....are beginning to fall from the tree, and it looks like an ugly, dangerous harvest that he has wrought. The Chinese, after a year, know exactly what they are dealing with, and are now quite aware that there is little to fear from aggression against the United States:
An independent survey of Chinese-language media for The Sunday Times has found army and navy officers predicting a military showdown and political leaders calling for China to sell more arms to America’s foes. The trigger for their fury was Obama’s decision to sell $6.4 billion (£4 billion) worth of weapons to Taiwan, the thriving democratic island that has ruled itself since 1949.
“We should retaliate with an eye for an eye and sell arms to Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela,” declared Liu Menxiong, a member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference.
He added: “We have nothing to be afraid of. The North Koreans have stood up to America and has anything happened to them? No. Iran stands up to America and does disaster befall it? No.”
So prostrating ourselves before our enemies does not inspire them to love us, to be more like us, and to blindly follow our lead? Who would've thunk it? Besides everyone outside of Obama's inner circle, that is....
The Chinese, when faced with an Insane Cowboy President armed to the teeth and itchin' for a brawl, seemed to be quite interested in detente. Now, when across the table sits a naive peacenik, one whose primary concern is to stay out of a fight at whatever cost, their attitude has become a bit more...aggressive towards the United States:
“This time China must punish the US,” said Major-General Yang Yi, a naval officer. “We must make them hurt.” ...And a PLA strategist, Colonel Meng Xianging, said China would “qualitatively upgrade” its military over the next 10 years to force a showdown “when we’re strong enough for a hand-to-hand fight with the US”.
And why not? A huge Communist nation finally has a chance - perhaps a once-in-history opportunity - to knock down and possibly eliminate their largest market and military competitor. Why should we think they won't? It's the Marxist dream of a lifetime...
And the bumbling continues from the Obama administration:
As a crescendo of strident nationalistic rhetoric swirls through the Chinese media and blogosphere, American officials seem baffled by what has gone wrong and how fast it has happened....
“The truth was that the atmosphere was cold and intransigent when the president went to Beijing yet his China team went on pretending that everything was fine,” the diplomat said.
Diplomats say they have been told that there was “frigid” personal chemistry between Obama and the Chinese president, with none of the superficial friendship struck up by previous leaders of the two nations.
Yet after their meeting Obama’s China adviser, Jeff Bader, said: “It’s been highly successful in setting out and accomplishing the objectives we set ourselves.”
Ideologues usually have trouble seeing the failures of their policies, although this case is particularly appalling...American strength was literally being sapped away before the eyes of the Obama team and they either choose not to see it, or choose to lie to the American people about it.
Either way, something wicked this way comes. The fields of foreign policy have been ill-tended by Barack Obama, and foul and fetid things are growing out of what was once magnificent soil. Will the strike come from Iran? China? Russia? Or someplace that we are not even expecting, as happened on an autumn day in a September back some years ago?
Abroad, we are beyond hope. All we have left is prayer...