Former Navy SEAL Adm. William McRaven, who became famous after it was revealed he headed the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, warned about China’s military capabilities during a Council on Foreign Relations event this Wednesday, Business Insider reports.
According to McRaven, China’s buildup is a “holy sh*t” moment for the US, adding that it’s time to “make sure that the American public knows that now is the time to do something” in the interest of national security.
A report released by the CFR on Wednesday says that China is emerging as the most significant rival to the US when it comes to defense, research, and technology. The report also stated that China is asserting its dominance in the Pacific and is also ramping up hacking operations and intellectual property theft.
McRaven warned that the “gap” between American and Chinese progress is “narrowing.”
From Business Insider:
In some cases, China is surpassing the US, according to the report — for example, in the commercialization of 5G, a necessary component of high-speed communication. What’s more, Chinese-built 5G networks could pose significant risks to US national security, as evidenced by the US’s contentious relationship with the Chinese tech company Huawei.
China’s intellectual-property theft is a significant cause for concern, and one that the US is confronting, the report said. Between October and December, the US Department of Justice indicted Chinese hackers and intelligence personnel on charges of intellectual-property theft three times.
McRaven added that problem isn’t going to go away.
“…it’s just going to get harder as we get further into the future,” he said.
Trump wishes ‘Happy Birthday to the US Navy’ — with a picture of a Russian battlecruiser
Adding to President Donald Trump's Russia obsession was an awkward misfire in a simple happy birthday message.
Sunday morning, before Trump set out on another day of golf, he tweeted a celebratory message to the U.S. Navy, which was officially established in 1775. Instead of showing photos of historic Navy ships or courageous sailors or decorated admiral, Trump posted a battleship, that isn't even an American ship.
According to Politico defense editor Dave Brown, the photo used in the graphic was Russian battlecruiser, the Pyotr Velikiy.
Democrats have alleged that Trump has an unnaturally close relationship to Russia, giving President Vladimir Putin whatever foreign policy demands he has.
Former George W. Bush aide reveals why Republican talking points on Syria are complete crap
During the weekend news shows, President Donald Trump's aides and allies took to televisions to justify the United States allowing Turkey to kill U.S. Kurdish allies.
"New Trumpist talking point," former George W. Bush speechwriter David Frum began. "The only way to stop Turkey['s] massacre of Kurds is to go to war against Turkey."
That's an inaccurate framing, Frum explained.
"Turkey never believed that: that's why they asked Trump's permission to invade," he said. "All he had to do was say No. He said, Yes. Why? All the plausible answers are corrupt."
John Dean laments Trump probably should be registered as a foreign agent
While many of President Donald Trump's campaign staffers, advisers or friends have been outed for doing foreign work while being an unregistered foreign agent, one former White House counsel thinks Trump should also probably register.
"In addition to other impeachable offenses, Trump should be charged with failing to register as a foreign agent under FARA," said Twitter user Connie Gruen.
Dean noticed the tweet and retweeted with his own note that it's "sadly" probably true.
"Sadly, this is probably true," agreed Dean. "Mueller did not investigate if Trump is, in fact, a Russian agent. Barr does not believe a POTUS can be investigated for anything, so the FBI is not. Because he acts like a RU agent Congress should be investigating his consistently pro-RU behavior!"