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America’s Enemies and Friends, Part One

July 19, 2021

The first of five aspects of America’s national security that worries me is The People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon area were ceded to Britain by the Qing dynasty after the Opium War of 1840, a two-year conflict, that in 1842 forced the Qing government to sign the Treaty of Nanjing. That Treaty permanently ceded Hong Kong Island to Britain.

The Qing Dynasty was established in 1644 by the Manchu prince Hong Taiji who subjected his Han Chinese subjects to discrimination that required Han men to cut their hair in Mongolian fashion or face execution. Han intellectuals who attempted to criticize the rulers through poems and painting were rounded up and beheaded. Han people living in Beijing were relocated to the provinces.

This era was the first in a series of Webcasts conducted under the title “Loss of Country” and examined how Han intellectuals retreated into reclusive ways that by analogy are similar to the ways of American political conservatives facing “Progressive” domination of American politics and culture.

That Webcast may be accessed at YouTube.

On September 23, 1982, Britain’s Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher met with Zhao Ziyang “who said that there were two principles (at stake) — sovereignty, and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong.” In a record of that meeting Zhao Ziyang said “If it came to a choice between the two, China would put sovereignty above prosperity and stability.”

Sino-British Joint Declaration on the Question of Hong Kong (1984)

That was affirmed when Tiananmen Square protests that started on April 15, 1989 were forcibly suppressed on June 4 of that year by Deng Xiaoping, supreme—totalitarian—leader of the PRC.

That signaled that the PRC was driven by Marxist ideology, not by commercial interests, but that was ignored by newly elected President of the United States George H. Bush. Bush 41 did not comprehend that President Richard Nixon’s relations with Communist China were a “card” in a game of international relations between the United States and Russia. Absent a Soviet Union that expired in 1991, relations between the United States and Communist China should not have pursued China as a market for American products but as an enemy State.

Actions taken by the PRC against Hong Kong in 2021 are a harbinger of future actions to be taken against Taiwan and Japan. That worries me greatly.

America’s Enemies and “Friends”

July 13, 2021

Here are five aspects of America’s national security that worry me:

  1. The People’s Republic of China (PRC)
  2. Iran
  3. The European Union
  4. President Biden and the Democrats
  5. Former President Trump and the Republicans

American National Security

In the Summer of 1966, I was an intern at what was then “Georgetown University’s Center for Strategic Studies.”

The “staff” was led by retired Admiral Arleigh Burke, David Abshire, who would become U.S. Ambassador to NATO, Elinor Lansing Dulles, sister of Allen  Dulles (CIA) and John Foster Dulles (U.S. Secretary of State) and retired Admiral Arthur Radford (Commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet.)

All were “warriors” who viewed national security with no illusions. They were unlike a series of Presidents of the United States whose foreign policy failures placed the United States at a disadvantage with our foes:

          JFK (Cuba, Berlin)

          LBJ (Vietnam)

          Carter (Iran)

These CSIS warriors addressed American national security issues with clarity, as do the enemies of the United States who, fifty-five years later, assert their national interest. JFK, LBJ and Carter did not, and we, as a result, inherited a dangerous world.

Over the next several weeks I will review these five concerns and predict what future outcomes may be predictable.

Dick Bishirjian is Cooking!

July 12, 2021

Someone let the cat out of the bag and posted an essay of mine on “Cooking.”

Go to to read about it!

Civil War or Decline

July 10, 2021

During the run up to the 2016 presidential election, a friend from college called to ask what was happening? He hadn’t called in forty years and my immediate reply was “We’re undergoing a realignment.”

Trump’s ascendance over his Republican opponents who had not broken with the “war faction” in the GOP led by Bush 43, was a realignment within the Republican Party, but few, including me, understood how deep is the rot that “realignment” signified.

Unfortunately, underlying the American voter’s willingness to take a chance on a “celebrity” candidate of well-known character flaws was a desire to express dissatisfaction with a belief system of “democratic idealism” that had remained unchallenged since President Woodrow Wilson asserted an America desirous of destroying powerful monarchs who brought destruction from 1914-1915 to Russia, France and Germany.

After two World Wars, a war in Korea, Vietnam, Afghanistan and, finally, an irrational war in Iraq, American voters signaled that they were tired of war, even those in which the United States engaged in bringing democracy to others.

What about America first? 

That was a questioned asked by Donald Trump, GOP candidate for President. That resonated with American voters and changed the course of American  politics.

My calling that a “realignment” was only half right.

As we saw on January 6, a substantial part of the electorate acts as if the American regime —based on a Constitution ratified in 1789—no longer is representative of traditional order. Forces now dominant, referred to as “They,” intend to stay in power by corrupting our youth, weakening our character and making “us” like “them.”

That, of course is not mere “realignment” but a virus that kills the bonds that hold together disparate parts of American society.

Will that lead to civil war or, simply, national decline are questions that two of my Colleagues and I ask in a discussion that you may access here.