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Impending Budget Crisis Dooms American Imperium

America’s fiscal position is deteriorating sharply. Earlier this year the Congressional Budget Office forecast that the federal deficit was back on the rise in 2016, with steady increases expected over the next decade. There isn’t going to be much money for the national government to spend on “discretionary” items, including underwriting wealthy allies, rebuilding failed states, and enforcing international norms.

Donald Trump has Upset America’s Allies: They Should be Disturbed

The U.S. is expected to protect virtually every prosperous, populous, industrialized nation. But that’s just a start. Washington also must coddle, pamper, praise, uplift, pacify, encourage, and otherwise placate the same countries because they now believe it to be America’s duty to handle their defense. Alas, U.S. leaders have been only too willing to enable this counterproductive behavior. Except for Donald Trump.

Stop The Obama-Clinton Internet Freedom Giveaway

In a stealth move that would affect nearly every American home and business and compromise national security the Obama Administration is proceeding with an effort that began while Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State to illegally giveaway control of the Internet to the likes of Iran, China and Russia.

Trump Is Right: U.S. Should Discuss Ending The Nuclear Umbrella Over Japan And South Korea

The way Washington won agreement from some nuclear-capable powers to abstain from going nuclear is to provide a “nuclear umbrella,” that is, promise to use nukes to defend them if necessary. As a result, the price of nonproliferation in East Asia is America’s willingness to risk Los Angeles to protect Seoul and Tokyo, and maybe Taipei and Canberra too. Trump was right, the U.S. ought to discuss whether those commitments are still in our interest.

Donald Trump’s Record of Profiting by Duping and Bullying the Little Guys

J. Christian Adams has documented in a must-read article for PJ Media “Donald Trump's Record of Business Failures and Bluster,” how Trump’s “legacy of business failures goes beyond the four bankruptcies of his Atlantic City casinos. It includes outsourcing jobs to China, ripping off students seeking an education, and leaving a path of devastated Americans in his wake.”

U.S. Should Retire Outdated Alliance With South Korea

If there was no cost to strewing U.S. personnel around the world and threatening war against potentially hostile powers, there would be little complaint with Washington’s policy. Alas, military spending is the price of America’s foreign policy. Most of the Pentagon’s efforts are devoted to protecting other nations rather than the U.S.

Propaganda Posters Document the Madness of Chinese Communism

American politics has been ugly of late. But political attacks in the U.S. cannot compare with those in modern China. This tumultuous process is captured by changing Chinese poster art. President Xi Jinping has been taking down powerful opponents, so-called “tigers.” However, he has not revived propaganda posters, once a pervasive political weapon.

China: Historic Empire Transformed, Fragile Leader In The Making?

The People's Republic of China is now freer, despite the recent crackdown on dissent. Religion is spreading despite attempts to reduce its visibility. Criticism is widespread, even though such views cannot be broadcast. The country is also much more prosperous than before, which increases Beijing’s stake in a stable international order.

U.S.-South Korea Alliance Treats Pentagon as Department of Foreign Welfare

The reason Washington accounts for more than 40 percent of the globe’s military spending is that Americans must pay an exorbitant price to project power far from the U.S. even when they have no vital interests at stake. But South Korea, like Japan and Europe, likes having American taxpayers pick up a big chunk of its defense tab.

Bandow: Pyongyang Remembers Libya

It never was likely that North Korea would yield up its nuclear weapons. But the Obama administration’s Libyan misadventure makes that prospect even less likely.

A Proposal for Tough U.S. - China Cooperation On North Korea

Official Beijing’s unhappiness with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is evident, though China continues to bankroll the Kim Jong-un regime. It’s a position some Chinese would like to change, including a scholar in Shenyang, just a couple hours away from the North Korea - China border.

Is Trumpism the New Nationalism?

Pat Buchanan, CNS News

While his foreign policy positions seem unformed, his natural reflex appears nonideological and almost wholly results-oriented. He looks on foreign trade much as did 19th-century Republicans.

Bandow: Chinese Repression Threatens Economic Dynamism and Political Stability

While Chinese from all walks of life are comfortable telling foreigners what they think about their lives, leaders, and nation, sharing those beliefs with other Chinese is problematic. Unofficial intimidation, legal restrictions, and even prison time await those who take to social media and blogs to criticize Communist officialdom.

Japan Needs a Real Defense in a Changing World

The historical experience of World War II and hostility of Japan’s neighbors were important factors in Tokyo’s long aversion to mounting a more robust defense. But so too was the opportunity to take a very cheap ride on the American military.

Address North Korea by Listening to China

Successive U.S. Presidents have sought China’s aid to restrain North Korea, but have failed to listen to Beijing while lobbying Chinese officials for their support.  If Washington hopes to win backing from the People’s Republic of China, American policymakers must respond to the China’s recommendations and concerns.

Cruz Fights Obamacare Subsidies – GOP Leaders Attack Him

Cruz is right to oppose H. R. 4414, not only on the general policy that revisions to Obamacare should apply to all consumers, but because hidden in the bill is a precedent that undercuts the phony economics of Obamacare and will lead to even greater taxpayer subsidies in the future.

With Visit by India’s Narendra Modi, Washington should Recognize an Emerging Great Power

India appears ready to follow the People’s Republic of China to international superstar status. Democracy and unleashing its global network of entrepreneurs and traders will give it a boost if that direction can be sustained.

Undercurrents of Liberty in China

China is a complicated civilization with a venerable heritage in rapid transition to somewhere, but no one is quite sure where.  Politics remains authoritarian, and it isn’t obvious that democracy would yield a meek Beijing.

U.S. Should Defend South Korea by Letting it Develop Nuclear Weapons

In Northeast Asia, nonproliferation has become the international equivalent of gun control:  only the bad guys have guns.  Russia, China, and North Korea all are nuclear powers, why not let South Korea take responsibility for its own defense?

Japan Moves Closer to Defending Itself like a Normal Country

For almost seven decades the U.S. has played the dominant role in protecting Japan.  The justification for doing so is long over.