What Price Victory In The Coronavirus War?

14 04 2020

  By Timothy D. Naegele[1]

China’s authoritarian leader, Xi Jinping, is the face of America’s enemy today, and the enemy of  free people around the world.  No mercy should be shown to him, or to his despotic thoroughly-evil regime.

Reparations must be paid by China to Americans; U.S. businesses and other organizations, both large and small; our federal, state and local governments; and to the world for the Coronavirus—which will likely run into many trillions of dollars. Nothing less will suffice.  Or a global boycott of China must be instituted and implemented. 

As I have written:

China unleashed the deadly Coronavirus on the world—intentionally (as a bioweapon) or inadvertently—and it is responsible for so much suffering. It must be brought to its knees, crushed economically, and punished for the next twenty years at least. This is how long cars manufactured by the Japanese and Germans were effectively boycotted by Americans, after their savagery in World War II ended.[2]

Pat Buchanan—an adviser to Presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and Gerald Ford, and a former GOP presidential aspirant himself—has written: 

The same day the number of U.S. dead from the coronavirus disease hit the 15,000 mark, we also crossed the 15 million mark on the number of Americans we threw out of work to slow its spread and “bend the curve.”

For each American lost to the pandemic, 1,000 Americans have lost their jobs because of conscious and deliberate decisions of the president and 50 governors.

Some 60,000 citizens, we are told, will likely be lost in this pandemic. Are we prepared to accept 60 million unemployed to “mitigate” those losses?

What price victory in this good and necessary war to kill the virus? Is it unseemly or coldhearted to ask?

At what point do we “declare victory and get out,” as one senator told us to do in Vietnam, rather than continue to sustain the U.S. war dead, even if that meant South Vietnam would fall to our common enemies?

Economists at J.P. Morgan are forecasting that the U.S. gross domestic product will fall by 40% this spring and unemployment will reach 20% of the labor force this month.

These are numbers not seen since the Great Depression.

What does this deliberate decision to shut down the country and carpet-bomb our own economy, upon which we all depend, tell us about what we Americans value?

Consider. In a nation one-tenth as populous as ours today, Abe Lincoln sent more than 600,000 men and boys, North and South, to their deaths rather than let seven Deep South states secede and depart in peace.
 
While the daily loss of Americans to the virus appears to be leveling off, one-third of the way to that 60,000 figure, the other losses from the social and economic devastation we have invited upon ourselves have just begun to mount and will continue far longer.

How many millions of sick and elderly have we sent into solitary confinement? How many families have we forced into a daily struggle for the means to put food on the table and get medicine from the pharmacy?

When the decisions come from President Donald Trump and the governors to open up the economy and encourage Americans to go back to work, will the nation respond?

Will movie theaters and malls all reopen? Will shuttered hotels and motels fill up again? Will professional teams — the NFL, MLB, NBA or NHL — play again to the crowds they knew?

Will public, private and parochial schools, charter and high schools, colleges and universities, all open again to the same-sized classes?

Will conventions, concerts, rallies and recitals begin anew?

To save Americans from contracting a virus that may kill 1-3% of those infected, we have put America on a ventilator.

By courting a depression — a certain consequence of having a nation of 328 million mandatorily sheltering in place and socially distancing — we are telling the world the price we will pay to help save the lives of the thousands who might otherwise contract the virus and die.

Yet this decision raises related questions of life and death.

Can a nation that will accept a depression that destroys the livelihoods of millions of its citizens be credible when it warns another great power that it is willing to fight a nuclear war — in which millions would die — over who rules the Baltic states or who controls the South China Sea?

Would a nation so unwilling to accept 60,000 dead in a pandemic it would induce a depression to cut the casualties, engage in a nuclear exchange with Russia over Estonia?

The longer the shutdown continues, the broader, deeper and more enduring the losses the country will sustain.

We Americans already live in a nation and world atop a mountain of debt.

Student loan debt. Mortgage debt. Consumer debt. Corporate debt. Municipal, county and state debt. A national debt of $22 trillion now soaring into the stratosphere.

Then there is the sovereign debt of the Third World and of nations like Argentina and Italy. If we bring the U.S. and world economy down, who pays that debt? Or is that a ridiculous question?

The decisions we are taking today, hurling scores of thousands of small businesses and millions of citizens toward bankruptcy, could start a rockslide of loan defaults that will start tumbling the banks as well.

The decisions we take in this coronavirus crisis are defining us as a nation and a people. They are telling the world what we Americans will sacrifice and what and whom we will seek to save at all costs. They will tell us who and what is expendable and who and what is not.

They will establish a hierarchy of values that may not correlate exactly with what we Americans publicly profess.

Our decisions may tell us who we truly are.[3]

This is a false “Hobson’s Choice” that has been foisted on the world by Xi Jinping and his regime, which are the 21st Century equivalents of China’s Mao Tse-tung, the Soviet Union’s Joseph Stalin, Germany’s Adolf Hitler and their brutal regimes.[4]  Indeed, there are reasons to believe that China is moving militarily to exploit the virus that it launched.[5] 

Mao Tse-tung and Stalin were the most ruthless killers of their own people in the 20th Century, and perhaps in the entire history of mankind.  They were responsible for the world’s deadliest holocausts—or the mass destruction of human beings.  While history has focused on Hitler’s rise to power, and his atrocities in the Nazi death camps and on the battlefields of World War II—and his cherished dream of a “Thousand Year Reich,” and the Jews who were persecuted and systematically killed by the Nazis—Mao Tse-tung and Stalin were responsible for more deaths.

Indeed, Mao was directly responsible for an estimated 30-40 million deaths between 1958 and 1960, as a result of what his regime hailed as the “Great Leap Forward.”  Like Stalin, Mao’s crimes involved Chinese peasants, many of whom died of hunger from man-made famines under collectivist orders that stripped them of all private possessions. The Communist Party forbade them even to cook food at home; private fires were outlawed; and their harvests were taken by the state. Those who dared to question Mao’s agricultural policies—which sought to maximize food output by dispossessing the nation’s most productive farmers—were tortured, sent to labor camps, or executed.

Stalin was responsible for the deaths of more than 30 million men, women and children—his own countrymen—including millions during the collectivization of the Soviet farms in the 1930s.  Also, as the Soviets moved through Germany at the end of World War II, they raped at least two million German women in what is now acknowledged as the largest case of mass rape in history.[6]

Yet, when the deadly Coronavirus has run its course, Xi Jinping and his despotic regime may have been responsible for many more deaths than Mao Tse-tung, Stalin or Hitler.  The victims will have died directly from the virus, or from the economic ruin globally, which have been aptly likened to a catastrophic weather event:

[I]f the COVID-19 health crisis is an earthquake, then the economic crisis is the tsunami that follows the earthquake. The tsunami rolls in after it and covers everything.[6]   

Again, China must be brought to its knees, crushed economically, and punished for the next twenty years at least.  Nothing less will suffice—just as the evil regimes of Mao Tse-tung, Stalin and Hitler vanished from the Earth.

 

 

© 2020, Timothy D. Naegele


[1]  Timothy D. Naegele was counsel to the United States Senate’s Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, and chief of staff to Presidential Medal of Freedom and Congressional Gold Medal recipient and former U.S. Senator Edward W. Brooke (R-Mass). He and his firm, Timothy D. Naegele & Associates, specialize in Banking and Financial Institutions Law, Internet Law, Litigation and other matters (see www.naegele.com and Timothy D. Naegele Resume-20-3-10). He has an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), as well as two law degrees from the School of Law (Boalt Hall), University of California, Berkeley, and from Georgetown University. He served as a Captain in the U.S. Army, assigned to the Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon, where he received the Joint Service Commendation Medal (see, e.g., https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commendation_Medal#Joint_Service). Mr. Naegele is an Independent politically; and he is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in Finance and Business. He has written extensively over the years (see, e.g., www.naegele.com/whats_new.html#articles), and can be contacted directly at tdnaegele.associates@gmail.com

[2]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/07/why-should-the-world-trust-china-ever-again/ (“Why Should The World Trust China Ever Again?”)

[3]  See https://buchanan.org/blog/what-price-victory-in-the-coronavirus-war-138432 (“What Price Victory — in the Coronavirus War?”)

[4]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%E2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%E2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”); see also https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hobson’s_choice (“Hobson’s choice”) 

[5]  See https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8215511/China-takes-advantage-USS-Roosevelt-crippled-coronavirus-send-jets-close-Taiwan.html (“China takes advantage of USS Roosevelt being crippled by coronavirus to send jets close to Taiwan”)

[6]  See https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/06/the-silent-voices-of-stalin%E2%80%99s-soviet-holocaust-and-mao%E2%80%99s-chinese-holocaust/ (“The Silent Voices Of Stalin’s Soviet Holocaust And Mao’s Chinese Holocaust”)

[7]  See https://jewishinsider.com/2020/04/the-jewish-non-profit-future-uncertainty-anxiety-furloughs-and-slashed-budgets/ (“The Jewish non-profit future: uncertainty, anxiety, furloughs and slashed budgets”)


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14 04 2020
H. Craig Bradley

THE BELL TOLLS FOR THEE

Right now, there is only a 1in3 chance this Great Recession actually morphs into a Great Depression II. If it does, a number of further developments can be expected. First, instead of the stock market going down -40% it would go down 80% in the Great Depression scenario. That would cause many hardships so far inexperienced by those alive today.

However, my 95-year old aunt tells me that during the Great Depression of the 1930’s ( 1930-1941) she remembers a good number of Americans starved to death. So, unless you were alive back then, you would not know this fact. Better be careful what you wish for. A Depression to teach President Trump a hard lesson will hurt everybody to some degree. The Bell Tolls for Thee.

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14 04 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you, Craig, for your comments.

First, I bought my first stock when I was about 8 years old, and I spent years investing in and studying the markets. When I was a young attorney with the U.S. Senate Banking Committee, we oversaw the Fed and SEC; and two of my friends on the committee staff became SEC Commissioners.

Second, the more that I studied various stocks, the less that I knew. Indeed, I lost money until I allowed a stockbroker friend in WDC to invest for me. He bought stocks that I never would have purchased; and he made money for me. Finally, I got out of the market and have never been back since. I believe the markets are “fools’ paradises.”

Third, none of us know what the future will bring, in terms of the virus or economically. Respected investor Jim Rogers expects “the worst bear market in my lifetime” in the next couple of years. Yet, no one is clairvoyant or has a crystal ball.

Fourth, as my article states, what we do know for certain is that China unleashed the deadly Coronavirus on the world—intentionally (as a bioweapon) or inadvertently—and it is responsible for so much suffering. It must pay dearly.

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14 04 2020
Richard Schultz

Amen, RCS

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15 04 2020
alamosablog

The virus also kills almost exclusively people over 50 with medical conditions. The rest of the population is basically safe. This was brought on by the UN climate hoax types along with hordes of refugees. It is a real danger but is being blown out of proportion by our imbecile media and posturing politicians.

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15 04 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you for your comments.

I have an old and dear friend who has been battling the deadly virus in a hospital for about two weeks now. The attending nurse decided to remove the oxygen tube because of his weakened condition, and had the family sign a “do not resuscitate.” This is happening across the globe, and I believe it is criminal.

A distinguished retired doctor friend of mine said the tube should not have been removed; and the tube was reinserted. Last night, my friend “turned the corner” according to his doctor. He will remain in the hospital, and then will be transferred to a “rehab” facility to regain his strength. In many ways, his trajectory is similar to that of the UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering at his country estate, Chequers.

However, just think of all the poor people in the United States and globally who will never have similar care and medical attention. And small babies and teenagers are contracting the virus too.

As my article states, the virus has medical and economic consequences, which will be with us for a very long time. Life as we have known it will be changed, which is the tragic consequence of what China unleashed. And it has moved its carrier task force to challenge the United States and our allies.

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15 04 2020
H. Craig Bradley

FALSE FLAG ?

Please tell me who has the most to gain from a war, a war with any nation, be it China or a China-Russian proxy such as Iran. World Affairs Brief.com and former Marine Pilot Joel Skousen says China + Russia, who since President Obama’s terms in-office, have been increasingly working together to financially circumvent the U.S. Dollar and stage joint military exercises annually, as well.

Joel Skousen e-mailed me saying his analysis is China and Russia intend to eventually “hit” North America with a first strike Nuclear Attack some time towards the end of this decade and take-out key U.S. Military targets. Of course, this planned attack is dependent upon when China is militarily ready and when the right provocation arises. When the stars line-up, boom, we are toast, as our communications systems and power grid would not be workable after such an assault. We would probably never recover. Half our population would die in short order of disease and starvation. China could take a hit and carry-on, as a few hundred million Chinese are considered expendables.

However, just think, a nuke or two would certainly get rid of the Corona Virus once-and-for all by irradiating it to death. Always a silver lining to whatever pans-out, war or not. At the very least, this corona virus pandemic panic is amply demonstrating the total incompetence of our political class, both in the State of California and in other states, as well.

I might also add, a possible future Chinese and Russian joint attack against the United States depends on how weak the United States actually is financially, economically, and especially socially and morally in ten years. My guess is much weaker than presently. Too many snowflakes. We might have $100 Trillion in unpayable Federal Debt by then, easily at this rate. You very well may disagree.

So Tim, inorder to “make China pay”, do you propose we go to war outright? If so, we need to do it before we decline even more in readiness. China is sure not ready so this may be the best chance we have to take the initiative. Alternatively, we could launch an air strike against Iran as a suitable diversion later this year. Just think about it: $150 a gallon per barrel of oil on the spot market would save our fracking bacon, so to speak.

We need a war. If called, most Americans would march right down and enlist, no doubt about it. Hard economic times are ripe for wars, just look back at the 1930’s and the last Great Depression. Maybe that was the ulterior goal of all this Covid-19 scaremongering. As it turns-out we look absolutely silly wearing masks in the Great Outdoors when walking a dog or driving about. In fact, we look STUPID to the rest of the Asian world. China must be laughing behind your back. Ta-He, Ta-He, Ta-he. Corona Virus Weenies.

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15 04 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

Thank you again for your comments, Craig.

First, China plays many different cards globally. Putinism will die with Putin; and China covets Siberia because of its oil and other natural resources. For a long time now, the two countries have had a “marriage of convenience.”

Russia’s economy has been smaller than that of Italy and Brazil; and its only exports, aside from vodka, are oil and other energy resources. With the United States becoming the dominant energy producer in the world again, and effectively energy independent, we have the ability to undercut Putin at every turn. Also, we can and should supply China’s energy needs.

Second, because of the doctrine of “Mutual Assured Destruction,” or MAD, the likelihood of a nuclear confrontation between the major powers is not great. Much more likely is an EMP Attack, which would be fraught with much greater long-term damage.

Compare https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutual_assured_destruction (“Mutual assured destruction”) with https://naegeleblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/19/emp-attack-only-30-million-americans-survive/ (“EMP Attack: Only 30 Million Americans Survive”) (see also the extensive comments beneath the article)

As I have stated many times, the greatest risk is an EMP Attack launched by a terrorist group—with or without a state sponsor, such as Iran—involving a single nuclear warhead launched from a barge off our coasts, in the Atlantic or Pacific, or in the Gulf of Mexico or the Sea of Cortez.

Third, having launched the Coronavirus, China may have effectively achieved its goal of weakening the United States and sowing chaos in the West, or to state it another way vis-à-vis an EMP Attack:

[I]sn’t this very similar to the results that China has “achieved” with the Coronavirus?

Fourth, a conventional war with China and/or Russia is unlikely, by way of contrasting it with an attack with a “stealth” bioweapon such as the Coronavirus.

Fifth, I believe the idea of an economic war is much more likely, and can be expected. Americans and the peoples of other countries can and I believe will wage this war right now, inter alia, by boycotting anything and everything from China, for the next 20 years.

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15 04 2020
H. Craig Bradley

DRONES AND BUGS

As you know, we have been in a global currency war and a global trade war for a number of years. So, economic warfare by any other means is already U.S. Foreign and Military Policy and similarly in most large economies around the world who have central banks and a “money” printing machine at their disposal. For now, with the world’s biggest consumer economy, we win the currency wars as long as the U.S. Dollar remains the world’s standard or dominant currency. However, If this global financial construct ( U.S. Dollar supremacy) ever fails then we could fail. After that comes WAR.

I suspect cyber-warfare is the up and coming trend where nations secretly sabotage the other guy’s critical infrastructure or parts of it. In fact, a couple of years ago, the DOD opened a new strategic command dedicated to waging and defending against cyber-warfare. Its probably already happening. No need to drop a nuke at Mid-altitude and detonate an EMP. That is a favorite internet scenario favored by preppers who have their products to sell you. Not buying.

The Israeli malware attack (Stuxnet Virus) launched against the Iranian centrifuges at Natanz, Iran was a very bold and effective cyber-attack in which a worm was downloaded into Iranian mainframes and remained silent and undetectable. It caused the centrifuges to overload and blow-up. It was a top secret operation and nobody but us knew about it. Highly effective. Shades of things to come? The changing face of war adding new meaning to the old term “surgical strike”.

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15 04 2020
Timothy D. Naegele

Yes, what you say is true, Craig.

But American and global consumers have not voted with their pocketbooks, overwhelmingly, since Japanese and German cars were boycotted after their savagery ended in World War II.

China depends on global markets; and the brutal depotic Xi’s regime exists because of them. China’s economy was shaky before the Coronavirus. At some point, it may come crashing down. Time will tell.

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