Ask Someone Who Knows

If you thought that all conservatives were for peace and prosperity you would be wrong.

As I write these words Mark Levin is haranguing his audience about the threat that China poses.

According to Levin, the world has been taken over by the Chinese.

In our schools also. Try not to laugh.

Naturally, of course, Levin wants us to start taking names and kicking ass.

He’s upset that China is peacefully making inroads with many Third World nations around the globe by building ports and railroads.

Well, of course, the Chinese are making inroads with these all nations. The Third World certainly wasn’t going to get a good deal from our leaders who believe in exploitation.

A sane person would look at China’s policy and say: “Hey, why don’t we do what they’re doing?”

Of course, you know you’ll never hear that from our leaders. After all, they are masters of the universe.

Our leaders, if past experience is a guide to the future, will engage in some sort of nastiness toward China.

War is a good bet.

Or maybe a strategically placed bio-weapon that kills 500 million people.

Either option is an even better bet now that Mark Levin and his friends are playing the China card.

They do have one point though.

Countries like Taiwan, Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines are US allies with deep ties to the United States.

You might say these allies were won with blood.

Moreover, countries like Taiwan were never Chinese to begin with.

Historically thousands of years ago, the country of Taiwan was populated by aboriginal Austronesians.

There is virtually zero commonality between the land now known as Taiwan and mainland China other than the opponents of Mao who escaped mainland China to settle there.

While those settlers were once Chinese, now they are not.

Now they are Taiwanese.

The United States has an obligation to support them fully.

The question is how to do this.

Since our current crop of bozos in charge have not a clue how to engage the Chinese constructively, perhaps it might be wise to consult a President from yesteryear.

That is the purpose of this article.

What I would like to know is how John Kennedy would approach this sticky problem that we have here today with China.

It’s pretty much the same problem that JFK and his colleagues faced over seventy years ago.

The consensus of many conservatives including John Kennedy many decades ago was that United States did not fully support the nationalist Chinese under Chiang Kai Shek.

So is that a clue that should guide our future action?

What would John Kennedy say?

What would John Kennedy do in a nuclear age?

There are no easy answers here.

Taiwan is not just a trading partner.

Taiwan is a vital link in the chain of islands that hems in China and controls the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and the Sea of Japan.

If one chain in the link is broken, vital US interests in Southeast Asia, South Korea, Japan and the Philippines are threatened.

Can the United States walk away from our Pacific partners without drastic economic consequence?


Since the United States cannot walk away, and since the Chinese are insistent on changing the balance of power, the only way this can be resolved peacefully is through peaceful power sharing.

The Chinese must be convinced that it is in their best interest to have the United States remain in alliance with Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and the Philippines.

The United States as a maritime nation will provide the safety, security and unfettered access to the seas that China requires. In return the United States and its allies will cease and desist from interfering in the internal affairs of the Chinese in the form of spying, sabotage, boycotts or trade embargos. Nor will the United States impede the flow of vital oil and minerals into China.

It’s a fair trade.

It’s a plan that JFK would consider.

John Kennedy was a realist before he was an anti-communist.

He understood that a nuclear age does not permit rash behavior.

He also understood that we all breathe the same air and inhabit the same planet.

He would strive for creative compromise.

It was easy for his opponents on Cuba – the Military, the CIA, the Chicken Hawks – to call for an invasion.

His opponents weren’t on the hot seat.

Now they are.

The leaders of this New World Order now find themselves in a sticky situation.

Everything looks easier when you’re sitting on the sidelines.

They don’t know what to do.

Maybe they should ask the man that they assassinated.


Archer Crosley

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