foreign policy

Can We Coexist with Asia's Communists?

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

What the Chinese seem to be saying with their actions — against India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Australia, Hong Kong and Japan — is this: Your American friends and allies are yesterday. We are tomorrow. No one should want a hot war, or a new cold war, with China or North Korea. But if Trump was relying on his relationships, his trade deal with China and his commitment by Kim to give up weapons for recognition, trade and aid, he will have to think again. For the foreseeable future, Communist bellicosity out of Beijing and Pyongyang seem in the cards, if not worse.

Jinping Takes Up the US Challenge

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

To warnings that China is risking Cold War II, Beijing seems to be responding: If a Cold War with the United States is the price of securing our strategic interests and position in Asia and the world, bring it on. Beijing has put the ball in America's court. The Chinese have stolen our intellectual property, coerced technology transfers from our businesses, and sent spies posing as students into our universities to thieve our secrets. Meanwhile, we allowed ourselves to become dependent on China for medicines and drugs vital to the health and survival of millions of Americans. Who did this to us? We did it to ourselves.

What Does Winning Mean in a Forever War?

Patrick J. Buchanan, Creators

If it is a contest between armed forces, America wins. We can impose our will on the country but cannot win their assent. They resist until we tire of trying to educate them. Historically, the Afghans are fundamentalist, tribal and impervious to foreign intervention. What will the Taliban do when we leave? They will not give up their dream of again ruling the Afghan people. And they will fight until they have achieved that goal and their idea of victory: dominance. And if 100,000 Americans fighting beside the Afghan army could not force them to surrender, then why should they settle for a half-loaf compromise now?

What Will Be the New American Cause?

Patrick J. Buchanan, CNS News

With the democracy crusades now repudiated, what is America's cause, what is America's mission in the world? We will have the same treaty obligations to go to war on behalf of dozens of nations in Europe and Asia and at the same time, we will be running deficits on the order of $3 trillion a year with a shrunken economic base. If Trump wins, borders will be tightened. The U.S. withdrawal from the Mideast will continue. U.S. manufacturing will begin to be repatriated. Transnational institutions will be downgraded, ignored and superseded. In a second Donald Trump presidency, there would likely be even less concern for how other nations rule themselves.

Does Biden’s Experience Being Wrong Qualify Him To Be President?

Biden will have to convince voters outside the Democrat establishment that his experience of voting against the Gulf War, voting in favor of the invasion of Iraq that’s led to over a decade of war, thousands dead, and billions spent, nearly twenty years of failed nation building in Afghanistan and not sending a SEAL team to kill Osama bin Laden is the kind of experience that they want in their next President.

Biden Wrong On Foreign Policy And Lying About It (Again)

As former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates once said, Joe Biden has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades." Now Biden is lying and trying to rewrite history to cover up those miscalculations and failures in judgement. Here are six recent lies about foreign policy from Joe Biden.

Stand with brave Iranians protesting for freedom

Editors, Washington Examiner

The United States is right not to stand by idly and witness injustice. More should be done. This would be a good moment for Trump to affirm that the Islamic Republic of Iran is an illegitimate government and that Iranians have every right to overthrow it and forge a new democratic government. Trump should make this clear, but without endorsing any particular alternative Iranian political group. Such a statement would show that America does not view Iranian politics as President Barack Obama once did — as a morally nuanced or complex question. After all, in the streets of Iran's cities and towns, Khamenei's government is now showing that there is nothing complex or nuanced about his regime's nature or its regard for Iranians.

How China 'Woke' America

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

What finally woke America up were two unforeseen developments. First, the Chinese overreached and systematically began militarizing neutral islands in the South China Sea. They derided international commercial treaties. Second, Donald Trump got elected president, all the while screaming that the Chinese emperor had no clothes. The cheerleaders finally listened and admitted that China had been buck naked after all. Now we will learn whether America woke up just in time or too late. Either way, no one will credit the loud Trump for warning that China was threatening not just the U.S. but the world as we have known it.

Keep It Steady and Cool with Iran, America

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Trump can claim nearly record-low peacetime unemployment and improved workers’ wages, which support his campaign promises to the Midwest. Trump certainly in high-stakes fashion risked his presidency to call China to account. But if Trump chooses to get into a war with Iran, it will be hard to convince his base that he had no other options at a time when Iran is going bankrupt. The best thing that America can do for the world is to ratchet up the sanctions; reply only if directly attacked by Iran; sit back and remain patient; and allow aggrieved allies, friends, and neutrals to go ahead and respond to Iran if they wish — and to pump as much gas and oil as it can.

Is Trump 'Locked and Loaded' for War With Iran?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

If a dozen drones or missiles can do the kind of damage to the world economy as did those fired on Saturday — shutting down about 6% of world oil production — imagine what a U.S.-Iran-Saudi war would do to the world economy. In recent decades, the U.S. has sold the Saudis hundreds of billions of dollars of military equipment. Did our weapons sales carry a guarantee that we will also come and fight alongside the kingdom if it gets into a war with its neighbors? Before Trump orders any strike on Iran, would he go to Congress for authorization for his act of war? How we avoid war is becoming difficult to see.

We Saw This Russiagate Bombshell Coming

As we said in our 2017 column, General Mike Flynn’s Only Crime, Flynn’s only crime was being a truth-teller about Obama’s failures. We urge Judge Sullivan to grant attorney Sidney Powell’s motion on behalf of General Mike Flynn, to expose the conspiracy against him and President Trump and, for the government’s egregious conduct in the matter, to dismiss the entire case against General Flynn.

After Bolton, Should Trump Be Talking to Despots?

Roger L. Simon, PJ Media

What to do about Afghanistan? Trump wants to leave but Bolton wants to stay. Horrid as Afghanistan may be — and a culture much of which still treats women like chattel and young boys like concubines in 2019, not to mention subsisting on the production of opium poppies, is pretty horrid indeed — there is little we can do about it. Enough of our young people have been killed or wounded, enough of our treasure spent. Basta! Let's get out, intelligently obviously (i. e. not like Vietnam). And we have plenty to do back home. Now that Bernie Sanders is allying with Linda Sarsour, we have to prevent America from turning into Afghanistan.

Trump and Tone

Roger Kimball, American Greatness

It would be a good thing, not a bad thing for us to have good relations with Russia. I think it is good that he chats up the chubby dictator from North Korea even as he maintains a punishing regime of sanctions on the hermit empire. I think it is a good strategy to dispense some honeyed words in President Xi’s direction, to tell the world what an impressive leader he is, while imposing billions in tariffs in order to encourage the Chinese to play fair. Where there is no alternative there is no problem. What’s the alternative to Donald Trump on any of these issues? Joe Biden? Elizabeth Warren? Bernie Sanders? To ask the question is to answer it.

On War With Iran, It’s Trump Versus the Founding Fathers

Doug Bandow, The American Conservative

The possibility that the chief executive might rush or be pushed into such a disastrous war is exactly why the Founders obliged presidents to go to Congress for approval. The Constitution places the power to declare war in the hands of the legislature. Yet modern presidents routinely claim monarchical powers, using the military without proper authority. Legislators often avoid taking responsibility for wars that might turn unpopular. But neither unconstitutional nor irresponsible behavior justifies chief executives doing the same. Trump has proven no more faithful to the Constitution than his predecessors.

Who Wants This War With Iran?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Who wants us to plunge back into the Middle East, to fight a new and wider war than the ones we already fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen? Answer: Pompeo and Bolton, Bibi Netanyahu, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Sunni kings, princes, emirs, sultans, and the other assorted Jeffersonian democrats on the south shore of the Persian Gulf. And lest we forget, the Never Trumpers and neocons in exile nursing their bruised egos, whose idea of sweet revenge is a U.S. return to the Mideast in a war with Iran. That, they think, will finally bring an end to the Trump presidency.

Joe Biden Cuddle Studio Franchising Opportunity

Cuddle studios advertise they provide nourishment for the soul through laughter, compassionate listening, and above all else, an incredible grounding energy. However, the competition in the nascent cuddling industry is about to become even fiercer with the entry of a new market-maker: The Joe Biden Cuddle Studio franchise operation.

Bolton’s War Whispers Sounding More Like Battle Cries

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Taken together, the Bolton-Pompeo threats add up to an ultimatum that any attack by Hezbollah in Lebanon, the Houthis in Yemen, or Iran-backed militias — on Israel, Saudi Arabia, the UAE or U.S. forces in Iraq, Syria or the Gulf states — will bring a U.S. retaliatory response on Iran itself. Today, Trump's approval rating in the Gallup Poll has reached an all-time high, 46%, a level surely related to the astonishing performance of the U.S. economy following Trump's tax cuts and sweeping deregulation. While a Gulf war with Iran might be popular at the outset, what would it do for the U.S. economy or our ability to exit the forever war of the Middle East, as Trump has pledged to do?

Venezuela: What Should America Do?

Should the United States stay out of Venezuela, or should we act to enforce the Monroe Doctrine and drive the Russians and Iranians out of the Western Hemisphere? We want to know what ConservativeHQ.com readers and friends think about this important topic. Please leave your most thoughtful and succinct comments below.

The Democrats’ Mean Girls Problem

Few voters outside college campuses and the liberal Twitterverse are attracted to angry white feminists, sneering liberal arrogance, smug elite condescension, Hillary Clinton-style flip-floppers and scary socialist commissars – which pretty well sums-up the females in the Democratic field.

Lunch Bucket Joe And The Mafia Hit Man

As Joe Biden announces for president it is worth recalling he has a long, friendly, and somewhat dark history with the Teamsters, or, more accurately, a mafia hitman, the late Frank Sheeran, who also happened to be the president of Teamsters local 326 in Delaware and helped make Biden a U.S. senator.