Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Tue, 29 Sep 2020 22:44:20 -0700 Austin Bay from Creators Syndicate 6ea6167980a89446fed07f0fcd62f897 On the UN's 75th Anniversary, Commemorate UN War Fighters for 09/23/2020 Wed, 23 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Somewhere in a storage room, I've a World War II submarine recognition pamphlet framed to display its intriguing title.</p> <p>Published circa 1943, the pamphlet is no frills &#8212; black ink submarine silhouettes and captions on white paper. The silhouettes depict U.S., British Commonwealth, Free French and Soviet Union subs, and, as I recall, a Dutch and a Greek sub as well. The Netherlands, Greece and France had been defeated, but some ships escaped to fight for their "free governments in exile."<p>Updated: Wed Sep 23, 2020</p> 17486251d1f60378aaa47c7028872e48 Has the Trump Administration Ended Clinton's Less-Than-Splendid Balkan War? for 09/09/2020 Wed, 09 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Sept. 4, the Kosovo Prime Minister Avdullah Hoti and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic signed an agreement committing the two Balkan states to reach a mutually beneficial and permanent economic and trade normalization deal. The Trump administration brokered the agreement and hosted the signing ceremony in Washington.</p> <p>No, it's not a peace treaty between Serbia and Kosovo; it's an agreement to reach a deal. But the positive small step that makes possible larger steps is proving to be a trademark Donald Trump diplomatic and peace-making technique. Trump emphasizes economic progress that diminishes the negative effects of divisive ethnic, religious and cultural differences, and neuters destructive historical grievances as the harmful excuses for hate they are. Trump sees economic development that everyone can see sets the stage for the resolution of seemingly permanent political disputes. Like last month's United Arab Emirates and Israel agreement to diplomatically recognize each other and openly display their extensive commercial ties, the Serb-Kosovar agreement makes a dramatic international statement about how leaders see the future.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 09, 2020</p> 06136aaba869f1eaeaad6c872a69e7f1 Why Turmoil in Belarus Matters for 09/02/2020 Wed, 02 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The post-election turmoil shaking Belarus has the typical storyline of a geriatric dictatorship losing its ability to control by fear. The corruption and grinding poverty produced by Belarusian leader Alexander Lukashenko and his regime's 26 years in power finally spurred a new reform-minded generation to challenge the dictator at the ballot box. Knowing they were despised, the dictator's gang rigged the election. Outraged by the fraud, reformers filled the streets with genuinely peaceful mass protests and appealed to free nations for help. Attempting to crush an energized opposition, the dictator's riot cops responded brutally, beating and arresting thousands.</p> <p>This happens all the time? Unfortunately, yes, it does.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 02, 2020</p> fc1c5c1c21bd803203032c5c22ff1793 China War Scenarios: Versus the U.S., Versus India, China Versus China for 08/26/2020 Wed, 26 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In July, senior government officials in Taiwan and the U.S. warned that communist China was aggressively threatening Taiwan's independence. U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper contended Beijing had taken its intimidation "to a new level."</p> <p>China's 1995-1996 "missile drizzle" operation, sometimes called the Third Taiwan Strait Crisis, set a high bar for aggressive threats to Taiwan. For nine months, Beijing fired short- and medium-range missiles into the surrounding ocean. Though communist missile crews carefully avoided the bullseye, large splashes bracketed the island.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 26, 2020</p> f4711e65977fccbe4085c21a583a8199 State and Commerce Declare War on Chinese Malware and Malgear for 08/19/2020 Wed, 19 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>This past week, the U.S. State Department and U.S. Department of Commerce launched new diplomatic, economic and legal initiatives designed to counter communist China's global malware and malgear offensive.</p> <p>Right &#8212; a malgear offensive.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 19, 2020</p> 258cb10b1b3dcf6a86bdd67a929bb409 Poland Tells the Kremlin and NATO It's Prepared to Fight for 08/12/2020 Wed, 12 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In late July, the Trump administration announced that the U.S. Army's V Corps headquarters would be reactivated and permanently stationed in Poland. The Kremlin, its Twitter bots and Russian President Vladimir Putin's propaganda twits objected. Chinese Communist Party flacks likely hissed (if so, I missed it).</p> <p>Reactions throughout still-free Europe were either quiet nods of agreement or reserved acceptance. These reactions reflect strategic reality. (1): Putin's nuclear-armed Russia is an expansionist threat that requires military deterrence. (2): Russia has demonstrated its military and political threat overtly and covertly from the Scandinavian arctic south through the Baltic States to the Black Sea and Mediterranean Sea.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 12, 2020</p> 2c5705b7fbab15b095e1feb2a989514e Assessing Desert Shield's Power Cocktail 30 Years on for 08/05/2020 Wed, 05 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On Aug. 2, 1990, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's elite Republican Guard tanks and mechanized infantry invaded oil-rich Kuwait, igniting a war that would have several names, among them Kuwait War and Persian Gulf War. Though the war's major combat operation, Desert Storm, didn't begin until January 1991, Desert Storm would become the pop nickname for the conflict, all but erasing from media talking-head memory its predecessor, Operation Desert Shield.</p> <p>That's unfortunate, for <span class="column--highlighted-text">Desert Shield was dramatically successful in shaping the political and military conditions that seeded Desert Storm's astonishing military success</span>. It's doubly unfortunate, for Desert Shield provides an excellent model of planning and implementing "cocktail warfare" combining diplomatic power, information-media warfare and economic influence as well as utilizing logistical and intelligence capabilities.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 05, 2020</p> 7c156b8f1f46c25b8bc2475179767ac2 Erdogan's Hagia Sophia Distraction Masks His Mounting Problems for 07/29/2020 Wed, 29 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In a desperate attempt to remain in power, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has dealt the Turkish republic's democratic structure a symbolic, historical insult so divisive it has the potential for serious, systemic political damage.</p> <p>In so doing, the man derisively nicknamed Sultan Recep once again exposed his intense jealousy for Kemal Ataturk, the soldier-statesman and political genius who founded the modern Turkish state.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 29, 2020</p> 4f656948b3f1797f0cfc33eed9dc2a84 A Framework for Ending The Egypt-Ethiopia Nile Water War for 07/22/2020 Wed, 22 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Whiskey is for drinking. Water is for fighting. In less colorful words, securing water is worth going to war.</p> <p>Ethiopia and Egypt are now engaged in a vicious struggle over Nile River water rights. Their confrontation began well over a decade ago.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 22, 2020</p> 9aa5d1273747f436b4a73aeab576c2a2 The Hague's 2016 Verdict Exposed Communist China's Predatory War on World Order for 07/15/2020 Wed, 15 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Four years ago this week, the Chinese Communist Party declared war on international order in the form of a blunt rejection.</p> <p>On July 12, 2016, The Hague's international arbitral tribunal, relying on the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea treaty (UNCLOS), issued a ruling supporting the Philippines' claims that China had violated Filipino territory in the South China Sea by seizing islets and "sea features." China had also plundered resources in the Philippines' maritime Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).<p>Updated: Wed Jul 15, 2020</p> 58161cf97d519f2b681785fa5cb7d7e6 Malawi Shows the World How to Fix a Crooked Election for 07/08/2020 Wed, 08 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In May 2019, Peter Mutharika, incumbent president in the southern African nation of Malawi, claimed a narrow reelection victory over opposition challenger Lazarus Chakwera.</p> <p>Malawians, however, reported "voting irregularities." Investigators found altered vote tallies and evidence of tampering. A majority of the country concluded Chakwera had defeated Mutharika.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 08, 2020</p> 797d73a61e16c8154e40b7a32bcc7419 Decouple and Control: U.S. Must Secure Supply Chains and Production for 07/01/2020 Wed, 01 Jul 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Beijing's June 30 decision to impose its national security law on Hong Kong renders the Sino-British Joint Declaration of 1984 null and void. Promising one China, two systems, that treaty guaranteed Hong Kong's political autonomy through 2047.</p> <p>So another Chinese Communist Party guarantee has entered the dustbin of history. Now tyrannical whim backed by military threat will rule the city. After a decent interval of propaganda glorifying "one China, one system," the Pearl of the Orient's free media and honest courts will die along with its democracy.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 01, 2020</p> fcc8514e6e130c74146b0156ad18bb84 Chinese Communist Party Snared in a Multidimensional War for 06/24/2020 Wed, 24 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Communist China has decided it must crush Hong Kong because it knows the city presents an information-streaming ethnic, geographic, political and ideological alternative to the Chinese Communist Party's authoritarian police state.</p> <p>The CCP police state promises China's citizens prosperity's material goodies &#8212; cellphones, electric cars &#8212; in exchange for silently accepting communist dictates no matter how harsh and malign. Hong Kong, however, is not a promise. It is an existing democratic example of 21st-century Chinese prosperity.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 24, 2020</p> bbca2e45c7f51bf0cfdabc191d0f1434 Scenarios for a China-India Himalayan War for 06/10/2020 Wed, 10 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Everyone who wants to prevent nuclear war and expand economic opportunity should demand China's dictatorship answer this question: Why is nuclear-armed mainland China militarily and diplomatically escalating its Himalayan border dispute with nuclear-armed India?</p> <p>On June 8, the South China Morning Post &#8212; once an independent voice but increasingly a Beijing agitprop outlet&#8212; published an article touting the People's Liberation Army's Himalayan reinforcement operation.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 10, 2020</p> 6584711b664705631bd377da00919269 U.S. State Department Shackles Target Maduro's Venezuela Kleptocrats for 06/03/2020 Wed, 03 Jun 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That Venezuelan socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro remains in power is a testament to his military's guns, secret police repression, torture of his pro-democracy opposition and the malign charity of four buddy dictatorships, Russia, Iran, Cuba and China.</p> <p>As late as January 2020, the month during which a Maduro ally hired fancy lobbyists to gull Congress into easing sanctions, the prospects for sending him into Cuban exile looked better. Bipartisan applause greeted Maduro's arch Venezuelan enemy, Juan Guaido, when Guaido attended the State of the Union address as a White House guest. <p>Updated: Wed Jun 03, 2020</p> 7131349a130e2ebdefede0527ba67d68 What Tasks Does Xi Have for China's Military? for 05/27/2020 Wed, 27 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>On May 26, Chinese President Xi Jinping told senior officers the Peoples Liberation Army and Peoples Armed Police Force increase "preparedness for armed combat" as well as other military tasks.</p> <p>It is a chilling thought, but Xi may have several "tasks" in mind, for both the PLA and the PAP. Throttling Hong Kong immediately comes to mind. Beijing's communist government is on the verge of breaking the 1984 Sino-British treaty that guaranteed Hong Kong's autonomy through 2047. <p>Updated: Wed May 27, 2020</p> 014a022b0ad4a8f6c9cad6fd922abaae 2030 Scenario: US Navy Robots, Carriers and Mines Counterattack China for 05/20/2020 Wed, 20 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For at least two decades, U.S. military strategists and planners have pondered this complex question: how to lower the physical risks to ships and crews a U.S. Navy carrier battle group and other surface forces face as they approach a hostile Chinese coast.</p> <p>In 1996, as Beijing threatened Taiwan with a rain of missiles, a Navy nuclear carrier battle group sailed toward the island &#8212; with impunity.<p>Updated: Wed May 20, 2020</p> 4abb1d340722483881356a36387c7b81 Communist China Continues to Target American Creativity for 05/13/2020 Wed, 13 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In mid-April, a senior FBI official warned that cyber spies were attacking U.S. and allied medical research institutions developing coronavirus vaccines. The U.S. Department of Justice later pegged China as the chief witch doctor of medical espionage and suggested a crash American COVID-19/Wuhan virus vaccine project nicknamed Operation Warp Speed is Beijing's major target.</p> <p>During World War II, American leaders feared Nazi Germany sought a nuclear weapons program. So at warp speed, the Manhattan Project split atoms in an experimental reactor and then developed and deployed operational atomic bombs.<p>Updated: Wed May 13, 2020</p> 7455270c007af1d5e4527452ee107119 Why the Wuhan Virus Threatens the Chinese Communist Party's Imperial Dreams for 05/06/2020 Wed, 06 May 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If it acts, the Free World has the opportunity to condemn another communist dictatorship to Karl Marx's dustbin of history and avoid a war with a totalitarian superpower circa 2035. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">The Chinese Communist Party knows the COVID-19/Wuhan virus pandemic has exposed its imperial war to conquer the world, so it is frantically engaged in psychological and political damage control.</span><p>Updated: Wed May 06, 2020</p> fc84c33d1b25e23731f75cd98d402494 Pandemic Reveals Weaknesses in Imperial Beijing's Communist Four Play for 04/29/2020 Wed, 29 Apr 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Deng Xiaoping, the Chinese Communist Party leader who created China's economic revival, rooted his Four Modernizations in Premier Zhou Enlai's 1975 statement that China must modernize. Deng called for comprehensive modernization in four sectors: agriculture, industry, science and technology, and defense. Deng consciously placed the People's Liberation Army last in line, though its time would surely come.</p> <p>By invoking Zhou, Deng slickly connected his modernization drive to Chairman Mao Zedong.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 29, 2020</p>