Biden’s SPIES Have A New Target
(RightWing.org) – Can America’s spy agencies chew gum and walk at the same time? After 20 years of countering terrorism in the Middle East, the Biden administration is about to find out. Some say the government no longer needs to use most of its resources to combat terrorist groups. Instead, the US appears to be repositioning itself to go toe-to-toe with the world’s largest communist state — China.
Over the last decade, experts on China have warned the country was gaining political, military, and economic power. Media reports show the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has increased its desire to take on the US and become the dominant international power. On Monday, August 8, the Associated Press (AP) reported that President Joe Biden’s spy agencies are shifting their focus toward the Asian region, and some say it can’t happen fast enough.
Administration Shifts Foreign Policy Target
On September 11, 2001, al Qaeda toppled the World Trade Center towers in New York City, hit the Pentagon, and passengers onboard United flight 93 brought down the plane in a farm field in Pennsylvania. In the 20 years since that tragic day, the armed forces fought two wars, one in Afghanistan and the other in Iraq. Intelligence officials now say they need to take the threat emanating from Asia more seriously while also monitoring potential terrorists.
Over the last several years, the AP noted Beijing has attempted to influence US elections, attacked infrastructure and businesses through cyberattacks, spied on American companies, and enslaved millions of Uyghur Muslims. Since Biden botched the withdrawal from Afghanistan and Russia invaded Ukraine, many believe the CCP may make a move to invade Taiwan at any moment as it continues to flex its military muscle.
The pivot within agencies has happened quickly as the threats have changed. The Associated Press said officials were transitioning hundreds of officers to focus on the evolving situation in China.
Is the Shift Overdue?
Numerous experts, veterans, and lawmakers agree the shift has taken too long. Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO) served as an Army Ranger in Afghanistan. He believes the government spent too many years focusing on counterterrorism instead of addressing the expanding threat from Asia. As a House Intelligence and Armed Services Committee member, the Colorado congressman said terrorists would not destroy our way of life, but China could do it.
Fellow committeeman Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) agreed it’s time to change the direction by using intelligence, diplomacy, and the military. CIA spokesperson Tammy Thorp said while the CCP demands the agency’s attention, that won’t distract from its ongoing efforts to track global terrorist threats and counter them.
So, can the administration chew gum and walk at the same time? Let’s hope so. The future may depend on it.
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