Tag: China

Ayaan speaks with Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about American values. They discuss extremist ideologies, competing world powers, the future of the Iran nuclear deal, and our relationship with China. They also discuss the Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights.

Secretary Mike Pompeo served as the 70th Secretary of State of the United States, the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and was elected to four terms in Congress representing Kansas’ 4th District.

The Chinese Timetable

 

What is the Chinese timetable for invading Taiwan?

Before he passed, my World of Tanks friend was convinced that China would never invade Taiwan, and if they did, could not do it successfully. I always disagreed because history is replete with examples of countries overestimating what they could and could not do in a conflict. Think Operation Barbarossa in WWII.

Since the beginning of the COVID pandemic, we’ve heard a lot about anti-Asian racism. From New York to San Francisco, there have been reports of slurs, taunts, and violence. Recently, several horrific attacks committed by young black men against the elderly have caught national attention.

Numerous Asian American activists and political leaders have blamed former President Trump, noting that his use of the terms “Kung Flu,” “China virus” or “Chinese virus” has led to the increase in racism and violence.

Does China Have a Japanese Economic Future? Overlearning and Underlearning from History.

 

A few years back, I attended a discussion on US economic competitiveness. Several of the experts had been to this rodeo before. Back in the 1980s, they had been pushing for America to mimic Japan’s obviously (it seemed then) successful industrial policy. If America failed to abandon its more laissez-faire approach, they warned, Japan would surely become the planet’s dominant economic superpower.

It was a view hardly limited to Washington wonks back then. “Japan takes over the world” was a popular theme in movies and television back then, so much so that it has an entry at the TV Tropes website. As the site describes it, Hollywood in the 1980s and early 1990s frequently portrayed a world where America was distracted by the Cold War, and “Japan was quietly taking over the business sector with a seemingly inhuman affinity for technology and a hive-like dedication to work. It seemed that, no matter what we did, we’d all soon wind up working for the Japanese.” This trope can be seen in many films of the era such as Alien, Back to the Future II, Black Rain, Blade Runner, Die Hard, and Rising Sun.

Of course, things didn’t work out as predicted. Japan didn’t take over the world economically or otherwise. The boomy 1980s were followed by decades of stagnation, something reflected in Japan’s stock market. The Nikkei index hit a record 38,957 at the end of 1989 and only returned to the 30,000 level a few weeks ago. “Today, the [Japan takes over the world] trope has been replaced in the Western world with a preoccupation over China taking over the world,” notes TV Tropes.

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Okay, I was wrong.  I thought China would invade Taiwan a day or two before the inauguration, forcing Trump to take possible military action, then Biden stepping in and calling the action off – thus handing Taiwan over to Red China.  Then again, there’s this: https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/why-china-could-invade-taiwan-soon-179281 Preview Open

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I take it as a given that Western Civilization as we’ve known it is just about over. It’s pretty well gone in Europe already and fading here. Those of us who want to preserve it are fewer in number and less and less able to make our case in the public square. Young people don’t […]

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Join Jim and Greg for three crazy martinis! First, they aim withering verbal fire at the writer for Yahoo News and The Atlantic, who compared covering the Trump administration to storming Omaha Beach. They also discuss the major, yet unsurprising, Associated Press revelations about how much the Lincoln Project leaders were pocketing from donors and when some of their officials really learned of allegations against John Weaver. And they point out that Joe Biden has exactly the opposite statement on China that he had during the campaign – right down to the metaphor.

Join Jim and Greg as they credit Ohio Sen. Rob Portman for exposing the nastiness of Neera Tanden, President Biden’s choice to lead the Office of Management and Budget. They also groan as the World Health Organization comes to the precise conclusion about the COVID outbreak that China wanted – after China restricted the evidence available for examination. And they roll their eyes as Tampa Mayor Jane Caston expects police to hunt down people who did not wear masks while celebrating the Super Bowl.

 

After a very brief Super Bowl recap, Jim and Greg cheer Claudia Tenney winning the final House race from the 2020 cycle and relish Democrats trotting out some awfully familiar complaints of irregularities. They also shudder at a new government report showing China is stealing the DNA of American citizens for nefarious purposes. And they discuss how Ilhan Omar’s husband is getting very rich by consulting with her campaign, and the craziest part is that it’s all apparently legal.

 

Overton Window: You Should Wear 4 Masks

 

On February 27, 2020, CDC Director Robert Redfield was asked at a hearing Capitol Hill whether healthy people should wear a face covering. His answer? “No.”

Two days later, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams went full Trump – never go full Trump – and tweeted “STOP BUYING MASKS!”, claiming they are “NOT effective in preventing (the) general public from catching coronavirus.”

On March 8, the government’s leading expert on infectious diseases, the un-fireable Anthony Fauci said “there’s no reason to be walking around with a mask”.

Join Jim and Greg as as they discuss leftist riots in at least three American cities Thursday night. Will the Democrats finally admit this is a problem since these people claim to hate Biden too? They also sigh as President Biden not only rejoins the World Health Organization but does so without one demand for accountability or reform. And they react to MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace and former Obama official Ben Rhodes discussing how to “detox” speech they don’t like and even bar Republicans from stating opinions if they don’t accept the left’s version of the truth.

As the Biden administration officially begins, join Jim and Greg as they cheer the U.S. for declaring a Chinese genocide against the Uighurs on President Trump’s final day in office. They also groan as Biden plans an economic policy around issues like race, gender equality and climate change rather than traditional metrics. And they’re surprised to see Democrats predict a COVID relief bill being delayed until March, although given what’s likely to be in it, we’re in no hurry to see much of it become law.

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Released here: Today, the White House is publishing the recently declassified United States Strategic Framework for the Indo-Pacific. For the last 3 years, this document has provided overarching strategic guidance for implementing the 2017 National Security Strategy within the world’s most populous and economically dynamic region. Approved in February 2018 for implementation across Executive Branch departments and agencies, the […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they explore some of the ideas on China that ought to unite conservatives, moderates, and even some Democrats. They also shudder as Bernie Sanders is about to become chairman of the Senate Budget Committee and plans to use the reconciliation process a lot to avoid Senate filibusters. And they unload on Don Lemon for demonizing all Trump voters because some repulsive figures supported him too.

The Best Articles I Read in 2020

 

Here at the end of 2020, I’m trying to close up a number of tabs I have open on my browser. Many of them are articles, and of that number I’m certain several were suggested or linked to by fellow Ricochet members, mentioned in podcasts, or discovered through searches prompted by Ricochet discussions. I was originally going to say “The 10 Best Articles…”, but the list is more than ten articles and I’m sure I’m forgetting some additional ones that I read months ago…it’s been a long year.

For this post I loosely define “the best” articles as those that challenged my thinking on an issue, were educational, were unexpected or deservedly scandalous, courageously broke with prevailing current narratives, or discussed an important topic otherwise ignored or forgotten. I’m not going to say which characteristic applies to which article as I’m trying to keep this post relatively brief, and each article could form the foundation of a post and become fertile ground for discussion. Some of the articles were written in years prior to 2020, but I just got around to reading them this year and they were either prophetic or remain pertinent to current events. Grouped with some of the articles I have read, I’m also listing what I’m going to read next in regard to that topic. These will have “to be read” in parentheses next to them.

Happy New Year! Jim and Greg conclude the Three Martini Lunch Award season by announcing their choices for person of the year and turncoat of the year. They also make very different predictions about 2021.

Oh man, it’s media day in our year-end Three Martini Lunch awards and Jim and Greg are holding nothing back.  Specifically, they look at the stories the mainstream media covered far too much, the ones they conveniently ignored because they didn’t fit their narrative, and what they saw as the best stories of 2020.

We hope you had a wonderful Christmas and we’re glad to have you back as we return to our prestigious Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, Jim and Greg discuss the worst scandals of 2020, which Jim choosing an international mess and Greg opting for a domestic one. Next, we sift through a ton of possibilities for the best and worst political theater of 2020.