It has been a bit since I have stood on my soapbox and ranted about the Administration’s China position. It has lost the attention of the mainstream media in favor of the current drama around Ukraine-gate. However, this still remains a monumental issue for those affected so it is time to revisit.
Frankly, I was hoping that the Administration would just quietly stand down and realize, finally, that all of this anti-China/Huawei rhetoric is doing more harm than good.
There have been dozens of penned articles, interviews, videos, webcasts, etc., about how the Administration’s position has been detrimental to America’s interests – both with China and our allies. Therefore, it may be overshadowed for the time being, but it is, certainly, no less critical.
It seems that there are some sections of our government trying to defuse the White House’s adamant anti-Huawei position. One example is the continual reprieves that the Department of Commerce has been granting to Huawei. Another is backpedaling on allowing exemptions to the ban. And, there is talk about funding a rip and replace program by legislation to remove Huawei hardware. But, by the time such legislation and its funding gets into place, we will be looking at 6G. In spite of all of this, there has been little give on the Administration’s position, regardless of the diatribe from it.
Would it not, after all this time, make sense for President Trump to just drop this and move on? This has been a colossal embarrassment for America. Not just for the White House, but worse yet, for the Republican members of Congress who have stood behind the President for fear of alienating the hard-core, love America or leave it, isolationists that support whatever this president does. How embarrassing this has been to America from our allies’ eyes.
And, yet the Administration just keeps on a-truckin’ trying to convince the world that China is the essence of all evil.
It has been clearly demonstrated that banning Huawei will set us back in 5G. With one or two exceptions, our allies, as well as much of the civilized world, have ignored the Administration’s bullying and are starting to pull ahead of the United States in both quantity and quality of 5G deployments.
Tangentially, it also has been clearly demonstrated that Trump’s tariffs are doing more harm than good in any number of market segments. They are threatening to put a damper on this year’s holiday economics (as well as having to give up the Giant Pandas in zoos around the U.S.). While it has lost favor with the media, make no mistake, the tariffs and other China slams are still, mostly in place and they continue to have an effect.
What is most embarrassing, however, is how we are now being seen by our allies. All of the saber-rattling makes this president and, in general, the current Congress, look weak and untrustworthy when other nations fail to follow suit. I have to wonder why figures, like Attorney General Barr and Secretary of State Pompeo, continue to believe (unless they are just faking it) that what they are saying and doing will make us look respectable in the world’s eyes.
I recently had a conversation with some colleagues in the Netherlands. When I asked what the general perception of the leadership in this country was there, one reply was that most of the people just shake their heads at the continuous angry outbursts by President Trump. And, few take him seriously as a world leader. But, mostly they are amazed that this type of thing could happen in America (so am I!).
It is obvious that this Administration does not seem to care much about the fallout from its actions. What concerns me the most is the support of these actions by much of the Republican party. Trump may or may not go away next year. It is unlikely, however, that many of his supporters in Congress will, by and large, go away.
If he is not the president after the next election, the remnant Republican hardcore supporters left behind will continue to sing his praises, making trusting our political structure much more difficult, regardless of who is president. If he wins, of course, all bets are off and it will just be another four years of MOTS and the fallout and damage to this country will just continue as is. And, we will fall further and further behind in not just 5G, but technology in general.
In the end, and regardless of how the impeachment or the election proceeds, it there is a newly elected president – it will take a lot of common sense politicians to undo what this administration has done, economically, politically and reputational.
Since we will be dark next week, and on that note, I want to wish all my readers, supporters, and critics, a feast full of turkey day and I will see you on back side.