Join Jim and Greg as they recoil at the horrific assassination of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and discuss why he was such a valuable U.S. ally. They also welcome better than expected job growth in June. And they wonder if New York Democrats learned anything from the Supreme Court decision as they pass new hurdles for residents to get concealed carry permits – including submitting their social media accounts for an evaluation of their character and conduct.

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Former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just been assassinated.  He was giving a political speech when he was fatally shot.  This is the biggest news this morning, and people seem to be discussing everything else, including hamburgers and fries (on the currently-in-progress Ricochet Podcast #600). Preview Open

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Join Jim and Greg as they serve up three bad martinis but still manage to have fun with them. First, they discuss the resignation of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, what he did and did not accomplish while in office, and where he stacks up on the list of recent prime ministers. They also fume over reports that President Biden shipped five million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to countries in Europe and Asia. And they break down reports that China is already taking steps to invade Taiwan and meddle in U.S. elections.

 

Our Cowardly Handling of Ukraine Could Come Back to Bite Us

 

If America has learned anything from foreign entanglements over the past century, surely it is this: enemy conflicts must be engaged only if our vital interests are at stake. A war worth fighting must have clear objectives and a path to victory.

Clearly in WWII, all options save winning were unthinkable. We did win and the modern classical liberal order was created.

We had no such resolve in Vietnam. Worried about riling China and with growing domestic programs to fund, we fought not to win but for containment and so lost to a determined foe. America was humiliated, forfeiting immense blood and treasure as well as our national self-confidence.

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Boris Johnson’s government has been at the forefront of NATO’s proxy war with Russia from the very beginning, via both military aid and economic sanctions, in pursuit of crippling Russia in general and Putin in particular. Since then, Russia’s oil/gas revenues rose above last year’s, the ruble rose 45% higher against the BPound, and Putin’s […]

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently declared that “China is the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the…power to do it.” By contrast, Blinken’s predecessor, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, said during the last year of the Trump administration, “Securing our freedoms from the Chinese Communist Party is the mission of our time.”

Prof. Andrew Nathan, distinguished China expert, longtime human rights advocate, and professor of political science at Columbia University, cautions against any China panic and describes the China threat as significant, but not existential.

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I watched an interesting discussion on the way the war in Ukraine is likely to end. Latham is trying to inform, which is helpful. Mearsheimer is already backpedaling furiously  away from his usual frankness to preserve his academic career. A glance at a topographic map of Ukraine will show you why the war is being fought […]

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Anyone who thinks that the U.S. nuclear negotiations with Iran is anything more than a tragic joke is seriously misguided. Unless you point to the fact that our national security is threatened more than ever. But the negotiations have restarted, in spite of the impossible demands made by the Iranians. Robert Malley must think he […]

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China’s Vast Sovereignty Claims Are Becoming Reality

 

On June 13, China’s foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin held an extraordinary press conference in which he made a series of audacious statements about the sprawling reach of the Middle Kingdom’s territorial sovereignty. Placed in the context of China’s other recent actions and statements, the incredible size and shape of its regional ambitions are brought into sharp relief.

In simple terms, Beijing is determined to thoroughly dominate its region.

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A panel discussion was held and sponsored jointly by the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) and the Hungarian Migration Research Institute (MRI), which examined the challenges posed by the Ukrainian refugee crisis. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine unleashed a deluge of refugees on Europe comparable in size only to the massive displacement of people at the end of World War II. Front-line countries in Europe – Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania – opened their borders to those fleeing Ukraine, and the EU in an historic decision offered them temporary protection, including the right to work. The United States has focused on helping Ukrainians where they are in Europe, pledging up to $5 billion in humanitarian assistance. In addition, however, the Biden administration has pledged to take in 100,000 Ukrainians, granted Temporary Protected Status to those already in the U.S., and created the “Unity for Ukraine” program to allow individuals to sponsor Ukrainians who don’t want to stay in the EU.

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I’ve prepared a few graphs about the price of oil, wheat, and the ruble/dollar exchange rate since 2019.  Russia is a major exporter of oil and wheat, and Ukraine is also a major exporter of wheat.  The charts suggest that the Russo-Ukrainian War has significantly affected the prices of both of these important commodities. The […]

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To become “expert” in a foreign country or culture, it is necessary to have spent enough time in it to decide what folks don’t do, or never do. Says I. Yet my criterion is not too onerous. There may well be Ukraine experts, even though the Ukraine has been a sovereign nation only about three […]

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In what seems like the distant past, I remember being proud of our leadership on the international scene. Especially noting our late but finally powerful intervention in World War II and working with others to design its aftermath, our efforts in Korea (incomplete but sincere), our engagement with the Cold War, our flawed efforts in […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they credit the Washington Post for calling out a blatant Biden lie about energy policy in his recent Wall Street Journal column. They also shake their heads as Biden’s messaging on the economy appears to be that the economy is great and we just don’t appreciate it and that he has a plan for inflation when he already admits that he doesn’t. Finally, they slam the Boston Globe for urging Biden to remove Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps from our terrorism list on the very same day FBI Director Christopher Wray says Iran tried a cyberattack against Boston Children’s Hospital.

The Ukraine war has triggered the world’s third energy shock, with potential to get far worse yet. And it’s x-rayed energy policies, making it clear just how hard it will be to delink from both hydrocarbons and Russian dependencies. There is a solution: call it Shale 3.0.

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Does anyone remember the peace dividend? I mean in dollars-and-cents detail. The thing seemed logical at the time. But then, so did the idea that the U.S. had other threats to face so getting a break from the U.S.S.R. really wasn’t much. As time has gone by, I have swung back to my earliest views. […]

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We Need a President Who Keeps His Eye on the Ball

 

I haven’t done President Biden the courtesy of looking up his full remarks, context and all. But I’ll risk jumping to the conclusion that he is an idiot for saying that Russia must pay a “long-term price.”

The main objective should not be Putin, and should not be Russia. The objective should be helping Ukraine to be free, democratic, and independent, and helping it to get rid of corruption, whether that corruption comes from Russian interference, interference by U.S. Vice Presidents, or is homegrown. If that can be done by making Russia pay only a short-term price, that would be far better than making it pay a long-term price.

Russians want to make their country great again and that’s a worthy objective that we should support, so long as Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic countries can be great nations, too. I don’t see how mouthing off about making Russia suffer long-term is going to help bring that about. Let’s help Ukraine get this war over quickly instead of dragging out the suffering over the long term.

Join Jim and Greg as they dissect the importance of Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign manager admitting under oath that Hillary was fine with the campaign disseminating unproven allegations about Trump and Alfa Bank to the media. And after breathless collusion coverage for years, the media seem very uninterested in this revelation. They also cringe as residents in at least 14 states are being told to expect blackouts because supply cannot keep up with demand – while dozens of coal-fired power plants are being taken offline with no good plan to pick up the energy production load. And they react to the Biden administration correcting President Biden on his own policies again – this time over we would respond militarily to defend Taiwan.