Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 25 Jun 2021 03:12:26 -0700 Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate 0dd6834a9889a4c454db8ea0b4966ad4 Obama-Biden Retreads Prepare to Kowtow to Tehran's Brutal Hangman for 06/23/2021 Wed, 23 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Team Obama-Biden's decision to brand its 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the so-called "Iran nuclear deal," as comprehensive was White House disinformation of the vilest sort: a blatant lie told to deceive the American people.</p> <p>President Barack Obama's JCPOA was anything but comprehensive. It had weak nuclear inspection requirements and enforcement mechanisms, which Iran easily skirted. Documents that Israeli intelligence acquired in 2018 confirmed Tehran routinely violated the JCPOA.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 23, 2021</p> d9bc716b8bb2cd6417e0e75033e4f006 Army Long Range Strike Gives China A Taste of Its Own Medicine for 06/16/2021 Wed, 16 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In response to China's increasingly powerful blue-water navy and deployment of long-range "carrier killer" anti-ship ballistic missiles, the U.S. Army has developed a suite of weapons designed to destroy or suppress Chinese targets from very long ranges, and do so quickly and precisely while reducing the threat these Chinese weapons pose to vital Navy and Air Force offensive weaponry.</p> <p>The commander of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, Navy Admiral Philip Davidson, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee he likes the Army's idea.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 16, 2021</p> 0a0861a9becee09e245a176db2a72f2c Were the Colonial Pipeline and JBS Foods Hacks Acts of War? for 06/09/2021 Wed, 09 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>It's nationwide knowledge that in early May the Colonial Pipeline company suffered a severe cyberattack that shut down its pipeline connecting Texas to the East Coast. On June 1 JBS Foods suffered another crippling cyberattack. According to industry estimates, JBS controls 20% of the slaughtering capacity for American cattle and hogs. The JBS attack also generated headlines.</p> <p>The FBI and security officials believe two criminal organizations conducted the attacks. Their names sound a bit like those of the sinister super gangs found in James Bond novels. However, these gangs aren't fiction nor are their crimes.</p> <p>A crime group called DarkSide shut down Colonial's southeastern U.S. pipeline. To remove its "ransomware" malware and restore service, DarkSide demanded Colonial pay a ransom. Colonial complied.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 09, 2021</p> ef45c8fbb53d1f548044ff4cf2e05da8 China's 5G Tech Threat: Time to Stop the Digital Malware Pandemic for 06/02/2021 Wed, 02 Jun 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Mounting evidence strongly indicates the COVID-19/Wuhan virus escaped from a lab in the Chinese city of Wuhan in November 2019.</p> <p>An accidental or premeditated release? The motive matters.</p> <p>However, this chain of events is certain: The initial incident caused the disease to spread throughout China. The embarrassed Chinese Communist Party regime failed to alert the world and thus failed to provide life-saving information. That self-serving decision exported the disease to the rest of the planet. In effect, the CCP used the virus as a biological and economic weapon to cripple other nations and make certain China didn't suffer alone.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 02, 2021</p> b0196e8d25d30e2d014402f2fa6efcb5 China's Bio-Economic War on the World Has Begun to Backfire for 05/26/2021 Wed, 26 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">In May 2014, I quit kidding myself and realized that China was at war with the United States. I realized China intended to dominate the world by mandating the terms of international engagement. This meant China was at war with the world &#8212; moderating treaties, legal notions and productive trust be damned.</span><br></p> <p>May 2014's triggering event: 70 or so Chinese vessels escorted an oil-drilling ship into waters claimed by both Vietnam and China &#8212;with Vietnam's claim being more credible and diplomatically defensible. Vietnam reported the Chinese flotilla included seven armed coast guard and navy ships &#8212; seven warships. The inclusion of warships makes a case that the incursion was an act of war.<p>Updated: Wed May 26, 2021</p> 75ccbf251cfcf86eb6ecc339aaf4b801 Holding Islamic State Terrorists Accountable for the Yazidi Genocide in Iraq for 05/19/2021 Wed, 19 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In early May, the U.N. released a report updating its investigation into the horrid crimes perpetrated by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorists against almost every group in northern Iraq and eastern Syria. The goal of the investigation is bold &#8212; to hold accountable the ISIS thugs who committed the atrocities.</p> <p>For several reasons, I was interested in the report's update on the genocide ISIS thugs committed against Iraqi Yazidis when the terrorists invaded northern Iraq in 2014.</p> <p>Genocide is the correct word. If it describes the 1994 campaign of mass ethnic murder waged by radical ethnic Hutus against ethnic Tutsis in Rwanda, then it definitely describes the mass murder and rape Islamic State monsters committed against the vulnerable Yazidis. ISIS' mass murder and campaign of rape against the Yazidis had both ethnic and sectarian (religious) dimensions. It is deeply regrettable that political propagandists have used the word to shock and manipulate, labeling speech they dislike as "genocidal." Real genocide is an unspeakable physical horror.<p>Updated: Wed May 19, 2021</p> 8113d305f9154d09a96459aa1dff615e Don't Reward Iranian Violence By Ending Economic Sanctions for 05/12/2021 Wed, 12 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>To quote the U.S. Navy's official announcement, on May 6 the cruiser USS Monterey "seized an illicit shipment of weapons from a stateless dhow in international waters of the North Arabian Sea." The list of weaponry aboard the dhow included advanced Russian-made anti-tank missiles, around 3,000 Chinese assault rifles, several hundred light machine guns, sniper rifles and rocket-propelled grenades launchers and "advanced optical sights."</p> <p>On a battlefield, those weapons set could arm a light infantry brigade of 4,000 soldiers &#8212; or guerrilla fighters.</p> <p>"Stateless" is diplo-speak indicating the dhow had no flag or other sign of national origin. It suggests the dhow's crew had no valid cargo papers to show the U.S. Coast Guard Advanced Interdiction Team inspecting their vessel. When USN warships enter sea lanes plied by smugglers and pirates, they often have a Coast Guard team aboard with legal authority to address transnational criminal operations.<p>Updated: Wed May 12, 2021</p> 2dd5a68eef48b138940ba53c640f3c8d U.S. Navy Must Win Wars, With Robots and Perhaps Without Them for 05/05/2021 Wed, 05 May 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In April, the U.S. Navy's Pacific Fleet ran a much-anticipated Fleet battle problem. Arguably, its dull official name, Unmanned Integrated Battle Problem 21, was a touch misleading.</p> <p>Navy Fleet battle problems have a remarkable history for testing technology, training sailors, developing organizations and informing long-term decisions that have greatly benefited the United States. I'm referring to the 1920s and 1930s battle problems, which always had a trans-oceanic campaign against Japan as their strategic backdrop.<p>Updated: Wed May 05, 2021</p> 3bd6b771d306dc371504d375e37f4b86 Reviving Obama's Iran Nuclear Deal Means War, Not Peace for 04/28/2021 Wed, 28 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>April 27 was an explosive Tuesday for the Middle East, explosive diplomatically in Vienna and Washington, but literally explosive in one incident: the drone boat attack on Saudi Arabia's Red Sea oil port of Yanbu.</p> <p>In Vienna, Austria, talks involving Iran, Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia resumed, with the U.S. participating "indirectly." The stated goals are twofold: Convince the Iranian dictatorship to end its nuclear weapons-development violations of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the official name of former President Obama's 2015 "Iran nuclear deal"; and convince the U.S. to revive the JCPOA, from which former President Donald Trump's administration withdrew in 2018.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 28, 2021</p> 4672c251144d3126ca036e39b904bb92 Russian and Chinese Shows of Force Confront Biden Administration for 04/21/2021 Wed, 21 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Russia and China are conducting multiple probing operations intended to test President Biden's administration as a whole and, to be frank, directly target Joe Biden as the septuagenarian human being who ostensibly leads what China's communist propagandists ritually deride as the U.S.-led "Liberal International Order" but recently scorned as "U.S.-led anti-China cliques."</p> <p>These cliques include but are not limited to Japan, South Korea, France, Great Britain, Australia, Canada, Poland and, in my view, Taiwan.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 21, 2021</p> bc59c8bd6a61c7fe4c1daaeffaadecc5 Uncle Sam Needs You for a Counter-Psychological Warfare Strategy for 04/14/2021 Wed, 14 Apr 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Divide and conquer, or divide and rule, was a maxim Chinese strategist Sun Tzu stressed in 500 B.C. Sun wrote that the supreme military commander "subjugates other people's armies without engaging in battle, captures other people's fortified cities without attacking them." Defeating an enemy "without fighting is the true pinnacle of excellence."</p> <p>In the 4th century B.C., Macedonia's Philip II (Alexander the Great's father) demonstrated a genius for the type of duplicitous diplomacy that weakens and divides. The authoritarian Philip seeded resentment and aggravated old feuds in rival Greek city-states. Democratic cities were especially susceptible to his mix of threat, lies and blandishments. Autocratic Macedonia leveraged Athens' endless internal political quarrels to splinter resistance.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 14, 2021</p> 42c221252fd18212784b7df79beb79c7 Sen. Cotton Challenges the Left's Psy-War Assault on the U.S. Military for 03/31/2021 Wed, 31 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The psychological-warfare attack &#8212; its script straight from the antifa/Black Lives Matter version of the Cold War's Marxist playbook &#8212; began in January when the predictable chorus of hard-left hacks in academia, media and government vilified the American military with toxic allegations calculated to demoralize military personnel, sow destructive institutional suspicion and undermine command authority with the goal of weakening U.S. national security.</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The propaganda ploy the hard left's commissars, fuhrers and utopian messiahs use in their psychological assault first targets individuals. </span>See, right-wing extremists and white supremacists fill the military ranks, and they represent an armed threat, because the military has weapons.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 31, 2021</p> d09a201714fc20134031dbbeb1070088 China's Alaska Ambush of the Biden Administration, in Context for 03/24/2021 Wed, 24 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In his new book, "The China Nightmare: The Grand Ambitions of a Decaying State," scholar Daniel Blumenthal makes a telling point about the Chinese dictatorship's operational and strategic decisions: "China is not just driven by its own assessment of its strengths and weaknesses; it carefully calculates Washington's power and will before acting."</p> <p>Blumenthal specifically addressed Chinese diplomacy under former President Hu Jintao, current President Xi Jinping's predecessor. However, his point applies to China's communist leaders since the mid-1980s and arguably since 1972, when then-President Richard Nixon met Mao Zedong.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 24, 2021</p> c773064505d458d24a7c2546768ac9fc Russia Joins China's Wuhan Virus Lie Campaign for 03/17/2021 Wed, 17 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0700 <p>AUSTIN BAY</p> <p>FOR RELEASE: WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2021</p> <p><p>Updated: Thu Mar 18, 2021</p> a6f78b2c41fcc2307562510a832b5462 Warp Speed's Manhattan Project Success Doesn't Mean the Wuhan Virus War Is Over for 03/10/2021 Wed, 10 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Operation Warp Speed, created by former President Donald Trump's administration, rates as a medical Manhattan Project. Within a year, Warp Speed developed at least three vaccines effective against COVID-19/the Wuhan virus.</span><br></p> <p>"Manhattan Project" has become slang for a chancy venture (e.g., a crash software development program) that succeeds in an astonishingly short time. The 1960s Apollo program to send humans to the moon and return them alive was occasionally called a peacetime Manhattan Project because Apollo produced and successfully employed revolutionary space technologies (plural) to achieve its goal inside a decade.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 10, 2021</p> 4533322b698c582be3f657c1cf81e049 Mumbai's Electrical Blackout: Chinese Gray-Area Warfare? for 03/03/2021 Wed, 03 Mar 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Let's start with relevant facts. Mumbai is India's largest city (20 million residents), its major financial center (India's central bank is located there) and the capital of the state of Maharashtra, a financial powerhouse unto itself.</p> <p>Those facts alone make Mumbai a target for any group seeking to weaken India, much less wage war on India. For example, damaging a financial hub exacts immediate and long-term economic costs.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 03, 2021</p> 8d602bd8f5989ca6cda3285ee2033acf Internal Divisions Are America's Greatest Vulnerability for 02/24/2021 Wed, 24 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Domestic political and cultural divisiveness has become the United States' greatest strategic weakness. This grim vulnerability, exploited by international rivals and authentic domestic enemies who despise the U.S. Constitution, puts the U.S. republic in peril.</p> <p>Let me provide a background example. Left-wing 1960-ish feminists politicized the personal. Demonizing men as innate aggressors was a cool political tool. The feminist propagandist portrayed herself as something more than a reborn 1912 suffragette demanding the vote. She was a systemic victim of the patriarchy, an oppressive, predatory sociocultural, political and American structural scheme concocted by males to marginalize human females.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 24, 2021</p> 831bbe4f2f233dc391cd2214ebf93bb1 Will the Biden Administration Undermine the Abraham Accords? for 02/10/2021 Wed, 10 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p><span style="background-color: initial;">Based on words and deeds, the emergent Iran policy of President Joe Biden's administration is either structurally incoherent, another blatant example of mixed messaging by intellectual mediocrities or, worse yet, both.</span><br></p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Whether alone or both, the structurally incoherent condition is dangerous.</span> Whatever the case, the administration must quickly decide if it wants to advance sensible policies that will secure Middle East peace or, in lieu of that obvious wisdom, choose to promote murderous geopolitical fantasy theories hawked by left-wing academia and authoritarian leftist media.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 10, 2021</p> 2d38e7e3122c062f54d35d9de421b533 Leveraging Corrupt Media, China Draws a Red Line for Biden Administration for 02/03/2021 Wed, 03 Feb 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>February 2021 reprises a red-line drama, not yet as tragedy and not as farce but definitely as a threat to world peace. The repetition tests the will of President Joe Biden's administration to defend American security and a common-sense understanding of human freedom.</p> <p>On Feb. 1, communist China's top foreign policy guru, Yang Jiechi, gave a speech to a virtual audience hosted by the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 03, 2021</p> fdd8ac8ffd94a7c4b402876a3e95a767 It's Time for American Impatience With China for 01/27/2021 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>On cue, White House press secretary Jen Psaki has signaled that President Joe Biden's administration is not prepared to seriously confront the complex and immediate threat communist China poses to American security and world peace.</p> <p>Earlier this month, incoming secretary of state Antony Blinken acknowledged communist China presents a formidable problem and added former President Donald Trump's administration "was right in taking a tougher approach to China." The tough approach was "helpful" to U.S. foreign policy.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 27, 2021</p>