Saturday, August 1, 2020

This is Strategic, How?

I guess I am missing the bigger picture.

How did banning TikTok become an issue of strategic importance in the middle of an uncontrolled pandemic with a hurricane bearing down on the U.S. and with the economy in the toilet?

Yesterday, the president, according to The Wall Street Journal, made the following statement:

“As far as TikTok is concerned we’re banning them from the United States,” Mr. Trump said. “Well, I have that authority. I can do it with an executive order or that,” he said referring to emergency economic powers. (Microsoft Is in Talks to Acquire TikTok, as U.S. Considers Banning the App)

The daily COVID-19 death toll is over 1,000 Americans per day, it has been reported that Americans are dying at the rate of one per minute. 

And the president still attempts to deflect the seriousness of the situation by claiming that we are doing more testing, that is why we have more cases recorded.

Yet, he has not yet addressed the rising death toll on Americans. That surely is not the result of increased testing, but rather a lack of action and believing what the testing is indicating. I don't really care about the positive tests as much as the human suffering and toll the results are causing.

And he is concerned about a trade war and a Cold War with China! How does that help the Americans that are suffering and dying?

What is TikTok anyway?

Wikipedia reportsTikTok is a Chinese video-sharing social networking service owned by ByteDance, a Beijing-based internet technology company founded in 2012 by Zhang Yiming. It is used to create short dance, lip-sync, comedy and talent videos. ByteDance first launched Douyin for the Chinese market in September 2016. 

So somehow banning a social app is strategically important during a pandemic that is tolling over 1,000 American lives per day? And that trend is, sadly, upward.

This is strategic, how?

-- Bob Doan, Elkridge, MD

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