Moon of Alabama Brecht quote
May 23, 2022

White House Rejects President's Foreign Policy

U.S. President Joe Biden apparently pursues different foreign policies than the White House.

October 23 2021:

'Strategic Ambiguity' on Taiwan Apparent as White House Walks Back Biden Comments

White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Friday appeared to walk back President Joe Biden's statement on Thursday that the United States was committed to defending Taiwan should it come under Chinese attack.

"The president was not announcing any change in our policy, nor has he made a decision to change our policy," Psaki said during a White House news briefing. "Our defense relationship with Taiwan is guided by the Taiwan Relations Act."

The 1979 Taiwan Relations Act states that the U.S. will provide arms for Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability. It does not say the U.S. would intervene militarily to protect Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack.

Psaki's statement stands in contradiction to Biden's comment at a CNN town hall Thursday night. When asked if the U.S. would come to the defense of Taiwan, Biden said, "Yes, we have a commitment to do that."

November 17 2021:

Biden Struggles to Stick to the Script on Taiwan

Once is an accident, twice is a coincidence, and three times is habit—or so the saying goes.

Amid escalating tensions with China, U.S. President Joe Biden has misspoken about U.S. policy toward the self-governed island of Taiwan at least four times since August, fueling speculation as to whether the president is subtly trying to signal an evolving U.S. policy toward Taiwan or just fumbling the details.

March 27 2022:

Biden’s Putin remark, White House walk-back faces scrutiny

President Biden’s remark that Russian President Vladimir Putin “cannot remain in power” reverberated throughout Washington on Sunday, with some current and former officials and lawmakers scrutinizing the reported ad-lib while others slammed the White House for its subsequent walk-back.

Biden turned heads on Saturday when, at the end of a speech in Warsaw, Poland, he said, “for God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.”

The White House quickly tried to walk back the comment, claiming that Biden was referring to Putin exercising power outside of Russia, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken affirmed that the U.S. has no plans for regime change in Moscow.

May 23 2022:

US would defend Taiwan if attacked by China, says Joe Biden

Joe Biden has said the US would intervene militarily to defend Taiwan if it came under attack from China – a statement that is likely to enrage Beijing as concern grows over Chinese military activity in the region.

Speaking in Tokyo on the second day of his visit to Japan, Biden said the US’s responsibility to protect the self-ruled island – which China considers a renegade province – was “even stronger” after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, in one of the most forceful statements in support of Taiwan in decades.

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Amichai Stein @AmichaiStein1 - 6:32 UTC · May 23, 2022
White House official: Biden’s statement that the US would get involved militarily to defend Taiwan is NOT a departure from long-standing US policy of strategic ambiguity
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Amichai Stein @AmichaiStein1 - 6:01 UTC · May 23, 2022
#BREAKING: President Biden says would be willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan from China aggression

They urgently need to shut up that warmongering idiot.

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It's like the curse of Isaiah 3: 4 "I will give children to be your princes, and babes shall rule over you"

It seem the whole leadership of the west suffer under some kind of dementia. Biden is just the most obvious example.

Posted by: Anne Brit | May 23 2022 9:31 utc | 1

China will only act militarily against the Province of Táiwān if the government there changes the State's official name from "The Republic of China" to "The Republic of Taiwan" -- or if The US of A or Japan or anyone else actively get involved in actions or bases there.

Posted by: Tollef Ås/秋涛乐/טלפ וש | May 23 2022 9:34 utc | 2

Supporting Taiwan against China is one of the rare instances of the US using its military for good.

The CCP dictatorship has no legitimate claim on the island unless the majority of the people living there wish to be ruled by them.

So far, there's no sign of that.

Unsurprisingly.

Posted by: Observer | May 23 2022 9:37 utc | 3

By the Holy Cross! Our beloved Moskva would still be afloat if Ukraine had joined NATO earlier.

Posted by: Lavrovian Slip | May 23 2022 9:41 utc | 4

He just made another statement today or yesterday that America would get directly involved militarily if China invades Taiwan. The Chinese know he has been lying to their face about Taiwan.

Posted by: Prometheus | May 23 2022 9:58 utc | 5

Blathering Biden makes Alfred E Newman look like presidential material.

I pity the attendees at the QUAD meeting having to pretend in a photo op session with this warmonger.

Posted by: uncle tungsten | May 23 2022 10:30 utc | 6

@Oberver #3

The US would NEVER use their military for good, even if the cause was just (about which I have no comment in this case)

Posted by: Tim | May 23 2022 10:44 utc | 7

They're not at odds at all. They're simply lying that the policy hasn't changed. Except it has. The US intends to provoke a war with China over Taiwan - a war the US will lose - badly. This is absolutely identical to the Ukraine situation.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 10:45 utc | 8

Furthermore, it doesn't matter one iota whether China has a "legitimate" claim on the island - which is unclear at best. They have a claim. That's all that matters. And it is an internal matter between China and Taiwan and has nothing to do with the US whatsoever.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 10:47 utc | 9

it doesn't matter one iota whether Ukraine has a "legitimate" claim on Crimea - which is unclear at best. They have a claim. That's all that matters. And it is an internal matter between Ukraine and Crimea and has nothing to do with the RF whatsoever.

Posted by: What the hack | May 23 2022 10:55 utc | 10

Offhand I'm not familiar with how much of a claim China has on Taiwan. I do know that the US has zero claim and zero legitimate business, same as with eastern Europe.

As for Biden, I wonder who has actual control of the nukes. I doubt it's Harris.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | May 23 2022 10:59 utc | 11

@ 10
Weed is bad for your health

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 10:59 utc | 12

President Biden says would be willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan from China aggression
They urgently need to shut up that warmongering idiot.

Well, when the elites put up a proxy President to stand in for them, and they choose one who is demented, that's what you get! Don't blame Biden, blame the demented idiots who put him in office by falsifying the vote.

Posted by: BM | May 23 2022 11:03 utc | 13

Step back and ask yourselves why would the USA get involved in Taiwan's politics ? Is it:
- to help Taiwan ?
- to undermine China ?
- to help the USA ?
Historical evidence, recent and past, suggests it is never to help the country the USA claims to be helping. The policy has never changed.

Posted by: Henry Smith | May 23 2022 11:04 utc | 14

Friendly warning to the people of Taiwan - Please carefully review what happens to the people of a country when the US intervenes to "save it" or "help it". The best case is that the people are looted and put in debt prison for life. A common result is death, homelessness, torture, rape, any other bad thing one can imagine. Is there any instance where such intervention has produced a good result for the people of the "helped" country? None that I have noticed. Bottom line: avoid the Hegemon. Bad things happen when he appears in your Country.

Posted by: Jim Thomas | May 23 2022 11:14 utc | 15

Over in the German media, the British secret servive is being quoted, saying that the Russian losses are now comparable to those of the Soviets during the 1980s war in Afghanistan.

Do we have any at least semi-reliable sources of the Russian losses?

Posted by: CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:16 utc | 16

The script for China/Taiwan will be the same as with Ukraine:

- daemonize China (already started years ago)
- get Global NATO rolling (hello Liz Truss)
- make Taiwan discuss joining GNATO
- wait till China flips out about that
- sanction China with the help of US' vassals (bette start decoupling from China now)
- pre-condition: balkanize Russia to be able to shut off any energy deliveries to China before starting to sanction them

Posted by: zet | May 23 2022 11:17 utc | 17

Re 16 above, here`s the translation:

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10:23 a.m
London: Russia's losses as high as those of the Soviets in Afghanistan.
After only three months of war, the losses of the Russian army in the Ukraine are as high as those of the Red Army in the nine years of the Soviet war in Afghanistan. British intelligence experts suggested this, according to a statement by the Ministry of Defense in London on Monday.

The high loss rate is also increasing in the Russian offensive in the Donbass. The reason for this is a combination of factors such as poor tactics, limited air superiority and a lack of flexibility.
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Limited air superiority? Well ...

Posted by: CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:19 utc | 18

#16
Their own numbers after 1 month: 1300 dead, nazis 16k dead, 14k wounded and/or dead in hospitals. Estimated dead nazis last week was 50k.
We'll see, I doubt it'll be 3k total, I'm hoping for 2k max.

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 11:20 utc | 19

Posted by: CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:16 utc | 16

Couple days ago J. Borrell said: "If it is true that Russia has lost 15% of their troops since the beginning of the war, this is a world record of the lossses of an army invading a country"

Also the British services did claim since about March that Russia is running out of ammunition any day now... go figure :-)

Posted by: zet | May 23 2022 11:21 utc | 20

Also, elenski ordered to leave all dead in order not to pay anything to families. Missing person isn't kia category. So the dead count is very precise for Russians, they collect all dead before diseases appear.

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 11:22 utc | 21

@20
Not only that, now they "suggest" monkeypox was "released" by Russia as well as any other idiotic thing. Actually, if you read something stupid, 99% it comes from UK sources.

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 11:24 utc | 22

The status of Taiwan is an unresolved issue of the Chinese Civil War. It is simply the island where the criminal counter-revolutionary force, supported by the same USA and European powers which (partially) colonized and looted China, fled to (taking with them precious cultural artifacts, China's gold reserves, and other stolen items). It is no more a real country than the Zionist malignancy in Palestine. The US commitment to defend Taiwan against the PLA reflects its continued intervention in the (never resolved) Chinese Civil War, which will fail just like it failed to prevent the foundation of the PRC and China's development into a sovereign, prosperous and powerful nation.

What possibly matters even less than the impotent convulsions of the dying US empire (and of its white/Anglo-Saxon founding stock) are Trotskyist shills like "Observer" and "What the hack" telling us (as always) that the real imperialists are whoever have organized viable state structures able to resist Western imperialism and international Zionism, and who display the will to do so (in other words, mainly China, Russia and Iran). Talk about a dying breed and an evolutionary dead end.

Posted by: Unnamed | May 23 2022 11:26 utc | 23

To steal a presidential election in order to install a senile vatloaf in the office, to be controlled by perverts from the deep state shadows, is exemplary decadence beyond even the most inbred imperial houses of Europe. Nicholas and Rasputin look healthy by comparison. History will record this as the perfect symbol of the destruction/self-destruction of the US empire.

Posted by: Flying Dutchman | May 23 2022 11:29 utc | 24

@Flying Dutchman | May 23 2022 11:29 utc | 24

It is not just a symbol, it will be the new unit of measure for corrupt and criminal decadence.

Posted by: Norwegian | May 23 2022 11:33 utc | 25

China does not have to use force. The economic pull of China is so strong. The self interests of Taiwan, South Korea and Japan to better themselves economically will pull them all closer to China. Why fight when all desired results can be attained by peaceful means?

Biden knows this, and knows America will be losing influence and economically and his only hope is militarily.

Who benefited during the 80s from outsourcing production to low cost China?

Posted by: Robert Browning | May 23 2022 11:35 utc | 26

Posted by: What the hack | May 23 2022 10:55 utc | 10

Way to miss the point. First, historically Crimea was always Russian, until Khrushchev gave it to a subset of the Soviet Union - Ukraine - for some internal reason. Second, Russia had a treaty with Ukraine after the Soviet Union fell that it would maintain up to 20,000 troops and its naval base. Ukraine then proceeded in 2014 to threaten that base. So Russia took it back and then a referendum by the Crimea population rejoined Russia. So if you like self-determination...Article 51 of the UN Charter. Ukraine has no claim on Crimea as a result. And in any event, it cannot reclaim Crimea due to its weakness.

Now on to Taiwan. Arguably the only people with a "legitimate" claim to Taiwan are the original settlers - not the Kuomingtang. They came in later and ruled the original inhabitants and their supporters as a dictatorship for decades. Prior to that China ruled Taiwan in between foreign occupations.

In addition, note that the existing Taiwan government is opposed to China's government and was created by said Kuomintang after they lost a war with the CCP. So in that regard China has a claim on the island as a matter of self-defense. This is especially true since the US appears to be egging on Taiwan to force a confrontation with China - exactly the same as the US egged on Ukraine to provoke a confrontation with Russia.

Further, the Sino-American Mutual Defense Treaty, which governed US-Taiwan relations from 1955-1980, recognized Taiwan as the sole "legitimate" government of China purely for US geopolitical reasons. This was then abrogated when the Taiwan Relations Act was created by Jimmy Carter in 1979 after the US and China opened diplomatic relations. That act removed Taiwan as the legitimate government of China and relegated it to a sub-national foreign entity. It also specified that the US could supply weapons and services for its self-defense but did not commit the US to defend Taiwan from attack by China.

There is no analogy to this latter situation in the Ukraine-Russia conflict. The US has no obligation to either defend Ukraine or supply weapons to Ukraine under any treaty. Nor is the US in any position to specify whether Ukraine is a "legitimate" government or not - which, after the coup in 2014, and given Ukraine's actions toward the Donbass, it clearly is not under international law and the UN Charter.

The main point remains that the US is involving itself with Taiwan - and always has - solely to "contain" China, thus interfering in the internal affairs of China for the US' own geopolitical goals. It is now encouraging Taiwan to provoke China into military action so the US can justify its own military action against China.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:35 utc | 27

Posted by: CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:16 utc | 16
"Do we have any at least semi-reliable sources of the Russian losses?"

No, we don't. All we have is one official figure from the Russian MoD of 498 IIRC after a month or so of the war. Everything else is speculation.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:37 utc | 28

Posted by: Unnamed | May 23 2022 11:26 utc | 23

Correct. Well-stated.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:39 utc | 29

Hey, b, are we gonna have a Ukraine thread today? If not, I'll post stuff here, else I'll wait for that. Anyway, going to bed now.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:40 utc | 30

“They urgently need to shut up that warmongering idiot.”

Who is They?

Hillary has been sending out the body doubles again. Can such be found for Joe?

Posted by: oldhippie | May 23 2022 11:41 utc | 31

1 USD = 58.2 RUB

https://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=USD&to=RUB

Posted by: Norwegian | May 23 2022 11:41 utc | 32

Taïwan was already Chinese when the Portugaise discovered it and called it "Formosa" (the beautiful) in the 16e century. Was taken out by Japan in 1895 to be actually relinquished in 1945 and formally in 1952, both times to Chang Kai Sheck's Kuomintang.
Only that in 1949 Mao's CCP took power in Beijing and claimed sovereignty over the island.
Taiwan is part of China as recognized by Richard Nixon.

Posted by: Greg Galloway | May 23 2022 11:51 utc | 33

Thanks for the replies, zet and Richard!

Posted by: CM of Berlin | May 23 2022 11:53 utc | 34

John Swinton, Journalist, NY Times, 1883 Speech

John Swinton New York journalist at a banquet (1880's): "What folly is this, toasting an independent press? There is no such thing, at this date of the World's history, in America, as an independent press. You know it and I know it. There is not one of you who dares to write your honest opinions, and if you did, you know beforehand that it would never appear in print. I am paid weekly for keeping my honest opinion out of the paper I am connected with. Others of you are paid similar salaries for similar things, and any of you who would be so foolish as to write honest opinions would be out on the streets looking for another job. If I allowed my honest opinions to appear in one issue of my paper, before twenty-four hours my occupation would be gone. The business of the journalists is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of Mammon, and to sell his country and his race for his daily bread. You know it and I know it, and what folly is this toasting an independent press? We are the tools and vassals of "rich men" behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:16 utc | 35

@30

Waiting for your analysis of Ritter's video :)

Posted by: Galahad78 | May 23 2022 12:22 utc | 36

I wonder if it is intended. But here again US is using a third party country as platform from which to harass and threaton its percieved enemy (threat to global dominance and economic power) - a bit Don Quixote - esque.

I suspect the owners were planning to cut the US out of the deal at some point in the future as the US could be a threat to them. But then China did not cooperate - Xi made self emperor.

Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:33 utc | 37

Really the US has become disfunctional - it is hard to understand who is making policy and what that policy is. It is nominally led by semi conscious man speaking in tongues. But it speaks with many voices. Those whom the gods would destroy...

Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:43 utc | 38

America needs to be put down like a rabid dog.

Posted by: (Z)(Z) | May 23 2022 12:48 utc | 39

Respectfully, @b--

Biden's stance is in no way a change from the stated commitment of the US, these last 60 years.

There is a change, however--and that change is in the US Dept. of State, which you and I both likely agree is not currently under the control of the US Executive branch. I suppose, in fact, that you and I (and also Karlof1, Petri Kohn, RSH, as well as a few others) likely agree that the US executive is no longer the "executive" branch of the US government.

The "executive" branch of the US government has been captured by militarists ("The Pentagon"), financiers ("The Fed"), political ponces ("Neocons", "Neo-Nazis", and "Oligarch Apologists", etc), and religious nutjobs (Evangelicals and the worst-of-the-worst of the Latin American Catholics).

This is a catastrophic conglomeration of political forces for the US.

It bodes a dire and vilely condemnable future for any memory of the USofA.

I mourn for what once was the memory of my country.

All patriots of the USofA are now liable for the destruction of half, if not all, of the planet.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 23 2022 12:58 utc | 40

Posted by: What the hack | May 23 2022 10:55 utc | 10

And the people of Crimea voted and have responded overwhelmingly to multiple western polls that they prefer mother Russia to corrupt nazi Ukraine.

Posted by: Crimea River | May 23 2022 12:59 utc | 41

Ingroup hostility and White Supremacy

The collective West can intervene in any country in the world with no consequences. No hysterical headlines accusing European and American soldiers of mass rapes. Girls don’t dip their panties in red paint and stand outside the American embassy. American and EU citizens aren’t robbed and cut off from their bank accounts.

The concept of “sovereign nations” is just idealism, and not even good idealism. Communities are defined by people, families, shared blood ties, and culture. Declaring yourself a “sovereign nation” isn’t magic fairy dust that makes it okay for you to commit genocide, and a morale shield against your neighbors who want to intervene and stop your atrocities. “Sovereignty” is bullshit, a vapid idea that Europeans selectively apply to “nations” that they want to use as strongholds to wage aggression against their enemies. No one talks about Syria’s sovereignty. Or Iraq’s sovereignty. Or Libya’s sovereignty. No, only places like Ukraine and Taiwan, fake countries that Europe uses to house weapons and threaten their enemies. It’s not even hypocrisy, it’s just blatant white supremacy.

https://readingjunkie.com/2022/05/23/ingroup-hostility-and-white-supremacy/

Posted by: Ian Kummer | May 23 2022 13:04 utc | 42

As a supplement--

The reason Biden is coming out the way he has is because the US Dept. of State apparently carte blanche issued this declaration, which is essentially a declaration of war against China:


US state department updates fact sheet on Taiwan ties

A bilateral relations fact sheet on Taiwan-US relations published on the US Department of State Web site was recently updated to remove statements saying that it acknowledged Beijing’s “one China” position, and that the US does not support Taiwanese independence.

The fact sheet is produced by the department’s Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

My guess is that this is a pre-emptive salvo issued by the John Bolton (always the dumbest) part of the Dept of State staff.

Posted by: Pacifica Advocate | May 23 2022 13:08 utc | 43

China will only act militarily against the Province of Táiwān if the government there changes the State's official name from "The Republic of China" to "The Republic of Taiwan" -- or if The US of A or Japan or anyone else actively get involved in actions or bases there.

Posted by: Tollef Ås/秋涛乐/טלפ וש | May 23 2022 9:34 utc | 2


. . . which is unlikely to happen as long as Taiwan continues to claim that it is the only legitimate government for all of China (including (Outer) Mongolia and even Tuva).

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 13:21 utc | 44

Well, technically Creepy Joe is CINC, so what he says goes as official US policy, I guess. If Jen can officially walk it back, it is nothing short of confirmation that Creepy Joe is PINO.

Posted by: Cato the Uncensored | May 23 2022 13:23 utc | 45

RK @22. Your comment that Russia is now being blamed for releasing Monkeypox is very interesting. I posted in another thread that I am 100% certain this is part of the USA Biolab/Bioweapons programme and am in no doubt it has been released by them. Early on in Covid the President of China accused the USA of releasing it. I think that's why China went straight to lockdown and isolation for a few weeks because they knew they were dealing with a bioweapon. Lockdowns are not the normal response to respiratory viruses as in Asia, due to certain weather conditions, they are not uncommon. I have read WHO about what Monkeypox actually is. It is stated as being a very rare virus only found in rurally isolated areas in Africa and is passed from animals to humans. It is a form mof smallpox. So, being a very rare virus found only in isolated African rural locations, we are now being asked to believe it has or is crossing 5 continents. If you look at some of the evidence Russia has been publishing about the biolabs one of the bioweapons being developed was a specific form of small pox. There can be no doubt the two are linked.

Posted by: Jo Dominich | May 23 2022 13:24 utc | 46

Posted by: Observer | May 23 2022 9:37 utc | 3

You mean like Hawaii seized in a USMC coup ?

Or do you mean Diego Garcia ?

Or Okinawa ?

People in Crimea voted 2014 to rejoin Russia - USA objects
1992 Ukraine abolished Crimea Constitution and prevented referendum

You can achieve anything if you want to fight for it. Let Americans and Australians die for Taiwan - no-one wanted to die for Hong Kong

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 23 2022 13:25 utc | 47

It is only a matter of time and resources until Mainland China asserts its sovereignty over Taiwan as Russia has done with Ukraine. But they will not do so unless they are well assured that they can be swift and successful.

Posted by: Noam A. Larkey | May 23 2022 13:28 utc | 48

The important thing to remember about Biden is that he has always lacked the self-discipline to engage in diplomacyspeak. To the degree that he isn't a total vegetable, what he says is what he thinks, which is highly likely to be unofficial but very real US consensus policy.

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 13:29 utc | 49

American and EU citizens aren’t robbed and cut off from their bank accounts.

You are funny !

So Canadians did not have their bank accounts frozen by Great Helmsman Trudeau ?
So GoFundMe did not steal funds for truckers ?

So people in Germany do not have bank accounts closed peremptorily ?

So Portuguese Citizen Roman Abramovitch did not have his assets seized ?

So PayPal does not seize donations ?

So Stripe does not seize donations ?

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 23 2022 13:29 utc | 50

I've said this before, I say it again:

The government in Taiwan is directly linked to the government of China prior to the Communist victory in 1949.
However, that government was significantly disfunctional to start with - but nonetheless held the "China" US Security Council seat until 1971.

The facts on the ground, however, show that the CCP is the legitimate government of China. The CCP has furthermore brought China from its "sick man of Asia" status to economic superpower status via a literally unprecedented 30+ years of growth.

China doesn't need Taiwan but the PLA would take over Taiwan in a week. I cannot underscore enough just how soft and nice Taiwanese are - which is the precise opposite of what is needed for die-hard resistance - but even die-hard resistance would not make any difference given that the entire population of Taiwan is comparable to one city in China (Shanghai has a larger population than all of Taiwan).

The Taiwan straits are 100 miles wide; Taiwan was invade-able via wooden barges in the past much less modern ships.

Posted by: c1ue | May 23 2022 13:31 utc | 51

“Sovereignty” is bullshit, a vapid idea that Europeans selectively apply to “nations”

Ian Kummer really should spent time researching Treaty of Westphalia 1648 and what had happened in the 30 Years previous to that resolution.

Maybe he could read up on Thirty Years War 1618-1648

or even The Eighty Years War 1568-1648


I say that because you may experience 80-100 Years War ahead of you........this matter in Ukraine will not end, it will transform and expand.

This is the New World Order - Permanent Warfare.

USA will need to militarise its society and restrict Consumption and Freedom to engage in Permanent War. The overturning of the Westphalian Order and reneging on every treaty and contract by USA leaves no option for nations around planet but war

Europe will be unstable and probably alienated from USA which will find itself waging war on every continent

Posted by: Paul Greenwood | May 23 2022 13:36 utc | 52

B, this is your weakest piece. The US has always pursued an ambiguous policy regarding Taiwan/China. It's more a warning of "fuck around and find out"

Posted by: ScottinDallas | May 23 2022 13:45 utc | 53


I note that the Chinese Embargo of goods bound for the West from it's container ports is well into it's 3rd month. I wonder if the trains are still making it to Germany VIA BRI? I wonder when all those giant warehouses along InterState 20 in the US are going to be empty? I wonder when the situation will be covered in the Western Press?

Posted by: SwissArmyMan | May 23 2022 13:47 utc | 54

Also, the election wasn't stolen so, many of you only show your delusion and ties to junk news. Too many of you loose your tethering to facts and reality, and drift into your own groundless fantasies.

Posted by: ScottinDallas | May 23 2022 13:48 utc | 55

See, the president decides when the country goes to war on the other side of the planet. That's just how things work in an autocracy posing as a "democracy."

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 13:48 utc | 56

. . .from BBC, Jan 14, 2020. . another "democratic" president (or so-called president)
China needs to show Taiwan respect, says president
"We don't have a need to declare ourselves an independent state," the 63-year-old president told the BBC in an exclusive interview, her first since the election. We are an independent country already and we call ourselves the Republic of China (Taiwan)." . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 13:54 utc | 57

@ 12 rk

It ain’t weed’s fault that people are illogical. Weed is just fine.

Posted by: Caveman | May 23 2022 13:55 utc | 58

IMHO it is all part of the plan to stoke uncertainty and chaos in the global environment.

The US uses proxies for just about everything and a seemingly (actually) demented POTUS is "plausible deniability" on the public stage.

Does anyone know who is really in charge?
Does anyone know what the real strategy is?

NO! Chaos as a strategy is in use! It keeps everyone guessing and unsure about what to do (except Mr. Putin).

Posted by: James Cook | May 23 2022 13:58 utc | 59

@ Paul Greenwood | May 23 2022 13:29 utc | 50

Don't forget the fine old American tradition of "civil asset forfeiture!"

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 14:02 utc | 60

It's a War Economy stupid. Saber rattling is fundraising. Without constant threats, lumbering crises, and fear-porn, the USA is nothing more than Popeye's Wimpy begging to pay Tuesday for a hamburger today.

Posted by: gottlieb | May 23 2022 14:06 utc | 61

@ 59
Yes, the basic US strategy is always instability; it pays the bills. Whether it's the Middle East, or Africa, or Latin America or now Europe and Asia -- keep the pot boiling and get people's minds off of the real issues in life like health, education, crime and employment.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 14:10 utc | 62

ScottinDallas@55
The election that was openly stolen was the Democratic Primary. One after another the State primaries and caucuses were openly corrupted in various ways to ensure the nomination of Biden. The same thing had happened in the 2016 Primaries after which a court decided that the matter was internal to the Democratic party and therefore outside of their jurisdiction.
Almost all elections in the USA are, in one way or another stolen, unless of course they don't have to be.

Posted by: bevin | May 23 2022 14:11 utc | 63

An argument I have not seen come by is that Taiwan is the major chips-production centre in the world.
After an invasion by China most of it will be probably destroyed. The rest will be owned by China. Leaving the rest of the world for a while in a post-chip icetime. The west going back to the old Chinese Abacus.
Who would most benefit of this situation?

Posted by: DutchZ | May 23 2022 14:11 utc | 64

Biden isn’t a puppet. He’s always been a brutal imperialist. He’s also never been smart and so known to say the quiet part out loud, that has gotten much worse as POTUS because he’s only semi-coherent. Don’t forget that Ukraine was his pet project during the Obama admin. As POTUS he made sure the people he worked with on Ukraine during the Obama years got even more powerful positions.

He’s also completely divorced from reality. He campaigned on how as a long time senator he could make bipartisanship work in the senate. He believes the US senate is the greatest deliberative body in history. He believes that the US military can kick any country’s ass without breaking a sweat. And now he’s a mean old man, which amounts to nobody being able to convince him that his fantasies are just that.

Posted by: Lex | May 23 2022 14:13 utc | 65

If China takes over Taiwan it is at best a "police action". Unfortunately most countries in the world do not recognize Taiwan's independence. The US has no right to intervene in Chinas domestic affairs.
https://worldpopulationreview.com/country-rankings/countries-that-recognize-taiwan alf

Posted by: Alfred Giesbrecht | May 23 2022 14:22 utc | 66

Biden (as with others) is a 'westerner' with their let's get 'er done philosophy of action -- China will go full-out just as we would with a major explosive invasion. . .But that's not necessarily what Taoists would do. Chinese are more thought-oriented than going all-out with actions. How about a full-on EW assault, for example?. . .Five thousand years of history does have an influence.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 14:23 utc | 67

Observer.
Taiwan is so much a part of China your comment is ignorant. The Taiwanese who the Island actually belongs to might prefer the Chinese go back to China. All China really needs to do to end the career of another cia installed leader is to cut off Taiwan for a week. 70% of their trade gone. All the families unable to fly to China to see their families Highest # of flights in Taiwan go to China mainland. The US want one thing from Taiwan bases just like Japan. The US could give a crap about Taiwan.
Do not pretend to speak for the Taiwanese people who’s life blood now comes from China. When I lived there China depended on Taiwan it has now reversed in a big way.

Posted by: Susan | May 23 2022 14:24 utc | 68

@DutchZ #64
Yes! That's why US has build a few factories inside US to cover low nanometer production. For other dimensions there are enough factories everywhere, including China.
In China Huawei is building a low nanometer factory, should be done this year or the next.
Anyway, having Taiwan in a war won't benefit anyone except US MIC and crazy people. So if you need to buy a new computer or upgrade something, better do it fast, the chip shortage from covid time will seem like fun days. Nvidia and other major manufacturers use Taiwan's factories. China is under US sanctions, can't use low nanometer from Taiwan, so they don't care anyway

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 14:25 utc | 69

as others have asked, who is they? who's in actual control? where does the buck stop? we know it's not biden. is it a little cabal of sullivan, nuland, blinken, yellen, clinton and the mics? who's the main mover(s)?

Posted by: annie | May 23 2022 14:45 utc | 70

I'm amazed Biden's so keen on careening into war over the most valuable pieces of fixed capital investment in history, around which the entire global economy turns. It's nonsense that an arrangement couldn't be achieved by which the US acts as a guarantor or offers co-citizenship over Taiwan. At this point it's too economically valuable for the CPC to risk a war over until it has its own domestic chip industry.

Which is a, what, 10, 20 year horizon? Sooner if the CPC actually loots the IP of every company it can in preparation for a hard break?

This shit worries me, that there's never a question to the extremely shallow and pointless consensus that non-cooperation is viable for longer than another decade at best.

Posted by: Deep Socks | May 23 2022 14:52 utc | 71

Biden Says U.S. Military Would Defend Taiwan if China Invaded

The White House quickly tried to deny that the president meant what he seemed to be saying. “As the president said, our policy has not changed,” the White House said in a statement hurriedly sent to reporters. “He reiterated our One China Policy and our commitment to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait. He also reiterated our commitment under the Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military means to defend itself.”


But Mr. Biden’s comments went beyond simply reiterating that the United States would provide Taiwan with arms, because the question was posed as a contrast to what he had done with Ukraine. The president made no effort to qualify what he intended when he agreed that he would “get involved militarily.”

Posted by: b | May 23 2022 14:53 utc | 72

@ #70
Clearly MIC is part of it. viki uland has/had major role in Ukr. Clintons surely are in. Bidens made tons of money in Ukr.

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 14:57 utc | 73

The more things change, the more they remain the same. Biden got nothing from his ASEAN Summit, and he's getting nothing with his Asian trip. The two new leaders in South Korea and Australia will be polite, but the importance of their Geoeconomic relationship with China and the region as a whole is just too important. Plus, they're witnessing the EU's collective economic suicide at the behest of Biden, so I'd say they're wary at the very least. Further, without India, the Quad is dead; and it's recently become clear some internal Indian force is twisting Modi's arm and pulling him away from the Outlaw US Empire's orbit.

In other words, the Outlaw US Empire has nothing positive to offer Asia, just as it has nothing positive to offer Europe, Africa, or Latin America.

Posted by: karlof1 | May 23 2022 15:04 utc | 74

Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:35 utc | 27

> Arguably the only people with a "legitimate" claim to Taiwan are the original settlers

No need to continue. Next thing Richard Steven Hack will say is that he supports Zionism.

Posted by: what the hack | May 23 2022 15:08 utc | 75

It's almost June, already. Will Senile Sniffer Joe be allowed to Campaign during Mid-Terms? At this rate, he will be "hidden" during his 2024 Campaign with Biden's 2024 VEEP Partner DEFINITELY Taking Over - Allowing the DNC (if they win) to insert an PUBLICLY UNELECTED Muppet into the Future VEEP Vacancy.

Murica are in this Situation now; but POTUS-Harris+New-VEEP can be contained/impeached/prevented if Demographics of Congress+Senate shift away from the DNC after the 2022 Mid-Terms.
*****

As for TWN - review your History. This is a Civil War where the US Navy Intervened in the Strait (My Late Father was in the Fleet Campaign that did so) to allow CKS/KMT to Flee and Take Over Formosa; and BOTH Beijing and Taipei laid claim as the Official Govt over the Whole of China for Decades.

Just because a new Generation of KMT Offshoots are claiming to assert an Independent Democracy - the Civil War is Still On; and the "Free Democracy" is actually an Oligarchy.

Only a Peaceful Capitulation by Taipei will bring about the Minimal Number of Casualties for Beijing's Eventual TakeOver of TWN. So Sad, Too Bad. AUKUS WILL Lose over TWN. Those who don't want to stay in TWN should Emigrate to somewhere safer from the possibilities of Military Confrontations with Beijing - like Canada.

Posted by: IronForge | May 23 2022 15:08 utc | 76

The Quad -- US, Japan, Australia and India -- is merely a "dialogue" that has periodic live and virtual meetings to discuss vaccines etc. China is never mentioned in any of their reports of meetings, probably due to India which has an aversion to alliances.

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 15:14 utc | 77

Posted by: c1ue | May 23 2022 13:31 utc | 51

Invade? China doesn't even need to do that. Just launch some hypersonic missiles and destroy all the military infrastructure. All this invasion nonsense is beyond ridiculous.

Posted by: One Too Many | May 23 2022 15:16 utc | 78

rk, thanks. i'm just wondering, you get 6 or 7 people in a room there's generally one who's the most dominant. even if they all basically agree with each other. and this latest gambit with US demanding a cap on russian oil prices or else! germany is not going along with it so is it primarily a statement to pressure germany?

"We’re not trying to tell them what’s in their best interest, but [ . . . ]"
(yes, we're threatening you Germany).

Janet Yellen targets Russian oil in EU talks with price cap and tariff proposals

Posted by: annie | May 23 2022 15:17 utc | 79

newsweek
China Tells Joe Biden 'No Room for Compromise' on Taiwan
China has said it will not compromise on defending its national interests over Taiwan, in a rebuke to U.S. President Joe Biden's vow to protect the island from any invasion by its neighbor.
China has repeatedly said Taiwan is part of its territory despite the two being governed separately since 1949. . .here

Posted by: Don Bacon | May 23 2022 15:20 utc | 80

The current Taiwan is an amerikkkan lapdog that has to bring its own doggie food. Its master does not even bother to feed it but drain $$$ out of it as much as possible through (junky) arm sales.

China will reunite Taiwan on her own schedule/need. It is very likely to occur in next 5-10 years from now.

Taiwan has no say on its own fate. It's up to China and amerikkkans. The best scenario is amerikkkan "sells" Taiwan to China at a price that amerikkkans asks for (though not sure if amerikkkans can get that). However, a peaceful outcome looks unlikely now. Amerikkkans will stir as much trouble as possible in the process of reunification. One anecdote is that the amerikkkan embassy in Taiwan is one of the largest in the world. Taiwan is not that big, why needs such a huge complex other than special purposes?!

Amerikkka never defends the interest of anyone else other its own. To be more specific, amerikkka only defends the interest of its masters, not even its people.

Posted by: LuRenJia | May 23 2022 15:26 utc | 81

The mistake that Western (aka whitey) media keeps making is that Taiwanese are completely uniform with regards to hating China. The truth is much more nuanced. I feel that most Taiwanese are opposed to anything that changes their lives, but are actually "meh" about actually fighting for it. Mandatory military service is a complete f'ing joke and frowned upon.

Also noticed media completely ignores the Taiwanese who are pro-unification, which I think is actually bigger than most ppl think. Take me - I used to be pro-DPP and pro-independence, but have gone 180 and support unification because the US has proven itself to be a hypocritical rapacious fatberg that doesn't give a rat's ass about democracy or freedom and obviously treats Asians as subhumans.

And guess what - China ain't as far behind in semiconductors as you all think. Know folks at all levels of Taiwan's semi ecosystem, and let's say there are many, many folks who are happy to help the motherland.

Posted by: Marcus Hsu | May 23 2022 15:27 utc | 82

@One Too Many #78
Destroying Taiwan infrastructure doesn't prevent the subsequent installation of a US base. Only boots on the ground does that.

Posted by: c1ue | May 23 2022 15:29 utc | 83

karlof1 74.
What is becoming more and more clear that the US/UK/EU are getting a cold shoulder from their former colonies in SE Asia; Middle East; Africa and South America when they ask for help.
Those countries are becoming to see the light of an other worldorder supported by mighty , economical/militairely powers. Giving them the possibilty of choice. Cooperation without moral conditions or submit to the Western customs/values in order to be able to improve the living standards of their people.
It must be quite an awakening for the Western ruling elites to the realities of todays world.
I see with delight this happening in EU, because the ruling bureaucrats in Brussels are toning down
their rethoric as is the case with MSM.

Posted by: DutchZ | May 23 2022 15:33 utc | 84

One anecdote is that the amerikkkan embassy in Taiwan is one of the largest in the world. Taiwan is not that big, why needs such a huge complex other than special purposes?!

Posted by: LuRenJia | May 23 2022 15:26 utc | 81


(1) I suppose the PRC could always bomb the US de facto embassy in Taiwan "by mistake." Payback is a bitch, you know.
(2) As for the size of that de facto embassy, recall that the US embassy in Iraq is one of the largest facilities of its type on the planet -- and we all know why.

Posted by: malenkov | May 23 2022 15:35 utc | 85

Biden's brain is in pre-dementia stage. What he says should not be considered when one tries to understand the internal disagreement of the US imperial machine

Posted by: Parisian Guy | May 23 2022 15:36 utc | 86

@Marcus Hsu | May 23 2022 15:27 utc | 82

Take me - I used to be pro-DPP and pro-independence, but have gone 180 and support unification because the US has proven itself to be a hypocritical rapacious fatberg that doesn't give a rat's ass about democracy or freedom and obviously treats Asians as subhumans.

I am afraid you are one of the FEW. It seems to me most people in Taiwan has no capability to think logically in political affairs, especially among China, amerikkka, and Taiwan itself for some time already. If I am not mistaken, most people view amerikkka really as "advertised" (or "propagandized"?) by amerikkka media and entertainment complex. On the other hand, after decades of brainwash and removal of Chinese things from grade education by Lee/Chen/Tsai regimes, most people in Taiwan view China very unfavorably. It is a task to revert that. Most of the current generations in ages 10-45 are basically wasted (politically), in my opinion.

Posted by: LuRenJia | May 23 2022 15:39 utc | 87

Posted by: rk | May 23 2022 11:24 utc | 22

Funny, because it is true UKHSA triple-vax herd immunity mortality rate!
Suspected Monkeypox Case in Greece Turns Out to Be Chickenpox - EODY

"In a laboratory examination of a sample from the suspicious case of the man who is being treated at Attikon Hospital, no monkeypox virus was detected, while the sample was positive in two repeated tests for the chickenpox virus (varicella - chickenpox)," EODY said on Sunday.
On Saturday, EODY said that an English tourist, possibly infected with monkeypox, was being treated at Attica hospital, which was awaiting lab test results.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 15:41 utc | 88

From Jim Thomas (15):
"Is there any instance where such intervention has produced a good result for the people of the "helped" country? None that I have noticed."

Yes, precisely. If Taiwan makes a defense pact with the US empire, the result will be devastating for Taiwan. The empirical evidence from dozens of US interventions, and far more 'helpful' regime change attempts, sits on a cultural history of endless war from its origins as a nation. Even its allies abandon their own best interests for protection, like ramora around a shark.

About NAFTA, for example, most Canadians do not believe the new deal is good for the Canadian economy, regardless of incessant hype from bankers and government: https://angusreid.org/three-amigos-usmca-nafta/ Other critical analyses note that Canada has become more heavily dependent on low tech resource exporting at the expense of high tech and skilled industries - a classic colonial deindustrialisation effect: https://www.e-ir.info/2020/08/10/trade-industrialisation-and-british-colonial-rule-in-india/

Just something to consider.

Posted by: T Paine | May 23 2022 15:44 utc | 89

Posted by: [some] hack | May 23 2022 15:08 utc | 75

The original inhabitants were the Canaanites.

Posted by: Figleaf23 | May 23 2022 16:08 utc | 90

@63- correct. Receipts for 2016 rigging here- http://www.electoralsystemincrisis.org/

Posted by: muttman | May 23 2022 16:20 utc | 91

On US elections: people think they have done their civic duty to come out and vote once every four years.
When highest authority in the land — the POTUS — yeah that weasel lier orange man, tells you the vote was stolen. It was.
Now, go back home and shut up for another four years.

Posted by: Sakineh Bagoom | May 23 2022 16:20 utc | 92

ahahahaha

IMF Raises Yuan’s Weighting in SDR Basket Amid [JPY, EUR, GBP] Weakness

The PBOC and other regulators “will continue to resolutely push for the opening up of China’s financial markets and further simplify the process of overseas investors coming into the Chinese market,” it said in the statement. SDRs are an international reserve asset that can be converted into five currencies. The yuan’s entry into the SDR signaled it became one of the five global reserve currencies in 2016, after years of effort by Chinese authorities to promote its global use.
China goes on the offensive in US' back yard, calls Latin American countries for global security! (video)

CRS update 4 May 2022, "China’s Engagement with Latin America and the Caribbean [LAC]"

CELAC Forum, 6 May 2022 update: Wang Yi Puts Forward Four Suggestions on Developing China-Caribbean Countries Relations

Washington loosens its sanctions on Cuba and Venezuela ahead of a critical summit, 20 May 2022; WaPoo (17 May)

The Treasury Department on Tuesday issued a “narrow” license to Chevron that will allow the company to begin previously prohibited talks with Venezuela’s socialist government over a possible restart of production that had ceased under U.S. sanctions, according to officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity under rules imposed by the White House. ... If the government returns to negotiations with the opposition, aimed at guaranteeing free and fair elections in 2024, the United States could permit Chevron to begin shipping equipment to Venezuela. If the talks are successful, Chevron could be allowed to extract and sell Venezuelan oil.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 16:22 utc | 93

The main point remains that the US is involving itself with Taiwan - and always has - solely to "contain" China, thus interfering in the internal affairs of China for the US' own geopolitical goals. It is now encouraging Taiwan to provoke China into military action so the US can justify its own military action against China.

Posted by: Richard Steven Hack | May 23 2022 11:35 utc | 27

This is above my pay grade but my impression is that it is not so much 'America' VS 'China' as the Western Banking Regime (BIS etc) VS China's financial system which used to be in the fold but has been steadily detaching.

If US backs Taiwan in a local kinetic SMO as in Ukraine (aka military conflict without state of War between two nations) then the Eurasian curtain will fall and the Western nations will keep their own financial system to themselves. Trade between the two blocs will be black market only ie oligarch to oligarch.

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 16:25 utc | 94

@anne brit "It seem the whole leadership of the west suffer under some kind of dementia. Biden is just the most obvious example."

I'm not so sure about the dementia. Biden has always been a deeply stupid man.

Posted by: ian | May 23 2022 16:30 utc | 95

@CM of Berlin (16) How is it possible for British intelligence to know Russia’s casualties? The answer is that it isn’t, and they are just making it up. Sort of like everything else that we hear from the incompetent ruling elite of that no longer great and not even mediocre power.

Posted by: Rob | May 23 2022 16:33 utc | 96

Offhand I'm not familiar with how much of a claim China has on Taiwan.
Posted by: whomever

Who lost the civil war in China, 1949? That is not a rhetorical question. Y'all know the answer. So get a grip. The UAF-SMO civil war is irrelevant to China's claim.

Posted by: sln2002 | May 23 2022 16:35 utc | 97

Brain dead Joe Biden U.S. will support Japan as permanent member of UN Security Council Which mean more..... Japanese atrocities......

In late 1937, over a period of six weeks, Imperial Japanese Army forces brutally murdered hundreds of thousands of people–including both soldiers and civilians–in the Chinese city Nanjing..

In 1942, a group of Australian nurses were murdered by Japanese soldiers in what came to be known as the Bangka Island massacre. Now, a historian has collated evidence indicating they were sexually......

After the April 9, 1942 U.S. surrender of the Bataan Peninsula (forced march) on the main Philippine island of Luzon to the Japanese during World War II (1939-45), the approximately 75,000 Filipino and American troops on Bataan were forced to make an arduous 65-mile march to prison camps (Death march)

The Japanese discovered abandoned British plans from the 1880s that estimated the Burma-Thailand railroad could be built in five years and, because of pressures to finish the bridge and the loss of momentum during World War ..... The Bridge on the River Kwai

Japanese officially conquered Singapore, the Imperial Japanese Army with the help of the Kempeitai, began a genocide of the Chinese people there. The atrocities committed came to be known as the Sook Ching Massacre

Unit 731 didn't prevent epidemics­it spread them...... Japan has gone down in popular memory as the original victim of weapons of mass destruction .....

Posted by: JC | May 23 2022 16:38 utc | 98

We are the tools and vassals of "rich men" behind the scenes. We are the jumping jacks, they pull the strings and we dance. Our talents, our possibilities and our lives are all the property of other men. We are intellectual prostitutes."

Posted by: jared | May 23 2022 12:16 utc | 35

Wow!

As the Buddha might rightly have said, samsara is without beginning or end with infinite interdependent causes and conditions."

Aka: "it's hopeless, Mabel, hopeless!"

Posted by: Scorpion | May 23 2022 16:39 utc | 99

Posted by: c1ue | May 23 2022 15:29 utc | 83

Capitulation in the face of overwhelming firepower. Taiwan wouldn't wait for the invasion to surrender plus the US wouldn't place a base on the island and risk direct confrontation with a nuclear armed power. US only attacks nations that can't fight back.

Posted by: One Too Many | May 23 2022 16:41 utc | 100

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