Sen. Tom Cotton: Coronavirus – How to make China’s Communist Party pay for the COVID-19 pandemic

The following editorial was penned by US Senator from Arkansas, Tom Cotton. It is quoted below in its entirety. 

The world is now in the midst of a pandemic that threatens millions. Our first priority in this emergency is suppressing the coronavirus to keep Americans safe. But our next priority must be holding the Chinese Communist Party accountable for unleashing this plague on the world.

Instead of reporting the deadly outbreak in Wuhan when it first appeared, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) engaged in a cover-up, intimidating brave whistleblowers like the late Dr. Li Wenliang, destroying samples that pointed to the virus’s origin, and shutting down a laboratory that shared the virus’s genetic sequence on the Internet. Continue reading “Sen. Tom Cotton: Coronavirus – How to make China’s Communist Party pay for the COVID-19 pandemic”

Here is Why the US Needs to Wary of International Institutions

There is a constant debate in foreign policy on how much we should rely on, or give authority and our national decision-making to, international organizations. Such a question implies that our values, morals and interests are no better or worse than anyone else. Otherwise, we would never give up our own sovereignty to be decided by some other country or group of countries.

Two recent events in the news point out the dangers of internationalism. Continue reading “Here is Why the US Needs to Wary of International Institutions”

The United Nations Rewards China

Despite all of the virus news, now we have this…

Last week, the United Nations appointed China as the newest member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. No, really.

Forget the face that even under normal circumstances, China is among the biggest abusers of human rights in the work and there are volumes of documentation showing that, the most recent involving the persecution of the Uyrghur minority  and Chinese war against the whole race.

But NOW, the world is suffering under a health pandemic, that is soon to become the largest economic crisis in more than a generation. In large part, this pandemic got out of control because the doctor in China who raised the alarm early on last year about the coronavirus and its potential for harm, was imprisoned by the Chinese government and forced to sign a statement disavowing everything he had said and then threatened his colleagues if they said anything about the outbreak. Even now, scientists tell us that efforts to battle the virus are hindered because China is still covering up the exact origins of the virus.

This is what the United Nations thinks is a good example of ‘human rights’. And now, of all possible times the UN thought this was a good idea. It would be a laughable horror story if it weren’t true.

This is the latest example of the dangers of internationalism. And yet there are those who still wonder why some people believe we should cut US taxpayer funding for the United Nations.

Communism is evil and China is still dangerous.

US Strikes and Iran’s Response

Earlier this week, the United States fired a missile which killed the commander of the Iranian Quds Force, Qasem Soleimani. Less reported, but almost as significant, is that the missile also killed the leader of the largest militia group in Iraq with whom Soleimani was meeting.

Immediately after the strikes, politics stepped in and bitter partisans started making comments, issuing press releases either saying the missile strike was the greatest thing ever or that it was the first step toward World War III.  With a couple of days perspective, the situation and the responses have become a bit clearer, as has all the political posturing back and forth

And as usual, the truth is more nuanced. Continue reading “US Strikes and Iran’s Response”

Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies

Turkey is a country that is not often in the news in the US. Although it has been a NATO ally since 1951, two years after the alliance’s founding, in recent years the country’s President has taken Turkey down a path that is troubling and is growing even more so.

Turkey shares a border with both Russia and Syria, so it is strategically located and played a critical role during the Cold War. It is the only Muslim-majority country in NATO but has historically had a secular government that has respected freedoms, honored democratic institutions and whose policies have been driven by national interest rather than by religion. Continue reading “Turkey Continues Drift Away From Its NATO Allies”

Turkey-A NATO Member That’s Becoming Troubling

The President of Turkey has turned to outlawing journalists who speak against the government, and imprisoning political opponents. A move toward authoritarianism by a member of NATO is worrisome.

In an guest editorial, there also is a question as to why the President indulges the whims of the increasingly questionable government of Turkey.

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2019/11/28/trumppardon-turkey-073704

 

 

Trump’s Troubles Increase Exponentially

Yesterday during impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, the top US diplomat to Ukraine, Bill Taylor, testified that he had been told President Donald Trump would withhold previously promised military aid to the Ukraine until it publicly declared investigations would be launched that could help his reelection chances — including into former Vice President Joe Biden. Continue reading “Trump’s Troubles Increase Exponentially”