So much is happening, my commentary will cover several widely different subjects. Hopefully, I can give a different slant from what you’re hearing.
Ukraine is on the verge of being another disaster overseen by the Biden regime. The media is already setting out a covering narrative to protect the administration. Wednesday’s (1/26) New York times “The Morning” was mainly devoted to this theme. Other media followed. It’s Trump’s fault. Who would’ve guessed?
The case against Trump is straightforward. Everyone knows of his affection for Putin and Russia. He attacked our NATO allies. Chancellor Merkel of Germany was his particular target driving a wedge between our countries. No wonder the Germans are showing reluctance to help. This discord has prevented a united front.
Even a cursory look at the facts reveals a narrative riddled with holes. You can’t revive the thoroughly debunked Russian collusion story. In any case, Trump’s actions hardly show warmth toward the Russians. Unlike President Obama, he sent Ukraine lethal weapons, resulting in dead Russians. The front stabilized. More Russians died when they got too aggressive in Syria. Contrasting Trump’s Russian actions against Obama leaves no illusions about who was more formidable.
When Trump took office, he found Chancellor Angela Merkel already allowed one million Muslim immigrants. Germany was closing its nuclear plants. It also signed on to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline to replace the lost energy, making Germany heavily dependent on Russia. Though Germany as a NATO member pledged to spend two percent of GDP on its military, it was closer to one percent. These are strange actions for ta NATO lynchpin.
Looking at 35,000+ US military in Europe to protect against aggressors, mainly Russia, Trump rightly questioned Merkel about what Germany was doing. The result was friction between the two, but Germany’s actions or lack caused the strain. Rick Grennell Trumps, ambassador to Germany, continued to press that nation on where it stood. Merkel let her dislike of Grennell be well known. Not surprisingly, our media supported Merkel.
Because Nord Stream 2 would harm Eastern NATO members and make Europe heavily dependent on Russia, Trump sanctioned it to stop completion. While Germany increased its military spending, it came only to 1 1/2 % of GDP. Given our European allies’ wealth and population, Trump felt they should be at the forefront of their defense. Europeans should take care of European problems. That’s where things stood when Biden took office.
We’ve traveled from a stalemate in Ukraine to facing a massive invasion. Rather than blaming Trump, maybe this turnaround occurred because Biden placated Germany and Russia by removing the Trump sanctions on the pipeline with nothing in return. He slowed armament shipments to Ukraine. All the world saw US incompetence in our Afghan withdrawal.
While some of our NATO allies have sent lethal weapons to Ukraine, Germany sent helmets. Unfortunately, Trump sized up Germany correctly. No matter what the media purveys, we all know who to blame, and it isn’t Trump.
The argument we must have diversity on the court to reflect the nation’s makeup will bring about a compelling circumstance. President Biden will keep his campaign promise to fill Justice Breyer’s seat with a Black Women before the next Supreme Court session. The constitution bans religious tests. I find a gender or race test for a government office just as evil. The fact Biden made this promise for political gain makes it even worse.
The High Court will hear oral arguments on the Anti-Asian discrimination case against Harvard & UNC in the fall. Asian-Americans will find three of the nine judges deciding the fate of Asian scholars have family members directly benefiting from their decision. Two black justices will join a Hispanic in the decision. Those of Asian ancestry will undoubtedly have concern for the future of their progeny. It is no secret a favorable decision for the Universities will result in admitting more Blacks and Hispanics at the expense of Asians.
Those who say the court should have people “like me” to give a sense of fairness have to note the absence of anyone representing the nation’s fastest-growing group. We’ve had women, Blacks, and a Hispanic justice but not one Asian, while we overweight Blacks by close to 100%. If your test for judges is the visual makeup of the court, this isn’t America. If you desire to continue into the diversity cul-de-sac, the next Justice must be an Asian. Anything else by this standard would be unjust.
New York policeman Jason Rivera’s heartbreaking funeral made me think about our values. The past year saw Newark, New Jersey unveil a statue of drug-addicted petty criminal George Floyd. Recently New York City removed the statue of former NYC police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt. A society ultimately gets what it esteems. Floyd’s death was wrong, but his life was nothing to honor or emulate. How soon before we forget Rivera and his partner Wilbert Mora?
Did you get Deja Vu watching Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley, and Defense Dept. spokesman John Kirby inform us about Ukraine. These are the same ones misleading us on the Afghanistan debacle. Likely the same people will give us a similar result. Why should anyone have any faith in them or for the man continuing to employ them?
While on the subject of Biden administration out-front leaders, the compromised Anthony Fauci still is the face of its Covid efforts. This country has capable people. Can’t Biden find some to restore national confidence? Every losing team knows it can’t keep failed General Managers and coaches and expect to maintain fan loyalty.
.I predicted the latest Covid wave would peak in January. It did:
Unfortunately, we still have too many unnecessary deaths. As I’ve pointed out, we have therapeutics to prevent hospitalization and death, but unlike Operation Warp Speed, the administration didn’t provide their rapid introduction. They’re hard to find if available at all. On so many fronts, we see incompetence kills.