Former national security adviser John Bolton on Thursday tore into China’s “atrocious” handling of the coronavirus crisis and called for a “black book” similar to “The Black Book of Communism,” which tracks the deaths caused by communism. “China’s falsehoods and concealment of data about coronavirus are dangerous to America and the whole world. We need the equivalent of ‘The Black Book of Communism’ to document for history the almost-incalculable human cost China’s atrocious behavior on coronavirus,” he said in a series of tweets. Bolton, who left the Trump administration last year, zeroed in on what the Trump administration has described as a secretive approach by Beijing that left the world blindsided by the virus and unable to stop it from turning into a global pandemic at the beginning of the year. “Untold numbers of people have died needlessly because of the authoritarian Beijing regime’s conduct,” Bolton said. “The global economy has suffered a catastrophic setback that might have been substantially mitigated had China just been honest.” The administration has been pushing for the United Nations and G-7 leaders to state specifically that the virus originated in China. President Trump has repeatedly called it the “Chinese virus” while others, such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have called it the “Wuhan virus.” Trump has played up his relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping while also pointing the finger at China for not giving the world enough warning or information about the virus. “China was very secretive. OK, very, very secretive. And that’s unfortunate with that. I have great respect for that country. I have great respect for the leader of that country,” he said at a press briefing last month. “He’s a friend of mine. But I wish they were able to. I wish they would have told us earlier. On Wednesday, three U.S. intelligence officials accused China of underreporting the number of patients and deaths and said in a report sent to the White House that China’s public record of COVID-19 infections was deliberately deceptive and incomplete. Bolton on Thursday said that the U.S. must gather the facts about the outbreak “before China’s government erases them, not to mention the doctors, officials and average Chinese citizens who know the truth.” He also called for the U.S. to adopt new policies to stop “over-reliance” on China in the supply chain “especially for key items like vaccines and any products from which China steals our intellectual property. ” “’The Black Book of China and the Coronavirus’; we need to start the project now. Who will fund it? Who will write it? Self-starters welcome,” he said.
Unfortunately, we don’t see this idea, as good as it is, going very far. Former National Security Adviser and Ambassador John Bolton is exactly right, though. What China did needs to be investigated and thoroughly documented. It was nothing short of a crime against humanity. And our government needs to press the UN to FINALLY, PUBLICLY say that this pandemic originated in Wuhan, China, and that the Chinese communist regime covered it up for months. That needs to happen. We shouldn’t settle for anything less. Thanks to John for saying what needs to be said, and pushing this issue.
On this weekend’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” former U.N. ambassador John Bolton argued the only remaining diplomatic solution to the nuclear threat from North Korea was through the unification of the Korean peninsula, which he argued means letting South Korea take over North Korea. “The only diplomatic option left is to end the North Korean regime by effectively having the South take it over,” Bolton said. “Sunday Morning Futures” fill-in host Trish Regan protested and said it wasn’t “really diplomatic.” “Well, that is their problem, not ours,” Bolton replied. “Because anybody who thinks more diplomacy with North Korea, more sanctions, whether against North Korea, or an effort to apply sanctions against China, is just giving North Korea more time to increase its nuclear arsenal, increase its ballistic missile capability, increase the accuracy of its guidance systems and put us, South Korea, and Japan in more jeopardy.” “We have fooled around with North Korea for 25 years, and fooling around some more is just going to make matters worse,” he added.
Agreed!! Putting off dealing with N. Korea, which is all we’ve done for over a quarter century, will only make it worse. It’s like putting off getting those impacted wisdom teeth pulled. At some point we’ll have to end this nonsense with N. Korea. And, it’d be better to have someone like Trump at the helm, who has actual executive experience and a first rate team of advisors and generals on his team, then some limp-wristed, metro-sexual, “community organizer” like Obama. A confrontation with the DPRK is inevitable. It’s not a matter of if. It’s a matter of when.
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton — you know, the guy leftists hated because he dared to stand strong in the face of Israel-hating globalists and anti-America elitists — offered up a pretty blunt assessment of the North Korea thang that went like this: Want to get rid of the nuke threat from the regime? Then take out the regime. Force a reunification with the South. Bleak — but true. Right? Seriously, there are some foreign leaders who just embrace their dictatorial powers to such extent that no amount of talking, no amount of diplomacy, is going to move them. And here’s a bit of a clue for the wimpy intellectuals of the world who spend so much time trying to see all sides of an issue that common sense goes out the window, truth fogs and moral equivalencies are drawn where they have no business being drawn: There is actual evil in this world — gasp. Yes, there is. And generally, evil doesn’t respond to a good talking to. That two-minute time-out? Ain’t gonna work here. Bolton gets that. Obama, as we all know, didn’t. “Because of eight years of the Obama administration doing nothing [in North Korea], under the guise of a policy they called ‘strategic patience,’ which was really a synonym for doing nothing, North Korea is perilously close to having the capability to put a nuclear device under the nose cone of an ICBM and land it on the United States,” he said in an interview with Breitbart. Thanks, Obama. No doubt, next up, Iran, the country that most benefited from the flawed, very flawed, nuclear treaty forged by Obama, over the loud opposition of Israel, Republicans and — well, the sane. But back to Bolton, on North Korea: “You ask what the long-term solution is. I believe this: North Korea will never be talked out of its nuclear weapons — not by diplomacy, not by economic pressure. People in North Korea live in a prison camp now. The regime doesn’t care about their economic well-being. They care about staying in power. A nuclear weapon is the regime’s ace in the hole to stay in power.” So the only way to deal? “I think the only long-term way to deal with the North Korean nuclear weapons program is to end the regime in North Korea,” Bolton said. “Reunite the Korean peninsula. … We need to bring them to the realization that reunification is going to happen one way or the other.” That’s a realization that is going to require a strong stomach from America. Why? Because it’s not going happen peaceably. “We can either do it the sensible way,” Bolton said, “or it will happen in a much more threatening way. I don’t pretend that’s easy, but that’s the real solution.” Agreed. It’s a rock and hard place foreign policy face-off that comes down to this, for America: Ignore the regime and pretend they’re not a threat — a la Obama. Or recognize the regime as a nuclear threat and prepare for a long haul, dig-in military operation that’s not going to end until the dictatorship is crumbled.
Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton is exactly right, as usual. And, thanks to Cheryl K. Chumley for that analysis…although not sure there would necessarily be a “long haul” if we got into a military engagement with the DPRK. Reunification between the Koreas at some point is inevitable. HOW that happens is the real question. And, it would be best if it happened in a way favorable to our national security interests. The President has said, “the era of strategic patience is over.” Let’s hope so. It’s time to put an end to the brutal, and evil Kim dynasty.
An American president’s highest moral, constitutional and political duty is protecting his fellow citizens from foreign threats. Presidents should adhere to our values and the Constitution, and not treat America’s enemies as morally equivalent to us. If they do, they need not apologize to anyone. The White House says that President Obama won’t apologize as he visits Hiroshima Friday. But who believes his press flacks? His penchant for apologizing is central to his legacy. He may not often say “I apologize” explicitly, but his meaning is always clear, especially since he often bends his knee overseas, where he knows the foreign audiences will get his meaning. It is, in fact, Obama’s subtlety that makes his effort to reduce America’s influence in the world so dangerous. He started in Cairo in 2009, referring to the “fear and anger” that the 9/11 attacks provoked in Americans, saying that, “in some cases, it led us to act contrary to our traditions and our ideals.” He later said, “Unfortunately, faced with an uncertain threat, our government made a series of hasty decisions . . . based on fear rather than foresight” — a characterization Americans overwhelmingly reject. In Europe, saved three times by America in the last century, Obama apologized because “there have been times where America has shown arrogance and been dismissive, even derisive.” And in this hemisphere, Obama said, “We have at times been disengaged, and at times we sought to dictate our terms,” culminating in his recent fawning visits with the Castros in Cuba. The list goes on and on. Then there’s his penchant for bowing to foreign leaders. He has bowed to the king of Saudi Arabia. He bowed to the emperor of Japan on a previous visit. He has bowed to China’s leader, Xi Jinping. And these are not casual nods of the head, but unmistakable gestures of obeisance. For those who may wonder, the diplomatic protocol on bowing is clear: Heads of state don’t bow to other heads of state, monarchs or otherwise. Period. And Americans don’t bow to anyone. We fought a revolution to establish that point. Obama’s apologies and gestures prove yet again, in his words, that he isn’t like those other presidents on our currency. And Friday, in Hiroshima, Obama may prove conclusively that, on national security, he’s no Franklin Roosevelt or Harry Truman. Obama’s narcissism, his zeal for photo opportunities with him at the center, whether in Havana or Hiroshima, too often overcomes lesser concerns — like the best interests of the country. He puts his vanity before our nation’s pride. Even without an express apology, there will likely be moral equivalence like: Japan bombed Pearl Harbor and we bombed Hiroshima. We’re all guilty, but let’s put it behind us. Undeniably, World War II is history, and further strengthening the US-Japan alliance profoundly important. But there is no moral equivalence here. Pearl Harbor was “a date which will live in infamy,” in Roosevelt’s words. Hiroshima (and Nagasaki) came after four years of brutal war and a desperate race against Nazi and Japanese efforts to develop atomic weapons. We won the race, and Truman acted decisively and properly to end the war. Truman understood that not using the atom bombs would have condemned millions of service members to death or debilitating injury. Japanese resistance grew significantly as US forces neared Japan, and, expecting fanatical Japanese resistance, American military planners repeatedly increased projected US casualties. The calculus could not have been clearer. Retrospectively, critics argue that Japan was incapable of winning the Pacific war, thereby invalidating any arguments favoring dropping the bomb. But being unable to win is not equivalent to surrendering in defeat. Truman pursued Roosevelt’s goal of “unconditional surrender” because recreating the prewar status quo, with a belligerent Japanese military again threatening international peace, was simply unacceptable. Truman wanted to end World War II and save American lives, and also lay the basis for sustained international peace. Before Obama casually trashes Truman’s courageous decision, he should reflect on what the alternative would have been.
Former U.S. Ambassador John Bolton, the author of the outstanding op/ed, gives Obama far too much credit. That said, Ambassador is spot on here.. An American President should never EVER bow before ANY head of state.. And, what Obama has done in that regard, and continues to do because he hates the country he is the President of, is embarrassing and shameful. Please consider this your “read of the day.” If you read anything today here at The Daily Buzz, then READ THIS!! Then, pass it along to your friends and family members. 🙂
Thursday at the the annual Conservative Political Action Conference hosted by the American Conservative Union in National Harbor, MD, former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations under President George W. Bush John Bolton attacked Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, calling her “a threat to national security.” Bolton said, “Hillary Clinton is a threat to national security roughly equivalent to Barack Obama. And the greatest proof of that threat is her utter, total disdain for the protection of classified information l entrusted to her as secretary of state. If she doesn’t have the wit to protect her own emails, how can we expect she is going to protect us? Now we have just had in the past twenty four hours a dramatic development in the ongoing criminal investigation in the email problem, the granting of immunity to a low ranking State Department person who set up the email server. This demonstrates that the Clinton campaign reaction to this thing has been a lie from the beginning. They have lied about the nature of the investigation. It was never a security investigation. They knew all along that the FBI and the Justice Department are not think tanks they don’t do security reviews, they investigate and prosecute violations of the criminal law, which is exactly what we have here.”
Exactly!! Couldn’t have said it any better, myself. If only we could have someone like former Ambassador John Bolton as a Secretary of State, instead of the last two bozos we’ve had (i.e. John Kerry and Hillary)… We’ve been saying all along here at The Daily Buzz that Obama is far and away our nation’s #1 national security threat. It would appear that Hillary may be #2. Outstanding!! 🙂