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Countering China

First of all, we need to get our priorities in order, recognize the threat and accept America’s role as a world leader once again. We are being both surrounded by China and penetrated by China.

PENETRATED

Schools in the United States are being used for indoctrination by Chinese operatives who report to the Chinese government and who present the Chinese agenda to our impressionable children. These kids will be our next generation of leaders who have been taught that Communist China is their role model.

SURROUNDED

China is no longer just the distant enemy across the Pacific. China is developing a port in the Bahamas within a hundred miles of the coast of Florida where they can position their warships. They are active in Jamaica and throughout the Caribbean. Their influence is spreading throughout all of Central and South America.

IT’S MORE THAN JUST INFLUENCE

Now there is real reason to believe that the United States might not be able to prevail in a naval war against the People’s Republic of China. First let’s look at some recent tweets from experts in the Asia-Pacific region.

See also NOQ Report article “China is taking over the world

WHAT ARE AMERICA’S BEST OPTIONS?

#1

Make the upgrading of our military capabilities vis-á-vis China one of our highest national priorities. Congress holds the purse strings to our national budget. President Trump needs to sit down immediately with his Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff plus his civilian cabinet members and military experts. Then a classified briefing needs to be delivered to Congress along with budgetary requests to regain naval as well as air superiority over our Chinese foes.

#2

Beginning with a Head of State level communication with our closest allies augmented by an urgent diplomatic initiative, the United States needs to assemble a coalition of military powers to stand firm against China.

At the moment, our major partners in such an effort would have to focus on Japan, India and France. Japan and India are within the Indo-Pacific Theater. France has long had territories in the Pacific Basin and has recently sailed through the Taiwan Strait in Freedom of Navigation Operations.

Increasing cooperation should be sought with Australia which is the major Western power in proximity to the Pacific. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations [ASEAN] and its constituents should be cultivated as China works to draw them away from the United States sphere of influence.

SPRATLY ISLANDS / SOUTH CHINA SEA

Spratly Islands and surrounding countries

A big circle should be drawn around this area on the map on every computer screen in every U.S. government agency. It could very well be the flash point for World War III. It is strategic militarily and lies near vital international commercial shipping lines. It may also turn out to be a resource for oil and gas exploration and development.

AMERICA’S ALLIES IN THE PHILIPPINES

The frustration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, as he paradoxically seeks closer trade and cultural ties with China and simultaneously sees Beijing encroaching on Manila’s maritime domain, has drawn the United States into the conflict. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently promised that the USA has the Philippines’ back against China in this dispute. But so far, those assurances are mostly just words. The recent joint op, Balikatan 2019, was designed to display American-Filipino solidarity.

But since Chinese warships have longer range missiles than ours do and because China also has missiles deployed around the Spratlys, it is essential that nothing cause China to launch a first strike. Nor is it likely that the United States would want to act preemptively.

So right now, it really all comes down to deterrence. Xi Jinping and his People’s Liberation Army Navy need to understand that the price they would pay in an armed conflict would not be worth it. They must realize that a Pyrrhic victory would do much more harm than good to China.

Xi doing naval review

NEED FOR COHESION IN THE USA

As this presidential campaign further divides Americans and pits us against one another, it is hoped that if there still be any rational and sane members of Congress, and if any of the Democrat hopefuls vying to become Commander in Chief truly love our country, that they will all step back from the brink.

Take a deep breath.

Work together to thwart our mutual enemies.

China is not the only threat. So is Iran. So are non-state actors that recruit and deploy Islamic terrorists.

China's Harbin (112) guided missile destroyer takes part in a week-long China-Russia navy exercise

But stop and think what a naval battle lost to China in the South China Sea would do. We might never regain our military superiority. Our respect and prestige in the world would be gone. Our very national security would indeed be vulnerable.

Remember that Democrat President Harry Truman authorized dropping the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki only as a last resort. Let’s don’t ever put another U.S. Commander in Chief in a situation to have to make such an irrevocable decision.

This is where Chinese interests coincide with those of Americans. Neither side wants Beijing to become a nuclear target. Hopefully, Xi Jinping can fathom the concept of Mutually Assured Destruction [MAD].

Xi and Trump

De-escalation is in order. China can make the first move in that direction by abandoning Thitu/Pag-Asa Island in the Spratlys to respect the sovereignty of their smaller neighbor, Philippines.

A military conflict between China and the United States is a no-win situation for countries both great and small. Benevolence behooves Beijing far better than belligerence!

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Ilhan Omar compares Israel blocking entry to South African apartheid

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Anti-Semitic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar did what she normally does. She played the race card, or more specifically, the Islamophobia card against Israel. To do this, she compared Israel’s blocking of her and Representative Rashida Tlaib to the apartheid blocking of a black Congressman by South Africa 44-years ago.

There are several holes in this narrative. First, her claims that only she and Tlaib were blocked because they are Muslim and the rest of those traveling with them were not blocked is a bald-faced lie that takes advantage of how the block was reported. The news was that the two Congresswomen were blocked, but in reality the trip itself was denied by the Israeli government. That means everyone traveling with them, not just the two Congresswomen, were not allowed entry based on the itinerary they presented to the Israeli government.

Second, this trip, which they claimed was to “Palestine” and included an itinerary that had them exclusively visiting anti-Israel factions, was singled out. None of the potential travelers were blocked from entry, as Israel demonstrated this morning when they allowed Tlaib to enter to see her 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank. But Tlaib, of course, declined her own request because it was a bluff, a political stunt.

Third, the Representatives’ continued attacks on Israel as well as their support for BDS and Hamas is demonstrably a threat to the nation of Israel. This is unambiguous and has not even been denied by the Congresswomen because they know it to be true. In fact, they’re proud of their opposition to Israel’s right to exist.

If you can find a time when Ilhan Omar isn’t being disingenuous or blatantly lying, it’s only because she isn’t speaking at that moment. Her hatred for Israel and America are clear. She must be voted out in 2020.

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Rashida Tlaib tried, failed to use her grandmother to score political points against Israel

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Rashida Tlaib tried failed to use her grandmother to score political points against Israel

This story is getting way more attention than it deserves, but that’s the news cycle when “The Squad” makes moves. Whether it’s Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley, Ilhan Omar, or Rashida Tlaib causing a big fuss, legacy media jumps to their defense faster than they did with President Obama. This time, it’s Tlaib who tried to double-down on the news cycle, but Israel called her bluff.

After being blocked from coming to Israel to spread her hateful views against the Jewish state, Tlaib tried to keep the spotlight on Israel by switching tactics and asking for a humanitarian pass so she could visit her ailing 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank. Her letter was cordial and her request was quickly approved by the Israeli government. But her intention wasn’t to actually visit her grandmother. It was a bluff. She wanted to get rejected again so she could use it as further evidence of Israel’s “racism” and “oppression” against the Palestinian people.

So, she’s not going. She’s spinning it as a political statement against Israel, as she does so natural in nearly all of her actions. But intelligent people who don’t listen like sheep to the legacy media talking heads are realizing how disingenuous her actions have become (and, to be fair, have always been).

As Guy Benson noted:

Tlaib Bumbles Into Revealing Her Undeniable Priority: Bigoted Anti-Israel Propaganda

In response, Israel’s Interior Minister marveled, “I authorized this humanitarian trip, but it turns out that it was a provocation to embarrass Israel. Her hatred for Israel overcomes her love for her grandmother.”  That just about sums it up.  Her primary goal — always — was to embarrass and undermine the world’s lone Jewish state.  Her bigotry supersedes her professed love for her own flesh and blood.  I called Omar and Tlaib “clumsy, deeply unpopular stooges,” suggesting that any agitation in which they’d engage while in Israel would likely backfire and harm their own cause.  Right on cue, Tlaib managed to turn a partial PR victory into a revealing double defeat in less than 24 hours.  Israel is fortunate to have such moronic adversaries and enemies:

This won’t be treated as a loss for or a lie by Tlaib. One of the biggest reasons “The Squad” hasn’t crumbled under the weight of their own hypocrisy is because legacy media gives them cover. But conservatives know the truth. She’s a fraud.

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Israel grants Tlaib West Bank visit on humanitarian grounds

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JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s interior minister said Friday he has received and granted a request by Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib to enter the Israeli-occupied West Bank on humanitarian grounds.

Tlaib, who is of Palestinian origin, asked to visit her 90-year-old grandmother in the West Bank, Minister Aryeh Deri said in a statement.

Deri’s office published what it said was Tlaib’s written request, on congressional stationary. In the letter, Tlaib said she would respect any restrictions and “not promote boycotts” during her visit.

The minister’s decision marked yet another reversal concerning the high-profile West Bank tour that had been planned by Tlaib and fellow Democrat, Rep. Ilhan Omar.

On Thursday, Israel had announced it was barring the two from entry — an unprecedented move targeting members of the U.S. Congress. Israel’s decision came after President Donald Trump said in a tweet it would show “weakness” to allow in the two Democrats who have been sharply critical of him and of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.

Tlaib and Omar had planned to visit Jerusalem and several West Bank cities, starting this weekend. Both are known as supporters of “boycott, divestment and sanctions,” or BDS, a Palestinian-led global movement. Israel alleges that BDS targets Israel’s very existence, while the movement’s supporters say it is intended as leverage to end more than half a century of Israeli military rule over Palestinians.

Israel’s decision to ban the two had sparked widespread criticism, including from Israeli and Jewish organization who said it was an affront to U.S. institutions to bar the entry of members of Congress.

Deri said Friday he granted a subsequent request by Tlaib to visit the West Bank on humanitarian grounds. In her letter, Tlaib writes that this could be her last chance to see her grandmother.

Deri’s office said in a statement that he “decided to allow her entry to Israel and hopes she will stand by her commitment and that the visit will be for humanitarian needs only.”

Tlaib’s apparent pledge to conduct the visit in line with restrictions imposed by Israel was bound to anger Palestinians who had hoped the congressional tour would highly their plight.

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