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From South Bend to Beijing? Buttigieg could be building his CV for next move

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Former Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg may be President-elect Joe Biden’s choice for the U.S. ambassador position to China, Axios has reported. It will most likely be one of the most important diplomatic posts in the Biden Administration and will help build Buttigieg’s resume for his future political aspirations.

Buttigieg is the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana and ran for president in 2020 before dropping out to consolidate moderates’ support around Biden. Buttigieg, an Afghan war veteran and the first openly gay candidate for the U.S. presidency, is considered to have played a key role in Biden’s presidential nomination. He won the most delegates in the Iowa caucuses.

Axios has reported that “many inside the Democratic Party believe his return as a presidential candidate is a matter of when, not if.”

Strengthening his foreign policy connections could benefit Buttigieg’s future if he decides to run for president again. Axios reported that a stint as ambassador in Beijing would give the Chinese an opportunity to get to know a potential future president.

However, his name was under discussion for some domestic leadership positions as well, according to Axios.

“China isn’t the only foreign post where Buttigieg, a polyglot, could end up — and his name remains under discussion for some domestic leadership positions as well,” Axios reported.

Biden decided against Buttigieg as his ambassador to the United Nations, the job was said to be Buttigieg’s top choice.

Biden has compared Buttigieg to his late son, Beau.

Biden said of Buttigieg in the past, “I don’t think I’ve ever done this before, but he reminds me of my son Beau. I know that may not mean much to most people, but, to me, it’s the highest compliment I can give any man or woman.”

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Experts Say United States Vulnerable to ‘Electromagnetic’ Attack by Chinese

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When Joe Biden was trying to convince Americans to vote for him to become the next President back in 2019, he belittled the concept that China is a danger to the U.S. “Come on man, China’s not a threat” said Biden.

Experts, however, continue to show just how wrong Biden has always been. Fox News reports “experts are warning that the United States is vulnerable to an electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from adversaries such as China, and that time is running out to invest in defending the country from it.”

Last week during a virtual forum hosted by the Universal Peace Federation, Peter Vincent Pry, the executive director of the Task Force on National and Homeland Security, said “that poses a real threat of possibly being able to win a war with a single blow by means of an EMP attack.”

“Moreover…they don’t envision employing an EMP by itself. It would be used in conjunction with cyberattacks and physical sabotage, and non-nuclear EMP” added Pry. Experts also warn that while an EMP attack would be “bloodless” at first, a yearlong blackout could kill roughly 90% of the American population.

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The U.S. electric grid and other infrastructure – such as communications and transportation systems and water and sewer services – could all be devastated by such an attack, experts like Pry warn, noting that time is of the essence for the U.S. to defend itself.

China already possesses “super EMPs” and last summer tested a new hypersonic glide vehicle that analysts warn could deploy the EMP and cause a long-lasting blackout that would shut down key infrastructure and cripple the military’s ability to communicate.

A Pentagon report on Chinese military capabilities details how China has invested heavily in its EMP program, with a strategy that “emphasizes suppressing, degrading, disrupting or deceiving enemy electronic equipment throughout the continuum of a conflict while protecting its ability to use the cyber and electromagnetic spectrum.”

“The PLA is likely to use electronic warfare early in a conflict as a signaling mechanism to warn and deter adversary offensive action. Potential EW targets include adversary systems operating in radio, radar, microwave, infrared and optical frequency ranges, as well as adversary computer and information systems” adds the report.

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