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Op Ed # 637 Biden Is The Warning Shot Across America's Bow

  • Op Ed # 637 Biden Is The Warning Shot Across America's Bow

By Capt Joseph R. John, October 23, 2023

The below listed article from the Patriot Post outlines the threat all American Citizens are now faced with, specifically because of the way the national policy has been conducted by the Biden/Obama administration over nearly three years.  The quotes in the Patriot Post article are from former Secretary of Defense/former Director of Central Intelligence, Robert Gates.  Secretary Gates understood Biden’s abject ineptitude, asserting correctly, that Biden had been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue" over the course of his 50 years in government, and also noting Biden's opposition to "every one of President Ronald Reagan's military programs that were designed to defeat the Soviet Union", and those military programs actually brought down the Communist leadership of the Soviet Union.

Indeed, as the "leader" of the free world, Biden has repeatedly demonstrated his penchant for being wrong on one issue after another.  The article summarizes the results of his disastrous surrender and retreat from Afghanistan, which abandoned and turned over $80 billion in US military weaponry to the Taliban.  It discusses how Vladimir Putin, empowered by Biden's incompetence, initiated the bloody and totally predictable invasion of Ukraine

For nearly three years, the Biden/Obama administration has been allowing 500,000 single military aged Communist China males to invade the US through the wide-open southern border.  For over one week, the Biden/Obama administration allowed a Communist Chinese spy balloon to overfly and fine tune the targeting coordinates of hundreds of US strategic military targets.  The Biden/Obama administration allowed the establishment of a Chinese Communist Police Station in NYC that has been threatening Chinese nationals who are vulnerable because they have family members residing in China.  The Biden/Obama administration has delighted Communist China’s military by its purging of highly trained senior career white military personnel from the US Armed Forces, while establishing “extreme WOKE” personnel policies that have severely degraded the “Combat Effectiveness” of the US military and is negatively affecting the ability of the US military to recruit new enlistees. 

The Biden/Obama administration's “open border,” has resulted in trashing the once secure southern border policies instituted by President Trump and allowing over 10 million Illegal Aliens from 161 countries to walk right in.  It is the “gravest terrorist threat” to the United States, said Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR).  He said there have been thousands of Illegal Aliens from “special interest” nations, those with ties to terrorist groups, who have been arrested at that border since Biden took office.  Sen Cotton said, “That means undoubtedly, terrorists already have arrived in the US.  It only took 19 Al-Qaida operatives to kill nearly 3,000 Americans on September 11, 2001.  Many, many times that number of known terrorists have surely crossed our southern border since Joe Biden took office.  Biden’s open border policy is the gravest terrorist threat to the US Homeland.”

The Biden/Obama administration did not enforce the Trump administration’s restriction of Iranian oil sales.  Iran has been selling 3 million barrels of oil/day (two million barrels/day to Communist China), which resulted in Iran accumulating over $80 billion in oil profits.  The Biden/Obama administration also gave Iran $6 billion during the exchange of prisoners and for sanctions release.  That $86 billion funded the planned invasion of Israel, by Iran’s Quid Force, who also trained Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist group, preparing them for the Israeli invasion. 

Hamas Terrorists, trained and equipped by their Iranian Puppet Masters, are the most brutal terrorists in the world.  They were trained to be very violent, and to help Iran turn every country in the Middle East into an Islamic State.  On October 7th, 7,500 rockets were fired into Israel from Gaza by Hamas, 1,000 Hamas terrorists invaded Israel from land, sea, and air.  The invasion was the continuation of Iran’s mission to destroy every Jew regardless of age or location.  The Hamas Terrorists committed brutal atrocities, in the unprecedented slaughter of 1,400 Israelis citizens and 20 Americans.  The brutal torture of Israelis by Hamas was confirmed by Israeli forensics pathologists who broke down in tears, while in the process of identifying dead Israeli victims, whose bodies were viciously and brutally mangled. 

Hamas Terrorists gunned down entire families in their beds. They beheaded many adults, elderly individuals, children, and 42 infants, and cut off the legs of many.  Israelis of all ages were burned alive (many had charred hands with marks that revealed their hands were bound behind their backs with metal wire before they were burned alive). Two spinal cords were recovered laying side by side, one belonging to an adult, and the other to someone who was young—possibly a parent and child; they were bound together by metal wires in a final embrace, before they were set on fire.  Hamas Terrorists savagely raped women and children of all ages (some children were raped so violently, that the terrorists broke their pelvises).  Terrorists captured over 200 Israeli and American hostages, and transported them back to the Gaza. 

The IDF reported that the weapons used by Hamas Terrorists in the invasion of Israel, which were confiscated from the Hamas Terrorists by the IDF, when the terrorists were captured, were subsequently identified as part of the US weaponry abandoned by the Biden/Obama administration in their disastrous cowardly retreat from Afghanistan.  On October 16th, Ali Akbar Velayati, a senior adviser to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, said in public remarks about the October 7th invasion of Israel by Hamas, as he hosted Hamas Terrorist representatives in Tehran, “Israel’s destruction is certain.”

Following the invasion, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant were faced with unprecedent demands, by the Biden/Obama administration.  As a condition for Israel to receive the resupply of bunker buster’s bombs and precision munitions, Israel was forced to allow the supply of $100 million in US Humanitarian Aid to Gaza from Egypt.  Since Hamas controls the delivery of “all” supplies to Gaza, the shipment of Humanitarian Aid will be used to support Hamas Terrorists, to be strengthened to engage the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). 

For three years, the Biden/Obama administration has been supplying another of Iran's terror surrogate, the Hezbollah controlled Lebanese Army, with millions of dollars of weaponry.  Hezbollah in Lebanon has been firing mortars, rockets, and missiles into northern Israel, and also making incursions into northern Israel; Hezbollah has opened up a two-front war with Israel.

Since March 2023, Iran has been targeting US Military personnel and US interests in the Middle East.  Iranian proxies have been attacking seven isolated US Military enclaves in the Syria and Iraq with armed drones, injuring five US military personnel and a civilian contractors who died of a heart attack.  The Iranian proxies continue to attack US personnel today, with no fear of US military retaliation.  For seven months, the Biden/Obama administration has continued to ignore the repeated attacks on US military personnel in Iraq and Syria. 

The Biden/Obama administration refuses to confront Iran directly and demand that they prevent Iranian proxies from attacking US Military personnel, to put a stop to the development of nuclear weapons, and cease the funding of terrorist attacks by Hamas and Hezbollah on Israel and US interests.  Since the Biden/Obama administration has indirectly funded Iran with $80 billion from oil sales, and gave Iran $6 billion directly, Iran believes they can continue with their violent terrorist activities, with a wink and a nod from the Biden/Obama administration, and will continue their previously discussed actions that are destabilizing the Middle East.

We encourage you to read the below listed article by the Patriot Post to understand why they entitled it “The Warning Shot Across America’s Bow.”

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The Warning Shot Across America's Bow

"The U.S. now confronts graver threats to its security than it has ... perhaps ever."

Mark Alexander October 18, 2023

"There is a rank due to the United States, among nations, which will be withheld, if not absolutely lost, by the reputation of weakness. If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known that we are at all times ready for war." —George Washington (1793)

Robert Gates served as the 22nd Secretary of Defense (2006-2011) and previously as Director of Central Intelligence, including the post-Ronald Reagan years during the collapse of the Soviet Union.

I have crossed paths with Secretary Gates many times over the years at War College briefings and other venues. I put far more credence on his assessment than anything we are currently hearing from Joe Biden and company.

You may recall his assessment of Biden's abject ineptitude, asserting correctly that Biden has been "wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue" over the course of his career, and noting also Biden's opposition to "every one of Ronald Reagan's military programs to contest the Soviet Union."

Indeed, as "leader" of the free world, Biden has repeatedly demonstrated his penchant for being wrong.

Remember when candidate Biden was promoting himself as the foreign policy expert with "the experience to lead"? According to the Biden campaign: "We live in the most dangerous moment in a generation. Our world, set on edge by an erratic, unstable president. This is a moment that requires strong, steady, stable leadership. We need someone tested and trusted around the world. This is a moment for Joe Biden — a president with the experience to lead."

Biden declared that Barack Obama chose him as a running mate because of his foreign policy expertise.

On the campaign trail, he insisted: "Right now, we don't really have a foreign policy. I'm not being facetious — we don't have a foreign policy." And as a consummate liar, he repeated this fabrication: "We are embracing thugs like [Vladimir] Putin and Kim Jong-un. This president's talking about love letters with a butcher." Biden insisted that we need a president "who can truly unite this nation at home and someone who can command the respect of world leaders on day one." He concluded: "Day One you gotta be able to stand up and the world know you know what you're talking about. Know you know what you're saying. And know you mean what you say. We have to set aside our divisions and come together as Americans."

And how did that turn out?

First, our global adversaries witnessed his disastrous surrender and retreatfrom Afghanistan, and as a consequence, the resurrection of the Taliban and their Islamic State and al-Qa'ida allies.

Then, empowered by Biden's incompetence, came the bloody and totally predictable invasion of Ukraine by Vladimir Putin, posing a much greater threat to the U.S. and NATO.

And now it's the invasion of Israel by Iranian-backed terror surrogate Hamas, an invasion enabled by Biden's appeasement.

Hamas rose again because, as was the case in Afghanistan and Ukraine, power does not tolerate a vacuum or a vacuous appeaser like Biden. He empoweredIran by releasing billions of dollars to this rogue regime in exchange for six hostages, and by ignoring Iran's sale of 1.5 million barrels of oil daily to its ally, the Red Chinese, despite sanctions.

And now Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant face the additional strategic challenge posed by Iran's other terror surrogate, its Lebanese Hezbollah cells, attacking from the north.

Meanwhile, Biden was busy this week distracting the short attention spans of his Demo Party constituents by promoting the 50th birthday of thug George Floyd in an effort to reinvigorate his "systemic racism" charade. Biden trotted out his "police reform" rhetoric, declaring, "I will continue to do everything in my power to fight for police accountability and urge Congress to pass meaningful police reform and send it to my desk."

Then it was off to Israel for some regional "shuttle diplomacy," but Hamas short-circuited that plan by launching the first of many propaganda campaigns, this one claiming the IDF targeted and bombed a Gaza hospital. Despite copious evidence to the contrary, the Leftmedia talkingheads and scribesdutifully repeated that propaganda because, after all, you can trust Islamic terrorists!

For the record, Israel and Iran both know that the IDF incident report can be corroborated by our intelligence overwatch assets in the region, but that did not stop Iran's foreign minister from declaring: "Time is running out very fast. If the war crimes against the Palestinians are not immediately stopped, other multiple fronts will open and this is inevitable."


As is the case with Putin's invasion of Ukraine, the mainstream media dupes are churning this conflict as if it were a checkers game, when in fact it is a three-dimensional chess game — and Iran is at expert level when it comes to Western media manipulation.

And that manipulation resulted in our principal Middle East ally, King Abdullah II of Jordan, canceling his scheduled meeting with Biden, who was hoping for a photo op to appear like he has some gravitas in the region. That meeting, along with his canceled meeting with "Palestinian Authority" leader Mahmoud Abbas, should never have been scheduled — and now is just more fodder for the Biden clown show.

Suffice it to say that Joe Biden makes Jimmy Carter look like a great statesman.

Back to reality, in a recent analytical post, "The Dysfunctional Superpower," Dr. Gates asks, "Can a divided America deter China and Russia?"

According to Gates:

The United States now confronts graver threats to its security than it has in decades, perhaps ever. Never before has it faced four allied antagonists at the same time — Russia, China, North Korea, and Iran — whose collective nuclear arsenal could within a few years be nearly double the size of its own. Not since the Korean War has the United States had to contend with powerful military rivals in both Europe and Asia. And no one alive can remember a time when an adversary had as much economic, scientific, technological, and military power as China does today.

The problem, however, is that at the very moment that events demand a strong and coherent response from the United States, the country cannot provide one. Its fractured political leadership — Republican and Democratic, in the White House and in Congress — has failed to convince enough Americans that developments in China and Russia matter. Political leaders have failed to explain how the threats posed by these countries are interconnected. They have failed to articulate a long-term strategy to ensure that the United States, and democratic values more broadly, will prevail.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin have much in common, but two shared convictions stand out. First, each is convinced that his personal destiny is to restore the glory days of his country's imperial past. For Xi, this means reclaiming imperial China's once dominant role in Asia while harboring even greater ambitions for global influence. For Putin, it means pursuing an awkward mixture of reviving the Russian Empire and recapturing the deference that was accorded the Soviet Union. Second, both leaders are convinced that the developed democracies — above all, the United States — are past their prime and have entered an irreversible decline. This decline, they believe, is evident in these democracies' growing isolationism, political polarization, and domestic disarray.

Taken together, Xi's and Putin's convictions portend a dangerous period ahead for the United States. The problem is not merely China's and Russia's military strength and aggressiveness. It is also that both leaders have already made major miscalculations at home and abroad and seem likely to make even bigger ones in the future. Their decisions could well lead to catastrophic consequences for themselves — and for the United States. Washington must therefore change Xi's and Putin's calculus and reduce the chances of disaster, an effort that will require strategic vision and bold action. The United States prevailed in the Cold War thanks to a consistent strategy pursued by both political parties through nine successive presidencies. It needs a similar bipartisan approach today. Therein lies the rub.

Folks, on our near horizon is an existential threat to the U.S. and our allies resulting from Biden's ineptitude and appeasement. He has enabled Iran's rapidly approaching rollout of its nuclear "Islamic bomb," and the first line against that threat has been, and remains, Israel.

Meanwhile, on our immediate horizon posing an imminent existential threat is China. Though it is beset with its own internal economic decline, Xi and his ChiComs know the best way to divert attention from domestic problems is to rally nationalism. Thus, the potential for China's surge across the Taiwan straits is a greater risk now than ever.

Kinda makes you long for some mean tweets, doesn't it!

Joe Biden himself has proven to be the red flag warning shot across America's bow. In his own words: "Right now, we don't really have a foreign policy. I'm not being facetious — we don't have a foreign policy."

Semper Vigilans Fortis Paratus et Fidelis Pro Deo et Libertate — 1776

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