or Antifa was shot dead by police during an unlawful riot, there would have been an immediate racial outcry across the news media for justice followed by looting local retailers and ransacking of police or federal property. The action by BLM is considered righteous violence whereas the slain Babbit had it coming to her.      

Violence from the Marists was further approved when the far-left Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif, told protestors out of her state in Minnesota to “get more confrontational” if Derek Chauvin is not convicted of murdering George Floyd. She said, “We’ve got to stay on the street, and we’ve got to get more active, we’ve got to get more confrontational. We’ve got to make sure they know that we mean business”. Waters gave the green light to Antifa to burn, loot, and most likely more killing.  

BLM activist, Kim Brown, said she supports the looting of businesses as a form of racial justice. “I support looting…Dollar Tree… Advanced Auto Store… I support all that s**t. Black people… could loot every store in this f*****g country for 200 years… and it wouldn’t even come close to what America owes us.” In other words, the polarization will not stop. Big Tech does not seem to have a problem leaving this threatening message up but has no problem removing conservative opinions and newsworthy stories exposing the left’s hypocrisy and threat to democracy during the 2020 presidential election.

Black Lives Matter significantly increased their influence by leveraging the tragic death of George Floyd by seizing the mantle of moral authority in the quest to divide America. They have used Floyd’s death to corner every American’s greatest fear in being labeled a racist if one does not conform and align to the cancel culture. State and local government, corporations, and higher education is being pressured to get behind the oppressive cause or become the next target.

There was a courageous man that approached racism with civility and success. If he were alive today, the well-funded BLM organization would not likely appreciate his manner of protest. Martin Luther King was effective in exposing racism and bringing people of all races together when he said, “I look to the day when people will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.”

The progressive teachers’ unions across North America have captured nearly the entire national curriculum in achieving absolute monopolization in advancing the Critical Race Theory. The neo-Marxist exploitation of young minds has been supercharged through endless narratives on every child’s cell phone and carried forward throughout the indoctrination network of our public and private schools. University and college students are graduating with a delusion of world ending climate change, the revulsion of capitalism and American exceptionalism, white privilege guilt, and the failure of Western democracy.

With the moral teaching of parents shifting to the school, a vast number of programmed Marxist graduates are being concentrated into government, the media, and corporate leadership. Parents have been sidelined out of fear that any challenges to the curriculum will isolate their children and pin their parents as bigots, conspiracy cracks or Christians out of touch with the woke generation, and ultimately afraid their employer will cut them lose for not upholding these intoxicating values.

There is a climate of fear facing our schools and employees attending a CRT session in the workplace where one might be construed as not woke enough or walking on eggshells over a potential inappropriate phrase. Clearly, the West is in trouble with the moral teaching shifted from the parent to the schools and where the cultural power in society is now derived from a socio-political upheaval in government, companies, and the education system.

A well-known Marxist headlined a diversity and inclusion session at an elite California K-12 preparatory school. Angela Davis, a militant black power activist, long accused of anti-Semitism in backing the BDS movement against Israel and the recipient of the Soviet Union’s International Lenin Peace Prize in 1979 for her praise of dictator Vladimir Lenin and his Bolshevik Revolution that left millions of people dead, informed students that we would need to take apart capitalism if we wanted a more progressive direction…if we want our children to move in a trajectory that is described by freedom.

Davis, who was at one time on the FBI’s most wanted list for her involvement in a courtroom plot that left many dead, referenced the Black Lives Matter movement, environmental justice, and the transgender fight. She urged students to struggle against the notion that the United States is the best country in the world and that racism is a product of capitalism. Davis said freedom is not an endpoint but rather an infinite struggle.  

More than a thousand students were saturated with a session against their very own country and democracy. The spokesperson for the school considered Davis’s lecture would be good for students to focus on activism…a teachable moment. Be clear, this same teaching is taking place in many schools. 

It is simply wrong to teach kids these socially constructed race categories. The woke values do not include openness to a variety of other points of view and civil debate. The phrase “white privilege” will shame children who would have otherwise strived with integrity and esteem to achieve advantages regardless of one’s racial background. In contrast, competition taught at all levels in school regardless of one’s skin color has created determination, perseverance, character and strongest economy the world has ever seen; and yet we have still not lived to see a progressive Marxist country excel to greatness. Make no mistake that graduating students under CRT teachings would move forward in life with far less freedom and opportunity; and remain uninspired in mediocrity while the leftist elites solidify their grip to power. It is a destructive ideology to teach children to be pessimistic and full of grievance rather than being full of optimism and gratitude.

In the grip to control the progressive political narrative of the left and Democrat Party in America, the blatant and overt actions of Big Tech, whether Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, or Google is overwhelmingly evident in their targeting of conservatives and those who align politically with former President Donald Trump.

Recent post-election turmoil in Washington made it a most convenient opportunity to up the ante in eliminating free speech in a coordinated effort by Big Tech to remove posts, news organizations, and shutting down independent social media venues operating on Big tech’s servers. They all but engaged in a book burning bonfire that is emblematic of past harsh and oppressive regimes seeking to censor, silence, and crush our prevailing culture that threatens the Neo-Marxist global utopia. Big Tech is working toward total control of our lives and extinguishing purported extreme values and opposing political power threatening their monopolistic stranglehold.

Big Tech is the state-run social media arm of the Democrat Party in deciding whose First Amendment rights will remain viable and protected. It should come to no surprise that Facebook injected $500 million into swing state counties with questionable late night ballot dumps during the 2020 Presidential Election.

It is a very dangerous game when the civil rights of conservatives are being violated and censored in their ability to communicate an opposing political position.  Yet, Big Tech has no issues permitting China or Iran to spew narratives thwarting democratic values or inflammatory posts against freedom in Hong Kong or the elimination of the Jewish State of Israel. A very similar scenario took place last century with Nazi Germany silencing the opposition; and followed by mankind uttering the words ‘Never Again’ when millions of people were brutally executed in concentration camps.

Former President Trump decried Big Tech’s censorship following a interview he gave to his daughter-in-law Laura Trump when the talk was removed from Facebook and Instagram. The former President said, “What is happening in this country – nobody ever thought would happen. It is total censorship. You don’t have free speech in the country”. The social media giants justified the podcast being removed by saying it featured President Trump speaking and the voice of Donald Trump past or present will be blocked. Facebook’s oversight board, known as their “Supreme Court” has voted to continue blacklisting Trump from the platform with no planned date to lift the ban.   

African American sports journalist Jason Whitlock had his twitter account locked out for posting a tweet criticizing Marxist Black Lives Matter founder and executive director, Patrice Cullors, for buying a $1.4 million home in an exclusive L.A. neighborhood. Whitlock, when railed for the tweet, said Cullors had a lot of options on where to live and she chose one of the whitest places in California (88% white, 1.8% black) and that he found her to be hypocritical as a trained Marxist and advocate of the BLM movement to act like a capitalist.

It has been reported that Cullors has purchased four properties totaling $3 million. There are some estimates that BLM has raised $90 million in 2020 through various individual and corporate donations, however it is unclear how the leaders are paid because the organization’s finances are opaque.

Whitlock has long criticized BLM to be one of Big Tech’s “sacred cows” and for being the antithesis of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Civil Rights Movement which was founded in Christian love. Simply put, Marxism’s rejection of Christianity is a rejection of King.  A Twitter spokesperson said Whitlock’s tweet violated the Twitter rules on imparting private information, yet the NBA’s lead activist Lebron James’ tweet picturing a police officer with a life-threatening message towards the officer was widely viewed and shared. 

If BLM leader Cullors, Lebron James, and Big Tech truly cared about Black lives, they might turn their attention beyond the few tragic deaths in police apprehensions to the greater plight and racism facing Blacks in America. There are over 7,000 African American murders in American cities annually where cultural differences and economic disparity has kept races apart is a critical tragedy.

The way of life and crime in minority neighborhoods may never change in our diversly rooted world where human beings are by nature tribalistic and tend to assimilate more closely with a group. We do not see Blacks moving from the Englewood district of Chicago to homes dominated by Whites in Streeterville nor do we witness Whites in Auburn Hills moving into the inner neighborhoods of Detroit. BLM leader, Cullors, had the opportunity but she chose to be close to the wealth she had accumulated.

One other major tragedy on an unimaginable genocidal scale in predominately Black neighborhoods is the strategic ethnic cleansing measures put in place by the government to target the births a great American racial group. With over 700 Planned Parenthood abortion mills, it is estimated that nearly 80% of the facilities are strategically located in urban centers mostly dominated in minority or black neighborhoods. Black babies at some of these locations are aborted at four times the rate as white ones. The African American women are clearly the target customer far beyond the women’s right to choose or simply the platform for reproductive freedom. Planned Parenthood has stepped into the gap with government funds to alleviate inconvenient economic fetal matter and remain in business with a steady flow of Black customers. 

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah in Hebrew or “the catastrophe”, was a genocide in which six million Jews were killed by the German Neo-Nazi regime and its Third Reich collaborators. It is estimated that since 1973, more than 16 million Black unborn infants have succumbed to abortion, resulting in the African American population currently nearing 50 million people instead of a potential 70 million lives today. With 1,876 black babies terminated every day, black women are more than five times as white women to have an abortion – a real racist statistic to ponder versus the handful of Blacks killed by police actions. When you see three black children playing together, remember, a fourth precious one is missing.   

US Senator, Josh Hawley has warned that Big Tech companies are working towards transforming America, arguing that these mega-corporations are the “gravest threat” to our freedom. During an interview, Hawley said this is all about how Big Tech is working hand-in-hand with big government to try to run our country and silence our speech. He went further in stating they are becoming more powerful by the day by imposing a leftist and woke agenda where Big Tech controls what you can post, controls what you read, and controls what journalism looks like.  

This was very clear when Big Tech interfered in the 2020 presidential election when Twitter and Facebook limited the circulation of reports and suspended accounts of journalists; including the New York Post when trying to expose stories that were negative to the Biden campaign and alleged corrupt family business dealings in foreign countries. Then Big Tech took its most profound step in coalescing with the Democrats in a coordinated action to silence the political opposition when they “de-platformed” former President Donald Trump.

This is really about information control and these companies have all the unfettered power to impose their Neo-Marxism agenda in America and throughout every corner of the world. The misguided masses and miseducated youth have been easily impressed upon through social media by terms such as systemic racism, intersectionality, climate threat, and white fragility. Instead of the Bolshevik’s listed enemy names in the villages, Big Tech and their woke surrogates identify and condemn those marked as oppressors and cancel them out of the social media conversation.

Not to be out done by social media doxing of Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and Major League Baseball’s woke decision to move the All-Star Game out of the Peach State to another site with more restrictive voting requirements, CEOs of Coca Cola and Delta in their home State of Georgia quickly fell in line with Left’s agenda to isolate and polarize their radical unfounded racist orthodoxy.

One may want to ask why MLB has no issues creating a relationship with the oppressive Neo-Marxist regime of China or Coca Cola selling their beverages in the world’s largest market and not boycott the country over their massive re-education concentration camps eliminating the Muslim Uigur population. One could ask Coca Cola how their marketing of the sugar-laced beverage to African Americans has impacted this race with diabetes or why not refuse to show voter ID when boarding a Delta flight by claiming it is racist and see if the airline permits you fly.

African Americans are once again pawns of the Left and Democrat Party as were the peasants in the Bolshevik Revolution; and likely dismayed over the claims that their race is somehow incapable in attaining voter ID to ensure a fair and honest election. Governor Kemp of Georgia put other states, companies, and the public on notice that the Left is coming for you next.      

Former President Trump sought to overcome the fabled and twisted dogmatic crux facing the Republican Party by credibly explaining the Democrat’s reverse racism based on the premise that African Americans are incapable of competing and excelling in a free market and on a level playing field. On the other hand, the Democrat Party and their cohorts in Big Tech, the news media, and radical activists on the street continue to maintain their decades long subversive strategy to manipulate and segregate the black voting block by engineering a socially oppressed and dependent second-class citizenry that is beholden to white supremacy for their welfare. Ironically, the power grab by the elitists in circles of Big Tech, media, and throughout academia are vastly and disproportionately white and in it for their own gain.

Whether today or on a fall day on October 27,1964 when former President Ronald Reagan delivered what has become known as “The Speech: A Time for Choosing” describing the threat of communism from abroad, one can now relate to the threat from within. Following are some excerpts from Reagan’s speech that lifted his career in politics is worth lifting off our hearts today.

“This is the issue: Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American Revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

You and I are told we must choose between left or right, but I suggest there is no such thing as left or right. There is only an up or down. Up to man’s age-old dream, the maximum of individual freedom consistent with order or down to the ant heap of totalitarianism. Regardless of their sincerity, their humanitarian motives, those who would sacrifice freedom for security have embarked on this downward path. Plutarch warned, “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits.”

The Founding Fathers knew a government cannot control the economy without controlling people. And they knew when a government sets out to do that, it must use force and coercion to achieve its purpose. So, we have come to a time for choosing…

…Yet any time you and I question the schemes of the do-gooders, we are denounced as being opposed to their humanitarian goals. It seems impossible to legitimately debate their solutions with the assumption that all of us share the desire to help the less fortunate. They tell us we are always “against,” never “for” anything.

We need…to restore for our children the American Dream that wealth is denied to no one, that each individual has the right to fly as high as his strength and ability will take him….

Are you willing to spend time studying the issues, making yourself aware, and then conveying that information to family and friends? …Recognize that government invasion of public power is eventually an assault upon your own business. If some among you fear taking a stand because you are afraid of reprisals from customers, clients, or even government, recognize that you are just feeding the crocodile hoping he’ll eat you last…

…If all of this seems like a great deal of trouble, think what’s at stake. We are faced with the most evil enemy mankind has known in his long climb from the swamp to the stars. There can be no security anywhere in the free world if there is no fiscal and economic stability within the United States. Those who ask us to trade our freedom for the soup kitchen of the welfare state are architects of a policy of accommodation.

They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right. Winston Churchill said that “the destiny of man is not measured by material computation. When great forces are on the move in the world, we learn we are spirits-not animals.” And he said, “There is something going on in time and space, and beyond time and space, which, whether we like it or not, spells duty.”

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.”

Since “The Speech” by Reagan, the precipitous ebb and flow of the Marxist peril has surged beyond the drips and drabs to sizeable breaches in America’s decomposing institutions; including defund the police, court packing, dishonest voting laws, and diminishing state and individual rights. The appetite to destroy what has stood in the progressive’s way and denied them of their oppressive utopian power and polymorphous perversity has resulted in their ground assault acquiring and establishing a strategic foothold throughout the education, corporate, and social media sectors.  

Those in power no longer fear the people and the people now fear their government’s overreach and a cyber pile-on across the many media platforms shaming and threatening one’s livelihood. The tumultuous left’s subversive revolution has a disdain for America’s traditional values that is bound in an ensuing bitterness of blame and angst that is never satisfied and always seeking to avenge.

We are losing our country in every classroom, every weather event, every company, every illegal vote, every progressive tweet, and most likely in a post-pandemic reset of the world’s financial and social structure. The Neo-Marxist are nearly fully entrenched and assimilating the remaining holdouts. In their delusions, the progressives think they are improving the fiber of America and the family nucleus by bending this lever or adjusting that flywheel; instead, the Neo-Marxist have tilted America out of its created Constitutional order.

To the one standing in the shackles of persecution rather than on your knees in oppression, your merits of character and soul of individualism will see to it that the end of time becomes the beginning of time.

Rich Berdan is a freelance writer out of Detroit, Michigan. Rich often provides perspectives that are unique and thought provoking.

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Was Trump better for the world than Biden, after all?

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Joe Biden and the State Department just approved a major deal with the Saudis for 500mln in choppers maintanance. Effectively, the US sold its soul to the Saudis again after the US intelligence services confirmed months ago that the Saudi Prince is responsible for the brutal killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Biden administration is already much more inhumane and much worse than Trump. Biden doesn’t care about the thousands of American citizens that he left behind at the mercy of the Taliban, the Biden administration kills innocent civilians in drone strikes, they are in bed with the worst of the worsts human right violators calling them friendly nations. 

Biden dropped and humiliated France managing to do what no US President has ever accomplished —  make France pull out its Ambassador to the US, and all this only to go bother China actively seeking the next big war. Trump’s blunders were never this big. And this is just the beginning. There is nothing good in store for America and the world with Biden. All the hope is quickly evaporating, as the world sees the actions behind the fake smile and what’s behind the seemingly right and restrained rhetoric on the surface. It’s the actions that matter. Trump talked tough talk for which he got a lot of criticism and rarely resorted to military action. Biden is the opposite: he says all the right things but the actions behind are inhumane and destructive. It makes you wonder if Trump wasn’t actually better for the world.

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US President Joe Biden’s foreign policy is failing so far. He can’t get the Iran nuclear diplomacy on track. The Afghanistan withdrawal was a disaster seen by all, placing an unusually high number of weapons and armaments in the hands of the Taliban and leaving everyone behind, to the point that one wonders if it was intentional. The US military has been able to accomplish far more impressive and bigger logistics tasks in the past, so when they want to they can do it.

More worrisome, however – and because it is also oriented towards future impacts – is Biden’s construct of vital concepts such as security, international peace and self-defense which has already displayed a consistent pattern during the first year of his term. The signs are already there, so let me bring them out to the surface for you.

Treating a counter-attack in self-defense as an original, first-move strike

This is a pattern that can be noticed already in Biden’s reading of what constitutes defense. It first struck me in a place where you might not think of looking. It originated from the criticism of the previous Trump administration’s support for the destructive Saudi Arabia campaign on Yemen, leaving Yemen as the biggest famine and disaster on the planet. To avoid the same criticism, the Biden administration decided to do what it always does – play technocratic and legalistic, and hope that people won’t notice. On the face of it, it looked like Biden ended US participation by ending the “offensive” support for Saudi Arabia. Then in the months after the February decision, reports started surfacing that the US actually continues doing the same, and now most recently, some troops from Afghanistan were redirected towards Yemen. Biden didn’t end Yemen; he set up a task force to examine and limit US military action only to defensive capabilities, which sounds good to a general observer. It reminds me of that famous Einstein saying that all the big decisions were to be taken by him and all the small decisions were to be taken by his wife, but there hasn’t been one big decision so far. So see, it just turns out that everything falls under defense, ask the lawyers. Usually no one would object to the well-established right to defend yourself. The problem with that is that the US is actually in Yemen. Treating any counter-strike and any response to your presence as an original, first-move attack is not only problematic but it also simply doesn’t work in legal terms. It goes along the lines of “well, I am already here anyways, so your counter-response in self-defense is actually an attack and I get to defend myself”. If the issue was only with terrorist or rebel organizations (because let’s face it, who cares about the Houthies in Yemen?) I don’t think we would be discussing this. But as you guessed it, this approach can already be traced as a pattern in Biden’s thinking and the way he forges alliances, draws red lines and allows things to happen, and it stretches to areas that most people definitely care about such as a possible military conflict between the US and China.

Let’s take the newest development from today. The US just announced that it has entered into a trilateral partnership with the UK and Australia in the Indo-Pacific, which is encirclement of China par excellence. Where it gets interesting is that the trilateral partnership is purported to be only for “advanced defense capabilities”. The equivalent of this is someone from another city squatting at the door step in your apartment, inviting two others to join, and then when in the morning you push them and step on them to go to work, the squatters claiming that you attacked them and calling the police on you in your own apartment. This is Biden’s concept of self-defense: since I am already here in your space, you are attacking me.

The US is trying to start something with China but it doesn’t know how to, and China seems completely unconcerned with the US.  Chinese leader Jinping doesn’t even want to meet Biden, as became clear this week. China doesn’t care about the US and just wants to be left alone. They already said that in clear terms by reading it out loud to Wendy Sherman last month. Biden didn’t have to ask for a meeting in that phone call this week because he already knew the answer. Wendy Sherman got a clear signal on her China visit that the US president won’t be getting that coveted red carpet roll-out any time soon.

So the story says that the US is going all the way to the other side of the world and staging military presence there but only to defend itself. The US has no choice but to move in to defend all the US citizens at risk in the Indian Ocean — that’s the stand-up comedy line of the week. It is staging military presence right at China’s doorstep — if not in Chinese waters, and the idea is “yes, that’s your turf but now that I’m here, if you push me to leave, you are attacking me”. This is the strategy of narcissists and those that are looking to point the finger to their opponent when they just don’t have anything, so they stage something. China is in the long-term game, playing against itself. The US is that number 2 that’s trying to create provocation. In the Indo-Pacific, the US is biting more than it can chew. China is not a big mouth or one to throw around military threats. That’s the US style: “be very careful, we might bomb you if you don’t do what we say”. A dog that barks doesn’t bite. On the other hand, China is more like a Ferrari — it will go from 0 to 200 in seconds and then it will go back to its business. The US and Biden will be left whimpering but no one will jump to save the US from its own folly because self-defense in the US packaging is not even bought by the US government itself. Even they don’t buy their own packaging. So why should anyone else?

Treating embarrassing discoveries and things that don’t go my way as a threat to international peace

This one is a big one. With this one, Biden is playing with the queen, namely action under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter in the name of international peace and security. A threat to international peace and security is grounds for action under Chapter 7 which includes military action, and it’s never to be spoken lightly. Words have consequences. The UN Security Council rarely specifies grounds for action under chapter 7 for threats to international peace and security but it’s enough to take a look at the practice: resolutions were passed when Iraq invaded Kuwait in 1990, in response to 9/11, against Kaddafi who was marching toward Benghazi to wipe out the people in 2011, in relation to genocide, etc. Grounds for a threat to international peace can’t be “because I don’t like the way things are turning out for me”.

Peace and security are not like beauty – in the eye of the beholder. There has to be an actual or imminent attack and actual military action or violence. Loose interpretations of threats to peace and security are a sign of weak leadership.

Leaders who construct dissent and criticism as terrorism in relation to the Black Lives Matter movement, as I have argued about the FBI previously in the left media, are weak leaders. In smearing Martin Luther King, the FBI argued national security. As director Oliver Stone said in Cannes this summer, when he was investigating the JFK assassination, every time he was getting close, he heard “national security”. 

You can see a lot about the character of a nation by the way it constructs security, and notice traits such as narcissism, weakness, cheating. The Biden Administration has to know that a threat to international peace and security can’t be “things that make my government look bad”. In 2001, the world followed the US in Afghanistan because there was an actual military attack. The world won’t follow the Biden administration on a bogus threat to international peace that can best be summed up as a major embarrassment for the US government. Suggesting a link is a threat to the fabric of international society. Not only is it a sign of national narcissism but also a sign of arbitrariness and authoritarianism. Treating criticism and the exposure of US government crimes as if it were a military attack is what horror movies are made of. What’s next? Droning journalists?

Treating issues which are a subject to treaties, rules and negotiations as a threat to international peace  

The Biden security construct stretches to various regions, including my own. This first struck me with Biden’s executive order regarding the Western Balkans when he tied blocking these countries from EU accession to a threat to international peace, which carries significant consequences. If a country, let’s say Bulgaria, is exercising its lawful right to veto EU processes, hypothetically, based on Biden’s understanding, the US could table a resolution for Chapter 7 action to punish an EU member-state for blocking the accession of an EU candidate because that’s a threat to international peace. That could hypothetically lead to military action against an EU country making use of its veto. Biden doesn’t have a veto in the EU. Do you know who does? Bulgaria. So until Biden becomes an EU country he doesn’t have a say.

Biden was visibly irritated that the process of EU accession has been stalling for quite some time, especially with N. Macedonia and Albania at the EU’s doorstep, so he decided to give it a go. Let’s not forget that the Balkans are a favorite Biden region and this goes back to the 1990s. I have written about it before: Biden is stuck in the 2000s when if you mentioned the Western Balkans the words international peace were a guaranteed association. Not anymore. Negotiations, rules and voting are the peaceful and reasonable way to resolve issues, agree or even not agree in some situations, and are the opposite of war and aggression. Treating these ways as a threat to peace is just the rhetoric of those who can’t get their way. But it’s also indicative of a worrisome trend with Biden that anything that the US government doesn’t like can be dressed as a threat to international peace, which carries the most significant of all consequences in the international arena.

Treating lawful counter-measures as a threat to national security

Perhaps the best and most fascinating example of lawful counter-measures I ever heard was brought by Andrew Clapham at the Graduate Institute in Geneva. Here is the story. The UK issued unlawful sanctions on a country. In response, lawful counter-measures by that country targeted jam exports because a jam factory in Scotland was the key to turning the elections. The targeted counter-measures worked, hit jam exports, discontent people in the region voted the other way and the government that put in place the sanctions to begin with was ousted. This was a brilliant example that you hit where it hurts and you do it lawfully. Counter-measures don’t have to be identical. The US likes to put tariffs on Louis Vuitton bags in retaliation when it deals with France, for example. In the Trump trade wars, Europe would hit bourbon and jeans exports as a counter-measure. You hit their signature product. Not all counter-measures are illegal and count as an attack. International law is full of examples.

Similarly, lawsuits against a government are a lawful counter-measure. This area reveals another part of Biden’s worrisome construct of national security. A threat to sue the US government cannot in and of itself be a threat to national security. Tortured reading of what is national security is a sign of weak leaders, narcissists, those on the losing end, or straight up losers – or all of the above. 

Treating lawful counter-measures as a cause for self-defense is not only a sign of a wrong understanding of self-defense, but is the ultimate sign of narcissism. Usually those who attack know better and brace for impact in anticipation of the counter-measures. Narcissists, on the other hand, cry that they are being attacked when they receive a counter-strike in response. Strategists know better.

Mistreatment of whistleblowers, critics and opponents as spies and as a threat to national security

This one is an easy one. Only losers treat whistleblowers and critics as spies and as an automatic threat to national security. Take the treatment that Gary Stahl has received at the hands of the Biden Administration and the FBI, for example. Again, the US government doesn’t get to construe a huge embarrassment (in what will soon be revealed to shows the true criminal nature of the US government) as a threat to international peace. This is a problem for America. Not only doesn’t China plan to attack militarily the US any time soon over what’s to come, but China is largely unconcerned with the US and would like to be left alone. Any talk about a risk of military conflict could only mean that it is the US that plans to attack because they are embarrassed they got caught red-handed and the world will see the US government’s true nature. Talk of threat to international peace has a very high threshold. No one cares about how America would feel – that’s your problem, not an issue of international peace. 

The Biden concept of security is that of an ugly, pretentious, old woman who is told she can’t enter because her ticket is not valid. She then throws a feat screaming she was attacked, beaten and insulted, expecting everyone to be on her side. But the world simply doesn’t care about the problems of this pain-in-the-ass anymore. The US government will have to try much harder if they want to present the issue as anything close to security and self-defense, let alone a threat to international peace. That tune is old and there are no buyers. 

The US surely thinks very highly of itself if they think that a scandal like that is worthy of a military conflict but literally no one else sees the US as this important anymore. This scandal will matter only to America in what it reveals about all the layers of the US government across rank, institutions and administrations. That’s it. It ends there. Any talk of Chapter 7 threshold is war mongering and no one will care. 

People talk about the Biden doctrine on Afghanistan but the Biden doctrine that will be sealed in history will be something along the lines of “Anytime I get caught, it’s a threat to international peace and security.” This is how Biden will be remembered in history: for creative writing endeavors in the security field and no substantial foreign policy achievements. 

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Although damages of the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan cannot be easily undone, by taking a series of wise steps, Biden can send a strong signal that America is coming back.

Joe Biden’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan has shattered his reputation as a safe haven for allies. This is while, he pledged to restore U.S. leadership after Trump by confronting China’s and Russia’s growing totalitarian ambitions, restoring historic alliances with European allies, and ending the never-ending conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East.

But he is not the only President whose decision has eventually damaged the United States’ global reputation. Donald Trump’s capitulation deal with the Taliban, Barack Obama’s indolence in Syria, and George W. Bush’s invasion of Iraq have all tarnished the United States’ credibility around the world. The question now; however, is no longer whether Biden and his predecessors should have acted differently. It’s how the United States can minimize the damage.

Biden should begin by speaking the truth. So far, the President has failed to admit the failure of his withdrawal plan. Biden ought to be straightforward with himself, the American people, and the whole world.

Biden’s policy should, of course, vary depending on the area and global conditions. To promote its interests in the Indo-Pacific area, the United States should station a few ambassadors, including a Navy or Coast Guard attaché, in the Pacific Island countries of Tonga, Tuvalu, and Kiribati. In addition, a considerable number of troops currently stationed in Afghanistan should be redeployed to the Pacific. Finally, Biden’s administration should engage with U.S. defense contractors to speed up the transfer of military equipment to Taiwan. Getting Taiwan its armaments swiftly would be a powerful show of support as a steadfast ally, as well as provide modern platforms to prevent a Chinese amphibious invasion.

The Biden administration should also do all in its power to rebuild relations with European partners. For the very first time, NATO invoked Article 5, which identifies an assault on one member as an assault on all. Since then, soldiers from a variety of countries have fought and died alongside US troops. Nonetheless, Biden decided to leave Afghanistan without consulting the governments of these countries, leaving them to plan emergency rescue efforts for their populations. Close allies of the United States are understandably enraged. America’s behavior is being chastised in Paris, Berlin, and the British House of Commons on both sides of the aisle.

Last month, at a meeting of regional leaders in Baghdad, Macron made it clear that, unlike the Americans, he was dedicated to remaining in the Middle East. “Whatever the American choice is,” he stated in public remarks in Baghdad, “we will maintain our presence in Iraq to fight terrorism as long as terrorist groups function and the Iraqi government requests our assistance.” It was a clear example of Macron’s idea of “strategic autonomy,” which implies European independence from U.S. security policy, and an attempt to use the United States’ humiliation to underline that Europe and Washington were not always on the same page. At an emergency G7 summit, Mr. Biden is said to have turned down allied requests to extend the August 31 deadline for exit.

The Biden administration’s recent decision not to penalize Nord Stream 2 pipeline participants has enraged Europeans as well. Poland and Ukraine underlined their worries in a joint statement about the ramifications of choices taken on the pipeline without the participation of nations directly impacted, claiming that Nord Stream 2 poses both geological and ecological risks to Europe.

As a result, whether it’s diplomatic recognition of the Taliban regime, humanitarian aid for the Afghan people, or any other major issue, the US should not take any more action without engaging partners. Mr. Biden should also dispatch senior members of his national security team to Europe and other regions of the world to reinforce America’s commitment to their security.

As to the Middle East, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security advisor, in a Foreign Affairs article described “America’s opportunity in the Middle East,” suggesting that diplomacy may work where previous military interventions have failed. The United States’ involvement in the area is frequently portrayed in military or counter-terrorism terms, and as a binary option between going all-in or going all-out. Instead, Sullivan advocated for a strategy that relied more on “aggressive diplomacy to generate more long-term benefits.”

Accordingly, the President and his team in Vienna should get the new Iranian administration back to the negotiating tables and rejoin the JCPOA and ease the tensions in the Middle East. Also, the United States should do all possible in Afghanistan to secure the safe transit of Afghans who qualify for U.S. visas to the Kabul airport – and to keep flights flying until they are able to leave. This should apply to both Afghans who dealt closely with the United States’ military, and to those who engage with U.S. media and humanitarian organizations and must get visas from a third country. In addition to ensuring that the United Nations and humanitarian groups have the resources they need, the United States should cooperate with its Security Council allies to guarantee that the Taliban does not hinder the free flow of help.

Moreover, to follow any influx of jihadists to Afghanistan, intelligence agencies will have to rededicate resources and increase surveillance. They must be pushed to coordinate their efforts on the Taliban in order to keep the most threatening groups under control. The United States could set an example by agreeing to accept a fair share of any displaced Afghans. Neighboring countries like Iran and Pakistan, which already have millions of Afghan refugees, are closing their borders.

Biden may not be able to prevent all of the disastrous repercussions of the Afghan catastrophe, but he must act now before the harm to U.S. interests and moral stature becomes irreversible. By taking these steps, he can send a strong statement to the world that he has learned his lessons and that America is coming back.

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