China

Is America Up for a Second Cold War?

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

Why is the containment of China in Asia the responsibility of a United States 12 time zones away? For while China seeks to dominate Eurasia, she appears to have no desire to threaten the vital interests of the United States. China’s Communism appears to be an ideology disbelieved by her own people, that she does not intend to impose it on Asia or the world. Again, are we Americans up for a Second Cold War, and, if so, why?

Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing deal

Salena Zito, New York Post

Donald Trump heralded his success last year when he brought jobs back to the Carrier plant in Indianapolis even before he was president and tweeted out his victory, leading to blanket media coverage. This time, he failed to celebrate a win and the news was happily ignored. Trump needs to remember that his megaphone isn’t just for the haters, but for the voters who are desperate to finally see real change.

Job Creation First, Tax Reform Second In House Tax Bill

There is still a lot of work to be done to get a tax reform bill through the Senate, but the House bill is a start, and, with its extensive economic growth and job creation features, it is a better start than we initially thought it would be.

Tokyo Should Take Over Its Own Defense: Not Every Problem Is America’s to Solve

Doug Bandow, CNS News

Washington has spent more than seven decades playing globocop. The world has changed. So should U.S. policy—including toward Japan. Prime Minister Abe appears determined to make Japan a more capable security dependent of America. Washington should insist that he make his nation security independent.

First Impression: House GOP Tax Plan

The cost of government is not what it taxes, it is what it spends. The GOP tax plan is a start, but not a particularly bold or ambitious start, and it is only one part of a pro-growth economic formula. Spending has yet to be dealt with.

Bannon and Viguerie Meet: RINOs and Democrats Get Halloween Fright

CHQ Chairman Richard A. Viguerie and executive chairman of Breitbart News Steven K. Bannon got together on Halloween and Washington’s RINOs and Democrats were left quaking in their boots.

Is War With Iran Or North Korea Inevitable?

Certainly, a nuclear-armed ICBM-equipped North Korea or Iran is intolerable to our interests and to the future of western civilization. The question for President Trump is at what point do the other options available to stop the threat be judged failures?

War With North Korea Is Not An Option

Stepping back militarily and allowing the prosperous and populous states of South Korea, Japan and Australia to take over their own defense surely is better than starting the very war Washington has spent 64 years attempting to prevent.

Strike a Deal with China on North Korea

The administration’s best shot would be to mix diplomacy and sanctions in an initiative backed by the Chinese. But winning that assistance requires persuasion rather than compulsion. The administration must convince Beijing that pressing the North further is in China’s interest as well as America’s interest.

What If South Korea Acted Like North Korea?

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

China did not fail to realize that North Korea was developing a nuclear arsenal. Rather, it calculated that North Korea would do exactly what it is now doing, and that such nuclear roguery would serve China’s strategic interests on the Korean peninsula and in its rivalries with both the United States and with America’s allies in Asia. In other words, if China were in America’s position, we would have likely witnessed a tragically destructive war a long time ago.

Throwing Away the Russian Card

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

The key to dictatorial Russia is to neither love nor hate it. Rather, the U.S. should win its respect — and fear — by quiet shows of strength in protecting our interests. And we should seek areas — like the menace of North Korea — where our big-power interests might merge and where we each can show China that its behavior will earn it as many worries for itself as its North Korean client now poses to others.

The Coming Economic Disaster, and the Last Chance to Avert It

David P. Goldman, PJ Media

The attitude of the Establishment has shifted from contempt to panic, rather like the British facing a Japanese army advancing on Singapore in 1942. The Establishment is now defeatist. It is one thing to concede more power to China in the South China Sea, for example, and quite another to accept Chinese dominance in high-tech trade. That would be a disaster. Unfortunately, we are now headed for such a disaster.

The U.S. Navy’s Dangerous Attrition

A lot of our current officers are not necessarily the most talented people who joined the Navy prior to and during the Obama years, rather, they are the “best” of those who felt comfortable in the political and social environment Obama fostered.

Counterpoint: Why Should North Korea Believe the United States?

No one knows what President Trump believes about the Koreas. He has made many contradictory comments while Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham have been talking up the likelihood of war.

Vice President Pence versus President Trump on Foreign Policy

Washington should stop thinking of containment. Rather, the Trump administration should begin disengagement, devolving onto the Europeans responsibility for their defense.

The Korean Games of Thrones

Victor Davis Hanson, National Review

Ultimately, China alone can pressure North Korea, and America alone can pressure China. It is time to stop lecturing both about what is supposedly in their long-term interests. We must accept that both nations do what they do because — at least in the short term — they like it and see benefits from it. The aim of the United States is to disabuse them of such thinking, while speaking ever more softly with an ever-bigger stick.

Not All Foreign-Influence Scandals Are Created Equal

John Fund, National Review

When it came to the Clintons, the media tended to downplay or even trivialize many of their scandals. But, to be fair, a little bit of self-awareness is beginning to show up in the Russia coverage. Last Thursday, Mika Brzezinski of MSNBC noted that when it came to “opening the door” to lowering the standards of conduct by a modern president, Bill Clinton led the way with his lying and scandalous behavior.

Book Review: Churchill, Roosevelt & Company by Lewis E. Lehrman

FDR’s New Deal is a prime testament to Richard Viguerie’s dictum that “personnel is policy.”  FDR’s military and diplomatic advisors were bumblers at best.  But the root problem was FDR himself as Lew Lehman reveals in his new book, Churchill, Roosevelt & Company: Studies in Character and Statecraft.

An America First Korea Policy

Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland. If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?