Ever since the word “tomahawks” began trending on Twitter, there’s been a lot of attention focused on world leaders and their responses to the way those tomahawks were used last week by the Trump Administration in a strike against Syria. No one wants to be an alarmist, but these days have much uncertainty attached to them. We’re seeing “potential ways” that the Trump Administration is considering in how we might handle the growing number of nations that are proactively situating themselves in regions of the world that could spell trouble for our people. Many of these problems have laid dormant for years. Now, though, President Trump’s decision to take out what is now being described as a fifth of Syria’s air force is coming with more than a few serious, though not wholly unexpected, repercussions.
You have to wonder while we’re busy keeping up with a giraffe’s gestation period and comparing the number of golf outings of current and past presidents, what are countries like Russia, China, Iran, North Korea and Syria doing? You can believe one thing – these countries and their people do not care about April the giraffe.
NASDAQ took a hit today when it was announced China had sent 150k troops to the border between North and South Korea. Kim Jong-un may not be able to improve his country’s weapons, but China has his back. And the reason for China deploying “humanitarian aid” to the border? It doesn’t trust the unpredictable Trump Administration and its potential for further acts against Syria and Russia. So much for that “tremendous” new friendship between Presidents Trump and Xi Jinping.
It was a great honor to have President Xi Jinping and Madame Peng Liyuan of China as our guests in the United States. Tremendous…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 8, 2017
Here’s why that’s worrisome – in 2015, I wrote that China had conducted its final testing on what had been described as the “most dangerous nuclear weapon developed to date”. Since then, we’ve seen just how powerful this weapon is and the certainty in its ability to strike the U.S. in 30 minutes. And speaking of U.S. strikes…
It’s no secret that Russia and China have conducted naval drills in the East Sea for years – but we also know that both the east and west U.S. coasts have been visited by both countries and their respective militaries. Russia was spotted as recently as a month ago near Georgia’s coast and China’s naval ships entered U.S. waters near Alaska at least once.
When these two countries aren’t skirting the U.S. coastlines, they’re partnering with one another in mutually profitable ways. Think oil prices are hokey now? We’ve seen nothing in terms of how powerful the $400 billion gas deal between Russia and China can affect global oil prices – and if they’re partnering against the U.S., it’s an entirely new set of rules. Saudi will be the least of our oil worries – even with its perfected fracking efforts.
All of this taken on its own may not seem foreboding, but when you consider the current global climate and the uncertainty factors that come with a very young Trump Administration, there’s merit for sleepless nights that many haven’t experienced since the election.
A growing number of people are coming around and are no longer convinced that Russia had anything to do with hacking the presidential election. What isn’t in question is Russia’s access to our national grids. It’s had that access for years (I’ve been writing about it since early 2015). This is the kind of access that can wipe out our “complex industrial operations like oil and gas pipelines, power transmission grids, water distribution and filtration systems, wind turbines and even some nuclear plants.” This is just one more reason President Trump’s hell-bent mentality of kicking the oil pipelines into high gear the minute he took office might not have been the best way to spend that minute. While this government link changes from time to time, it does provide the information associated with the malware. For a data sheet with more specifics regarding Russian manipulation, a copy can be found on the Cyberx Labs site.
But what about Iran? Its Fateh 313 series might be touted as a short range ballistic missile, but its accuracy is considered “pinpoint”. It replied quickly after the tomahawks were fired last week, stating it was prepared to use “lethal force”, alongside Russia, if the U.S. acts again.
Let’s not forget: In December 2015, as a Russian ship left an Iranian port with all of Iran’s enriched uranium “to hold”, Secretary of State John Kerry called it one of the most important and “significant steps Iran has taken toward fulfilling its commitment.” This was the political version of “hold my beer”, which is what “friends” say to one another all the time.
And this brings us to Syria. What does al Assad have to say about the U.S. strikes? There’s no statement I could find. And why would he? He has China and Iran and North Korea and Russia doing his bidding for him.
Do these facts and concerns have any more importance than April the giraffe’s looming addition to her family? The fact that anyone is wondering is alarming.