As our July Fourth celebrations were beginning, the U.S. quietly closed and abandoned Bagram Air Base, the largest American military base between the Persian Gulf and the South China Sea.
Afghan looters were soon seen scavenging inside the base.
The long retreat of the American Empire is underway, and this longest war is likely to end in bloody retribution for the Afghans who sided with us against the Taliban and are left behind.
When the last American departed Bagram, The Wall Street Journal reported that the U.S. is making plans for “an emergency evacuation of the American embassy in Kabul amid concern that a worsening security situation in Afghanistan could imperil the remaining military and diplomatic corps.”
Apparently, we are preparing for a possible Saigon ’75 finish to the war launched by George W. Bush 20 years ago. Pressed by reporters on the grim situation in Afghanistan, President Joe Biden did not want to reflect on or talk about what might be coming.
“I want to talk about happy things, man,” Biden told reporters. “Look, it’s Fourth of July … it’s the holiday weekend. I’m going to celebrate it. There’s great things happening.”
In that same edition, the Journal reported that China has moved 50,000 troops to the border region with India where forces of the two nations, in June 2020, had their bloodiest skirmish in decades.
Other reports suggest that China intends to fill the vacuum left by the departure of America’s power and provide billions from its Belt and Road Initiative to build a highway from Kabul, Afghanistan, to Peshawar, Pakistan.
As America executes its strategic retreat from Central Asia, China is on the move.
In addition to militarizing its frontier with India, China is reasserting its maximalist claims to the South China Sea, ending independence and crushing democracy in Hong Kong, continuing cultural genocide against the Uyghurs, and regularly sending swarms of warplanes toward Taiwan to transmit the message to Taipei that annexation is but a matter of time.
Nor was Chinese President Xi Jinping’s address on the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the Chinese Communist Party an exercise in nuance.
“We’ll never accept insufferably arrogant lecturing from those ‘master teachers!'” said Xi, drawing a roar from the crowd of party members and veterans. Clad in a Mao suit, Xi had other warnings for those who seek to stand in the way of Communist China’s destiny:
“The Chinese people will never allow foreign forces to bully, oppress or enslave us … Whoever nurses delusions of doing that will crack their heads and spill blood on the Great Wall of steel built from the flesh and blood of 1.4 billion Chinese people.”
Undeniably, Xi and his predecessors have an awesome record, as the Financial Times relates:
“China’s emergence over the past four decades ranks as the biggest and longest-run economic boom in history. Its annual gross domestic product rose from a mere $191bn, or $195 per capita, in 1980 to $14.3tn, or $10,261 per capita, in 2019. It has raised more than 770m people from poverty and transformed the Chinese economy into a high-tech powerhouse that is on course to eclipse America’s in size. This transformation is the landmark achievement of the Chinese Communist party, which celebrates its 100th anniversary on Thursday.”
China’s growth could not have been achieved had it not been for the U.S. decision to throw open the world’s largest consumer market to Chinese-made goods, to bring Beijing into the World Trade Organization, and to sit idly by as a huge slice of U.S. industry and manufacturing was transshipped to China for production there and not here.
Between 1990 and 2021, U.S. imports of Chinese-made goods provided Beijing with the trillions it has accumulated to finance its strategic objective of becoming the first power on earth.
But this is water over the dam. Where do we go from here?
China’s assets are impressive. At 1.4 billion people, it has the largest population on earth. If its growth rate continues, it will have the largest economy. Its strategic arsenal of nuclear weapons is a fraction of ours, but given the horrendous damage these weapons can do, a nuclear war would be ruinous if not mortal for both countries.
In terms of conventional military — ships, soldiers, planes, guns, missiles and bases in the East Asia-Western Pacific theater where any war between us would be fought — China’s advantages are greater.
And of the issues over which we might fight — islands, rocks, reefs in the South and East China Seas, and Taiwan — none of them is claimed by us or vital to us. All are claimed by China as rightly theirs.
In the Cold War with the USSR, time, it turned out, was on our side. But in the last decade, Xi Jinping might fairly see time as having switched sides. Either way, we are surely better off relying upon our abilities rather than our weapons to win the competition and settle the rivalry that may settle the future of mankind.
Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.” To find out more about Patrick Buchanan and read features by other Creators writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators website at www.creators.com.
And Beijing Joe is the wrong one to do anything about it. Then again, he is the wrong one to do anything about anything.
It is amazing the international progress a foreign nation can make against America when you own the President of the United States and can make him dance to your tunes under the threat of revealing his true corrupted traitorous social and political intercourse with the Chinees that enriched his family in the past, but sells out his country in the present. Pleasure seeking Faust traded his soul to the Devil for 24 years of service to Satan. Hair sniffing Joe sold out for a mere 4 years. It will end for him like it ended for Faust, not well.
Ever since the presidency of Richard Millhoue Nixon who apparently was a fan of China’s America has set upon a agenda to bring China’s Romney and living conditions improve . But our political leaders forgot that America was competing in the Global economic Market as. Well. Some of our political elite , those who were Anti-American took full advantage of our ignorance and helped in this Countries retreat from World economy’s and being this countries enemy were only too willing to lend a hand in our destruction. Now, it seems,That we must humbly try to compete with the very country, that. We lent a willing hand to build up and our Marxist enemies are laughing at us because we lent a hand in our own destruction.
One has to wonder how this country has so drastically changed from a strong world leader, militarily, economically and morally but think how far down in the worlds opinion of America today. We have. In no small way bought into the idea that we were the big kid on the block and we entered any trade. deal with foreign countries with the thoughts that, yes, they were taking advantage of us in dealings with us but. We’re too big to. So we let foreign countries take. advantage of us I our dealing with them. Is it too late for America and history will record. How the once great America fought into ” They were too Big to fail . But did.
The parrot, puppet president Biden is mentally incapable of doing anything.
The parrot, puppet president Biden is being controlled and handled by someone else.
These controllers and handlers can order the parrot, puppet president Biden to do their biding and remain hidden and blameless.
I’sorry. But I can’t correct mistakenly comments, try as hard as I tried if someone counselor and tell me How to make corrections in my comments, I supposedly appreciate it. Thanks..
You get 10 minutes from the time you post, to ‘edit it’..
IF anything, their rise is FULL WHAT biden and co, want to happen.. CAUSE THEY ARE CHINESE PLANTS~!