Saturday, December 26, 2015
Obama so hates America that apologizing for anything and everything is standard operating procedure....
President Obama speaks during a naturalization ceremony for new U.S. citizens at the National Archives in Washington on Dec. 15, 2015. View Enlarged Image
Hegemony: In a surprising and most encouraging development, the Obama administration displayed a little spine in recent days in its ongoing objection to China's sovereignty claim around artificial islands in the South China Sea. But then . . .
The last 18 months, China has created about 2,000 acres of new land in the Spratly Island archipelago, dumping dredged sand on coral reefs. The U.S. and others, including Australia, objected to the moves and deployed surveillance assets to the area.
In October, Obama's latest secretary of defense, Ash Carter, told Congress: "We will fly, sail and operate wherever international law permits and whenever our operational needs require." Good, firm U.S. words.
Soon after, a guided-missile destroyer, the USS Lassen, was ordered to sail through waters near the islands to back up Carter's vow. Of course, China objected, claiming a territorial and exclusive economic zone.
Good, firm U.S. action.
Then last week a U.S. B-52 Stratocruiser flew within two miles of the islands. Another good, firm U.S. action to demonstrate nonrecognition of China's claims.
Predictably, the Chinese again objected strongly, calling the flight "a serious military provocation" that allegedly put its troops on high alert there.
So far, so good. But don't forget, this is the administration of a commander in chief who began his tenure with numerous trips abroad apologizing for America's past actions that may have offended others.
Additionally, he has issued several swell-sounding threats — over Syrian chemical weapons and Russia's annexation of Crimea — then done nothing effective to back them up.
Last Sunday, China claims Foreign Minister Wang Yi phoned his America counterpart, John Kerry, to lecture him about such incidents, saying, "While the U.S. is seeking Chinese cooperation, it also should respect China's core interests and major concerns."
Guess what happened? Obama's Pentagon threw the Air Force crew under the landing gear. It apologized to China for the B-52 flight. Seriously.
The Pentagon's sad story is that bad weather caused the giant bomber to drift off-course. Uh-huh. True, those eight-engine, strategic workhorses cover almost 10 miles a minute. But weather doesn't affect GPS.
B-52s can deliver a standard or nuclear weapon to a specific city block anywhere in the world. And each has one crew member dedicated to position-monitoring.
So even with oblivious Obama off golfing again in Hawaii, his minions apologized unnecessarily to a strategic competitor for doing what we said we'd do to oppose China's unlawful territorial claims.
Weak, feckless U.S. actions.