China Joe and Beijing Biden could be more than pejorative nicknames Trumpers throw at the Democrats’ nominee. It turns out there is some evidence behind the gamesmanship.
A new national intelligence report says foreign adversaries have their presidential preferences and are trying to tilt our election. Among the findings, China and Iran want Biden in the White House while Russia favors the incumbent.
Guess which part of those findings is getting most of the media coverage. Hint: You don’t need a hint.
Dems and their media handmaidens can’t quit their shared passion for picturing President Trump as a Russian agent. The New York Times and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the Frick and Frack of the far left, insist that the Russian role is so much larger and more effective than that of either China or Iran.
How would they know? Why, naturally, anonymous sources, those “officials briefed on the intelligence,” said the Times in its latest effort to carry water for the anti-Trump Deep State.
Both also doubt the accuracy of the Biden findings, with the Times suggesting, without evidence, that the push for Biden was included as a political sop to Trump. Pelosi told Fox News that the analysts “try to blanket it with the Chinese, they said, prefer Biden — we don’t know that, but that’s what they’re saying, but they’re not really getting involved in the presidential election.”
Wow, remember when Trump was excoriated for doubting the intelligence agencies? Remember Chuck Schumer’s ominous warning to Trump in January 2017 when he said: “Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you?”
But now it’s hunky-dory to dump on the spooks. It’s the First Law of Politics: Anything that can be twisted to make Trump look bad will be twisted.
The double standards shout to the high heavens, especially when you consider what the FBI did with thin gruel in 2016. Based largely on the unverified Steele dossier, financed by Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee, and the tall tale about Russians having Clinton’s e-mails that involved George Papadopoulos, the FBI opened “Crossfire Hurricane” and spied on the Trump campaign.
It turned out to be the biggest nothingburger in American history — but by the time special counsel Robert Mueller and his band of zealots finally admitted in 2019 there was no campaign collusion, the media had worked with Dems and investigators to severely damage the new administration and the lives of many innocent people.
It’s a near certainty that Pelosi owes her party’s victory in the 2018 midterms to the Russia, Russia, Russia hysteria. And there would have been no Ukraine impeachment had Pelosi not been running the House.
In short, the world changed because of the false accusations against Trump and others, yet now that the intelligence agencies say Biden is preferred by two major adversaries, the story comes and goes over a late summer weekend.
Before the dirt settles on the grave, it’s worth looking at the findings with some foreign-policy perspective. November’s winner will face major challenges with all three countries, but the truth is that Trump has been tougher on all three than the Obama-Biden administration ever was. He has used sanctions against individuals and organizations in ways that the previous White House rejected.
Trump has been especially hard on Iran and China, giving both significant reasons for wanting to get rid of him and bring back Biden, the veep in an administration that bowed and buckled before them.
The Iran nuclear pact, for example, was so lopsided toward the mad mullahs, and dangerous to Israel and the rest of the world, that even Schumer opposed it. Trump kept his campaign promise to scuttle it and reimpose harsh penalties that have helped to cripple Iran’s economy.
(Exhibit A of the First Law of Politics: Schumer switched sides after Trump took office, saying the new president should have kept the Iran deal!)
Trump also ordered the airstrike last January that took out Qasem Soleimani, the murderous Quds Force commander, in an act that demonstrated the president’s willingness to confront Iran’s aggression in Iraq and throughout the region.
Biden, on the other hand, said he would not have approved the mission and predicted it would lead to further war. He was wrong on both counts.
The Democrat also is making noises about trying to rejoin the nuclear deal, so it’s no surprise that Iran wants him back in the White House. The mullahs might even be gracious enough to accept another planeload of fresh American cash as a down payment on Biden’s friendly intentions.
The China preference for Biden also makes perfect sense. During his long career in Washington, Biden was the sort of Washington man China could count on to support its goal of becoming an economic power.
He endorsed virtually every trade deal with China that hollowed out American manufacturing — the same deals that Trump campaigned against and has been revamping. In July alone, Trump sanctioned Chinese leaders for abusing human rights, arrested alleged spies and ended special privileges for Hong Kong.
There’s no reason to believe Biden would have done any of that. In fact, his team is suggesting he wants to get the relationship back on an even keel. In reality, that means back to where China was ripping us off.
Moreover, the Obama-Biden administration was maddeningly passive as China expanded its military aggression in the region. The talk of a “pivot” toward Asia was never more than talk.
Then there’s the smelly deal Hunter Biden made with a Chinese firm connected to the government, and thus connected to the Communist Party. Expect to see Trump ads featuring pictures of Hunter getting off Air Force Two, traveling with his father to pad his own pocket.
Joe Biden was only the vice president then. Imagine the big bucks Hunter could make in China with Daddy sitting in the Oval Office.
Blas’ aim is ‘red’ apple
Reader Andrea Payne doesn’t see indifference as the big problem with Mayor de Blasio. She writes: “I think it’s intentional neglect and destruction. The goal is a new Beijing, a new Caracas, a new Havana rising from New York’s ashes. He reminds us that ‘others’ will come in to replace those who leave — the perfect drones for his imaginary Communist utopian city-state. They will undoubtedly kowtow to their benevolent, enlightened masters.”
Year of plagues
Just another 2020 headline: “Rare swarm of San Andreas Fault earthquakes spark fears”
Earthquakes weren’t part of the 10 biblical plagues, so we could be in for worse punishment than Egypt. Watch out for frogs any day now.
Other BLM Moab-ilizes
This press release got my attention: BLM Cancels Plans to Auction Over 85,000 Acres Around Moab Amid Pressure From Climbers
I had no idea Black Lives Matter owned that much real estate. Oh, never mind.