The China Cartel

Carfentanil is a synthetic opiod that is 10,000 times more powerful than heroin.  It has no legal medical use for humans.  It’s so deadly that a lethal dose can be absorbed through the skin.  It’s so deadly that the government considers it a potential WMD with lethal effects comparable to nerve gas!

Who sells this poison?  China, that’s who.  At this time China hasn’t even made it illegal, and claims that enforcement would be difficult with over 100,000 labs, many of which are illegal.

Who buys this poison?  Drug cartels buy it to mix with heroin to create a more powerful addictive (and deadly) drug, thus “stretching” the heroin supply.  The question is: who else is buying it?  ISIS?  Hamas?  Iran?  North Korea?  Some disgruntled “lone wolf”?

What’s my point?  As I said in “Crouching Tiger”, China is not our friend.  They’re happy to take our money but just as happy to contribute to the decline of the West.

Cancer Moonshot or Drunken Birds?

President Obama has said he would like to see a “moonshot” effort to cure cancer.  Remember that he’s also said “put America first” and “if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor”.

So, if we need serious medical research on cancer, why is the government squandering our tax dollars on research grants that have no apparent value to relieving human suffering or protecting the environment?  The NIH gave 5 million dollars to study if birds slurred their songs when drunk; the NSF awarded 3.9 million to study sexy goldfish; and, the worst, the NIH gave 3.5 million dollars to China to study why people see the face of Jesus in toast!  Why are we giving millions of dollars to Communist China?  If we’re going to squander money at least keep it in our economy.  As I’ve said before, China is NOT our friend.

While on the subject of cancer, lung cancer is the number 1 cancer killer, yet lung cancer research is vastly under funded compared with other common cancers.  There are no high profile fund raising events, free screenings, or commercials advocating for lung cancer victims.  While survival rates for breast, colon, and skin cancers have improved significantly in the past 40 years the survival rate for lung cancer has barely moved.  There’s an unholy reason for that.  Lung cancer is associated with smoking (although its also caused by radon gas and pollution), so years ago the nation decided that smokers were morally weak and therefore “deserved” what they got.  That attitude is similar to the one which we saw during the early years of the AIDS epidemic when gays were considered morally weak and deserved what they got.  Political activism changed that situation but there’s no activism for lung cancer victims.  Now that addiction is considered a medical problem rather than a moral weakness there’s no excuse to keep lung cancer research at a low priority.  Many consider nicotine to be more addictive than heroin.  The fact that we squander millions of dollars on goofy grants shows just how dysfunctional our government has become.  Agencies that can’t assign sensible priorities to research are assuming that tax dollars are unlimited.  They need a lesson, starting with a few firings.

Hats off to medical research though.  They may not be able to help lung cancer victims but they can grow longer eyelashes (wink, wink).

Crouching Tiger

Over the past few decades, while the world’s attention has been focused elsewhere (particularly after the attacks of 9/11 and growing terrorist activity) China has been surely but quietly building it’s strategic and tactical military establishment.  No nation on earth threatens China yet it’s buildup of long-range military strength, including ships, aircraft, and missiles suggests that it’s preparing for more than homeland defense.  By 2020 it’s estimated that their navy will have 100 more ships and submarines than ours.  Sea power is one-third of the military triad, and it’s as important today as ever.  Recently it’s been occupying and even building islands in the South China Sea, a critical shipping route that has disputed claims of ownership.  The ability to disrupt commerce in the shipping lanes can’t be underestimated.

It has also taken non-military actions that could adversely affect the USA if China chose to attack us.  US corporations have been hacked by Chinese seeking our technology, and these hacking skills are directly transferable to hacking of government networks and cyber attacks on our infrastructure.  China has been buying property in the US that could be used as centers for espionage or sabotage.  It also holds over 1 trillion dollars of US debt that could be redeemed at once to cause an economic shock.

So, what can the US do to protect ourselves without becoming isolationist?

First, recognize that China is still a communist country that’s just using capitalism to enrich itself.  It’s a trading partner that needs world markets for its cheaply made products, but it’s not our friend.  It has no interest in concepts like individual freedom or human rights.  Over 99% of court trials end in a conviction.  The death penalty is widely used.  It uses threats against family members in China to silence dissenters who live in other countries.  The state controls every aspect of peoples’ lives, much as “progressives” would like to do here.

With that recognition, accept the idea that all future wars won’t necessarily be geographically limited and keep our military strong.  We can rule the seas or lose them.  We need well equipped and trained troops, long-range aircraft, and, even though we hope they’d never be used, our land and sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles.  The concept of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction) is one remnant of the Cold War that hasn’t gone away.

Keep our infrastructure strong.  Our transportation infrastructure is essential to rapid mobilization and sustaining a long conflict.  The idea that a hacker anywhere in the world could shut down large sections of our electric grid or cripple our financial system is unacceptable.  China isn’t the only nation exploring cyber warfare against the US.  Computer attacks from Eastern Europe and Middle Eastern nations like Iran have been increasing too.

Impose limits on the total amount of US debt that can be held by other countries along with a limit on how much can be held by any one country.  I proposed this in an earlier article.

Uphold the Second Amendment.  The endlessly repeated story that Japan didn’t invade the USA during WW II because there would be “a rifle behind every bush” has not been historically verified, but it does illustrate a point.  If foreign troops were to land on US soil during a widespread conflict when our troops were spread thin around the world, the men and women of the shooting sports would defend their families and their country from the invaders.  They would become the militia that the authors of the Constitution envisioned, and every other nation knows it.