Can Biden Confront the Xi–Putin Alliance?

Commentary Whatever you may think of Donald Trump, communist China and Russia were in relative check during his administration. The grand alliance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, evidently cemented during the Beijing Olympics with a lengthy document, wasn’t fully in place.  Trump, at the least, kept them guessing and somewhat on the defensive. Interestingly, that same grand alliance, some even call it a “bromance,” was also not fully in place until after President Joe Biden’s debacle in Afghanistan. Now, we have rumors rampant, reported by The New York Times, of all outlets, that Xi asked his friend Vladimir to wait until the Games were over before invading Ukraine. How collegial.   Given how things have transpired, these rumors—denied, of course, by the Chinese—are all too easy to believe. If true, the ramifications are more than slightly alarming. Unfortunately, or rather, disastrously, we now have a president who isn’t sufficiently competent on multiple levels to handle either man or the escalating Ukraine crisis—not to mention what could easily be coming, or even has already arrived, in Taiwan. On March 3, the island nation was hit by a power and internet outage affecting 5 million households. According to Nikkei Asia, this was due to a power plant malfunction, but it’s hard not to be suspicious.   Meanwhile, in his State of the Union Address, Biden, no doubt on counsel of advisers who had been reading his poll numbers, slavishly imitated Trump, suddenly advocating buying American and funding (not defunding, as he had previously hinted) the police. As many are noting, missing in that litany was Trump’s most important contribution, especially in present circumstances: energy independence. Also absent, as of now, is any discussion of the obvious—stopping the reliance of the USA on Russian oil that Biden has increased remarkably and blindly, and is currently funding Putin’s aggression. Unless your real intention were to sabotage your own country, the naïveté of our president is extraordinary.  Not even the “science” remotely makes sense. Further to our president’s discredit, he still declines to fault Putin for the evident war crimes we all see ad infinitum on television. Perhaps, Biden is fearful that he would have to do something about it.  Compare our president with Ukraine’s now-legendary President Volodymyr Zelensky, who, when asked how he was feeling under the most stressful circumstances at his news conference on March 3, replied he was feeling fine because he was “useful.” He elaborated that what any human being should want is to feel useful to others.   Zelensky, while diplomatically thanking the U.S. for its current support, also wondered why it hadn’t been there earlier. We all should, too, considering the weeks of warnings of massed Russian troops. We were told constantly that Russia was about to invade. Why weren’t arms and materiel being sent? The good news in all this is that the NATO alliance is finally waking up, something that Trump had urged and promoted by asking members to contribute more. Although Germany is more reliant on Russian oil than we are, their new chancellor seems more willing to confront Putin than we are. That last is something of a disgrace, and I know I’m not alone in wondering how our country can endure what is still close to three years more of the Biden–Harris administration. It seems outlandish on its face, but former Democrat Vernon Jones, currently running as a Republican for the House in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, has a solution that he told Real America’s Voice’s John Fredericks. The idea is that Jones, assuming he wins, would propose Donald Trump for speaker of the House (You needn’t be an actual congressman to hold that position.). With Trump as speaker, the House could vote to impeach and, I suppose assuming a Republican Senate, actually convict Biden and Harris, leaving the next in line, the speaker, as president (i.e., none other than Trump). To say this is a bit of a long shot is an understatement. Nonetheless, given our current state of affairs, it does at least have a certain symbolic attraction. And who knows? More realistically, we, as citizens, may be confronted with a yet more grim question. What if Putin doesn’t stop? What if he continues across Ukraine’s border into a NATO country where, by mutual defense agreement, we are bound to get involved militarily? You don’t have to be a neocon to realize that, at the point, we will have little choice—that is, unless we want to accede to Putin’s far more powerful ally across the Pacific. Too many of us already have. Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times. Follow Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) an

Can Biden Confront the Xi–Putin Alliance?

Commentary

Whatever you may think of Donald Trump, communist China and Russia were in relative check during his administration.

The grand alliance between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jinping, evidently cemented during the Beijing Olympics with a lengthy document, wasn’t fully in place. 

Trump, at the least, kept them guessing and somewhat on the defensive.

Interestingly, that same grand alliance, some even call it a bromance,” was also not fully in place until after President Joe Biden’s debacle in Afghanistan.

Now, we have rumors rampant, reported by The New York Times, of all outlets, that Xi asked his friend Vladimir to wait until the Games were over before invading Ukraine. How collegial.  

Given how things have transpired, these rumors—denied, of course, by the Chinese—are all too easy to believe. If true, the ramifications are more than slightly alarming.

Unfortunately, or rather, disastrously, we now have a president who isn’t sufficiently competent on multiple levels to handle either man or the escalating Ukraine crisis—not to mention what could easily be coming, or even has already arrived, in Taiwan.

On March 3, the island nation was hit by a power and internet outage affecting 5 million households. According to Nikkei Asia, this was due to a power plant malfunction, but it’s hard not to be suspicious.  

Meanwhile, in his State of the Union Address, Biden, no doubt on counsel of advisers who had been reading his poll numbers, slavishly imitated Trump, suddenly advocating buying American and funding (not defunding, as he had previously hinted) the police.

As many are noting, missing in that litany was Trump’s most important contribution, especially in present circumstances: energy independence.

Also absent, as of now, is any discussion of the obvious—stopping the reliance of the USA on Russian oil that Biden has increased remarkably and blindly, and is currently funding Putin’s aggression. Unless your real intention were to sabotage your own country, the naïveté of our president is extraordinary. 

Not even the “science” remotely makes sense.

Further to our president’s discredit, he still declines to fault Putin for the evident war crimes we all see ad infinitum on television. Perhaps, Biden is fearful that he would have to do something about it. 

Compare our president with Ukraine’s now-legendary President Volodymyr Zelensky, who, when asked how he was feeling under the most stressful circumstances at his news conference on March 3, replied he was feeling fine because he was “useful.”

He elaborated that what any human being should want is to feel useful to others.  

Zelensky, while diplomatically thanking the U.S. for its current support, also wondered why it hadn’t been there earlier. We all should, too, considering the weeks of warnings of massed Russian troops. We were told constantly that Russia was about to invade. Why weren’t arms and materiel being sent?

The good news in all this is that the NATO alliance is finally waking up, something that Trump had urged and promoted by asking members to contribute more. Although Germany is more reliant on Russian oil than we are, their new chancellor seems more willing to confront Putin than we are.

That last is something of a disgrace, and I know I’m not alone in wondering how our country can endure what is still close to three years more of the Biden–Harris administration.

It seems outlandish on its face, but former Democrat Vernon Jones, currently running as a Republican for the House in Georgia’s 10th Congressional District, has a solution that he told Real America’s Voice’s John Fredericks.

The idea is that Jones, assuming he wins, would propose Donald Trump for speaker of the House (You needn’t be an actual congressman to hold that position.). With Trump as speaker, the House could vote to impeach and, I suppose assuming a Republican Senate, actually convict Biden and Harris, leaving the next in line, the speaker, as president (i.e., none other than Trump).

To say this is a bit of a long shot is an understatement. Nonetheless, given our current state of affairs, it does at least have a certain symbolic attraction. And who knows?

More realistically, we, as citizens, may be confronted with a yet more grim question. What if Putin doesn’t stop? What if he continues across Ukraine’s border into a NATO country where, by mutual defense agreement, we are bound to get involved militarily?

You don’t have to be a neocon to realize that, at the point, we will have little choice—that is, unless we want to accede to Putin’s far more powerful ally across the Pacific. Too many of us already have.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.


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Roger L. Simon is an award-winning novelist, Oscar-nominated screenwriter, co-founder of PJMedia, and now, editor-at-large for The Epoch Times. His most recent books are “The GOAT” (fiction) and “I Know Best: How Moral Narcissism Is Destroying Our Republic, If It Hasn’t Already” (nonfiction). He can be found on GETTR and Parler @rogerlsimon.