William Katz:  Urgent Agenda

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THE SITUATION – AT 3:55 A.M., NOVEMBER 11TH:   It's Veterans Day,  originally known as Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I.  It's a good time to think about the foreign policy implications of what happens here

Put yourself in the position of an intelligence officer advising the president of China, or Vladimir Putin, or the prime minister of a major allied nation.  You look at the United States after this midterm election, trying to figure out the final vote.  It's three days after election day, and the news outlets can't even say for sure who won the House of Representatives.  Several states can't complete their vote counting, even though they are dramatically smaller than nations, like France, who hold elections and provide a final tally on the same day.

Impressive, huh?  And important.  This pathetic show may well influence a foreign leader to think we are a sloppy, third-world, incompetent country.  It may well influence that leader to engage in risky adventurism, like China invading Taiwan.  Our perceived image is important for our safety, and our economic standing.  We must project an image of strength and ability.  But you'd never know it by the way we've come to accept incompetence. 

One reporter estimated that 75% of the votes gained from long voter counts, as in Arizona and Nevada right now, have gone to Democrats.  Hmm.  I wonder how that happened.  I dare not ask.

Oh, add the Biden administration's reckless withdrawal from Afghanistan to the list of images other nations have seen in recent years.  Add the video of neighborhoods burning in our large cities. 

We have work to do, and we don't have a government in Washington willing to do it.

November 10-11, 2022