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BE A PRAGMATIC VISIONARY

In this installment of our leadership and success series, we turn to the oft-maligned presidency of Richard M. Nixon, whose reputation as a communist fighter followed him during much of his political life. Despite this reputation, while president, he had the foresight to pursue and then achieve what amounted to a critical turning point in the Cold War, historic goodwill meetings with China’s communist Chairman, Mao Tse-Tung, and Premier Chou Enlai. This February 1972 meeting opened the door to the political and economic recognition of “Red China,” a country which had been largely shunned internationally since the communist takeover of the mainland in 1949. The epic meeting, “the week that changed the world,” to describe Nixon’s final toast, truly changed relations with The People’s Republic of China – the world would never be the same thereafter.

Nixon’s trip to China was a masterstroke in foreign relations. But to describe Nixon as a visionary would be anathema to how most people would remember him. Some have speculated that the trip was motivated by Nixon’s hope to use better relations with China as a balance against the rising power of the Soviet Union. For over two decades America’s relationship with China had been best described as a frigid, even tense standoff with no contact and no trade of any moment. The absence of diplomatic recognition between the two countries was marked by America’s efforts to isolate China on the world stage. Regardless of the motivation, there was a sudden, dramatic change in the relationship between the two countries marking the unfolding of a new chapter in world history. Diplomats in two countries that had been engaged in open warfare against each other 20 years earlier in the Korean War, where General Douglas MacArthur had once threatened to lead his forces across the Yalu River into Chinese territory, were now drinking toasts to each other as personal contact and conversation replaced hostility amid the ebbing of tensions.

The transition in economic relations between the two countries can best be described as momentous, remarkable in scope. While economic information from the 70s is sketchy, it appears that in 1975 trade between the U.S. and China approximated $14 billion. By 2017 it had exploded to the staggering level of roughly $710 billion. This volume of trade is all the more amazing considering that China, with a communist government, had nevertheless pursued, and is still pursuing, a capitalist, free-market economy, an economy presently ranked second in the world only to that of the United States. The ongoing trade negotiations between the U.S. and China bear mute testimony to the growth of the Chinese economy, an economy, it should be added, which has also furthered a menacing growth in Chinese militarism, which is particularly evident in the South China Sea.

Nixon often appeared to be held in the grip of paranoia. The Watergate break-in, apparently motivated by his needless concern over the forthcoming election, is still considered by many political observers to have been a mystery in view of the fact he won reelection in 1972 in a landslide. His relations with the press could best be described as obsessive, sometimes intense and bordering on combative. But despite his personality quirks, he had the inner strength to cast aside his own personal dislike of communism and replace it with the foresight to recognize the potential political, diplomatic, and economic realities of a meaningful relationship with the world’s largest communist country, population wise.

Some pundits have argued that Nixon’s strength as president lay in his grasp of world politics. His rapprochement with the country once distained as “Red China” was a foreign policy triumph and went a long ways to proving that observation to be true. Any aspiring leader could learn from Nixon’s oft-repeated attitude in retirement, i.e., that only today and tomorrow matter; just look forward and have no recriminations over the past. To coin the refrain from an old ‘40s tune by legendary songwriter Johnny Mercer, “…accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative.”

Arnold G. Regardie

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“Fake News” Is Nothing New. The “Surprise” Attack on Pearl Harbor May Be Fake News.

There has been a lot of media talk recently about fake news.  But this is nothing new.  In fact, fake news has been around for as long as there has been news.

Take the attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, December 7, 1941, for example.  Conventional wisdom has it that this was a surprise attack by Imperial Japan on the U.S. Pacific fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor.  But a veritable cottage industry of second guessers has sprung up over the years, books and articles galore, making the argument that President Franklin Roosevelt not only knew about the coming attack ahead of time but did nothing to prevent it so as to form a basis for America to get into World War II.  Roosevelt did this, so the argument goes, to help revive a struggling American economy by putting it on a war footing,  to come to the aid of  America’s allies overseas, notably Great Britain, as well as to protect its own interests worldwide.

Needless to say, the U.S. was swept by anger and outrage over the attack, the prevailing question in effect being, “How could a great country like the United States  have been caught so flat footed?”   Several investigations were conducted into the causes of the lack of U.S. preparedness,  probably the best known being the investigation by a ten-member Congressional subcommittee, five Representatives and five Senators, six Democrats and four Republicans, which began in 1945 and concluded in July, 1946, with the issuance of a 41,000 page report.  The report, signed by eight of the ten subcommittee members, concluded that there had been no dereliction of duty by President Roosevelt,  various cabinet members, or certain members of the Army and Navy, but errors of judgement had been made.  The majority also stated that the Empire of Japan made the attack on its own and had not been tricked or coerced by the U.S. into making it.

However, there was a minority report signed by two Senators which criticized the majority opinion in a scathing, blistering  denunciation.   This dissenting opinion, some seventy-seven pages long, supported chapter, book, and verse, by detailed references to the record before the subcommittee, concluded that Roosevelt and other high officials in Washington were in fact at fault in not being prepared for the attack.  They were also very critical of President Harry Truman, who came into office after Roosevelt died in April, 1945.  They concluded that Truman had obstructed the investigation so that all the facts concerning U.S. preparedness, or lack thereof,  had not come to light.

To this day it appears that all of the facts about the attack have not been made public due to later restrictions on the release of certain government records having been imposed by President Jimmy Carter in 1979.

Will all the facts concerning U.S. lack of preparedness ever be known?  Was the attack by the Japanese on December 7, 1941 really a surprise attack?  Did President Roosevelt have advance knowledge of it?  Maybe.  Maybe not.  Is all of this managed news?  Was the “surprise” attack fake news to cover up for Roosevelt?  Who knows?  But I think the American people are entitled to know the facts, all the facts.

Incidentally, for those of you interested in reading  the majority subcommittee opinion, read my book, “Prelude to Disaster:  How Imperial Japan’s Diplomatic Treachery Led to America’s Greatest Military Disaster – Pearl Harbor.”  It is essentially based on the subcommittee report.  The book is a true account of Japanese diplomatic deception which led up to the Pearl Harbor attack and provides an inside look at the diplomatic exchanges between U.S. State Department representatives and Japanese diplomats while dark clouds of war loomed in the background.  It puts the reader in a position to be an eyewitness to history.  It is available on Amazon and eBay.

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Elect Hillary? Another Obama? No thanks!

Previous posts to this site have taken the position that Donald Trump is a serious presidential contender, deserving of your support.  Here is more evidence.

As many people now agree, electing Obama was a mistake, a major mistake.  The campaign of Hillary Clinton is clearly dedicated to a continuation of his policies.  Is that what you want, more of the same?  No thank you and let it be repeated for emphasis, no thank you.  Obama’s legacy, which seems to override everything he says and does these days,  can be summed up in one word: worthless.  Obama will go down in history as the most incompetent, the most ineffective president the country has unfortunately ever had.

Here’s the latest evidence, facts, not innuendo, not hyperbole, facts, that Obamacare is proving to be an utter disaster.  In today’s news, the latest blow to the Affordable Care Act is that Aetna Insurance, one of the top-five insurers,  is the latest insurer to withdraw its plans from coverage, citing losses aggregating $400 million since 2014.  This development comes after Humana and UnitedHealthcare have previously withdrawn.  It has also been reported that there have  been double digit premium increases for many of the carriers which will continue to sell through exchanges such as Covered California next year.   Dropping out of Obamacare by the carriers is attributed to too many sick people and not enough young healthy people seeking coverage.

All of which brings to mind  what Nancy Pelosi famously said in so many words back around 2009, i.e., “We have to pass this bill [Obamacare] to find out what’s in  it.”  This comment is undoubtedly the most irresponsible statement ever uttered by a member of Congress.  Well Nancy, now you know.  Read it and weep.

But Obama’s election was urged by the liberal media saying in effect, the country simply has to elect a man of color, a minority member, as the first minority president, to prove it’s a true democracy.  And Obama, an eloquent speaker, was elected, in large part by lying to the American people.  But that’s another story which we’ll save for another day.  Well, now they’re saying it again, i.e., the country has to elect a woman, Hillary, as the first woman president.

Remember that old saw, fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.  Well, lets not make the same mistake again.  Hillary as president would be calamitous for the country, not to mention the free world.  She is grossly incompetent, lacks judgment, temperament, leadership skills and experience, is also corrupt and a world-class liar.  She has no business running for any public office, much less the presidency.  But the liberal media is backing her largely because she’s a woman, as it backed Obama largely because he was a minority member.

Donald Trump has promised repeal of Obamacare as part of his presidency, one of the many reforms he has promised, all of which deserve serious consideration.   This is yet another of  long list of reasons why Trump deserves to be elected.

Arnold G. Regardie©2016.  All rights reserved.

 

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TRUMP CARES – By Helping Job Creation, Helping To Feed Starving Kids, Making A Difference

Trump knows business, having enjoyed  an ultra-successful career as a business person.  He knows jobs, having created thousands of jobs during his long career.  Trump has learned how to deal with people, all kinds of people during this time.  He understands finance and economics and how to negotiate deals.  He knows business, and who can deny that being president, running the country, is like running a big, very big, business. So his experience in business has prepared him for the presidency like no political job ever could.

Trump has also endorsed a network marketing business in past years, not currently since he entered the presidential race, which in turn  supported a charity that helped feed hungry children.  By endorsing this business he helped people to improve their lives by helping them to own their own business, create more time for themselves and become independent, and in the process helped to provide food for starving kids, all as part of his effort to help people get a new start in life.  It’s what Trump is all about.  This was nothing new for him.  He had been doing it for years.  It’s what he called, rightfully so, making a difference.   I have personal knowledge of all that, being a member of that network marketing business myself.  So TRUMP CARES.  He cares about people, he cares about the country, he cares about you.

No one can take any of that away from him, not for a moment, certainly not Crooked Hillary, who knows nothing about job creation, nothing about finance or economics, nothing about making deals, or about success in anything.  She is corrupt, incompetent,  and a world-class liar.  She should hang a sign around her neck that says, “I am a fraud – don’t vote for me.”  For once in  her life, she’d be telling the truth.  Hillary has also collected money, millions of dollars from foreign powers paid into the Clinton Foundation over the years, for her services, her favors, as Secretary of State.  You know what that makes her?  They have a name for it, not used in polite company.  I don’t have to say it.  But facts are facts, they are things, as John Adams argued in the famous Boston Massacre trial of 1770.  You have to deal with them.  This entire scheme is an arrangement that just reeks of corruption and is well deserving of an FBI investigation in and of itself.

Yet Crooked Hillary still  claims she is qualified to be President.  Amazing!  Of course, she’s getting help, lot of it, from the liberal, very liberal, mainstream media.  They are crooked too, as claimed by Trump, and rightly so.   They have a duty to report news accurately, but they don’t.  They distort everything so far as Trump is concerned even falsify things, and they shouldn’t.   It’s an abuse of the constitutional guarantee of freedom of the press.  But they are scared to death that Trump will win.  They should be scared, because he will win.

Copyright©2016.  Arnold G. Regardie.  All rights reserved.

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Trump’s Business Savvy Will Translate Well Into The Presidency

Donald Trump, a first time politician,  is without doubt a champion of private enterprise.  This is what America was built on, not socialism.  Tell that to Bernie Sanders.  “[Private enterprise] has made this country great,” he remarked several years ago, long before he decided to run for president.   Now, he wants to return the country to the greatness it previously enjoyed, greatness reflected across the board, not just in the great wealth of its people but the highest living standard in the world.   You can create a good life for yourself as an entrepreneur as he well knows,  “an unbelievable life” if you do well.

Trump has been successful as a commercial real estate developer including hotels and golf courses around the world.  He is also a best selling author, e.g., “The Art of the deal,” (admitting inter alia to being skillful at overcoming obstacles), and a successful television producer, i.e.,”The Apprentice/Celebrity Apprentice.”    He has a track record of successful accomplishments.  Where are Hillary’s?  Trump believes in hard work, taking care of the people who work for him, continued self-improvement, and to never, never give up.  He is a devotee of making a difference in the lives of others.  These characteristics reflect his spirit and are qualities which will translate well into what is seen as an effective presidency.

Copyright©2016. Arnold G. Regardie

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The Wimp In The White House

A comment was recently heard from someone who favors Barack Obama that he is to be lauded because he has “kept us out of war.”

This is nonsense, an entirely fallacious statement.  It reflects total and complete naivety as to what’s going on in the world today.  We are at war, but Obama fails to see it.

The absence of leadership from the White House is at the root cause of much of the terrorism that prevails in the world today.  The terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium yesterday (for which ISIS claims responsibility) are only the latest examples of the global radical jihad (a term shunned by Obama) which is rampant in today’s world,  an ongoing, unremitting, brutal form of warfare  being perpetrated against civilized nations, a war which the current White House occupant still fails to recognize as such.

Obama has no idea how to deal with ISIS.  He has never defined/adopted a policy for dealing with this terrorist group.  A pinprick here and there from air attacks fails far short of what is needed to defeat it.   What is lacking and is clearly needed is strong leadership from Washington to form and lead an international coalition to confront ISIS militarily, politically, economically, culturally,  and financially,  i.e., in every conceivable way,  and stamp it out.  To block all possible sources of financing may be the m0st effective approach.  No group can operate without financing and will dry up if sources of money are cut off.  This is  a basic fact that, like many others, is not recognized in the White House.

The real problem is that the U.S. has elected someone as president who has no qualifications for the job.  Obama never did have any track record of accomplishments.  Being a community organizer doesn’t do it.  But he had a broad smile, a friendly face, and a gift for gab that made him believable.  Though promising hope and change, he delivered disappointment and discouragement.  He lied to the American people.   His legacy can be summed up in one word: incompetency.

This country needs strong, effective leadership, indeed, so does the free world.     As the leading presidential candidate on the Republican side,  Donald Trump, brings to the table a track record of proven accomplishments.  He has been successful as a businessman, a television producer, and as an author.  He is also controversial, but so was General George Patton.    Patton was a leader; he knew how to get things done.   Patton knew how to win, which made him undoubtedly WW II’s most effective general.  He definitely had his faults, as does Trump.  But Patton’s faults were inconsequential in light of his overall accomplishments.

Trump is cut from the same cloth as Patton.  Trump may be blunt, brash, and outspoken but he is also audacious and knows how to get things done.  He will bring to the presidency all of the skills he has mastered as a successful businessman, as set forth in his best selling book, “The Art of the Deal.”  He knows how to cut deals profitably, a skill America badly needs, how to handle people, also a badly needed skill presently lacking in the White House,  how to handle finances, and, importantly, he knows how to create jobs.  He has had experience cutting through a broad array of obstacles.   There should be no doubt that this experience can be put to good use as president not only in creating jobs, a very important issue, strengthening the American economy, also a very important issue, but in dealing with Congress and in handling foreign affairs.  The job of being president needs someone with business savvy because running the country is akin to running a big business.  Trump has those qualifications.   As he put it in his book, he  is good at overcoming obstacles and motivating good people to do their best work.

On the other side of the equation, Hillary doesn’t have the necessary skills to be president.   In fact, as this blog has repeated urged, she brings nothing to the table.  The country simply cannot afford to elect another incompetent president.

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As a follow up to my last post, this rhyme comes to mind:

Hillary Dillary Pudd’n and Pie

Kissed the voters and made them sigh,

But when the people went out to vote,

Hillary Dillary had disappeared in a cloud of smoke.

In other words, Hill’s so-called campaign is a fabrication, without substance, i.e., a lot of hot air.

Hillary postulated recently, during an interview, that she “always” tried to tell the truth.  This pathetic response in itself is nothing but another lie.  I shake my head in wonderment that such an unqualified, incompetent, but power-hungry woman can garner any support whatsoever.

Also, the ongoing FBI investigation deserves continued public attention.  The public is entitled to know the results of that investigation, no matter what ultimate decision is made by the DOJ.  The public has an absolute right to know what the facts are, as found by the FBI’s investigation.  There should be no cover up, no protection granted.

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February 23, 2016 · 7:53 pm