NATO is in a strategic muddle

In public, this week’s NATO defense ministers meeting went off without a hitch.
As usual, U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin reaffirmed (for the zillionth time) Washington’s commitment to Article 5 of the NATO charter, where an attack on one member state is viewed as an attack on the entire alliance. Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about NATO’s status as the oldest and most successful alliance in modern history.
But underneath the veneer of pious regularity lie problems, or at the very least disputes.

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CNN tips scales for Biden at town hall

There’s a reason President Joe Biden agreed to do a town hall this week with CNN — the increasingly partisan left-wing cable network is friendly territory for him. He knows the questions will be easy. There won’t be any groundbreaking journalism.
On Thursday, CNN behaved not only as Biden White House likely expected it would, but it also went a step further, tilting the scales fully in the president’s favor by taking seven questions from Democrats in the invitation-only audience and only two questions from Republican attendees.

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CNN tips scales for Biden at town hall

There’s a reason President Joe Biden agreed to do a town hall this week with CNN — the increasingly partisan left-wing cable network is friendly territory for him. He knows the questions will be easy. There won’t be any groundbreaking journalism.
On Thursday, CNN behaved not only as Biden White House likely expected it would, but it also went a step further, tilting the scales fully in the president’s favor by taking seven questions from Democrats in the invitation-only audience and only two questions from Republican attendees.

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How Vox built a YouTube channel with 10 million subscribers

When Vox launched a dedicated YouTube program seven years ago, it was a team of two, aiming to create a new type of explainer video for the internet. It’s now grown to 31 talented producers, animators, and story editors, who have produced over 1,335 videos, racked up 2.6 billion views, and helped launch shows like Glad You Asked on YouTube Originals, Explained on Netflix, and Level Playing Field on HBO. Vox videos are now watched in over 240 countries by students, educators, and policymakers and have helped bring clarity to everyday questions and the big challenges of the day.

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China’s Challenge to the Monroe Doctrine

Time magazine reported earlier this year that China is South America’s top trading partner. Chinese companies, according to correspondents Ciara Nugent and Charlie Campbell, invested nearly $13 billion in Latin America in 2019, while China is a major consumer of Latin American exports, purchasing “beef from Uruguay, copper from Chile, oil from Colombia, and soya from Brazil.” State-controlled Chinese tech companies (Huawei, ZTE, Dahua, Hikvision) have made inroads in Latin America, Time reports, that will allow “Beijing to dictate the rules of commerce for a generation.

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The media missed how a new military alliance threatens to take the world to the brink

Before it’s too late, we need to ask ourselves a crucial question: Do we really — I mean truly — want a new Cold War with China?
Because that’s just where the Biden administration is clearly taking us. If you need proof, check out last month’s announcement of an “AUKUS” (Australia, United Kingdom, U.S.) military alliance in Asia. Believe me, it’s far scarier (and more racist) than the nuclear-powered submarine deal and the French diplomatic kerfuffle that dominated the media coverage of it.

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The media missed how a new military alliance threatens to take the world to the brink

Before it’s too late, we need to ask ourselves a crucial question: Do we really — I mean truly — want a new Cold War with China?
Because that’s just where the Biden administration is clearly taking us. If you need proof, check out last month’s announcement of an “AUKUS” (Australia, United Kingdom, U.S.) military alliance in Asia. Believe me, it’s far scarier (and more racist) than the nuclear-powered submarine deal and the French diplomatic kerfuffle that dominated the media coverage of it.

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Our Strategists Today Invoke Kennan, When They Should Be Turning to Burnham

The Financial Times reports that China has successfully launched a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile that U.S. officials worry we cannot defend against. China’s warplane incursions into Taiwan’s air defense space have continued and intensified. China’s President has publicly called for the annexation of Taiwan. Some in the United States have called for an unambiguous statement from the Biden administration that we will defend Taiwan in the event of a Chinese invasion. We may be at one of those moments in history where U.S.

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Biden says ‘silence is complicity’ while ignoring China’s hosting of the 2022 Winter Olympics

President Joe Biden recently spoke out against China’s treatment of the Uyghurs and compared it to the Holocaust. Yet he still has not given any direction about what the United States will do with the 2022 Winter Olympics, scheduled for February in Beijing.
Biden’s shouts of “your silence is complicity” would have a lot more of an effect if he and his administration weren’t staying silent on this issue. The International Olympic Committee, which takes political stances on everything from Taiwan to the Taliban, is doing the same, urging for a “political neutral ground.

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