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The ChiComs, Taiwan, and your toaster

By Mark Alexander
web posted January 15, 2024

Sometimes it is difficult to grasp the implications of global national security threats, but if you like your toaster and coffee maker, and everything else that requires electronics to operate, read on.

Merriam-Webster defines "crazy" as "not mentally sound: marked by thought or action that lacks reason." Thus, it is not clear if Joe Biden has acute dementia, or if his non compos mentis domestic and foreign policy failures are the result of just being crazy.

Take your pick — either way, Biden and his leftist puppeteers constitute the most dangerous existential threat to our national security.

Biden has ignored or ducked all the "red flags" ahead of a growing list of catastrophic foreign policy failures since he took office.

The first of his administration's cascading failures was his surrender and retreat from Afghanistan, leaving the country in the hands of the same invading terrorists that hosted al-Qa'ida for its 9/11 Islamist attack on our nation. The second was, in effect, inviting Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine. And the third, most recently, was empowering Iranian surrogates with Hamas to attack Israel.

After Putin invaded Ukraine, I wrote the obvious: "Power does not tolerate a vacuum, nor an inept and vacuous appeaser." I noted that Red China and Russia are tag-teaming, testing Biden's lack of resolve to confront authoritarian tyrants. They watched him demonstrate his lack of will in Afghanistan when he refused to take on the Taliban — a far less threatening adversary than either Putin or China's communist dictator, Xi Jinping.

Clearly, Biden does not just miss or ignore red flags; he IS the red flag.

What Biden's lack of will has created in the years since is a much stronger alliance between Russia and China — what any seasoned national security analyst would acknowledge is the most perilous foreign policy menace since the Soviet Union's collapse. That alliance is the direct consequence of Biden's failed diplomacy and has obviously reshaped global order in some very dangerous ways.

This is not a recent revelation. More than 30 years ago, in the wake of the collapse of the Soviet reign of terror, there was a clear consensus in national security assessments and briefings that the Red China threat was ominous. Despite attacks that resulted in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, that Red China risk assessment has not changed, except that it is much more perilous now than it was then.

Ahead of the 2020 election, and after Donald Trump had racked up significant domestic and foreign policy successes, however unorthodox his means, Biden declared that Barack Obama chose him as a running mate because of his foreign policy expertise.

"I will put my record against anyone in public life in terms of foreign policy," Biden declared. According to Biden's campaign: "We live in the most dangerous moment in a generation. Our world, set on edge by an erratic, unstable president. This is a moment that requires strong, steady, stable leadership. We need someone tested and trusted around the world. This is a moment for Joe Biden — a president with the experience to lead."

Biden laughably asserted: "Right now, we don't really have a foreign policy. I'm not being facetious — we don't have a foreign policy." He could accurately make that statement today.

But Obama countered in a conversation with a Demo strategist ahead of the 2020 election, "Don't underestimate Joe's ability to f*** things up."

In East Tennessee, we have a saying about people who, on rare occasions, get something right: "Even a blind pig finds an acorn now and then." Obama knew that Biden would be a disaster.

Last October, in the wake of Biden's mounting policy failures, Robert Gates fired a warning shot across our nation's bow.

Gates, who served as the 22nd secretary of defense (2006-2011), and previously as director of Central Intelligence, including the post-Ronald Reagan years after the Soviet collapse and the rise of China, asserted correctly that Biden has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue" over the course of his career.

According to Gates: "The United States now confronts graver threats to its security than it has in decades, perhaps ever. Never before has it faced four allied antagonists at the same time — Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran. ... And no one alive can remember a time when an adversary had as much economic, scientific, technological, and military power as China does today."

Reread that last sentence if necessary.

If you need evidence of Biden's coddling appeasement of China, his response to the ChiCom spy balloon a year ago is a perfect metaphor for how Biden covers for Xi.

In fact, during Xi's "state visit" to the U.S. two months ago, despite Biden's repeated assurances that he would confront Xi about "the balloon," there was no confrontation. Biden knows that Xi knows all about "The BIG Guy" and his 10% cut from Hunter Biden's ChiCom deals. And now that direct evidence of Biden's profiteering is emerging, the risk to his presidency and the Democrat Party's 2024 prospects is dire.

So, what does all this have to do with your toaster and coffee maker?

Xi Jinping is now aggressively threatening "reunification" with Taiwan.

So?

When, not if, the ChiComs come across the Taiwan Strait, they will do so not because of some nationalist fervor but because strategically, that will give China control of the world's largest production of semiconductors and microchips, which are found in everything Americans take for granted.

As National Review's Jim Geraghty observed: "Taiwan is to semiconductors what the Middle East is to oil; this island makes the most advanced semiconductors in the world. Because everything from your cell phone to your car to the Pentagon's F-35 fighter jets runs on semiconductors, there's an argument that Taiwan's role as a key link in the global supply chain of advanced technology acts as a deterrent against a future Chinese invasion or other military aggression — that Taiwan, and in particular the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, are so valuable that the world couldn't allow that supply of semiconductors to be interrupted by a war or blockade."

However, Geraghty correctly concludes, "But there's reason to wonder if the 'Silicon Shield' is really that much of a deterrent."

And that is because China is completely dependent on the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) for more than 70% of the chips it installs in a plethora of consumer electronics, which are then exported to the U.S. and globally. TSMC is the world's largest chip producer, and when combined with other Taiwanese chip producers, Connie Chang, director general of strategy for Taiwan's National Development Council, estimates, "If something happened to Taiwan, probably half of the world's industries will shut down."

Remember that ChiCom Virus pandemic thing, when a lot of production came to a halt because the availability of microchips was enormously constrained? The ChiCom Virus allowed Xi and his strategists to determine everything they needed to know about the economic impact of reduced chip production — and likewise, control of chip production.

Fear not, though. Biden has convened his new supply chain council to ensure there will be no future issues with economic constraints associated with chip availability.

Meanwhile, the ChiComs rapidly expanded military operations in the South China Sea last month, and the potential for China's surge across the Taiwan Straits is a greater risk now than ever.

According to high-level officials briefed on Xi's meeting with Biden, he told Biden, "Beijing will reunify Taiwan with mainland China but the timing has not yet been decided."

As China's domestic economic growth continues to slow, and as its looming real estate bubble blowup is driving foreign investors away, the prospect of its invasion of Taiwan is increasing in order to deter future economic decline.

Regardless of what you think about Donald Trump, none of these recent obscene domestic and foreign policy failures — I repeat, NONE — occurred under Trump, nor would they if he were still president. Trump was tough on China.

Let me reiterate: The most dangerous threat to U.S. national security has been and remains Joe Biden. China, knowing Biden is toothless — as do all our other adversaries — is on the verge of seizing Taiwan.

Tell your Democrat friends that the next time they vote for a president, vote as if their toaster and coffee maker, and every other consumer product they rely on, depend on it — because they do. But that may be apparent ahead of the November election if Xi decides Biden, or his most likely ballot successor, will not prevail. ESR

Mark Alexander is the executive editor of the Patriot Post.

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