WASHINGTON, DC- This past week, Law Enforcement Today reported that former Defense Secretary James Mattis wrote a foreign affairs column in which he slammed President Trump’s “America First” policy which gives American businesses priority over foreign businesses, including those in China. He suggested that Biden scrap the policy, should he be sworn in as president.
Now, the Washington Times and other outlets is reporting that Mattis failed to disclose one important fact—that he holds a senior position at The Cohen Group, a firm which dedicates itself to making business deals in China—how weird is that?
The Times said that the president’s America First policy imposes a “get-tough” policy on China—which amount to tariffs and prohibitions on China’s cyberproducts—and runs in opposition to the Cohen Group’s objective of bringing Chinese and U.S. companies together in multimillion dollar deals.
Mattis co-wrote the column with three other writers in Foreign Affairs in which he conveniently forgot to mention his ties to the Cohen Group, as well as failing to speak out against China slamming United States policies toward Taiwan, nor the strict retaliation China took economically against Australia.
The Tennessee Star reported that Mattis slammed Trump administration policies toward Beijing, policies which have been boosted by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Those policies run counter to The Cohen Group’s approach toward international business dealings with the communist country.
In true Washington swamp style, The Cohen Group was founded by former defense secretary William Cohen and is staffed by a significant number of former high-ranking government and military officials, with two of its offices being located in China, the Washington Times noted.
While the Nov. 23 ForeignAffairs.com column was written with three others, the national media focused on Mattis due to his former status as a Trump cabinet official and high ranking general in the United States military.
The Times noted that the policies advocated in the column strongly mirror the U.S. China approach under the Obama administration. It offered a glimpse by how a potential Biden administration could reverse Trump’s approach toward China and put their interests ahead of this country.
While Mattis was identified in the column as a former defense secretary and a fellow at the Hoover Institution, it conveniently neglected to mention his role as a senior counselor at the Cohen Group with its headquarters in Washington, D.C.
In the column, Mattis and the other three authors discounted Trump Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s policy of encouraging Asian countries to kick back against China’s attempts to dominate world trade.
However, in the column, the four never mentioned China’s declared economic war against Australia, retaliation for that country’s call for an international investigation into the origins of the coronavirus.
The Cohen Group says on it’s website that:
“China is a market of enormous opportunity and complexity,” while adding that the group’s China Practice “has a solid record of success with professionals in offices in Beijing, Tianjin, and Washington, DC.”
Cohen has been involved with China since 1978, according to the organization’s website, where he met with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping.
“Since then, he has been a constant presence in the U.S.-China relationship, including commercial development and security cooperation.”
The organization noted that Cohen serves on the Board of Directors of the U.S.-China Business Council.
Mattis joined the Cohen Group in 2019 as a senior counselor not too long after resigned to protest the administration’s troop withdrawals from Syria.
The recent op-ed wasn’t the first time that Mattis has criticized President Trump. Earlier this year, Mattis along with a group of retired four-star officers slammed the president in a series of articles, tweets and other commentary. As we said, the swamp runs deep.
In the op-ed, Mattis wrote:
“Crucially the United States should not press countries to choose outright between the two powers. A ‘with us or against us’ approach plays to China’s advantage, because the economic prosperity of U.S. allies and partners hinges on strong trade and investment relationships with Beijing. Rather than treating countries as pawns in a great-power competition, a better approach would emphasize common codes of behavior and encourage states to publicly promulgate a vision for their country’s sovereign future and the types of partnerships they need to pursue it.
“It would also expand the cooperative space in which all countries supporting a rules-based order can work together to advance shared interests. Cooperation across different ideological systems is difficult but necessary, and there should be opportunities to cooperate with China in areas of overlapping interests, such as pandemic response, climate change and nuclear security.”
Mattis also urged Biden to remove “America First” from American foreign policy across the board.
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When Mattis came on board with The Cohen Group in September 2019, the announcement called Mattis “a national treasure.” Mattis’ picture is prominently displayed on the company’s webpage.
The website continues:
“Building upon decades of experience, on-the-ground management expertise, and longtime personal and professional relationships throughout the region, TCG’s China Practice helps companies succeed in the Chinese market. TCG enables Fortune 500 companies, as well as small-and medium-sized enterprises to achieve their commercial goals in China through tailored government, business, and media relations strategies.”
Despite Mattis’ sucking up to China, another former defense secretary, Robert Gates, praised President Trump’s foreign policy.
“At least he has not started any new wars,” Gates said on Meet the Press. “And he has robustly funded the military. I thought his challenging China was about time.”
Gates noted that China had been welcomed into the family of nations around 20 years ago, which China repaid by violating trade rules in order to gain advantages.
Under President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo released a series of sanctions against China’s drive to lead the world in trade. The sanctions used tariffs in order to cease China’s unfair trade practices and called out the communist nation for illegal theft of U.S. inventions and personal identities, while also spying on colleges, businesses, and the government.
The FBI opened numerous counter-intelligence investigations into Chinese nationals, and estimates the country broke into computer networks, while stealing the personal information from around half the American population.
The administration also ordered the shutdown of the Chinese consulate in Houston, while referring to it as nothing more than an intelligence hub. In addition, the administration has forbidden U.S. companies from doing business with Chinese companies who support the People’s Liberation Army. Huawei, a Chinese telecommunications company, has been referred to as a spying tool.
Far worse, Pompeo and congressional Republicans have accused the communist country of hiding the origins of the coronavirus outbreak, and initially suggested that it was not contagious while travelers arrived from the country in the U.S. and Europe. President Trump has also referred to COVID-19 as the “China virus.”
Biden, while serving as vice president under Obama, was the administration’s point man in China. Meanwhile, reports have surfaced that Biden’s son Hunter, and his brother James made multi-million dollar deals in the nation.
A Senate Republican report showed the flow of cash to Hunter and James Biden that was based on Treasury Department suspicious activity report (SARS), which are filed by lending institutions when they suspect illegal activity such as money laundering.
But don’t worry folks, nothing to see here. Biden’s connections with China were hidden by the mainstream media and Silicon Valley tech companies in the leadup to the election.
However, in a 2011 speech, Biden promised to integrate China into American life, this as his son was making business contacts in the country.
“In order to cement this robust partnership, we have to go beyond close ties between Washington and Beijing, which we’re working on every day, go beyond it to include all levels of government, go beyond it to include classrooms and laboratories, authentic fields, and boardrooms.”
Meanwhile in the past year, several Chinese in the U.S. on education visas have been arrested for integrating with the Chinese communists.
It is now clear why Mattis is trying to convince Biden to ditch the America First mantra. Given Biden’s ties to China, it shouldn’t be too hard to do so.
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