Friday, March 20, 2020

Joe Biden, the Manchurian Virus Candidate - Selwyn Duke


by Selwyn Duke

An investigation of Joe Biden's relationship with China


If one didn’t know better, he could think that China unleashed the Wuhan virus upon the world purposely to get their man, Joe Biden, elected president. Jumblin’ Joe is their man, too. 

It’s not just that the disease will assuredly cause economic distress as people’s lives and commerce are disrupted; it’s not just that no matter what President Trump does, the EneMedia will portray his response to the disease as lacking. (Never mind that Barack Obama apparently spread disease throughout our nation by shipping sick illegal-alien minors throughout the country. Enterovirus D68, anyone?)

It’s also that the Wuhan virus has now become a handy excuse to limit debates and Jumblin Joe’s personal appearances. Health is the concern, you see (Biden’s mental health, that is). 
Heck, House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) even suggested that his party “shut” down the rest of the primaries and debates. The idea is to coronate Jumblin’ before his brain completely shuts down. 

But don’t think it’s a stretch to say that, lucid or senile, Biden is for certain the Manchurian virus candidate. There’s a reason why Forbes wrote last summer that “Joe Biden Is The Only Man Who Can Save China In 2020” and why the “announcement of his campaign alone was enough to encourage Beijing suddenly to take a harder line on trade negotiations with the Trump administration,” as Senator Tom Cotton recently wrote at National Review. It’s that unlike “many other Democrats, he takes its side, reliably,” writes Cotton. (Certain other Democrats take China’s side only unreliably.) 

For example, as senior Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in the ‘90s, Biden made sure China got most-favored-nation trade status and World Trade Organization membership (the latter in 2001). “Wherever a brake might have been applied — by placing human-rights or labor conditions on most-favored-nation status, for example — Biden voted the measures down and lobbied other senators for Beijing,” Cotton informs. “Unfortunately, China and Biden got their way, and American workers are still suffering from it.”

While we should have withered Beijing on the vine instead of creating a monster (thanks, Richard Nixon), Biden compounded earlier mistakes and continued feeding the dragon. In fact, even as China’s fascist regime (yes — with its market reforms, it’s as “communist” as Bernie is capitalist) grew in power and Xi Jinping strengthened his dictatorial hold, Biden continued lobbying for increased trade and more intimate ties. 

Just consider that while standing next to Xi in 2012, Biden rationalized that competition from China was good for us. Yet millions “of American jobs were disappearing as he spoke,” Cotton reminds us, “and the militarization of the South China Sea was just around the corner.”

What’s for sure is that, call it “competition” or collusion, the relationship was very good for the Biden family. Oh, and if you’re guessing that there’s a Hunter in this story, go to the head of the class. 

“Reporters thought it unusual when Hunter Biden, Biden’s prodigal son, accompanied him on a trip to Beijing in 2013,” Cotton relates. “That same year, Hunter joined the board of a Shanghai-based private equity firm. In 2017, a few months after his father left office, he invested a substantial chunk of his own money in the company.” Below is an interesting Fox Business video on the subject.




So, as the Ukraine/Burisma situation evidenced, “Biden Inc.,” as Politico put it last year, was very good at monetizing Jumblin’s vice presidency. And though we don’t know how much Hunter made off the China deal, we can bet he’s doing better than laid-off American workers. 

Moreover, though he sometimes may not know what state he’s in, what office he’s running for, his wife from his sister or that he’s not married to himself, Jumblin’ Joe hasn’t forgotten how to defend today’s evil empire. When President Trump imposed travel restrictions on China a few weeks back to combat the Wuhan virus, Biden called it “hysterical xenophobia.” Of course, our real problem today in multicult America is xenophilia — and in Jumblin’s case in particular, Sinophilia.

Vice President Biden raises a toast in honor of Chinese President Xi at a State Luncheon at the State Department, September 25, 2015,

But it’s hard to know where the avarice ends, and the asininity begins. Just consider the statements Biden made at a campaign rally last spring (below), in which he said China is “not competition for us.”




This is the nation, do note, whose economy is six to eight times the size of that of Russia, which the left says is our big boogeyman (do I hear Obama saying that “the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back”?). But it’s not just that China has been stealing our manufacturing base and technology, though that’s bad enough. 

We in addition now rely on China for sensitive components used in our weapons systems (what could possibly go wrong?). We’re also dependent upon the nation for our pharmaceuticals, including an estimated 95 percent of our antibiotics. Oh, and note here that via Beijing’s official news service and mouthpiece, Xinhua, it just threatened to cut off our medication and intensify the Wuhan virus epidemic. China has threatened to kill us, in other words.

This isn’t surprising, mind you. Beijing’s aggressive, fascistic regime oversees what it considers a superior culture and race, and it apparently believes that this übermensch status entitles it to dominate the world. In fact, there already is a cold war between China and the United States.

In keeping with this, Beijing censors our movies (really), bullies American businesses into spouting its propaganda and manipulates our schools’ curricula via its Confucius Institutes. And this is all possible because while the Izzy Mandelbaum of politics* (Biden) is now infamous for threatening to assault voters, he and other free “traiders” have long been helping China assault us. 

(*Hat tip: The Federalist.)

So, the main problem with Biden isn’t that he doesn’t know what state he’s in, but that he doesn’t know what nation state he represents. Combine this with his rapid mental decline, and one could imagine learning after a Beijing visit that President Biden signed Alaska away to Xi. (“I thought the document just got another billion for sonny boy!”) 

Of course, a president doesn’t actually have that kind of unilateral power. The point is that if you’re worried about what Biden’s policies might be while mentally confused, know that they were morally confused even when he was lucid. 



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Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2020/03/joe_biden_the_manchurian_virus_candidate.html

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Arming China -- The Bill Clinton Connection - Michael Ledeen


by Michael Ledeen

We even sold them our factories.





Conversations on social media are beginning to stress the urgency of reconsidering our relationship with the People’s Republic of China. It was only recently that most Americans discovered that most of our pharmaceuticals are manufactured in China, and that the Chinese are in a position to withhold them during an emergency of the sort we now face.

Recent stories have documented Chinese espionage, including the bribery of top American biochemists at places like Harvard, that entailed the constant travel of U.S. experts between China and the United States. Given the short memories of American political leaders, these stories have made it appear as though espionage is of very recent vintage. 

But it is not so. The United States has been arming China for more than 20 years.

In the Spring of 1977, Stephen Bryen and I wrote a detailed account in Heterodoxy, a magazine edited by David Horowitz and Peter Collier, dealing with American export controls of militarily useful technology. It was entered into the Congressional Record by Tillie Fowler, a Florida representative.

The theme of the account was how the Clinton Administration was arming China. Knowingly and deliberately.
It is often said that, in the world of advanced technology, embargoes or export controls cannot possibly work, because if they don't get it from us, they'll get it from somebody else.
This is false. To compete with the U.S. militarily, China has to get our technology, and, most of the time, that means getting it directly from us.
Steve and I knew that Bill Clinton and his foreign policy team were busily arming Beijing, which in turn armed “rogue nations” such as Iran, Iraq, Syria and Libya. Remember this all happened about 35 years ago. We noted that, on the one hand, it did make sense to sell a very limited amount of advanced military technology to the Communist Chinese, for example devices for nuclear safety, or for certain military systems with important civilian applications, such as satellite launchers. But the Clinton Administration was not doing that. Instead, it was executing a deliberate policy—apparently one that had full approval from the top levels of the Administration, despite the vigorous opposition from government agencies and from individual officials infuriated at the flow of top technology to China. This often took the form of selling off some of our finest factories to China, at pennies on the dollar, and included our finest supercomputers and the key element to modern jet engines, which had been blocked for export to the Soviet bloc.

The Pentagon redefined supercomputers as “civilian” products, and some 46 of them, including IBM, Convex (later, Hewlett Packard) and Silicon Graphics, were sold, many of them to the Chinese defense industry, or being put to use in nuclear weapons design.
This represents a truly terrifying hemorrhage, for supercomputers are the central nervous system of modern warfare. The sales of 46 supercomputers give the Chinese more of these crucial devices than are in use in the Pentagon, the military services, and the intelligence community…
 They enable the Chinese to more rapidly design state-of-the-art weapons, add stealth capability to their missiles and aircraft, improve their anti-submarine warfare technology, and dramatically enhance their ability to design and build smaller nuclear weapons suitable for cruise missiles. Thanks to the folly of the Clinton Administration, the Chinese can now conduct tests of nuclear weapons, conventional explosives, and chemical and biological weapons on supercomputers.

That was the first wave. In the years since, we have bent over backwards to enable the Chinese to strengthen themselves, and it wasn’t until President Trump shut down air travel to and from the PRC in early 2010—in response to the global virus pandemic, not in the name of national security—that we began to get a grip on the massive influx of Chinese spies. But it’s important to remember that it all began with an American decision to arm China.

There are those who say that we had to strengthen China to act as a bulwark against Russia, but I don’t buy that. The big shift to Chinese manufacture came because they could make things far more cheaply than others could. That’s the profit motive, not national security.

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Photo from Gage Skidmore


Michael Ledeen

Source: https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/2020/03/arming-china-its-bill-clintons-fault-michael-ledeen/

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Pompeo rips China; says Beijing put 'countless lives at risk', pandemic 'repeatable' without transparency - Yael Halon


by Yael Halon

  China's lack of transparency has harmed the world




Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned Wednesday that the coronavirus pandemic could be "repeatable" if China persists with its lack of transparency, and committed to helping Americans stuck abroad due to border closures as a result of the outbreak.

"Instead of trying to do the work to suppress the virus, which is what the world demanded, the Chinese Communist Party didn't get it right and put countless lives at risk as a result of that," Pompeo told "Hannity."

Pompeo added that the Chinese government had created a "disinformation campaign," and "wasted valuable days at the front end" after the virus was first reportedly discovered in November.
"If we don't get to the bottom of this, is this could be something that is repeatable..."
— Mike Pompeo, 'Hannity'
"They haven't been sufficiently transparent and the risk you find [is] if we don't get this right, if we don't get to the bottom of this, is this could be something that is repeatable," Pompeo warned. "Maybe not in this form, maybe not in this way, but transparency matters."

Pompeo's comments come just one day after China kicked out journalists from outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post in an effort to control the propaganda wars against the virus. When U.S. medical experts offered to assist China and the World Health Organization at the onset of the outbreak, they were denied entry in another attempt to limit transparency, Pompeo explained.

TRUMP USES PHRASE 'CHINESE VIRUS' AS CLASH WITH CHINA ESCALATES OVER CORONAVIRUS ORIGINS

Pompeo also addressed the 200 Americans who are stuck in Peru and are desperately trying to figure out a way to get back home after Peru's government suspended constitutional rights such as free movement and assembly due to the pandemic – closing the borders down completely with little notice.

"The State Department is doing everything we can to protect American citizens all across the world," Pompeo said. "We know students that are in Peru, some other travelers that are there as well, other countries too that have shut down their airports, we are working to try to solve problems for each of those American citizens."

The group of strangers is communicating over the messaging platform WhatsApp and has created a spreadsheet to account for each other. According to the spreadsheet, Americans from at least 28 states are trying to figure out a way back home.




HUNDREDS OF AMERICANS STUCK IN PERUO AMID CORONAVIRUS SHUTDOWNS

Pompeo said his team has "just learned about them over the last couple of days, and it’ll take us some amount of time," but emphasized that the president "has made clear that we are going to do everything we can to get every American home safely."

While Trump is going out of his way to call the coronavirus the "Chinese Virus,"  Pompeo joined the fray Monday, calling on Politburo member Yang Jiechi to push back on a tweet from the deputy director-general for the Chinese Foreign Ministry's Information Department. The deputy director-general, Lijian Zhao, tweeted that the United States military might be responsible for the coronavirus -- but provided no evidence to that effect.
"We are going to do everything we can to get every American home safely."
— Mike Pompeo, 'Hannity'
CHINESE GOVERNMENT KNEW ABOUT CORONAVIRUS ONE MONTH EARLIER THAN REPORTER

"Secretary Pompeo conveyed strong U.S. objections to PRC efforts to shift blame for COVID-19 to the United States," State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said in a Monday statement. "The secretary stressed that this is not the time to spread disinformation and outlandish rumors, but rather a time for all nations to come together to fight this common threat."

While China remains largely unhelpful in providing details of the origins of the virus and their medical findings, Pompeo said he is using his position to get to the bottom of it all.

"It’s important as America's most senior diplomat, we have an obligation to make sure we try and get this information from the Chinese Communist Party so we can help our medical professionals here in the United States, get this right and save lives for Americans and people all across the world."


Yael Halon

Source: https://www.foxnews.com/media/mike-pompeo-coronavirus-china-trump

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Israel's principled behavior in this time of viral chaos may pay dividends - Andrea Widburg


by Andrea Widburg

A social media post from Israel's Foreign Ministry suggests that its efforts to fight coronavirus are having a positive effect throughout the Middle East.

On Monday, Israel's Foreign Ministry put out a social media message reminding the world that its employees are continuing to do their jobs. A picture accompanied the post, showing three young Israeli women, obviously attractive despite the masks they're wearing, standing before an Israeli flag and making hearts with their hands.

At the same time, the ministry tweeted the picture out in Arabic, with a more heartfelt wish for the continued health of those who believe in Allah. The response was both amazing and unexpected.

This is the picture that the Ministry tweeted out, with its English language text:
For Arab-language speakers, the Ministry didn't rely on the anodyne message that Israel's government is still hard at work despite the Chinese Virus. Instead, in Arabic, the Ministry said:
This is a message to you from Israel: We pray to Allah to protect the inhabitants of Arab countries.
The coronavirus that is spreading intensely in the world these days knows no borders, religions, and nationalities. We are all human beings; we are all brothers.
According to the Algemeiner, the post has garnered an extremely positive response from the Arab and Muslim world:
The post was viewed by approximately four million people in Arab countries, and received responses such as, "May Allah protect you and bless you."
One user from Iran called it a "beautiful message of solidarity and peace."
An Iraqi user posted, "Our hearts are with Israel and the world at large, in all its diversity, religions, and beliefs, to defeat this virus together."
A woman from Morocco wrote, "May Allah preserve everyone. Humanitarianism first and foremost. Perfect health to all the sick."
A Saudi Arabian user said, "Beautiful behavior, good neighborliness, love and the spread of peace are the way to heaven."
Other messages included, "A thousand congratulations to our cousins, and thanks" and "Long live Arab-Israeli brotherhood, we long for health and peace for all."
The Foreign Ministry also posted a poll asking if Arab users would use an Israeli-developed vaccine, with the majority answering "yes."
There were, of course, the usual hate-filled messages, but those are "dog bites man" stuff. It's the good things that resonate.

Two things may be affecting Muslims and Arabs as they look at Israel right now. First, while Iran spread the new plague, Israel has been working frantically to come up with vaccinations and treatments. Second, Israel is the only government in the Middle East working to help the Palestinians:
While Israel is working overtime with Palestinians to curb and prevent the spread of the coronavirus, the Arab states appear to be doing what they do best when it comes to helping their Palestinian brothers: nothing at all.
In the past few days, Israeli authorities delivered 200 coronavirus testing kits to the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank. In addition, Israeli and Palestinian professional teams have been working together to prevent the spread of the virus.
The Israeli authorities have also delivered another 200 coronavirus testing kits to the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, despite the thousands of rockets and incendiary and bomb-carrying balloons that the ruling government, Hamas, has launched from there towards Israel.
In addition, Israeli authorities have coordinated the transfer of 20 tons of disinfectant material from Israeli factories to the Palestinian health sector. The material included chlorine and hydrogen peroxide, used for disinfection, preservation of hygiene and sanitation. These disinfectant materials are used for cleaning surfaces in open areas and help in cleaning closed areas, including mosques and churches.
It is worth noting that Egypt, which has a shared border with the Gaza Strip, did not send any test kits or disinfectant materials to the Palestinians living there.
Palestinians in Lebanon, meanwhile, are worried that the Lebanese authorities may use the coronavirus as an excuse to intensify restrictions even further on their refugee camps.
One day, perhaps, Muslims and Arabs will realize that their best friends in the Middle East aren't their co-religionists but are, in fact, the Israelis they hate with genocidal fury. Maybe the radical changes the Chinese Virus is already making in the world will be the catalyst the Muslims and Arabs need.


Andrea Widburg

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/israels_principled_behavior_in_this_time_of_viral_chaos_may_pay_dividends.html

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How the European Union Turned the Coronavirus into a Pandemic - Con Coughlin


by Con Coughlin

Perhaps the most shameful episode concerning inter-EU relations since the start of the coronavirus outbreak was Germany's refusal to allow the export of much-needed face masks and ventilators to Italy

  • The EU's failure to address the coronavirus issue earlier has resulted in the Schengen Agreement, which stipulates that the citizens of any EU state can travel freely throughout the union, becoming null and void.
  • Perhaps the most shameful episode concerning inter-EU relations since the start of the coronavirus outbreak was Germany's refusal to allow the export of much-needed face masks and ventilators to Italy after the Italian government made a direct appeal to the rest of the EU for help. Instead of demonstrating the so-called solidarity that is supposed to underpin the EU's founding ethos, the German government issued a ban on the export of the equipment to Italy.
  • The EU's handling of the coronavirus has not just been incompetent. It raises serious questions as to whether it is about to become yet another victim of the deadly pandemic.

This week, trucks trying to enter Poland from Germany have been subjected to a tailback dozens of kilometres long, as Polish border guards insisted on checking the temperatures, health and documentation of drivers seeking to enter the country. Pictured: Trucks converging onto the A12 highway stand backed up before Germany's border to Poland on March 18, 2020 near Zernsdorf, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The emergence of Europe as the new epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic has as much to do with the European Union's inept handling of the crisis as it does with the resilience of the virus itself.

When the world first learned about the existence of coronavirus in China at the start of the year, the EU's response, like much of the rest of the world's, was to adopt a wait and see approach as to how it developed.

The problem for the EU, though, is that it has maintained this lackadaisical approach long after it became clear that the virus was going to develop into a global, rather than a specifically Chinese, issue. More pertinently, the EU's failure to raise its game, after the rapid spread of the virus resulted in much of Europe coming to a standstill, means that the EU is now trying to play catch-up in terms of asserting a leadership role.

After weeks of prevarication, the EU finally imposed measures to ban travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days. The measure is expected to apply to 26 EU states as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland. The ban will not apply to citizens from the UK and Ireland.

"This is good," commented European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen as she announced the new measures earlier on March 18. "We have a unanimous and united approach [where] the external borders are concerned."

That it has taken until now for the EU to act, when so many major European countries such as France, Italy and Spain are already in lockdown, illustrates the inadequacy of the EU's response to the crisis. It also helps to explain why Europe has replaced Asia as the main epicentre of the pandemic.

By the time Mrs von der Leyen finally got around to announcing at the start of this week that the EU was planning to impose its travel ban, most member states had already taken matters into their own hands and made their own arrangements to restrict border access.

Moreover, by undertaking their own unilateral actions, the decision by some EU member states, such as Austria and the Czech Republic, to specifically ban citizens from other EU states, such as neighbouring Italy, represents a flagrant breach of one of the EU's key founding principles, namely the free movement of its citizens across the borders of other member states.

Consequently, the EU's failure to address the coronavirus issue earlier has resulted in the Schengen Agreement, which stipulates that the citizens of any EU state can travel freely throughout the union, becoming null and void.

The EU's commitment to Schengen was one of the key factors that persuaded U.S. President Donald Trump to impose his initial travel ban on continental Europe, claiming -- correctly -- that the EU was being far too complacent in its response to tackling the virus.

Now, thanks to the EU's ineptitude, the union has entered a new era in which the precedent has been established whereby it is the governments of the various constituent member states, and not Brussels, that decide who can, and who cannot, cross their borders.

The sudden imposition of new border controls in Europe is already having a serious impact on the trading arrangements between different EU member states. This week, for example, trucks trying to enter Poland from Germany have been subjected to a tailback dozens of kilometres long, as Polish border guards insisted on checking the temperatures, health and documentation of drivers seeking to enter the country.

Moreover, the EU's inability to provide effective leadership in terms of responding to the coronavirus challenge has led to an increase in tensions between key member states, tensions that could ultimately threaten the survival of the EU in its current manifestation.

Perhaps the most shameful episode concerning inter-EU relations since the start of the coronavirus outbreak was Germany's refusal to allow the export of much-needed face masks and ventilators to Italy after the Italian government made a direct appeal to the rest of the EU for help. Instead of demonstrating the so-called solidarity that is supposed to underpin the EU's founding ethos, the German government issued a ban on the export of the equipment to Italy.

It was left to the Chinese government to provide the Italians with 31 tons of urgent medical supplies.

The EU's handling of the coronavirus has not just been incompetent. It raises serious questions as to whether it is about to become yet another victim of the deadly pandemic.

Con Coughlin is the Telegraph's Defence and Foreign Affairs Editor and a Distinguished Senior Fellow at Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15761/european-union-coronavirus

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The Wuhan Virus: What if Hillary had won in 2016? - Patricia McCarthy


by Patricia McCarthy

Trump is like Churchill. Hillary Clinton is more like Neville Chamberlain.


If Hillary Clinton had won the 2016 election, we would not know about the enormously complex attempted coup she undertook, with a vast cast of characters, to defeat Donald Trump as a candidate and then unseat him once he was elected president. Only because she lost do we now know a great deal about all that.

We know that Hillary commissioned and paid for the vaunted "dossier," that she hired Fusion GPS to deliver opposition research that would take candidate Trump out of the running. We know that bad actors in the FBI (James Comey, Andrew McCabe, Pete Strzok, et al.); at the DOJ (Sally Yates, Rod Rosenstein, Bruce Ohr, et al.); and at the CIA (John Brennan) and James Clapper at the DNI all coordinated with each other to destroy Trump by wholly fraudulent means. Thanks to the wisdom of the voters, we now know all about their crimes against this country. Numerous books have been published by intrepid actual journalists who have laid out what happened in tremendous detail. Hopefully, when A.G. Bill Barr and prosecutor John Durham release their report, we will be privy to all the details of the whole sordid story of the most venal political scandal in American history. One thing is clear: there are a slew of people who need to be indicted for their crimes, beginning with Hillary Clinton and her team of political assassins. But had she been elected, we would know none of what these operatives at the highest levels of our government had set out to do because they feared an outsider in their oh, so exclusive club of unscrupulous, self-appointed elites. 

If HRC had won the election, we would still to this day be the handmaiden of China, for she would never have challenged the Chinese as President Trump has. They would still be stealing from us, plotting against us, taking advantage of us as they have for decades. They would not be paying the tariffs Trump has imposed upon them. We would have unrestricted illegal immigration on our southern border, and the unemployment of blacks, Latinos and women would not be at the lowest levels in history. We would be continuing to allow Iran to weaponize its nuclear program with assistance from Russia and China. We would not be energy-independent, as a President Clinton would have shuttered all coal mines, blocked any and all pipelines, and put a stop to fracking — all the things Joe Biden has dutifully promised to do if elected. In short, Clinton would be sitting pretty with all her thug pals, but the rest of us would be chopped liver by now. Her crowd cares about power, not people; about their own wealth, not the working families who make the nation run. She would have put millions of people out of work by now and happily rationalized the job losses as necessary to abate climate change. And who knows what pandemonium she might have incited in Syria and Afghanistan? She is the warmonger; Trump is the pacifist.

And now there is this Wuhan Virus. Like all flu viruses, it is deadly for some, the oldest among us with other exacerbating medical conditions, far less fatal than some types of flu but more easily transmitted; most who get it will survive. If HRC were president, chances are that our media would barely mention it but for the deaths in the rest of the world, since the deaths here have been far, far less than any typical flu season. That could change, but Trump on Jan. 31 banned planes from China landing here; he bought some time to get up to speed, to assemble a team of experts that are managing this crisis very well. As everyone surely knows by now, when the H1N1 flu struck in 2009, Obama ignored it for six months, until a thousand Americans had died and 300K were hospitalized. In the end, eighteen thousand Americans died! There was no panic, no hoarding, no quarantine, no banning restaurants from serving customers, etc. There was certainly no blaming Obama for not paying attention to what was a very lethal flu epidemic. If HRC were president today, the media would not be blaming her for its spread nor would they be fanning the flames of panic. They would be giving her credit for the fact that there are so few deaths here in comparison to other nations. They would be protecting her and finding ways to blame Republicans for the deaths across the globe. Consider how they rallied to deflect from her any blame, which she surely deserved, for the conflagration in Benghazi. If she were the president at this moment in time, there would be no mass hysteria, no attempt by the left to destroy a thriving economy and attempt to bring about a recession. But if she had been elected, we would not have a thriving economy. We would be chugging along with virtually no growth and high unemployment as we did under Obama. 

There is a market for alternative fiction. That is why Once Upon a Time in Hollywood was such a hit film; it provided an alternative ending to a true event that was a satisfying bit of fiction. But imagining an alternative ending to the 2016 election, if HRC's scheme to destroy Donald Trump had succeeded, this country would continue to be in decline and Clinton Inc. would be "managing" the said decline like Obama so happily claimed to do. Obama meant to and did seek to bring America down a few pegs; he dislikes this country and could not stop apologizing for our prosperity. Hillary just wanted to run it in order to get richer and richer.

Both of them and the so-superior in-crowd to which they belong loathe the rest of us. We are like gnats on a piece of fruit to them. President Trump, wealthy before he ran, and having no need to use his office for personal gain, hasn't. He donates his salary and his businesses are all in a blind trust. He clearly loves the country and has revitalized it in countless ways. That is why they hate him so. He has achieved what they have promised for decades but never really tried to accomplish. What Trump has done for American blacks and Hispanics is extraordinary which is why Blexit is a real thing, thanks to the glorious Candace Owens. So is Brandon Straka's WalkAway (from the Democrat Party) movement. The numbers of young people fed up with the Democratic Party is growing exponentially for good reasons. For example, when Obama took over the student loan program, it gave the colleges free rein to hike tuitions which they did. And those loans? Impervious to bankruptcy. It's a despicable scam, perpetrated by Obama on all college-bound young people but Obama's pals are getting very rich from that takeover. Do they care that they are saddling young people with a lifetime of debt? Not one bit. Hillary would have ramped it up to enrich her friends. 

The national frenzy over this virus, another in a centuries-long line of nasty bugs, should not be happening but it is. The left is positively exuberant that another agent of attack they can use to besiege the president has been dropped in their laps. They've grabbed the ball and are running with it to the point of sheer idiocy. Each press conference is plagued by questions about the politically correct language with which to name the disease! Do these not-journalists realize how ridiculous they sound to the rest of us? No, they do not. They think they are the left's gifted agents of destruction but they are most certainly insuring President Trump's re-election. That is the upside of this black swan event. The media have so shamed themselves that the whole nation is waking up to their duplicity. Having watched the Democrat campaign devolve to a choice between the sadly mentally-challenged Biden and communist Sanders, it is dawning on all of America except the radical regressives and never-Trumpers that we are blessed to have President Trump in the White House at this moment in time. He is the right man for this nation right now. He is our Winston Churchill; HRC would have been our Neville Chamberlain. A moment of conjuring what Clinton would have subjected this country to is enough to make most of us eternally grateful for the good sense of those American voters who elected Donald Trump. 


Patricia McCarthy

Source: https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2020/03/the_wuhan_virus__what_if_hillary_had_won_in_2016.html

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The illusion of unity - Eldad Beck


by Eldad Beck

The EU, focused on the problems of the Middle East and beyond, has failed to solve and prepare for its own. A dangerous prospect in the face of the coronavirus crisis.


It was an impressive, formal and surreal event: On Monday evening, French President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation, for the second time in five days. He declared that France is "at war" with the coronavirus pandemic and announced further closures and restrictions on the French population. It was surreal because Macron went beyond his authority and declared the borders of the European Union closed – not just France's borders. Although few hours earlier the idea was touted publicly by the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, Macron made the announcement before a joint decision had been made by the leaders of the member states. Macron took up the reins of bloc leadership amidst a general sentiment that the EU had completely failed in dealing with the pandemic. A failure that has now placed Europe at the center of the global spread of the disease.

The EU completely failed to identify the threat posed by the coronavirus and did not come up with a practical, European-wide, response to deal with the quick spread of the disease. Instead of coming together to formulate a uniform health policy, the Europeans wasted time complaining about the US administration's decision to stop air links between the US and the EU. The Europeans, previously infuriated by Trump's decision, followed suit a week later and closed their own borders, without confessing their mistake.

Dealing with the coronavirus has become a national mission, and each government has adopted its own measures in accordance with the severity and speed of the spread of the pandemic in each country. One after another, they declared that their borders were shut, just as they did in the last major crisis, the refugee crisis. Then too each EU member state broke one of the most basic principles of the union – free movement within its borders. For the second time in under five years, the EU has shown that it does not deal quickly enough with acute crises that happen on European ground.

The coronavirus crisis could turn into an existential crisis for the EU: The financial implications of the pandemic are expected to be devastating for many European countries, whose economies are already on shaky ground. The financial situations in Italy and France – the main centers of the spread of the coronavirus in the continent – were not particularly stable before the disease hit.

In France, Macron announced that he was halting his reforms, which were meant to heal many of the problems with the country's economy; Britain is still meant to reach an agreement with the EU on the financial aspects of Brexit; and the German economy – the strongest in Europe – has been on the cusp of crisis for the last year because of the rigid and lackluster management of the government in Berlin. If the German economy does sink into crisis – the ramifications will be felt strongly all over the EU. A situation of severe financial instability will play right into the hands of the parties in Italy, France, Germany and elsewhere who are opposed to the idea that the EU needs to become "the United States of Europe."

Instead of trying to solve problems that are not theirs around the world, the bloated and massive bureaucracy of the European Union should have been preparing to deal with internal European crises. After all, the EU is meant to improve the living conditions of European citizens, and not to bring peace to the Middle East. From one failure to the next, the EU is now striding confidently towards its end.


Eldad Beck

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/the-illusion-of-unity/

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Import of generic antiviral Kaletra approved to treat coronavirus - Arutz Sheva Staff


by Arutz Sheva Staff

In ongoing search for coronavirus treatment, generic antiviral drug to be imported despite patent protection.


For the first time since the Patent Law was enacted in 1967, the Attorney General has approved the use of a generic alternative to a patented drug before the expiration of its patent.

The drug concerned, Kaletra, is an antiviral that was originally developed by AbbVie pharmaceuticals to treat the HIV virus. It was singled out by the Health Ministry as a possible treatment for the coronavirus, but its Israeli patent only expires in 2024. However, Section 104 of the Patent Law allows the government to override the provisions of the law in specific circumstances and to permit the import and sale of generic alternatives. Since Kaletra’s patent has already expired in several countries, generics can be imported from these locations, for example from India.

Regardless of patent issues, AbbVie and its official importer in Israel are not capable of meeting the current demand for the drug, which is soaring world-wide. All the same, AbbVie will still be entitled to retrospective royalties, and the company’s interests are further protected by a stipulation that the generic drugs imported will only be used to treat coronavirus, and not the HIV virus it was originally developed to treat.

Kaletra is one of a number of antiviral drugs currently being tested for efficacy against coronavirus. A trial on Kaletra recently conducted in Wuhan, China on 199 adults severely ill with coronavirus yielded disappointing results, however. “No benefit was observed,” the researchers wrote in The New England Journal of Medicine. The trial compared standard treatment (the usual treatments for pneumonia along with supportive care) with Kaletra plus standard treatment, and researchers concluded that Kaletra neither decreased the duration of the illness nor did it reduce fatalities. However, they also stressed that one failed trial was not sufficient to discount the drug’s usefulness, which they would continue to investigate.

There is as yet no proven treatment for coronavirus, although a number of antiviral drugs have shown some promise, such as remdesivir, which was originally developed to treat Ebola. Tamiflu, an antiviral developed to treat influenza, has also been used to treat coronavirus in some countries, and another drug being used with cautious optimism is hydroxychloroquine, an old antimalarial drug that lab studies indicate could prevent coronavirus from invading cells. Another drug, the immunosuppressant tocilizumab, is also being used to treat those patients suffering from intense inflammatory reactions to coronavirus, based on its use in treating rheumatoid arthritis.

Despite the lack of conclusive evidence, doctors across the world are pulling out all the stops to find new approaches to treat the rapidly advancing epidemic, while vaccine trials are already underway in several locations.


Arutz Sheva Staff

Source: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/277525

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There's no vaccine for hate - Nadav Shragai


by Nadav Shragai

Yair Lapid and his cohort, who are accusing Benjamin Netanyahu of authoritarianism in this war against a pandemic, cannot seem to muster the emotional fortitude required to shed their blind hatred and help carry the load.


"This non-democracy," Yair Lapid informed Israeli citizens on Wednesday, "told you one thing today, that you cannot leave your homes. Ask yourselves, in which countries does a non-elected government tell its citizens they can't leave their homes."

I admit my jaw dropped in astonishment at his words. The first association that came to my mind was a historical episode, one which I never truly understood, of the Sicarii, a splinter group of the Jewish Zealots in the Second Temple period who torched the food storages in Jerusalem during the Roman siege of the city, due to their unbridled hatred for their enemies. I later came to see that I'm not alone in holding this sentiment. Lapid, however, lest there be any misunderstandings, is not a Sacarii! Heaven forbid. The Sicarii murdered in order to achieve their goals. Lapid is simply a zealot, perhaps even infected by "messianism" – after all, Avigdor Lieberman recently gave this term new life – whose "anyone but Netanyahu" obsession has completely warped his judgment.  

Otherwise, it's hard to explain: Is Dr. Adi Weiss-Fink – a family doctor from Italy who begged the Israeli public to learn from Italy's mistakes, for the sake of our children, parents and own lives, to stay at home – also an agent for Netanyahu? Were Dr. Gabi Barbash, or Dr. Bar Siman-Tov and the medical professionals in the Health Ministry – who have warned us that thousands could contract the coronavirus by the end of the month, and that heaven forbid countless could die – also sent by Netanyahu to eradicate democracy? 

 When things return to normal after the pandemic, a (democratic) score will need to be settled with those grossly irresponsible individuals who are insinuating that the countrywide shutdown we are dealing with for the sake of our grandparents, parents, and children – in short, for us all – stems from totalitarian considerations whose purpose is to turn society into a servant of the state and a tool in the hands of its leaders.

Until then, Israeli citizens need to thank God twice a day that Benjamin Netanyahu is managing this difficult crisis, and not Lapid and his cohort. I was never an ardent Netanyahu supporter. I acknowledge his faults but also his many virtues, and for all our sakes I am exceedingly appreciative and grateful for the manner in which he is managing this war. And it is a war! 

For at least the present , the majority of Israelis expect you to forget Netanyahu's trial and your blind hatred for him. If you cannot transcend yourselves and join an emergency or unity government – stay out of it, together with your new political allies, the supporters of terror and deniers of the Jewish state. If you are unable to muster the emotional fortitude required to shed your hatred and help carry the load, at least stop getting in the way.


Nadav Shragai

Source: https://www.israelhayom.com/opinions/theres-no-vaccine-for-hate/

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Coronavirus: Germany Whips Up Anti-Americanism - Soeren Kern


by Soeren Kern

Fake news out of Germany

Translations of this item:


  • The attempt to whip up anti-Americanism appears to be an effort by the German government to blunt public criticism of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet for their lackadaisical response to the coronavirus epidemic.
  • The story was quickly picked up and uncritically disseminated by print and broadcast media throughout Europe — and America. Nearly all quoted the Die Welt article verbatim without confirming the story on their own.
  • "To make it clear again on coronavirus: CureVac has not received from the US government or related entities an offer before, during and since the Task Force meeting in the White House on March 2. CureVac rejects all allegations from press." — Statement by CureVac, March 16, 2020.
  • U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell denied the allegations. "Not true," he tweeted. "The Welt story was wrong. But Business Insider, Reuters and others went with it anyway despite not having their own sources. Now everyone is back peddling."
  • The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, in an article titled, "CureVac Has Not Received an Offer from the U.S. Government," described the Welt article as "Fake News" concocted by CureVac in order to secure government funding. The paper suggested that the German government helped to promote the lie...
  • "A German minister, who heard from another German minister, that a German journalist, who was not there, reported that the U.S. president offered $1 billion for a company that has not yet developed a vaccine against COVID-19.... For my taste, much hearsay, the striving of Die Welt for many clicks, the fueling of resentment against Trump and perhaps intelligent marketing by the company for public funding in times of the corona crisis." — Reader comment in Die Welt, March 17, 2020.


The German government has promoted a fake news story asserting that the United States is trying to gain exclusive access to an experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by CureVac, a German biotech firm. Pictured: A company car sporting the CureVac logo, seen in front of the firm's headquarters in Tübingen, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images)

The German government has promoted a fake news story asserting that the United States is trying to gain exclusive access to an experimental coronavirus vaccine being developed by a German biotech firm.

The story — which has sparked anti-American furor in Germany and elsewhere in Europe — has been swiftly debunked by the company, which denied that it had received financial offers from the U.S. government or any related entity.

The attempt to whip up anti-Americanism appears to be an effort by the German government to blunt public criticism of Chancellor Angela Merkel and her cabinet for their lackadaisical response to the coronavirus epidemic.

On March 15, the newspaper Welt am Sonntag, in an article titled, "Donald Trump Poaches German Vaccine Company," reported that U.S. President Donald J. Trump had offered "a large sum of money" to buy the privately-held Tübingen-based company CureVac, which is working to produce a vaccine against the coronavirus.

The newspaper reported that according to anonymous persons within "German government circles" (deutschen Regierungskreisen), Trump wanted to "secure the drug exclusively for his country." The article stated:
"The U.S. president allegedly offered the German company a large amount of money to secure its work. In Berlin, there is talk of a billion dollars. What is particularly problematic is that Trump is doing everything possible to get a vaccine for the United States. 'But only for the USA,' says the federal government....
"Representatives of the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Economy are negotiating with CureVac.... Germany, it can be heard in Berlin, is making financial offers to try to keep the company [in German hands].... CureVac itself refused to answer questions."
The story was quickly picked up and uncritically disseminated by print and broadcast media throughout Europe — and America. Nearly all quoted the Die Welt article verbatim without confirming the story on their own.

"Vaccine 'Only for the United States,'" Rheinische Post claimed. "Trump's Anti-Social Act," the Süddeutsche Zeitung complained. "The Insolent Attack on CureVac is a Wake-up Call for Germany," Die Welt's business correspondent, Anja Ettel, wrote in an unhinged rant. Der Aktionär, a German business and finance magazine, surmised: "For Trump, the vaccine would be a miracle cure with which he could score properly in his election campaign."

German politicians also reacted, also apparently without verifying the story. Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said, "Germany is not for sale." Foreign Minister Heiko Maas tweeted: "We cannot allow a situation where others want exclusively to acquire the results of our research."

The head of the libertarian Free Democratic Party (FPD), Christian Lindner, said: "Such America-first thinking is really out of place here." German MP Karl Lauterbach, of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), tweeted:
"The American government has committed an extremely unfriendly act. The exclusive sale of a possible vaccine to the USA must be prevented by all means. Capitalism has limits."
CureVac has repeatedly denied the allegations. In a March 15 press release, the company said that it "rejects allegations about offers for acquisition of the company or its technology." In a March 16 tweet, the company wrote:
"To make it clear again on coronavirus: CureVac has not received from the US government or related entities an offer before, during and since the Task Force meeting in the White House on March 2. CureVac rejects all allegations from press."
The tweet was referring to CureVac's then-CEO, Daniel Menichella, who was invited to the White House on March 2 to discuss strategies for the rapid development and production of a coronavirus vaccine. He met with President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, members of the White House Coronavirus Task Force as well as high-ranking representatives of other pharmaceutical and biotech companies.

U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell denied the allegations. "Not true," he tweeted. "The Welt story was wrong. But Business Insider, Reuters and others went with it anyway despite not having their own sources. Now everyone is back peddling."

An American official told Reuters: "This story is wildly overplayed... We will continue to talk to any company that claims to be able to help. And any solution found would be shared with the world."

The newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine, in an article titled, "Curevac Has Not Received an Offer from the U.S. Government," described the Welt article as "Fake News" concocted by CureVac in order to secure government funding. The paper suggested that the German government helped to promote the lie:
"Is U.S. President Donald Trump displaying his true colors by following the motto 'America First' in the corona pandemic? The Welt am Sonntag reported that he wanted to secure access, with a lot of money, to the German biotech company Curevac. The allegations caused great excitement and harsh protest.
"High-ranking politicians in Berlin confirmed Trump's push to various media. Indirectly, the irritations were also reinforced by Chancellor Angela Merkel....
"In the meantime, Curevac has received a commitment of 80 million euros in funding from the European Commission."
Readers of the Die Welt article were overwhelmingly skeptical of the veracity of the article. One commenter wrote:
"A German minister, who heard from another German minister, that a German journalist, who was not there, reported that the U.S. president offered $1 billion for a company that has not yet developed a vaccine against COVID-19.... For my taste, much hearsay, the striving of Die Welt for many clicks, the fueling of resentment against Trump and perhaps intelligent marketing by the company for public funding in times of the corona crisis."
In an essay for the blog Die Achse des Guten, commentator Dirk Maxeiner, explained:
"If you want to distract from your own wrongdoing, it is always advisable to shout: 'Stop the thief, there he goes.' This game could be seen in clear form in recent days. German media and politicians, who in view of the Corona crisis would actually have enough reason to take a closer look at themselves, are taking down their favorite thief: Donald Trump, who else?
"Trump blocked entry for non-citizens from China to the United States over six weeks ago, while in Germany passengers continue to land cheerfully from there and enter unchecked. This does not prevent the Süddeutsche Zeitung, for example, from accusing Trump of 'failure' in the corona crisis. Headline: 'Virus meets incompetence.' Or, even better, Die Welt: 'Trump's attack on Germany hides America's fear of chaos.'
"You can of course see it the other way around: 'Germany's attack on Trump hides Germany's fear of chaos.' This version is much more plausible. The mixture of stupidity, arrogance and provincial self-overestimation can be described as an example in the following small episode.
"'The Insolent Attack on CureVac is a Wake-Up Call for Germany,' writes Die Welt. 'Donald Trump is poaching a German vaccine company,' it reported.... The German government is trying to prevent that....
"If you look at the updated information, you can only determine that it is a tempest in a teapot, in which the 'Stop the Thief' method met latent anti-Americanism, and the slogan 'Stop the Trump' spread like a wildfire. In the meantime, the narrative has become a fixed anecdote of German Trump and America haters....
"All of this shows how outrageous and provincial it is to want to construct a German-American economic confrontation out of American interest in the work of these researchers. It also demonstrates very clearly that German politicians are apparently only interested in cutting-edge research in this country when Americans discover it for themselves. Otherwise they do everything in association with the Brussels Nomenclature to make life difficult for top researchers in the medical field."
On March 16, the European Commission, the administrative arm of the European Union, announced that it had offered CureVac up to €80 million ($87 million) in financial support to scale up development and production of a vaccine against the coronavirus.

Merkel's chief of staff, Helge Braun, said that CureVac will remain in German hands:
"We have been in very close contact with the company in the past two weeks when there were thoughts of luring them to the United States. We also made it clear: If a vaccine is developed in Germany, it is for Germany and the world. That also convinced the company that they will stay."
Ultimately, the controversy may be superseded by events. On March 16, the United States became the first country to conduct a human test trial of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus. In total, 45 healthy adult volunteers between the ages of 18 to 55 will receive the trial vaccine over approximately six weeks.

The vaccine is called mRNA-1273 and was developed by scientists at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) and collaborators at biotechnology company Moderna, based in Massachusetts. It may be another year to 18 months before it becomes available, once it has passed more trial phases to prove that it works and is safe.

Meanwhile, after weeks of equivocating, Chancellor Merkel finally acknowledged the threat posed by the coronavirus. In an address to the nation on March 18, she said:
"The situation is serious. Take it seriously. Since German unification, no, since the Second World War, there has been no challenge to our nation that has demanded such a degree of common and united action."
A few days earlier, Merkel had finally warned that more than two-thirds of the German population — 58 million people — could get infected with the coronavirus:
"The virus has arrived in Europe, it is here, and we must all understand that. As long as there is no immunity in the population, no vaccines and no therapy, then a high percentage of the population — experts say 60% to 70% — will become infected."

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute.

Source: https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/15766/coronavirus-germany-anti-americanism

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