Biden Bungles America’s Oldest Alliance

President Joe Biden has become the master of unforced errors. He is completely correct to enhance US-UK-Australian military cooperation to balance against China. But there was no reason to alienate France and possibly the EU in the process – Brandon J. Weichert in The Asia Times

Republicans, Totally Wrong on COVID and Election Fraud Claims, Lose Bigly

An autopsy for why Donald J. Trump, the most dynamic man elected to the presidency in decades, lost in 2020…and why the GOP will keep losing (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not COVID denialism, anti-vax mania, or “Stolen Election” claims. It’s a return to fact-based politics).

The Eurasian Steel Trap is Closing

Writing in Real Clear World, Brandon J. Weichert argues that, “rapidly over the whole of Eurasia as the Americans flee from Afghanistan, are a steel trap. They will ensnare all peoples unfortunate enough to find themselves living within reach of the ideological fangs of these Eurasian autocrats. With the disastrous end of America’s quixotic mission to turn Afghanistan into Arizona, China and Russia are now using Afghanistan as a highway to expand their power beyond their territories—just as these powers did until 600 years ago, when China’s Silk Road was the primary trading route linking Asia with the Middle East and Europe.”

Since You’ve Been Gone: America’s Collapse

The American collapse in Afghanistan is not an isolated event under President Joe Biden’s leadership. We are in the terminal decline phase of the end of empire, or in America’s case, superpower. What comes next will be horrific for America.

I’m With Stupid: How America’s Elite Betrayed the US and Inspired Our Enemies

America’s enemies (and allies) have long assumed that, because we’re the lone Superpower, we were governed by evil geniuses. They are now realizing, in fact, we are government by idiots. While it’s nice to be loved it’s good to be feared. Nothing good comes from being deemed big and dumb…which China, Russia, Iran, and our other rivals now do, thanks to the horrible debacle in Afghanistan.

Are China and the US Destroying Each Other’s Amphibious Warships?

Sadly, answers are not forthcoming. Given how important the amphibious warship capability is for both the United States and China–and how few both sides have at the moment–it does seem reasonable that both sides would be targeting these systems before the actual shooting war erupted (and it will. Soon). And, if these events are related to some ongoing shadow war between the United States and China, how much longer until it escalates…and what happens when Chinese or American sailors or Marines are killed?