Private Groups Doing What US Government Says It Can’t

It has taken me a day to process the terrorist attack that killed 13 Americans and numerous others in Afghanistan yesterday.

The decision to withdraw at this time from Afghanistan was made by President Trump. President Biden did not change that decision, so whatever the issue, the question about withdrawal was a bipartisan one. But running a country is not simply about policy, and often we overlook that. You have to be able to be effective, to be able to do the job at hand and to carry out the policies that you espouse.

What we are seeing in Afghanistan is a plan, policy and military that is not being effective-to the point of incompetence, and now American lives have been lost as a result.

I still have a hard time putting into words my thoughts because they are clouded by emotions over a totally needless loss of life that, as a veteran, I probably feel slightly more than other members of the public. Until such time as I can articulate what should be said, I am only left to ask questions…mostly “Why?”

A private organization has rescued and flown out several hundred Christians in the last two weeks. Under the Taliban, people who are openly Christian would be in grave danger and a group of private citizens organized flights to get them out.

A group of military veterans made headlines when they organized their own effort to get out Afghan allies and their families who had helped the US and its military and so had become targeted by the Taliban. Unfortunately, some of the people they were working to get out are unaccounted for at the Kabul airport after yesterday’s bombing but the group had been able to get out a few hundred people prior to that.

Those are just two examples. So the question is simply this: Why is it that private groups can organize, take action and can get people out of the country but the US military is having a hard time doing the same thing, and the US State Department has told Americans not to come to the airport because they can’t make sure they are safe?  Why can people with compassion do something that the whole of the US government and our military cannot seem to do?

And while we are asking questions, why is it that many of our allies, such as Britain and France, our going out and getting their citizens and escorting them to flights out of Afghanistan but yet the United States has told our citizens they are on their own to get to the airports and that the US military will not help them?

UN Human Rights Council Ignores Taliban

The United Nations Human Rights Council met yesterday to discuss the reported incidents and videos of beatings and atrocities by the Taliban, in the past week since they have taken control of Afghanistan.

The Council met, adjourned and did not condemn any of the actions and did not mention the Taliban at all, for that matter.

As if having Russia and Cuba as members of the Human Rights Council was not enough to prove how useless it is, to ignore Taliban abuses should.

Oh, and for the record, the main funding for the Human Rights Council comes from the United States taxpayer.

The Rising Chinese Threat (Part 4 Of A 4 Part Series): A Fourth Worldwide Pandemic

We are in year two of the world wide pandemic. With a new, much more contagious, variant there seems to be no promise of an end in sight.

We know little about the origins of the virus that has plagued the world for the last two years, except that it originated in the Wuhan province of China.  There is evidence that it broke out from a virology lab in Wuhan where experiments were being done on deadly viruses, though China has not cooperated in studies to find out. China has maintained that the virus originated in the local markets and was the result of a jump from animal to humans.

Whatever the case, here is the basic concern:  even if the deadly pandemic did not originate in a lab in Wuhan, it shows that China and its health and food safety regulations are negligent, at a minimum.

Since 2003, several worldwide pandemics have originated in China:  SARs, H1N1 flu, bird flu and now covid-19. Once may be an accident. Twice may just be coincidence.  Four times that deadly disease was unleashed on the world from the same place of origin is negligent, and careless of human life. 

What we are seeing play out is the Chinese disregard for life. China’s Communist government is careless because the Chinese government is willing to risk hundreds of thousands of lives. This is the same Chinese Communist government who just last month celebrated the founding of the Communist Party and its leader, Mao Zedung who was responsible for the killing and deaths of an estimated 20 million people during the Cultural Revolution. Life means little and power means everything.  And now the world is paying for that disregard and recklessness. The pandemic has resulted in over 4.3 M deaths worldwide, and over 600,000 in the United States.

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The Rising China Threat (Part 3 In A Series): Expanding Repression And Genocide

One of the things that is not taught in history classes is the history of genocide in our lifetime. Everyone knows of the systematic killing of six million Jews by Hitler. Some know of the roughly contemporary genocide by Joseph Stalin in the Soviet Union, where

Yet few remember the long history of mass killings by the Chinese government, which is still run by the same Communist Party that killed, by conservative estimates, more than twenty million people during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s and ‘70’s and tens of millions more forcibly relocated to re-education camps or to work in state run farms . As a matter of fact, just last month the Chinese government celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party and Mao Zedong,  who founded the Party and also ordered the Cultural Revolution.

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Cuba Libre: One Woman’s Fight

Rosa Maria Paya has personally suffered at the hands of Cuba’s tyrannical Communist regime. Now she fights for the freedom of all Cubans.

In stark contrast to Sen. Bernie Sanders and Rep. Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez and a list of Hollywood elites that includes ‘Hanoi’ Jane Fonda, who blame the US for Cuba’s problems and the oppression, Paya urges the United States to strengthen the embargo against Cuba.

In this article from National Review, tracks her journey growing up in Cuba to her current efforts to bring human rights to the island nation, and her ideas on how the United States can help bring that about.

A profile in courage that is worth reading…

The Rising Chinese Threat (Part 2 In A Series): Cyber-Crimes

China has long been known to be involved in state sponsored theft of technology secrets from companies around the world, attempting to make up for its technology gaps in consumer and other products by stealing information from companies around the globe. This has been a concern of both Democratic and Republican Administrations going back at least to the Clinton Administration.

Most recently, as discussed in the first of this series, China has become much more aggressive.  In today’s commentary, we talk about Chinese aggression through state-sponsored global hacking campaign.

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The Rising Chinese Threat (Part 1 In A Series): Military

As China becomes more overtly expansionist and is interfering with other nations on several levels, the threat to the world has grown almost exponentially over the last decade.

This is the first in a series looking at the aggressive policies of China, how they are affecting the world and what can be done to contain the threat that has become China and the oppressive ruling Communist Party. Today’s review looks at the most overt indicator of China’s growing strength and growing threat, that being the Chinese military and its use.

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Witness From Syria

The civil war (or revolution) in Syria has gone on for a decade now, with no end in sight. Statistics of those killed and displaced are massive but somehow lose their impact through repeating over the last several years, yet are indicative of the massive human cost (and what people, such as Syrian President Assad, will do to maintain power–man’s inhumanity to man).

The link below is to an article, linked because it is worth reading in its entirety. From a resident of Aleppo, target of one of Assad’s chemical weapons attack on civilians, the narrative spells out what life is like and why she has chosen to speak out.

More Stories of China’s Abuse of Uyghur Minority

The link below shares the stories of three people who were part of the abuse and persecution of China’s Uyghur minority, reminding us of previous tragedies in history regarding systematic ethnic abuse. The story is shared in its entirety.

The growing outrage against Communist China is even more concerning when we see US companies excuse such ethnic cleansing because they are more concerned with profits.