War With China

Grind for December 2nd
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Proceed With Caution

The Headline

Henry Kissinger: War with China is possible

The Grind

Speaking Thursday at the Bloomberg New Economy Forum in Beijing, former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said the current trade war between the US and China could explode into an armed conflict larger than World War I.

“A discussion of our mutual purposes and an attempt to limit the impact of conflict seems to me essential,” says Kissinger, who engaged in trade talks with Communist China in 1971. “If conflict is permitted to run unconstrained, the outcome could be even worse than it was in Europe. WWI broke out because of a relatively minor crisis…and today the weapons are more powerful.”

The Details

The US and China have entered the “foothills of a Cold War,” but it is not too late to find a solution. To prevent war, explains Kissinger, will require a serious commitment from both sides to understand and overcome the political causes behind the conflict.

“Everybody knows that trade negotiations, which I hope will succeed and whose success I support, can only be a small beginning to a political discussion that I hope will take place.”

Factors exacerbating US-China tensions include:

–US sanctions on Chinese tech companies

— Accusations of IP theft and spying

— China’s persecution of Muslims

— US endorsement of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong

— Competition in the South China Sea

The trade war with China began in June 2018 when President Trump declared a 25% tariff on $50 billion of Chinese goods. Since then, both sides have imposed escalating tariffs that have squeezed the farming and manufacturing sectors.

President Trump had planned on signing a preliminary trade deal with China during a summit in Chile in November, but the event was canceled due to protests.

A new set of tariffs affecting $160 billion of Chinese goods is set to go into effect December 15th.

This Stops Now

The Headline

Republicans strategize as Democrats move closer to impeachment vote

The Grind

House Democrats are moving forward with impeachment despite having failed to obtain crucial documents and testimony from first-hand witnesses such as Mick Mulvaney, Mike Pompeo, John Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani.

“I think we have been hampered in our ability because the White House, the State Department, [and] the Department of Defense have all withheld documents from us,” argues Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA). “But even with our hands tied behind our backs, we’ve been able to present the American people a compelling argument for moving forward with a review of whether or not we should have articles of impeachment brought to the floor of the House.”

The Details

This week, the House Intelligence Committee began preparing a report that will serve as the basis for articles of impeachment. The articles will focus on bribery, obstruction of justice, and abuse of power.

Top Republican senators met with White House Counsel Pat Cipollone on Thursday, deciding tentatively to give Dems two weeks to present their “evidence” during a Senate trial if the House votes to impeach President Trump.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is convinced Democrats lack sufficient evidence to impeach Trump and predicts some Democrats will join Republicans in voting against impeachment.

In the meantime, a court is deciding whether to allow former White House Counsel Don McGahn to testify regarding the allegations of obstruction of justice detailed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference.

The Takeaway

President Trump is in trouble. If there’s one thing that can bring together the fractured remnants of the Democratic Party, it’s the chance to remove Donald Trump from office.

With a majority of Republicans content to re-elect Trump in 2020, a successful impeachment at this time would wreak havoc on the election and assure a victory for Biden, Warren, Sanders, or perhaps Buttigieg.

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