DeSantis and a Pro-war Stenographer at the New York Times
Ron DeSantis is a politician, therefore he changes his position as the political wind shifts direction.
Here we have a New York Times “journalist,” David French, engaged in partisan stupidity over Ukraine. In the past, real journalists attempted to remain objective. Now they are cheerleaders for mass murder.
Let’s put the political careerist Ron DeSantis aside for a moment and focus on Ukraine.
The blue-checker French describes Russia’s SMO as “grotesque, aggressive,” while totally ignoring why Russia was compelled to “invade” Ukraine.
(Note: if Russia had truly “invaded” Ukraine with the full force of its military instead of engaging in a limited special military operation, Ukraine would be a smoldering ruin—from Russia’s western border to the borders of Belarus, Poland, and Moldova).
French ignores the underlying issues that resulted in Russia’s limited SMO. First, NATO’s insistence on pushing its tanks, missiles, troops, etc., up against Russia’s border, and second, to put an end to eight years of terror attacks by Bandera worshipping neo-nazis against ethnic Russians in eastern and southern Ukraine.
Both points are ignored by the war propaganda media, with the NYT at the forefront. This is the same “newspaper” guilty of publishing absurd neocon lies about the “threat” of Saddam Hussein. It published daily propaganda that resulted in the murder of over a million Iraqis by the “Coalition of the Willing” and reduced much of Iraq to a depleted uranium-polluted necropolis.
French and his fellow propagandists at the NYT believe that not only is DeSantis “weak” on Russian “aggression,” but so is President Biden. I suppose this means Biden is indecisive because he has not sent long-range missiles to kill Muscovites, or ordered NATO troops to march into Russia’s human meat grinder.
As for DeSantis, he is correct when he says “protecting Ukraine against Russia’s yearlong invasion should not be one of America’s ‘vital national interests,’” as The Hill put it. However, the Florida governor and presidential hopeful is no peacenik. He demands “readiness within our military” to confront the “military power of the Chinese Communist Party.”
That DeSantis would describe China as communist reveals his inattention to detail and eagerness to mindlessly prattle ignorant republican talking points.
China is not communist. It is an authoritarian crony capitalist state. It long ago shunted aside the anti-capitalist ideology of Marx and Lenin. DeSantis and the folks who elected him would be unable to sustain their lifestyles without cheap goods manufactured by near-slaves (the base salary of factory workers in China is $1.80 USG a day).
Let’s keep in mind Ron DeSantis is a politician, therefore he changes his position as the political wind shifts direction. Eric Boehm writes for Reason,
“His position is very much shaped by domestic politics. If DeSantis comes out and opposes a Ukraine aid package, that would be a clearer signal that he is really staking out a different position,” [Daniel] Larison tells Reason. “He doesn't want to take the political risk of coming out in favor of cutting off military assistance (and his record in Congress suggests that he has no problem with providing that assistance), but he doesn't want to be seen as endorsing Biden's policy without qualifications, either.”
I assume Mr. French, on the other hand, believes a corrupt, poverty-stricken, oligarch-controlled, neo-nazi infested, post-coup country halfway around the world somehow threatens the national security of the USG. If he believes this, then he is a useful idiot, as are many if not most of his fellow “journalist” stenographers at the NYT, Washington Post, War Street Journal, Bloomberg, et al.
Naturally, neocons are miffed by DeSantis’ remark. Here’s the neocon masquerading as a “constitutionalist,” Mark Levin.
The NYT is the unofficial press office of the CIA and its sister "intelligence" agencies (read: pro-war propaganda syndicate). Nothing they write can be taken seriously.
China is a corporatist/fascist system, with a "central committee" command structure. But they still refer to themselves as the "Communist Party of China" (CPC), so DeSantis is not wrong about that. The recent CPC Congress shows they haven't given up on either the imagery or the rhetoric:
"Long live the great, glorious and correct Communist Party of China!" www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/zxxx_662805/202210/t20221018_10785042.html
The US is also a corporatist/fascist system, where the central committee is hidden behind a smokescreen of "liberal democracy". Here's what the US central committee has to say about their alleged rivals, which they spent the last 50 years building up: cfr.org/backgrounder/chinese-communist-party