I did not watch but was thinking about China and Covid and the administration.
Our response has been just an insane series of F%$K ups all the way along for which Trump cannot blame China or any other person, place, or thing but himself.
BUT, I thought, what if part of his desperation to keep the presidency is that China actually did engineer this virus and release it as a form of bio warfare? I am really surprised that the outbreak started there and given the sheer size of the population as well as it's density and poor infrastructure they did not have anywhere near the death toll other nations did. Particularly the US. Fishy.
If China had done this it is a good bet we would know that, but our government would be constrained from saying so because it would be an obvious act of war that could just not go unpunished. But to prosecute such a war would turn into a world war that we just are not ready for.
About 6 months ago I noticed on the military websites I follow that we are indeed making some pretty large troops and material movements in the Western Pacific (a third aircraft carrier for example), and our allies like Korea, Japan, and especially Australia, are far more open and frank on their media than we have here. I spent some time in Australia in 2017, we get very little of their web content and they get little of ours supposedly due to copyright law differences. If you ask me that seems a very convenient excuse for compartmentalizing news in the international community. I was pretty shocked by the Australian understanding of the US situation given the dearth of news on the web, and what their media presents is not what you think it would be. Access to our media, like Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The Atlantic, etc is very sharply limited to unavailable at all.
I have still noted that Australia has been saying some pretty alarming things about China and the their PM even said just a few weeks ago they consider confrontation with China "inevitable," and in that case they will of course honor their military alliance with America no matter what.
That is bold. The Chinese have to hear it as provocative.
We also a few weeks ago pissed the PLA off to no end with a high level trade and diplomatic envoy to Taipei. The Chinese responded with a near war footing and have force the Taiwan military into some very hairy contacts that are verging on war.
India and China are as good as at war now with hundreds of Chinese troops in the disputed Gawon Valley dead, 35 Indian soldiers killed, and a Chinese base (where it was not supposed to be) taken by India. So, the US and India just formalized a defense pact less than two months ago and Trump went to India to meet with Modi, in February ( https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/joint-statement-vision-principles-united-states-india-comprehensive-global-strategic-partnership/ ). We are even solidly backing Vietnam as an ally in this matter, the Chinese have claimed some of the islands that are traditionally thought to be Vietnamese. Ditto Philippines.
That is why I have said, and you have ignored, my claim that the real October surprise will be WWIII with China. We will do Putin's fighting and he will reap the benefits of a Chinese state that loses that war.
Trump knows that a Biden win would mean that war would never start even if news is released that Covid was an actual act of war on the world by China. It might even have been a preemtive attack to slow down the readiness of western allies they know are gearing up for this war. And the UK will be up to it's proverbial eyeballs in it because they made a promise to Hong Kong which predictably the Chinese ignored flat out and have imposed a totalitarian regime there. Singapore is preparing as well.
Even if my analysis is not right we all have to understand that events are drifting us in this direction and unless China changes at a very fundamental level this is where it will eventually go. I am not optimistic about it because the Chinese are not prone to consider other peoples or nations, their own name for their land is Middle Earth or Middle Kingdom. But, as a college professor told us once that is a misunderstanding by westerners, we take it as geographical and metaphorically, they take it as an actual fact to mean the CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE and that all other lands and people are peripheral both geographically and in terms of any value. In other words theirs is the only culture that counts.
Part of my pessimism in this matter is that I do not see how any war with China can avoid going nuclear. We can win conventionally, but humanity would lose the moment a nuke is launched.
I can provide a set of links to the troop movements and news related to this if anyone is interested.