By: Royal Alexander
Surely we recognize the great dangers to our country from across the globe and the desire of ruthless nations to seize the opportunity and fill the vacuum when they witness American weakness, either because we are unaware or incapable of stopping the advance of evil.
Does anyone believe this would be going on if Pres. Trump were still president? In fact, in a recent poll published by The Hill, 62 percent of Americans say that Russian President Vladimir Putin would not have invaded Ukraine under President Trump.
Do we really believe it’s a mere coincidence that Russia is invading a sovereign country and China is looking at Taiwan like a shark does at chum in the water while Iran continues doing what it has never stopped doing—perfecting the enrichment of uranium so that it may realize its dream of a nuclear weapon that it would deploy against Israel and ultimately the U.S.
The eternal principle of nations and war has never changed: perceived weakness begets attacks and war. That’s how America is perceived by our adversaries and that is why these dangerous, highly volatile actions are occurring across the globe.
How could it be otherwise? After the Afghanistan debacle, why would our enemies think any differently?
Remember how the U.S., in an impotent and humiliating fashion for the world’s only superpower, abandoned Afghanistan last year. In so doing, we gifted to the Taliban—our terrorist enemies who gave Al Qaeda the staging area to plan the September 11, attacks—$86 billion in military hardware.
Why didn’t befuddled Pres. Biden give this $86 billion in military hardware to Ukraine’s brave President Zelensky, who refused the U.S. offer to evacuate Ukraine, saying “I don’t want a ride, I want anti-tank ammunition.”
Recall that the U.S has also now abandoned the energy independence we had achieved during the Trump years, forcing us back into a situation in which we are relying on foreign oil—from countries, many of which hate us—to sustain our national economy. By the way, oil at $100 a barrel not only hurts American citizens, it puts billions into Russia’s war effort as well as Iran’s nuclear program. In fact, according to Forbes, in 2021, Russia accounted for 21% of all U.S. gasoline imports for a total of $12.78 billion. Right now, the Biden Administration is importing roughly 600,000 barrels per day of liquid hydrocarbons from Russia. (energyintel.com). At the current rate of $100 per barrel, the fact is our nation is currently helping to fund Putin’s war machine against Ukraine at the rate of $60 million per day.
What we are seeing in Ukraine and elsewhere is the result of the madness of AOC’s Woke Environmental policy—a compromise of the U.S. and Ukraine’s energy and military security.
And we are again learning through the conflict in Ukraine that energy security is also the key to global security and stability. As President Trump has noted, energy security is national security.
President Putin has for many years had designs on making Russia more than a regional power (as a KGB officer at the time, Putin would have never supported Gorbachev’s dismantling of the former Soviet Union) while China has salivated over Taiwan for decades and now sees an opening with a U.S. still distracted by and reeling from the China virus and the flaccid leadership of the Biden Administration.
For their part, the Chinese Communist Party has made clear that it will do whatever it determines is necessary to win what it sees as an inevitable war with the U.S. Economically, militarily, and geographically, the United States faces a stark and growing threat from China. We have known this for some time but recent examples of cyberterrorism, hacking, industrial espionage, and the theft annually of hundreds of billions of dollars of intellectual property highlight this fact.
Recent news has also highlighted the fact that Russia and China have conducted joint military exercises and are helping Iran avoid economic sanctions. Russia and China have also reportedly developed hypersonic missiles, a fact that apparently surprised U.S. intelligence.
Regarding Iran, the Wall Street Journal previously stated that “Iran has been scaling up its nuclear program since mid-2019, a year after the Trump administration exited the nuclear deal and then imposed sanctions. Iran then breached the limits on its uranium stockpile, the purity of the nuclear fuel it was producing and resumed work at the underground Fordow site.”
That’s where we are.
The Biden Administration simply must respond to these growing threats with clarity, strength, and resolve or else the result will be catastrophic for the world and for the United States. In the meantime, we should continue praying for our nation and for the brave freedom fighters in Ukraine.
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