America Sinks – China Swims

The United States quietly shut down Bagram Air Base in the middle of July Fourth celebrations. It was the largest American military base located between the Persian Gulf Sea and the South China Sea.

We left without telling our Afghan allies.  Later that day, looters were seen inside the base. 

The American Empire’s long retreat is underway. This longest war will likely end in bloody retribution against those Afghans who sided alongside us against the Taliban.

The Wall Street Journal reported that when the last American left Bagram, the U.S. planned to evacuate Kabul’s American Embassy in an emergency.  The emergency evacuation plans were in response to concerns that the security situation in Afghanistan is worsening and could threaten the diplomatic and military corps.

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It appears we’re preparing for a possible Saigon 1975 end to the 20-year-old war started by George W. Bush. Reporters pressed Joe Biden on the dire situation in Afghanistan. He refused to reflect or speak about it.

Instead, Biden preferred to gloss over American’s humiliation.  Rather than discussing important topics, Biden wanted to laugh and play.  He said,   “I want to talk about happy things, man.  It’s the Fourth of July; it’s the holiday weekend. It’s a holiday weekend, so I will celebrate it. There are great things happening.”

The Journal also reported that China had sent 50,000 troops to India’s border region, where they engaged in their bloodiest clash in decades.

According to other reports, China is attempting to fill the power vacuum created by America’s departure and provide billions of dollars from its Belt and Road Initiative to construct a highway linking Kabul, Afghanistan, with Peshawar (Pakistan).

China assumes control as America retreats.  Their prescience will give them absolute control of Afghanistan’s markets, minerals, and people.  Sources say there are vast supplies of rare earth minerals and oil in the country.    

China has militarized its border with India, and its warplanes regularly threaten Taiwan.  The message is loud, clear, and not subtle.  Annexation is only a matter of time.   

Xi Jinping, the Chinese President, wasn’t subtle either on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party.

“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.”

With help from the United States, Xi and his predecessors have become the only real existential threat America faces.  President Trump attempted to curtail their growing power while Biden mocked his concerns.    

Biden infamously said, “They’re not bad folks,” when asked about the threat as he campaigned in his basement.  All the while Biden’s son, Hunter, was cashing Chinese paychecks

China’s rise over the past 40 years is the longest and most significant economic boom in human history. The country’s annual gross domestic product grew from $191 Billion (or $195 per head) in 1980 to $14.3 Trillion in 2019 or $10,261/person. It has lifted more than 770 million from poverty and turned China into a high-tech, technologically advanced powerhouse about to be larger than the United States. China’s meteoric growth is the most significant achievement of the Chinese Communist Party.    

China’s growth would not have been possible without the U.S. decision to throw open its markets and bring China into the WTO.  After that, we watched as large amounts of U.S. industry and manufacturing left for China.

Between 1990 and 2021, U.S. imports from China of Chinese-made goods provided Beijing the trillions it needed to finance its strategic goal of becoming the first world power.

What’s next? 

China has impressive assets. It has the world’s largest population.  There are 1.4 billion Chinese people that are not taught to loathe the country they live in.  It will be the world’s largest economy if it continues to grow at its current rate. Although its strategic arsenal of nuclear weapons may be smaller than ours, that won’t be true for long. They’re adding to their arsenal at an alarming rate. 

China has more significant advantages in terms of conventional military.  Their assets include ships, soldiers, aircraft, guns, missiles, and bases in the East Asia/Western Pacific theatre where we would fight any war.

As we did in Afghanistan, we’re close to fighting over assets we don’t claim: the Chinese claim the South and East China Seas islands, rocks, reefs, and Taiwan.

Like they did with the Soviets, the Taliban defeated the United States.  The Taliban has no army, navy or airforce.  The Chinese do.  The Chinese military are peers.  Worse, they’ll be fighting close to home.       

Time was our friend in the Cold War against the USSR. Xi Jinping has seen time switching sides in the past decade. We’ve given the Chinese everything they want.  They may well be self-sufficient in areas that matter and superior to us on the battlefield.  It is imperative that we re-establish superiority within our sphere of influence.  That means ejecting Chinese influence from our national, state, and local governments and then from within our hemisphere. 

Given the real existential threat presented by the Chinese, if it’s not America First, it will be America’s Toast.

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