ETP0802 and I were chatting last night about the possibility that Russia and China would find common ground amid the Czechoslovakian Ukraine crisis, for no better reason than to shank the US while of course advancing their own interests. And so they have: Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov discussed Ukraine by telephone with his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi, on Monday, and claimed they had “broadly coinciding points of view” on the situation there, according to a ministry statement. Fair enough, since we all look out for our own interests, yet it is clear and growing clearer that both countries are [...]
China is involved in a series of increasingly tense territorial disputes in the East China Sea with Japan and in the South China Sea with Vietnam and the Philippines. The US, along with several other governments in the region, believes that China is pushing these claims as part of a broader strategy to exert greater control over large areas of the western Pacific. Iranian warships dispatched to the Atlantic Ocean will travel close to U.S. maritime borders for the first time, a senior Iranian naval commander said Saturday. John Paul Jones summed it up: “…without a Respectable [...]
In 1981, President Ronald Reagan signed America up for an ambitious strategy: use American industrial and technical strengths to destroy the Soviet Union. America began an arms race, borrowing billions over the next decade to invest in America’s military. The USSR, already deeply in debt and in a decades-long recession, spent all they had, and all they could have ever made in order to keep up with America. In the end, the USSR stumbled economically, and then crumbled politically and chaos ensued. Sound familiar? The communists all over the learned from Ronald Reagan. A new, ocean-going aircraft carrier, aircraft, Silkworms, [...]
It’s all fun and games at Davos as folks discuss the coming war between China and Japan. The Chinese professional mentioned the islands in the context of the recent visit by Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo. The Yasukuni Shrine is a Shinto shrine where Japanese killed in Japan’s many military conflicts over the centuries are memorialized — including the Japanese leaders responsible for the attacks and atrocities Japan perpetrated in World War 2. A modern-day Japanese leader visiting the Yasukuni Shrine is highly controversial, because it is viewed by Japan’s former (and current) enemies [...]
Duffel Blog spoofed our non-existent foreign policy about a month ago. Now, more serious appraisals are beginning to appear in various journals outside the Beltway. One, (hotel tango to GW64), was in Sunday’s otherwise Marxist and mostly idiotic Roanoke Times. * Each one of these decisions [on Syria, Iran, China] indicates a profound reluctance to protect what generations of American policy makers have regarded as areas of vital U.S. interest. Of course, Obama’s recent foreign policy decisions may simply indicate rank incompetence at the highest levels. But it is a sad commentary when incompetence is the more charitable (and more [...]
So, Red China thinks it can muscle us out of the area. There hasn’t been any shooting yet, but these things tend to escalate, you know. (Over at URR’s place the consensus is they that might just succeed.) According to the officials, the run-in began after a Chinese navy vessel sent a hailing warning and ordered the Cowpens to stop. The cruiser continued on its course and refused the order because it was operating in international waters. God forbid that any U.S. vessel ever heaves-to for any foreign flag. But with the current crowd in power, anything– any indignity, any [...]
Echoing my co-bloggers wishes to each of you, our readers and commenters for a Happy Thanksgiving. Today, America gives thanks while the World marches to war. Whether you liked it or not, America brought security and stability which President Asterisk set out to fundamentally transform. Having surrendered America’s power wherever the human dignity was once held in high regard, and most recently in places where human dignity is notoriously cheap like the Middle East (bet you thought I was going to say Hollywood), there is one area left to be given to America’s sworn enemies: the Pacific. Joe Pappalardo at Popular Mechanics presents scenarios a la Harold [...]
Just in case anyone still believes that Snowden had all these “noble” ideas of revealing domestic spying, read this article detailing some of the Top Secret US intelligence budget. While the Washington Post is only publishing part of it, this information is certainly in the hands of the Chinese and the Russians. It is mind boggling to me that he had access to this document and it gives me further confidence that he had far more information with him than the story he told. This is bad.
Yeah, that’ll do it. That’ll teach them damn ChiComs. Or not. Hosed we are. Unless we decide to fight back. And we damn well better.
Why yes, I do believe they are. And why wouldn’t they be? Evidence of Chinese fleets [sic] routinely patrolling the Atlantic Ocean, near the Azores, is raising speculation that China may have thrown an eye on the military Lajes Air Field, on Terceira Island, jointly managed by Portugal and the United States. According to the Asia Times, “The whole psychodrama unfolded at the end of June 2012, when then Chinese premier Wen Jiabao made a stopover on the Portuguese island of Terceira, in the Azores, after a four-nation visit to South America,” writes geopolitical analyst Emanuele Scimia. As we pull [...]