Tag: Taiwan

Jack starts out the new year in appropriate Janus fashion, employing the aid of budding foreign-policy guru Jimmy Quinn to look back on the year that was in China news concering three areas (Uyghur genocide, Winter Olympics, Taiwan) and to take a guess at what this year might bring in each one.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that it looks rather unlikely that the Senate Democrats will be able to pass a version of the Build Back Better legislation by it’s self-imposed Christmas deadline. They also unload on the Biden administration after it cut the video feed of a presentation by a Taiwanese official who offered a presentation showing Taiwan as a different color than China on the map. And they react to Chris Wallace bolting Fox News for CNN while offering a modest suggestion for his replacement.


Jim and Greg cheer the bipartisan congressional delegation that defied Chinese demands not to visit Taiwan. They also react to the news that actor Matthew McConaughey will not run for governor in Texas. And they groan as the World Health Organization skips a letter of the Greek alphabet in naming the new COVID variant so it would not offend China.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer on the resolve of Taiwan’s president and people in the face of growing Chinese threats. They also have questions as Attorney General Merrick Garland announces the FBI will start investigating alleged threats made against school officials in highly charged debates around the country. And they sigh as Dr. Fauci gives contradictory answers on whether he recommends people visit with family over the holidays and the CDC comes out with absurd guidelines for celebrating Thanksgiving.


A Cornucopia of Ironies


From the revelation that the whole Russia collusion narrative was the result of dirty tricks played by the Hillary Clinton campaign to the validation of the Hunter Biden laptop leaks, to the realization that the Biden administration knows nothing about how corporations make money and pay their taxes, current events are a cornucopia of ironies.

It was Trump who was supposedly a US embarrassment before the world.  Progressives wanted a leader who the world, especially Europe, would respect, and they thought that world leaders were laughing at Trump.  It turns out that it is Biden who has utterly lost the respect of the world both for himself and for the US by his feckless abandonment of Afghanistan, leaving the Taliban in charge and leaving US citizens and allies stranded there.  It is hard to describe the complete loss of status that the US has suffered in the West.  Biden has most likely destroyed NATO and has removed the US from the world stage for all intents and purposes.  Western nations will no longer look to the US for leadership and are starting to regard American cultural influence as pernicious.

Trump was supposedly war-like and would get us into more wars.  But instead, he stabilized our relationship with North Korea, started no new conflicts, and got the Abraham accords put in place in the Middle East.  Trump wanted to pull out of Afghanistan, but he never would have done so without a proper deal and a plan for withdrawal.

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome a new poll showing Americans are far more negative towards President Biden’s big government spending binge once they know tax hikes would be part of it. They also cringe as China repeatedly threatens Taiwan by sending dozens of fighters and bombers over the island. And they discuss the leftist activists who chased Sen. Sinema into the bathroom to air their political grievances with her and how the activists are receiving virtually no condemnation in the media or elsewhere on the left.

Join Jim and Greg as they react to Chinese state media open talking about flying jets over Taiwan, solidifying sovereignty, and warning other nations not to recognize Taiwan. They also groan as Secretary of State Antony Blinken keeps talking about his expectations that the Taliban will allow freedom of travel and right for women and girls – even though they aren’t doing those things and never will. And they react to Larry Elder’s website and a statement from President Trump alleging fraud in the results of today’s California recall.

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Hanlon’s Razor, attributed to computer programmer Robert J. Hanlon, is “Never Attribute to Malice That Which Can Be Adequately Explained by Incompetence.” It correlates to Occam’s Razor: when faced with competing explanations for the same phenomenon, the simplest is likely the correct one. Both rules of thumb point to the simplest of explanations, with the […]

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Should We Have Left Afghanistan Altogether?


Let me rephrase that for accuracy: Should we be leaving Afghanistan altogether? Thanks to the missteps of our current president, we are still actively leaving Afghanistan because Joe Biden has created the conditions for the Taliban to seize virtually the entire country in blitzkrieg fashion and control all of Kabul and the immediate territory around the Hamid Karzai airport in Kabul. Clearly, I’m not only taking issue with the Biden administration but also with the plan for complete withdrawal from former President Trump. In this post, I suppose I’m bucking the conventional wisdom to posit that leaving Afghanistan altogether is actually a strategic mistake and makes the world a much more dangerous place.

In this Sunday’s latest despicable press conference Joe Biden proclaimed that China and Russia would like nothing better than to see America continue to be bogged down in Afghanistan. Really? In the last two-plus years, with a force structure of 2,500 service personnel, combat aircraft, a vast fleet of Humvees, surveillance drones, sophisticated electronics, intelligence assets and a shooting war that had effectively ended around 2014 – was America “bogged down”? Doesn’t “bogged down” really refer to all-out active combat and maneuvers across the country on many fronts, as for example America’s involvement in Vietnam at the height of that conflict? I suppose we can discuss semantics in the comments thread below.

Or are China and Russia now pleased to see that we are scrambling to get out of Afghanistan and pleased to see the manner is which are doing so? Certainly, the Kremlin’s strategists and the Communist strategists in Beijing observed very closely, the reckless way in which Biden and our Pentagon leadership completely mishandled America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan and have learned a great deal about what an inept collection decision-makers America has – national security advisors, Pentagon brass, and our current Commander-in-Chief. Do you think perhaps their fulfilled desires to finally have a weak and incompetent American security apparatus somehow intimidates them? Do you think that Beijing or the Kremlin are intimidated by the Biden administration and the Pentagon brain trust that just gifted billions of dollars of taxpayer-funded military assets to the Taliban and their al Qaeda associates – Blackhawk helicopters, Humvees, weapons, ammunition, sophisticated electronic optical targeting systems and more?

Join Jim and Greg as they discuss and dissect the sequence of horrible events in Afghanistan and the flat-footed planning and response from the Biden administration.  They detail the rapid advancement of the Taliban into Kabul and how it is already executing people in the streets plus the mass chaos at the airport as thousands and thousands of Afghans are desperately seeking to leave to country. They also wonder where President Biden was for the past few days, as Americans heard nothing from him, Vice President Harris or Press Secretary Jen Psaki for days as Afghanistan collapsed.  And they shudder as Chinese state media is already telling Taiwan that war is coming and they have no reason to think the U.S. will defend it.

QQ For You and Me: Bubble Tea, Diplomat


You may know it as bubble tea, tapioca tea, pearl milk tea, or boba tea. You may not know it at all. But, like popcorn chicken and scallion pancakes, bubble tea is a Taiwanese invention that’s grown to be beloved worldwide. And it’s not just a culinary triumph for the tiny democracy; it’s also become a symbol of important, and strengthening, international ties in the modern age. 

Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the news that Senate Democrats are running out of time – and don’t have the votes – to pass major priorities on the left. They also groan at actor John Cena’s nauseating apology to China, for simply referring to Taiwan as a country during an interview promoting his new movie. And they shake their heads as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene likens a grocery store chain identifying employees who have been vaccinated to the Nazis forcing Jews to wear yellow stars.

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.

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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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Culinary Love Language: Homesickness and Pineapple Cakes


When leaves have started to litter the ground, days are growing ever shorter, and sweaters become inevitable, I begin to want pecans rolls from the Old Mill. They’re a Thanksgiving tradition in my family, and there’s nothing else I’ve found quite like them in the world. I won’t eat more than one or two over the course of the holiday (I can only handle so much in terms of sweets), but they taste like making up little turkey dinners for the cats, listening to the high school football game on the radio, and the beginning of real snow. Like home. Living so far from where I’m from, and having in general such a tenuous connection to ‘normal’ American food, little things like that are especially important to me. 

Thanksgiving this year put me in mind of this more than it usually would. Normally, my Taiwanese friend, A, and I would buy a turkey, order all of the fixings ahead of time from Whole Foods (they’re a blessing for Americans ex-pats at the holidays), make Korean food while we waited, and then eat our meal with sparkling apple cider and Clint Eastwood movies. This year, I went to Russian, and then home. Lockdown meant that we weren’t allowed to have anyone not in our bubble around, and having no one to celebrate with, I couldn’t manage much spirit for the holiday. My celebrations amounted to buying a baby mincemeat pie from Waitrose, and being forced to discuss the meaning of Thanksgiving in Russian with Natasha. 

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From the American Institute for Economic Research, the organization that sponsored the Great Barrington Declaration, comes this article by George Gilder on the meaning of the fact that Taiwan, densely populated with 24 million people, has had only 573 cases and seven deaths from SARSCoV-2 (Covid-19).  This explanation, worth reading in its entirety, comes from […]

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Fighting to Stay


Just when you are ready to give up on Millennials as ignorant, selfish, and anarchistic snowflakes, along comes a story that gives you hope for the future. A young lady, Melody Yang, was a student at the university, Santa Clara, where I teach. I’ve only just become acquainted with her (I’m in the English Dept., she was in the B-school and taught herself computer science), but her story is so compelling that I had to share it.

Melody Yang is Taiwanese, here on an F1 student visa, and behaving like a true Silicon Valley entrepreneur taking control over her life and earning the right to stay here. She already has designed — as an undergraduate — a successful new product and earned a job at Apple (as you can imagine, not an easy task). Apple now is applying for her to stay as “an individual of extraordinary ability and achievement.” In other words, when many of American’s children seem to despise their country, this young lady is fighting to stay.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer multiple health insurers easing up on deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance over coronavirus. They also wince as the head of the Centers for Disease Control says it will take two years to fully defeat COVID-19. And they fume as the World Health Organization and others pretend Taiwan doesn’t exist in order to appease China and, in the process, ignores one the most successful coronavirus mitigation efforts in the world.

Victor Davis Hanson describes the Trump Administration’s challenges with Russia, North Korea, and China. He also weighs in on the recent debate between Rex Tillerson and John McCain over the proper balance between advancing America’s national security interests and advocating for human rights abroad.

Victor Davis Hanson looks at the controversies around Donald Trump’s relationship with the Russian government and analyzes the trajectory of Washington’s relationship with Moscow.