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Facing a recurring Chinese COVID-19 pandemic and aggressive moves by America’s enemies and adversaries, the Biden Administration appears to be stuck in a make-believe world where everyone just gets along.

While Washington dithers and cripples our own energy industry, the Chinese are moving rapidly to capture more nations with their Belt and Road Initiative, which is designed to encourage “infrastructure” dependency on China.

The Chinese Communist regime has virtually cornered the market on “rare earth minerals,” which are crucial for developing batteries such as those used in electric cars and are committing cyberattacks daily against U.S. companies and government agencies.

Meanwhile, Taiwan is bracing for an expected attack someday as the Chinese military buildup continues in the South China Sea.

Russia is flexing its military muscles and maneuvering to make Western Europe dependent on its natural gas pipeline, which had been opposed by the Trump administration but is being waved through by Biden. 

Like the Chinese, the Russians are beefing up their nuclear arsenal and building anti-satellite technology.

As for Iran, this medieval Islamic dictatorship is funding terrorist groups like Hamas and Hezbollah and is continuing its drive toward acquiring nuclear weapons.

What should Americans know about these current threats to America and our allies?

Frank J. Gaffney is the host of Secure Freedom Radio, a nationally-syndicated radio program heard weeknights throughout the country. He is an associate author of the highly acclaimed “Shariah: The Threat to America,” and publisher of more than a dozen other books and monographs from the Center for Security Policy Press.

In April 1987, Mr. Gaffney was nominated by President Reagan to become the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Policy, the senior position in the Defense Department with responsibility for policies involving U.S.-USSR relations, nuclear forces, arms control, missile defense policy and U.S.-European defense ties. He acted in that capacity for seven months, during which time he was the chairman of the prestigious High Level Group, NATO’s senior politico-military committee. He also represented the Secretary of Defense in key U.S.-Soviet negotiations and ministerial meetings.

From August 1983 until November 1987, Mr. Gaffney was the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control Policy under Assistant Secretary Richard Perle.

From February 1981 to August 1983, Mr. Gaffney was a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by the late Senator John Tower (R-Texas). And, in the latter 1970s, Mr. Gaffney served as an aide to the late Sen. Henry M. “Scoop” Jackson (D-Washington) in the areas of defense and foreign policy.

Mr. Gaffney has a Master of Arts degree in International Studies from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

Mr. Gaffney’s leadership has been recognized by numerous organizations and includes: the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award (1987), the U.S. Business and Industry Council’s Defender of the National Interest Award (1994), the Navy League of the United States’ Alfred Thayer Mahan Literary Achievement Award (1999), and the Zionist Organization of America’s “Louis Brandeis Award” (2003), the Western Conservative Summit’s Stephen H. Long Award (2015), the Council for National Policy’s George Washington Military Leadership Award (2016) and the IMPACT Award from Ginni Thomas and United in Purpose (2017).

Mr. Gaffney resides in the Washington, D.C. area.

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