An armored brigade in Taiwan. That's a bold suggestion.

forbes.com/sites/lorentho…
It's not clear to me that a rotational presence of 5,000 U.S. troops would be a popular move on Taiwan. I'm no regional expert but when I've researched this in the past, most of the people there seem to tend to favor the status quo. This would change things a bit.
Oh, and it could trigger a shooting war.
There's no pretty way to do this. China is going to have to make the first move here. That is right and proper. The United States at its best is a counter-puncher, not an aggressor. People got too excited about OIF: It really shouldn't work that way. We react, not provoke.

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I've accepted a position as Editorial Lead at Northrop Grumman's Space Park office in Redondo Beach, California. I'll be working on various writing and communications functions as part of Space Systems.
This may seem like a weird move for me, given that Space Force wholly rejected the sensible policy of adopting Navy ranks. But for those who know me well, it's not quite as strange as it seems.

I have, even pre-dating my love of all things nautical, been a space nerd.
I was the kid with a telescope in my bedroom and the Milky Way Galaxy lovingly arranged on my ceiling in glow-in-the-dark stars. Apollo 13 came out when I was 11, and I watched it countless times growing up, along with endless Space Race documentaries from the Pennsauken Library.
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We're all human beings and we're all susceptible to the same societal pressures, but an aspiring dictator have to overcome quite a bit of societal and cultural baggage here in the US to not have 60 percent of the country laugh in his/her face at the idea of Biden or Trump Thought
Of course Trump had whole cults spring up around him (Q) so not EVERYONE would laugh. But the vast majority of Americans would not be very receptive. Dogging our political leaders is much more American Tradition than venerating them.
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"For liberals, then, 'infrastructure' is about windmills, green grids, and the antiquated choo-choo trains that One Percenters like Joe Biden like to take up and down the East Coast corridor."

18 percenters, David. 18% of the U.S. population lives in the DC-Boston corridor.
My mom is a musician and my dad is a minister: I took Amtrak regularly and we were not a member of the 1 percent. Not by a long shot. I also drive on 95 regularly and I drive on 66 pretty regularly. Our Infrastructure is garbage.
Guessing David hasn't rode on the DC Metro for work recently or regularly ever. Because it's pretty bad.
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Have we confirmed that Lt. Allison isn't an errant time traveler from 19th Century who ended up in the 21st Century by accident but went back to the US Navy because its all he knew?
Like, I genuinely feel bad. This reads like he's at the end of his rope and it seems like he's got some bad neighbors. But, uh, this isn't the way, man.
I don't see in the report where he tried talking to his neighbors.

I learned in the Navy that if you have a problem with someone, best to address it up front. Letting it fester is how you end up having a terrible day, then someone does something that bothers you and you snap.
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There is a nugget of truth in here where he points to bigness not being a substitute for brains. That's true. It's also true that the US is woefully deficient in explaining what its military is doing at why. I'd encourage Fareed to read this USNI essay. usni.org/magazines/proc…
The argument for our system of Military alliances was and ever shall be both economic and ideological. The very rise of Trump's America First politics means we've missed the boat on explaining how closely our alliances and economic success are linked.
I find Fareed's arguement annoying and more than a little disingenuous, but it's not illogical. And that is where the danger lies.
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Corn syrup: dried corn, ground up, soaked in hot water to extract it's starches which will be converted into sugar. The liquid is then drawn off.

You could throw some yeast in the corn-sugar water, distill it and you'd have moonshine. Or you could reduce it into ... Corn syrup.
If you drink bourbon, it's the same process only with a little barley and sometimes wheat or rye. If you drink scotch, its just barley, which is the same as beer only without the hops.
So I guess if you are weirded out by corn syrup, you should also be weirded out by almost any grain alcohol.
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