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In an age of TV politicians, President Joe Biden is a figure from another age. He is deeply unexciting and suffering from advanced age – a time in life which the great Charles de Gaulle compared to a `shipwreck.’

No mobs of baseball hat-wearing yahoos are about to storm the Capitol for Biden’s sake. However unexciting he may be, President Biden has acted with courage and foresight to enact what America so badly needed: moving away from a wartime to a peacetime economy.

America’s economy has been on a full wartime footing since the Vietnam War. The US Navy alone operates 11 big deck attack carriers, and twice that number of small carriers. A French admiral told me ruefully over a very nice dinner one night that the US Navy’s budget alone was larger than his nation’s entire military budget. US annual military spending amounts to nearly half the world’s total military outlays.

When invited to the Pentagon to consult on the Mideast and Afghanistan, I have always been amazed by the beehive of activity there. America’s vast military-industrial complex was in overdrive. It looked to me like America’s number one activity was war. Not big ones, like WWII, Korea or Vietnam but many small conflicts all over the globe – what British imperialists used to call ‘little wars.’

As many Americans have noticed, their huge nation has been falling apart. US infrastructure has been rusting or crumbling since the early 1960’s. Bridges, railroads, telecommunications, airports, seaports, and highways have not been adequately renovated or restored. For example, key bridge tunnels in my native city, New York, have become perilous due to lack of maintenance and modernization. Politicians love to spend billions on glamor projects but hate spending on basics.

No president since Eisenhower has dared to seriously rebuild or repair the United States. Compared to effectively modernizing Europe, the US often looks thirty years behind and depressingly backwards.

Unfortunately, Biden’s renewal plans, which will cost upwards of 2.5 trillion dollars are to be financed by higher taxes. The imminence of such increases and printing of billions of newly minted dollars has of course ignited a storm of inflation, now running at over 6.2% in the US alone. Meanwhile, the Pentagon continues to spend trillions of dollars preparing for more small wars and gearing up for a big-time conflict with China.

It would have made better sense to raise the hundreds of billions needed to finance the anti-Covid campaign and Biden’s national renovation campaign by extracting the money from the terribly bloated military budget. That would have been the other act of courage needed by the Biden White House. But Biden has not so far been able to even shut the totalitarian Guantanamo prison due to opposition from southern Republicans and, of course, the military.

Biden and his team realize that the coming head-on competition with China will require a modernized United States. Otherwise, it might look more like an updated version of the creaky old Austro-Hungarian Empire than the champion of the western world.

While the US has been wasting trillions on its little colonial wars (‘war on terror’), China has been investing in infrastructure and a brand-new military. Having now been defeated in Vietnam and Afghanistan, the US military risks a much bigger shellacking by China.

ORDER IT NOW

The balance of military technology is fast turning against the United States as a major Pacific War looms on the horizon. In that event, the US will be at a serious geostrategic disadvantage by being forced to fight a war thousands of miles from its home bases on the US West Coast while China’s military will operate virtually next door to its home.

This is a war that the US should at all costs avoid. No one can even adequately explain what winning a war with China entails. How do you defeat a colossus on the other side of the world’s largest ocean? Better fix US infrastructure and avoid a fight. As US founder Ben Franklin said, ‘no good war; no bad peace.’

 
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  1. mijj says:

    > “President Joe Biden is a figure from another age. He is deeply unexciting and suffering from advanced age – a time in life which the great Charles de Gaulle compared to a `shipwreck.’”

    … do you mean Biden or do you mean the USA?

  2. Yee says:

    No one can even adequately explain what winning a war with China entails.

    Easy, burn the other guy’s restaurant, so you’d have no competition to yours…

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  3. BorisMay says:

    What a sad deluded article. It is full of assumptions, arrogance and hubris.

    The US is not the leader/saviour of the west. It is hated, loathed and reviled by everyone.

    The US could not protect its own arse against a peer adversary. 33 US aircraft carriers, or however many of these obsolescent dinosaurs there actually are, would be of no use other than floating coffins for their unfortunate crews. The flying brick F35 and the obsolete F22 are no match for modern militaries and the general grunt is nothing more than an amoral bully. Watch US bullies’ illegal occupation of Syria stealing crops, oil and raping the local populace.

    Everyone, even your supposed allies, hate you. You occupy Europe uninvited 76 years after the end of WW2 and create uncertainty with your overt aggression on Russia by placing your troops along her border. It would be interesting to see Russian troops on the Canadian and Mexican borders with the US. The US general staff would have to wear adult diapers because they’d shit themselves 24/7.

    You bastards are hated by everyone. You are the scum of the earth. Get that in your thick heads.

    • Replies: @GomezAdddams
    , @RoatanBill
  4. Anon[271] • Disclaimer says:

    We rig our own elections. Our media lies endlessly. Our Deep State arranged a virus to be released and 3 drug manufacturers all come up with the EXACT same vaccine idea: change your genetics to make a toxic spike protein that the virus will mutate against, requiring 3 injections per year for the rest of your life. 9/11 and 1/6 we’re both Deep State con jobs.

    Seriously, we will fall as utterly and totally as Ancient Assyria did. God will no doubt be on China and Russia’s side. This nation is a modern Babylon.

  5. @BorisMay

    Justin Trudeau —-Scottie Morrison —-Boris Johnson—-Cai Ing Wen –the State of Israel LOVE USA—therefore USA is correct —

  6. war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength.

  7. Alistair says:

    China’s ascent as a superpower is a direct result of the US foreign policy in the far east, led by Henry Kissinger since early 1970’s.

    The West and America have created their own version of “Frankenstein Monster” out of the Communist China, leaving no alternative to contain it without major interventions of some sort; either economic and financial sanctions on China, import control of Chinese exports, and as a last resort, perhaps a direct military confrontation with China.

    Unless China’s strategic threat to the West and the US is removed for the long term, the US has no choice but to maintain its absolute military supremacy to contain China’s hegemonic ambitions.

  8. @Alistair

    China’s strategic threat to the West and the US

    Show me that strategic threat. Put up or shut up.

    I don’t see Chinese naval vessels off the US’s coasts using some freedom of navigation excuse nonsense. I don’t see China having hundreds of military bases all over the world the way the US has. Specifically, I don’t see the Chinese surrounding the US with bases as well as Russia.

    China is the manufacturer to the entire world. All I see of their activities is partnering with other countries by extending them credit to build out their infrastructure to make them capable of advancing, along with China, via peaceful cooperation. Sure they’re going to make deals that favor them in the long run, but no one is putting a gun to anyone’s head to cooperate.

    • Agree: Realist, GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @Alistair
  9. @BorisMay

    Your first sentence is way over the top. I’d say it represents deluded thinking.

    The rest of your prose I can agree with.

  10. Yee says:

    Alistair,

    Unless China’s strategic threat to the West and the US is removed for the long term,

    What is China’s “strategic threat to the West and the US “? And how do we remove it?

  11. Alistair says:
    @RoatanBill

    An open market economy depends on transparency and that’s what’s missing in China.

    China is a “Totalitarian Communist Regime” with an unusual mixed economic system; practicing a form of “State Sponsored Capitalism” abroad, but at home, it’s a waning socialism. — Chinese state sponsored international trade has the full support of the Chinese communist regime with its deep pocket that provides huge financial support to its state owned enterprises.

    As such, every trade agreements between a private entity abroad and China, is in fact an agreement between that entity and the Chinese Communist State, in other words, the Chinese Communist Regime, which is a totalitarian regime with zero transparency.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
    , @GomezAdddams
  12. @Alistair

    You still didn’t pinpoint where and how China is a strategic threat to the west and the US in particular.

    China is just another gangster state, just like all the other gangster states like the US and the “west” in general. But that doesn’t mean it is a threat to the US and it’s subordinates. China wants to be the big dog in their area and with 1.4 billion people, a huge number of scientists and engineers, the manufacturing hub of the entire world, they are in a prime position to make good on that desire. So what?

    The only problem I see is that the US hasn’t figured out its time is over due to rampant stupidity and corruption. The US could quietly disengage from world events to concentrate on benefiting the US population, but that’s not what’s going to happen. The US is going to double and triple down on stupid. The only thing that could disrupt the deep state’s plans is an economic crash that they can’t paper over and I hope it’s on the way.

    • Agree: GomezAdddams
    • Replies: @Realist
    , @Alistair
  13. Realist says:
    @RoatanBill

    The only problem I see is that the US hasn’t figured out its time is over due to rampant stupidity and corruption. The US could quietly disengage from world events to concentrate on benefiting the US population, but that’s not what’s going to happen. The US is going to double and triple down on stupid. The only thing that could disrupt the deep state’s plans is an economic crash that they can’t paper over and I hope it’s on the way.

    My exact sentiment. Soon I hope.

  14. Alistair says:
    @RoatanBill

    I have already responded to you, but if you insist here we go again.

    The problem with a totalitarian regime is lack of transparency, hence lack of checks and balances. Now, how would you like to see the most lethal weapons in the hands of a totalitarian regime with no system of checks and balances and that’s exactly what you have in China.

    Many bad things happen in China but nobody knows what really happened. For example, we still don’t know the origin of the COVID-19 infection, or what’s happening with China’s Muslims minority in north east regions of China, and what’s happening to the political prisoners. or economically, what’s the true state of the Chinese economy, is it thriving or falling apart. and what’s the true exchange value of Yuan. or what’s the state of COVID pandemic in China, how many dead ? and so on,

    the point is transparency needed to have a system of checks and balances, to hold an authoritarian regime accountable — despite all our shortcomings, a system of Checks and Balances is something that the West has but China still needs to work on it.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  15. @Alistair

    Once again – You still didn’t pinpoint where and how China is a strategic threat to the west and the US in particular.

    The Chinese are half way around the world from the US. Are they flying planes along our coast? Are they putting military bases in Mexico or Canada? Stop the bullshit and answer a simple question.

    Where and how is China a strategic threat to the west and the US in particular? You made the statement now back it up.

    All you’re doing is bringing up things that have nothing to do with that question. Everything you mention that is a characteristic of the Chinese is also a characteristic of the US.

    We still don’t know why the CDC shut down the lab in Ft Detrick prior to the start of the Covid nonsense. What’s the status of the prisoners in Guantanamo and why are they there being tortured and without trial for years? What’s the true state of the US gold supply since it hasn’t been audited in decades. What’s the true inflation rate? Should we believe the Fed Gov or Shadow Stats? Is the US economy thriving or falling apart since the Fed increased the total money supply by 40% in the last 18 months? What’s the true exchange rate for gold in dollars since the paper market is being manipulated with full gov’t cooperation? What’s the true state of the Covid fiasco since all we get are half truths and outright lies?

    See, I can bring up unrelated stuff too and can make you look silly in the process.

    The point is that transparency is desperately needed in the US since we still haven’t seen all the document on the Kennedy assassination that happened in 1963 much less have gotten the whole truth about 9/11.

    Stop blowing smoke and answer the question? Where and how is China a strategic threat to the west and the US in particular? You made the statement now back it up.

    • Replies: @Alistair
    , @GomezAdddams
  16. Alistair says:
    @RoatanBill

    Under president Xi Jinping, China is becoming a magnified version of North Korea.
    I already answered your questions, but you seem to be fixated on your own narrow definition of the threats, therefore you won’t understand this unless somebody draws a cartoon drawing for you, and I have no time for that.

  17. @Alistair

    I wasn’t really expecting an answer from you because China is no strategic threat to the US and the west in general. They don’t have to militarily conquer places. They build things others want to purchase and that gives them the funds for their projects. The US builds weapons and it exports those on innocent countries and has been doing that for at least half a century.

    The fact that China is arming up is only due to incessant goading by the US always monkeying around in China’s bathtub. I just didn’t want you to get away with making a statement that was pure ideological nonsense without getting you to show your inability to back it up. Anyone reading our exchange will surely note your lack of candor.

    China just has to wait for the US to implode economically and then the Fed Gov will look internally for people to butcher. If hostilities should break out between the US and China, the first thing will be the US Navy’s surface ships becoming ocean floor ornaments, sunk by swarms of missiles. That alone might be enough to stop the madness once the US citizens realize they’ve been paying for very expensive scrap metal for decades, since it’s been known for decades that surface war ships are obsolete.

    The US hasn’t the capacity to take on China, Russia, North Korea and some smaller players simultaneously, especially not half way around the world. It also only has so many of its incredibly expensive toys and they’ll get used up in no time. It’s not just China that will enter the fight since the others I mentioned know they’re on the list should the US win their exchange with China. The US population should fear greatly the morons in the US military thinking they can win when winning might entail nuclear exchanges. It’s people like you that make war more likely by spreading malicious rumors. You should be ashamed of yourself.

    • Thanks: Greta Handel
  18. @Alistair

    Under president Xi Jinping, China is becoming a magnified version of North Korea.

    I already answered your questions, but you seem to be fixated on your own narrow definition of the threats, therefore you won’t understand this unless somebody draws a cartoon drawing for you, and I have no time for that.

    Why don’t you just say it in SIMPLE English? YOUR “definition of the [China] threats” is that China is being too successful! YoungWeber has said for you:

    https://www.unz.com/freed/china-a-cold-shower/?showcomments#comment-4323809

    • Replies: @Alistair
  19. Alistair says:
    @Deep Thought

    Unfortunately, we live in a world of “zero-sum game where, one party loses, and the other party wins;

    Over the last 40 years, the ascent of China to the status of an economic powerhouse, has resulted in direct economic loss of opportunities in the West and the U.S. in particular; Job losses, Technology and Capital transferred from the U.S and Western Europe to China, all with the hope of building up the Chinese civil society, and raising their standard of living so they can become liable business partners, full members of the global community.

    Yet, after 40 years of economic integration, all we end up getting is a magnified version of North Korea but with Bells and Whistles; therefore, enough is enough, no more free ride for the Chinese Communist regime at the expenses of the U.S manufacturers. no more transfer of wealth from the West to the Chinese Communist Oligarchy, whom pretend to be Communist but enjoy the most lavish lifestyle in the Western Capitals; that’s the reality of China today, a Communist Oligarchy.

  20. @Yee

    The USA is an insatiable beast. If it destroyed every ‘adversary’ on Earth they’d invade the cosmos looking for more victims. More ‘gooks, Chinks, Nips, slopes, desert niggers, etc’ to exterminate. Until they meet their match.

  21. @Alistair

    Translating from the racist, Orientalist, gibberish-the Chinese refused to Westernise and become subservient little compradores, so we must exterminate them, or White rule is OVER!

  22. @Alistair

    The largest economy on Earth, and the most productive BY FAR, with 90-95% satisfaction with the Government from its populace, is North Korea, is it Alisdair? Race hatred either appeals to the very dumb, or makes you dumb.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  23. Alistair says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    Wow, 95% public support for China’s Communist Regime, even Sweden, Norway, Denmark, — the most democratic countries on the planet — don’t claim to have 95% of their citizens’ support. You don’t need me to make you look dumb, you are doing pretty good job on that yourself.

    You must be one of those rich-spoiled Chinese kids, son of one of those corrupt high-ranking communist officials with deep pocket, who send off his spoiled kids to the top Universities in the west — then daddy bought you a convertible Mercedes or a Red Porsche to enjoy the ride with your American blonde blue-eyed girlfriend in California — so, enjoy the ride for now, but don’t try to justify it, because that makes you look even dumber than you actually are.

    Surely, your daddy needs that 95% popular support, and he will make sure to get it — by whatever the means.

  24. @Alistair

    Free Enterprise abounds in China competing against State Enterprises and its State government will hammer corruption and anti-trust activities –something America tossed under the bus back in the 1970’s.

  25. @Alistair

    Sweden – Denmark – Norway don’t have 90% because it has been flooded with all the riff raff USA made in its quest of decimating terrorists –another Failed project.

  26. USA needs to simply get Amtrak working again. Trains zooming 400 miles per hour from Chicago to New Orleans over a network of bridges high above the Mississippi —-only stop is St Louis to pick up some nappies.

  27. @Alistair

    You’re obviously a racist and Orientalist imbecile, projecting US vices onto China. China has NO ‘hegemonic ambitions’ you poisonous liar. Who do you work for-Lockheed or Raytheon?

  28. @Alistair

    Listen racist pygmy. These figures are attested by all surveys, including by Westerners such as Harvard. In a country that has enjoyed the greatest economic leap forward in history, with great increases in the standard of living, education, science, technology, culture, infrastructure etc, you’d be pretty hard to please if you weren’t satisfied. The equation of representative ‘democracy’ under Free Market capitalism with social satisfaction, is brainwashed imbecility.

    • Replies: @Alistair
  29. Alistair says:
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    “In a country that has enjoyed the greatest economic leap forward in history,”

    Agreed, but all thanks to the Nixon Administration and Henry Kissinger’s stupid foreign policy; China did quite well over the last 40 years , albeit, to the detriment of the West and the U.S — so, enjoy the ride while it last, but also think of Miss Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis player, who endured rape and humiliation over a decade, by your Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli — some 40 years her senior.

    Unless you can show a significant progress in building of China’s Civil Society, otherwise,
    economic progress without freedom of expression is insignificant.

    • Replies: @Mulga Mumblebrain
  30. @Alistair

    Alistair, read the Moon of Alabama explanation of the Peng Shai affair. It exposes the fact that the entire fiasco is an INVENTION of the NYT, peddled by the Western MSM lie-machine, and used against China. I’m sure you’ll be surprised. Chinese ‘civil society’ is incredibly strong and vibrant-what made you think otherwise? Hardly the position in the West these days.

    • Agree: IreneAthena
    • Replies: @IreneAthena
    , @GomezAdddams
  31. IreneAthena says: • Website
    @Mulga Mumblebrain

    That’s right, and the Moon of Alabama explanation of the Peng Shuai affair is an illustration of how a fair number of the Good Ol’ Boys of the US of A (often maligned as being racist, “rightist,” provincial) often have a saner view of China and how to maintain peaceful relations with her (pronouns???) than the WAR-MONGERS… ‘scuze me …the oh-so-sophisticated urbane elites over at the New York Times.

    https://www.moonofalabama.org/2021/11/new-york-times-invents-sexual-assault-case-to-blame-china.html#more

  32. IreneAthena says: • Website

    …well, maybe I jumped to conclusions about MoA’s Billmon, Bernhard and the Barflies being Good Old Boys. I do know Southern friends and relatives who share MoA’s dim view of the US’ many pre-emptive wars, arranged by neo-liberals and neo-conservatives, whom the left-leaning New York Times served as war-propaganda vehicle, a role it still plays today.

  33. @Mulga Mumblebrain

    NYT was not fake news when it stated that Diamond Dallas Page drove a Pink Cadillac hauling Ted Dibiasi and Honky Tonkman to ringside.

  34. @RoatanBill

    95 countries on Belt and Road would disagree with you. However, USA left a glowing legacy of peace and development in Libya- Iraq- Syria- Afghanistan and today –check out Trump’s pal Israel and the treatment of the Palestinian rightful owners of this territory.

    • Replies: @RoatanBill
  35. @GomezAdddams

    Disagree with me about what? I’ve got ideas on lots of topics, so give me a hint which one you’re referring to.

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