China’s Newest Type 039 Submarine is Built for Stealth

Here’s What You Need to Know: China’s newest Type-039 submarine has some modifications of earlier designs that may indicate it has a different mission.

The People’s Liberation Army Navy’s newest submarine, tentatively dubbed the Type-039C, splashed across headlines in June 2021 when social media sleuthing revealed the new submarine transitioning a body of water with assistance from several tugboats.

Though a flurry of information about the new submarine surfaced — some definitive, some speculative — there is now more concrete information about the new submarine. Here’s what we know, a sort of “deeper dive.”

What We Think We Know

The Type-039 class and derivatives are also known as the Yuan-class. The first of the class, the Type-039A, first made its appearance in a Chinese shipyard in 2006 and caught many naval experts by surprise. Since the class’ introduction into PLAN service, several variants have subsequently been introduced with the most significant external difference between them being the sub’s sails.

The first Yuan, the Type-039A, featured a sharply outlined and boxy sail that drew comparisons to the Soviet Kilo-class which China purchased from Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. The second Yuan derivative provisionally called the Type-039B, featured a more refined, more smoothly contoured sail that in all likelihood creates less seawater “flow” noise, and would therefore be more difficult to track while underwater and underway.

The Type-039C Yuan has the most complex sail design of the three. The newest Yuan’s sail is chined, potentially an indication of the new platform’s emphasis on surface operations. Though speculative, the chined sail is reminiscent of the kind of stealth contouring used in stealth aircraft and some ships to deflect incoming enemy radar and remain undetected.

One potential application for a submarine with a “stealthy” sail could be special operation forces insertion and extraction when a submarine on the surface would be particularly vulnerable, though this remains somewhat speculative.

Importantly, however, although the several Yuan-classes have differing sail shapes, their sails appear to be mated to more or less the same place in the hull and are relatively similar in size. This is a potential indicator that all three Type-039 variants retain their primary anti-ship, anti-submarine warfare mission profile.

Given the newest of the latest Type-039C and the dearth of information surrounding it and its strange sail, it may be too early to say if the new submarine represents the new Yuan-class standard, a one-off design, or a research platform for testing new technology.

Though the People’s Liberation Army Navy does operate several of the Type-039 and variants, it has also sold several Type-039 export-specific variants abroad, both to Thailand as well as to Pakistan. Perhaps this latest Yuan-class variant will also eventually be exported.

Caleb Larson is a Defense Writer based in Europe. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.



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Russia’s Newest Nuclear Submarine May Have a Secret Mission

Here’s What You Need to Know: Unlike most other kinds of submarines, the K-329 Belgorod is able to act as a mothership for a smaller submarine, also nuclear-powered. This smaller submarine is likely capable of very deep dives, which would allow it to conduct a variety of missions on the ocean floor — essentially deep seabed warfare.

One of Russia’s largest and most complex submarines, the K-329 Belgorod, has officially started its sea trials, as per expert naval analysis.

The Belgorod is one of the largest submarines in terms of displacement in existence today, exceeded only by the Soviet — now Russian — Typhoon class, which is coincidentally the largest submarine ever built. The design is also larger than the American Ohio-class submarines, the largest submarines ever commissioned into the United States Navy. The K-329 is in essence a highly modified Oscar-II class submarine, a nuclear-powered cruise missile submarine design.

Interestingly, the Belgorod appears two be capable of two unique but disparate missions.

Unlike most other kinds of submarines, the K-329 Belgorod is able to act as a mothership for a smaller submarine, also nuclear-powered. This smaller submarine is likely capable of very deep dives, which would allow it to conduct a variety of missions on the ocean floor — essentially deep seabed warfare. Though speculative, one of the likely missions the K-329 could conduct in tandem with its midget submarine payload would be cutting or splicing underwater internet and communications cables, mine laying, and a variety of other covert actions.

The Belgorod’s other mission appears to almost be contradictory to clandestine missions: nuclear deterrence. The K-329 is equipped with a total of six Poseidon torpedos. These are no ordinary torpedos, however: rather than packing a conventional high-explosive anti-ship warhead, they are instead tipped with a nuclear warhead. Instead of representing a single kind of torpedo, however, the Poseidon is actually a family of torpedoes thought to have slightly varying characteristics to better engage a wide variety of targets, from carrier strike groups to coastal cities. They are unlike any other kind of torpedos in known existence.

As if the Poseidon’s nuclear payload was not impressive enough, the torpedoes themselves are nuclear powered and thus have a virtually unlimited range making them rather a kind of underwater drone rather than just simply a torpedo. Though difficult to confirm with 100 percent certainty, the Poseidon torpedo is thought to have a very high top speed, possibly over 80 miles per hour and over double the speed of most naval surface vessels.

Part of the confusion surrounding the Belgorod’s two mission profiles is their seeming contradiction: secretive undersea cable manipulation and other missions of a clandestine nature hinge on remaining undetected, whereas launching the world’s largest, fastest, and perhaps loudest torpedo (when in its terminal phase) lies in direct contradiction to remaining undetected.

Much remains to be understood not only about this mysterious new submarine but also about its unique mission profiles. Where K-329 would ultimately be based could shed some light on the project, and if Russian media sources are to be believed, indicates this could be in the Pacific Ocean rather than the Atlantic. Still, much remains to be known definitely. Regardless, the K-329 Belgorod is one of the newest and most advanced submarines currently in the Russian Navy.

Caleb Larson is a defense writer based in Europe. He holds a Master of Public Policy and covers U.S. and Russian security, European defense issues, and German politics and culture.



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Harvard’s Newest Lesson: How To Mask and Eat at the Same Time

‘A straw can make this more efficient,’ Ivy League school says

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Aaron Sibarium • September 10, 2021 3:35 pm

Harvard University was founded in 1636 in order to train an elite class of Puritan ministers. Nearly four centuries later, the school has not abandoned that mission. In a campus-wide email sent Friday, the university weighed in on an ecclesiastical controversy that has dogged the secular clergy of our own time: how to eat in public with a mask on.

“Eating and drinking together are a cornerstone of human social interaction,” Harvard’s health director Giang Nguyen acknowledged in the email. But there are still “efficient” ways to “minimize the time spent unmasked and in close proximity.” To that end, Nguyen outlined some tips for staying “safe” in the dining hall.

“Follow the ‘Quick Sip Rule,’” the email told members of the Ivy League university, whose alumni include eight U.S. presidents and Xi Jinping’s daughter. “Lower your mask, take a sip, and then promptly cover your mouth and nose. A straw can make this more efficient.”

America’s future elites were also discouraged from socializing over coffee. “If you wish to slowly savor a hot beverage, do it away from others,” Nguyen said. “If you are taking your time between bites (for conversation, for example), put your mask back on.”

Harvard, which did not respond to a request for comment, has a 94 percent vaccination rate among its students. As of this week, its test positivity rate is 0.18 percent.

One hallowed Harvard tradition may not survive the new guidance: networking. The email told students to “avoid table-hopping” and “consider dining consistently with the same small group of people rather than a different group at every meal of the day.”





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Watch The Newest Trailer For ‘The Sopranos’ Prequel ‘The Many Saints of Newark’

Another trailer for “The Many Saints of Newark” dropped Wednesday.

The highly-anticipated “Sopranos” prequel will follow the rise of Tony Soprano from being a teenager to being the criminal kingpin viewers watched for years on HBO. (REVIEW: ‘Westworld’ Season 3 Ends With The Possible Deaths Of Multiple Characters)

The second trailer for the film is just as electric as the first and it looks like we’re guaranteed to have a good time. Give it a watch below.

I honestly can’t wait for “The Many Saints of Newark” to drop. James Gandolfini’s son Michael plays young Tony Soprano, and that’s about as cool as it gets.

Add in the fact that we already know there’s so much backstory content, and I find it impossible to believe “The Many Saints of Newark” won’t be anything short of spectacular.

I binge watched “The Sopranos” during the coronavirus pandemic, and I was immediately hooked. It’s one of the best shows ever made and Tony is without a doubt one of the best characters we’ve ever seen on screen.

He was every bit as menacing as he was a father struggling to figure out how to build up his own children.

Now, we’re going to get an entire prequel film about his rise to power. If that doesn’t fire you up, then I don’t know what to tell you.

Make sure to check it out in theaters and on HBO Max starting Oct. 1!





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With Trump Gone, Antifa Embracing ‘Fascist’ Part of Name with Newest Targets

You know what apparently qualifies as “fascism” now? Anti-vaccine protesters.

After all, we’ve been told for years that antifa is merely short for “anti-fascist.” And if you’re anti-anti-fascist, well, then, what does that make you? The implied answer is a fascist. This weekend, the actual answer seemed to be someone who’d prefer not to take the COVID-19 vaccine and doesn’t want the government to interfere in that decision.

On Saturday, a group of anti-vaccine individuals gathered in front of Los Angeles City Hall to protest “medical tyranny, mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports,” according to KTTV-TV. It ended in violence and with one man being stabbed. (His condition wasn’t known, the outlet reported.)

It wasn’t because the anti-vaccine forces thought COVID wasn’t hurting enough people and they thought they’d take care of the job themselves. Instead, the anti-vaccine protesters were confronted by an organized group that the media went out of its way to not identify as being antifa.

For instance, KTTV reported it was a showdown between “pro-vaccine supporters and anti-vaxxers.” The “anti-vaxxers,” the Fox outlet noted, called their protest a “choose freedom march.” The “pro-vaccine supporters,” meanwhile, called their counterprotest “no safe space for fascists.”

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Apparently nothing could be deduced from this language aside from the fact this group supported vaccines. I know investigative reporting resources at local news outlets have taken a hit over the past few decades, but come on.

The Los Angeles Times got a bit closer to the truth, calling the group “a few dozen counterprotesters” who were dressed “in all black.” Of course, they couldn’t help but note that the other side were “draped in American flag garb and Trump memorabilia.”

Yes, former President Donald Trump.

The Los Angeles Police Department, at least, could be counted on to call it as it was: “We are on scene to maintain order after a fight broke out between Antifa and people gathered for the permitted event. We are aware of one male that was stabbed and is being treated by Fire Department personnel,” LAPD spokesman Capt. Stacy Spell said in a statement, according to the Times.

Do police need to crack down on antifa?

“No arrests have been made but (the) investigation is ongoing.”

The fight, according to the Times, broke out at roughly 2:30 p.m. The outlet reported it wasn’t clear who started the fight, “though each side quickly blamed the other.”

The man who was stabbed, who the anti-vaccine protesters said was part of their contingent, lay bleeding in an intersection. He was taken to the hospital by paramedics.

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Los Angeles videographer Sean Carmitchel filmed some of the fracas. After antifa showed up, Carmitchel shot this: “A small verbal altercation. Promises of physical altercations from both sides.”

WARNING: The following videos contain graphic language and violence that some viewers will find offensive.

Things escalated from there. “A *lot* of fights, several weapons used,” he said in one tweet. “One man stabbed, will follow up on details.”

“Many, many punches thrown. Several press members injured. Lots of bear mace. Several press members hurt, one attempt at stealing a camera. I’ll break down when off the ground,” he said in another.

But remember, antifa is short for “anti-fascist.” If the movement really was about opposition to fascism, here’s an exhaustive list of what antifa needed to do regarding the protest at Los Angeles City Hall on Saturday to accomplish that goal:

  1. Not show up.

That’s it. There’s the list. Instead, antifa embraced the fascist part of its name and engaged in a street brawl with a contingent protesting for a redress of grievances.

You might not agree with those grievances, but when the Los Angeles City Council is drafting a law that would require at least one dose of vaccine for you to enter certain public indoor spaces, when Los Angeles County is considering its own law along those lines, and when San Francisco already is enforcing such a law, according to the Times, there’s still a legitimate grievance.

Antifa proved again Saturday that it is little more than cultural soccer hooligans. It’s their team and the other team — and the other team needs to get clobbered.

When it’s yobs supporting Manchester City pummeling Manchester United fans, however, the goal isn’t suppression of speech. This is the tip of the spear of a movement that doesn’t tolerate dissent — and with Trump gone, this is the new bad guy.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014.

C. Douglas Golden is a writer who splits his time between the United States and Southeast Asia. Specializing in political commentary and world affairs, he’s written for Conservative Tribune and The Western Journal since 2014. Aside from politics, he enjoys spending time with his wife, literature (especially British comic novels and modern Japanese lit), indie rock, coffee, Formula One and football (of both American and world varieties).

Birthplace

Morristown, New Jersey

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Catholic University of America

Languages Spoken

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Batman sidekick Robin comes out as bisexual in newest DC Comics book

DC Comics published a comic book with a storyline where the Robin character comes out as bisexual after another male character asks him out on a date.

Tim Drake is the third character to take on the mantle as Robin, the sidekick to Batman, and was first introduced in 1989. In the latest edition of “Batman: Urban Legends,” an anthology series, Drake comes out as bisexual.

The storyline has Drake fighting a group of bad guys next to his friend, Bernard. Later Drake talks to Bernard about his feelings.

“I’m really glad you got home okay. I was relieved. And I’ve been doing a lot of thinking, about that night, and I – I don’t know what it meant to me. Not yet. But I’d like to figure it out,” says Drake in the comic book.

“I was hoping you would. Tim Drake… Do you want to go on a date with me?” Bernard asks.

“Yeah… yeah, I think I want that,” replies Drake.

The comic book’s writer Meghan Fitzmartin explained that Drake is exploring his sexuality in the story.

“I wanted to pay tribute to the fact that sexuality is a journey,” Fitzmartin said.

“Tim is still figuring himself out,” she added. “I don’t think he has the language for it all… yet.”

Some praised DC Comics for their portrayal of a main character coming out as bisexual.

“Tim Drake finally coming out is so inspiring, DC never wanted a queer Robin but after years and years of campaigning from writers and fans it finally happened,” claimed one fan on Twitter.

Sales of comic books have been plummeting for decades despite incredible success for Hollywood movies based on those stories. Critics of the campaign to fill comics with left-wing storylines have blamed the woke narratives for the poor sales.





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White House uses COVID as newest excuse for why migrants are surging the border

First, the Biden administration insisted the surge of migrants on the country’s southern border was the result of typical seasonal migration patterns. Now, it says the ongoing border crisis is due to the coronavirus pandemic’s effects on Central American countries.

Either way, now more than seven months into the term, the administration still refuses to take responsibility for the crisis.

In response to a news report published Thursday by Politico, which called the administration’s handling of the immigration crisis a “bust,” the White House kept on peddling excuses and trying to avoid the issue altogether.

What did they say?

According to the news outlet, ahead of publication, “the White House declined to provide comment on the increases in migrants or to allow an interview with a policy expert to talk about the border.”

Then after the story was published, the White House made sure to send over a statement blaming the coronavirus for the influx of migrants.

“The countries in the region are still grappling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, now exacerbated by the spreading Delta variant. Thus many are still seeking out relief via irregularly migrating to the United States,” the official reportedly said.

Politico noted that “the official also said this year’s numbers should not be compared to previous years’ numbers because so many more people trying to cross the border during the pandemic try to cross multiple times.”

Similarly, White House press secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday blamed a range of external factors for the ongoing surge of migrants, including “economic challenges, weather challenges, [and] crime.”

Why does it matter?

The White House’s response certainly does not bode well for America’s chances at securing the border and stemming the immediate influx of migrants. The administration’s focus appears to remain solely on a “long-term solution” for the supposedly “long-term challenge,” according to Psaki.

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was tasked with managing the crisis earlier this year, recently unveiled a five-pillar strategy for handling the influx which said virtually nothing about increasing border enforcement. Instead, she suggested the U.S. give money to Central American countries in hopes of making them more desirable places to stay.

All the while, migrants are surging the U.S.-Mexico border at unprecedented rates. Last month, the number of unaccompanied minors stopped by Border Patrol agents hit an all-time high. The number of people who came in families reached its second-highest total on record. In all, U.S. immigration authorities reportedly encountered migrants approximately 210,000 times. June and July typically see a decrease in encounters.

Anything else?

White House officials aren’t the only ones who have their blinders on regarding the reason for the surge, though. Immigration activists do, too.

“This has taken many people off guard,” Aaron Reichlin-Melnick, policy counsel at the American Immigration Council, said, according to Politico. “We really genuinely can’t pinpoint a specific precipitating event that has caused this new influx in July.”

To most Americans, the “specific precipitating event” driving the influx is quite clear: President Joe Biden’s election.

When asked in July by the Daily Caller why so many migrants are now coming to America, a smuggler openly admitted they’re coming because it is easier to cross the river under Biden.





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Will The CDC’s Newest Mask Flip-Flop Be The Tipping Point?

On this episode of “The Federalist Radio Hour,” Federalist Staff Writer Jordan Davidson joins Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s flip-flop on masks, the Biden administration’s endorsement of the new guidelines, and how fed-up Americans are pushing back.

“It is about politics because over the last year and a half, we’ve had multiple narratives, multiple scientists, multiple groups, trying to figure out what’s going on,” Davidson said. “And we’ve seen collusion between the Democrat administration, Big Tech, and the corporate media to shut down any narratives that aren’t the propaganda that’s coming from the administration and from the CDC.”

Americans, Jashinsky said, are fed up and are inevitably going to demand change.

“This is about to amp up to another level,” Jashinsky said. “I think it can only help Republicans. But I think it is going to make divisions worse. I think it’s going to incense people on the left. … They are looking to the state for their safety and they’re worried about their safety, and I think reasonably so because there has been so much alarmism and hyperbole coming from the political establishment. We’re going to see this play out, I think, in ugly ways, but hopefully, at the end of the day, the result is a good one that forces people in positions of power to implement policies that do align with a capital ‘S’ science and do protect our freedoms in this country.”






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Quad Rising: Can America’s Newest Asian Alliance Take on China?

Here’s What You Need to Remember: The U.S.-India agreements do not add up to a political commitment of any kind, let alone a mutual defense pact. They do provide the option to work together, and thus grant the partners freedom of maneuver in trying circumstances. The Quad is more of an entente cordiale than an Asian NATO.

Whither the “Quad”? Is the Quad, or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue—a loose grouping of likeminded Indo-Pacific nations—a military coalition in the making?

Maybe—but how tight that fellowship becomes is largely up to Communist China, the provocateur that brought disparate partners together in the first place.

The Quad is made up of India, Australia, Japan, and the United States. The United States acts as the hub of this consortium. It shares close and longstanding bilateral alliances with two of the members, Japan and Australia, providing a durable basis for tripartite cooperation in East and South Asia. The other spoke is flimsier. How India will relate to the Quad is the real question.

This is not a country eager for alliance entanglements. Just the reverse.

Current events may yield insight into the Quad’s future. At present Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is visiting India on his first foreign trip. Austin traveled to Tokyo and Seoul in company with Secretary of State Anthony Blinken before tarrying in New Delhi. Quad members convened for a virtual summit on March 12. And on the bilateral level, New Delhi and Washington have concluded four “foundational defense pacts” since 2002, putting in place measures for bilateral military cooperation of various types. These agreements lay the groundwork for enterprises serving mutual interests should the partners choose to undertake them. That’s heartening news.

The U.S.-India agreements do not add up to a political commitment of any kind, let alone a mutual defense pact. They do provide the option to work together, and thus grant the partners freedom of maneuver in trying circumstances. The Quad is more of an entente cordiale than an Asian NATO.

According to Harvard professor Stephen Walt, three adhesives tend to bind together alliances, coalitions, and partnerships: common interests, threats in particular; social, political, and cultural affinities between the partners, such as a common language or heritage; and material incentives or disincentives applied by the dominant partner. Walt lists these glues in descending order of importance, and for good reason. Societies under threat naturally look for outside support, especially if they cannot manage challenges out of their own resources. They make common cause to survive—and survival is the most basic instinct for individuals and societies.

Walt doubts the other two adhesives are sticky enough to unite international consortia on their own. Sociocultural affinities do make for more intimate cooperation between partners that band together out of common interests. Material factors, meanwhile, are the least durable. After all, if a dominant ally bankrolls an alliance, renting its allies’ allegiance, their loyalty lasts only as long as the leader keeps paying the rent. If a dominant ally strongarms allies into joining it, their allegiance lasts only as long as the coercion does. In fact, a nonconsensual alliance can drain the leader’s resources and energy. Just ask the Soviet Union, Napoleonic France, or the Athenian Empire how easy it is to police unwilling allies.

Let’s use Walt’s metrics to gauge the Quad’s prospects. As he might have prophesied, a common interest in counterbalancing China brought the arrangement together over time. China also gets a vote in how it evolves. The more domineering Beijing’s conduct, the more closely the Quad partners will cooperate to offset its ambitions. It’s no accident that the tempo of Quad meetings, agreements, and military exercises has picked up in recent years, when China took to abusing its neighbors in East Asia and encroaching on the Indian Ocean region.

Does that mean China’s leadership could abort the Quad by moderating its words and deeds? I’m not so sure. It gets a vote, not a veto. If the twenty-first century has taught the region anything, it’s that China is not to be trusted. It used to pursue “soft-power” diplomacy, portraying itself as an innately beneficent great power on the rise. Beijing pointed to the “treasure voyages” of the Ming Dynasty admiral Zheng He as proof that China would never wrest territory from fellow Asians or otherwise molest them. It summarily jettisoned its charm offensive about a decade ago. It now glowers at its neighbors. It seems soft power now means cowing others into submission, not conciliating them.

Nor are promises issuing from Beijing sacrosanct, even if codified by treaty. Chinese spokesmen repeatedly foreswore efforts to obtain overseas military bases, only to pivot and open one in Djibouti in 2017. It is a charter member of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, but it rejects fundamental precepts of the law of the sea and flouted an international court ruling that struck down its unlawful claims to maritime jurisdiction. And on and on. Every Chinese commitment comes with a shelf life, and the communist leadership determines when it expires. People notice such things.

I suppose there are tactical advantages to regarding peacetime diplomacy as war by other means, and to making deception its core. But being powerful and deceitful comes at a cost. When sizing up a potential threat to national security, strategists examine the prospective antagonist’s capabilities and its intentions—the components of its strength. If the opponent’s conduct is duplicitous, erratic, or openly menacing, they have no choice but to assume the worst—and plan against its capabilities. And China’s capabilities are expanding at a prodigious rate. It has set a dangerous cycle in motion.

And that cycle is set to continue. It’s doubtful in the extreme that Beijing could go back to its softly, softly diplomacy—even if it wanted to. No one would believe it. Meanwhile it keeps augmenting its military might. In all likelihood, then, protracted strategic competition awaits—no matter how party chieftains comport themselves from now on. Judging from interests and threats, the Quad is here to stay in one form or another.

In some ways culture is a glue helping the Quad cohere. But in others it’s a solvent. The U.S.-Australian and U.S.-Japanese alliances are as sturdy as they come. These standing accords have existed for so long that they have come to form part of the allies’ individual as well as common heritage, much as NATO cemented the Atlantic community many decades ago. Disunion is almost unthinkable. It might seem that culture would attract India to such a multinational fellowship as well. After all, India is an English-speaking democracy and an offshoot of the British Empire, much like the United States and Australia. It has common ground with two of three fellow Quad members in the form of language, political institutions, and history.

But differences stand out as well. Great Britain did not found India the way it founded Australia and the United States. By contrast, the Raj was a brief if influential interlude in the subcontinent’s venerable history. Their variegated traditions give Indians an outlook on the region and the world that differs somewhat from other English-speaking societies. More recent history has its influence as well. India prides itself on its nonaligned status and strategic autonomy, which work against membership in formal alliances. It sees itself as a benign hegemon over the Indian Ocean. It fought Japan during World War II, and has an occasionally fraught past with America dating to the Cold War.

Cultural affinities are probably still a net plus for the Quad—but clearly the members have some baggage to overcome.

And the material dimension? These are prosperous societies, the pandemic notwithstanding. Military sage Carl von Clausewitz notes that there are two basic types of alliances: alliances of equals and those dominated by a hegemon. It might be true that the United States has the most to contribute to the Quad in resource terms, but it cannot expect to impose its wishes on its partners. Washington must treat the arrangement as a partnership among equals, and comport itself accordingly. A spirit of compromise and mutual deference suits this sort of informal consortium. That Secretary Austin took the trouble to travel to India and Japan is a sign that U.S. leaders have the correct attitude.

Let’s keep it up.

Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich might add one final point to this appraisal. Toward the endgame of the Napoleonic Wars, it appeared the coalition battling the little emperor might fracture—as so many had before. Interests and policies were starting to diverge, pulling the allies apart. This prospect alarmed Metternich, who told one interlocutor: “it is with alliances as with all fraternizations; if they do not have a strictly determinate aim, they disintegrate.” The Quad has no strictly determinate aim. The good news is that no partner is likely to embroil others in endeavors they would prefer to forego. The bad news is that the partners may waffle in stressful times while debating policy and strategy.



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Newest Border Statistics Show the Opposite of ‘Extreme Progress’ in Solving Biden’s Border Crisis – RedState

A news release issued Friday afternoon by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) reported that encounters between agents and borders along the southwestern border hit a new 20-year high in June, beating May’s numbers by five percent. The agency’s operational statistics for last month demonstrated that

Getting to the border and crossing into the United States is becoming increasingly dangerous for both agents and migrants, CBP Acting Commissioner Troy Miller said. While the agency does its best to rescue migrants in distress, especially during summer months:

“[T]he terrain along the border is extreme, the summer heat is severe, and the miles of desert migrants must hike after crossing the border in many areas are unforgiving.”

“[We’re] seeing a high number of distress calls to CBP from migrants abandoned in treacherous terrain by smugglers with no regard for human life.”

CBP agents reported 188,829 encounters in June with migrants trying to gain entry into the United States. This number represents a five percent increase over May’s 20-year high. So much for the “extreme progress” Kamala Harris claims the administration has made.

While administration officials claim this is “seasonal migration,” Fox News Channel national correspondent Bill Melugin, who has spent most of the last two months at the Texas/Mexico border, said normally migration slows during the hot summer months instead of increasing – and uses CBP’s own chart to dispute their numbers.

The report also indicates that a significant number of those trying to enter the U.S. had previous encounters with the Border Patrol in the last year:

Thirty-four percent of encounters in June 2021 were individuals who had at least one prior encounter in the previous 12 months, compared to an average one-year re-encounter rate of 14 percent for Fiscal Years 2014-2019.

While single adults make up the bulk of migrant encounters, the Biden administration recently warned Border Patrol that it would “have to process up to 1,200 family units a day” after the president ends Title 42, which is a measure that former President Donald Trump used to prevent migrants from entering the U.S. according to the Washington Free Beacon.

Encounters with unaccompanied minors also jumped from 14,137 in May to 15,253 in June. This represents an eight percent increase. CBP’s report also noted that the number of kids in custody decreased from 5,767 in March to 832 in June, which is a notable improvement considering the difficulties the Biden administration has experienced in uniting minors with relatives already residing in the U.S. Moreover, the report notes that “the average time in custody for unaccompanied children fell from 133 hours on March 29 to 28 hours on June 30, 2021.”

The CBP also detailed a notable rise in the number of rescues carried out by its agents in June. The agency noted that this increase is due to smugglers abandoning migrants in “remote and dangerous areas.” CBP performed 9,500 rescue operations in June, which is 81 percent higher than all rescues conducted last year.

The rise in encounters at the border seems to show that this crisis is not going to abate anytime soon. This could cause more of a problem given that CBP is already stretched thin with the effort to process those seeking asylum while also apprehending those who attempt to cross the border illegally. Concerningly, this situation has also empowered Mexican drug cartels.

The fact that unaccompanied minors are being processed more quickly and the number of kids coming to the border has decreased is a welcome sign. However, the Biden administration still has a long way to go before it can rectify the problem it caused. At this point, it is still uncertain whether or not the president is up to the task.





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