Great Game Down Under
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  • LarryD

    Did Obama approve this deal, or is it more of an “object if you dare, Mr. President?”

  • Sapper Squid

    I agree, in at least some ways, the Obama administration has been tougher on foreign policy than expected. Still, in other ways I am left gaping, hoping that my lack of data is the cause for my concern. Here are three cases in particular, that give me reason to doubt just how tough we are:

    1) Our pending retreat from Iraq. For a while, I assumed this was just a bargaining tactic to get the SOFA our commanders needed. As December draws near, I am still hoping for a last minute change, but it seems elusive.
    2) Our retreat from missile defense in Poland. We gave away our best leverage against Russia as a act of goodwill towards Putin. Here it is over two years later and Russia perversely tries to thwart eveything we do.
    3) Our response to Iran. Seriously, al Quds plans an assisnation, with a BOMB, in Washington DC and the best we can do is strongly worded condemnation and “even more crippling” sanctions.

    Overall, looking at the big picture, I give our current administration about a straight C on foreign affairs. Maybe if Syria is liberated, this can go up, but the bad news is that the Persian gulf is pretty close to erupting in flames at any minute. On the good side, its nice to know the Aussie’s can still hang. As an American, I truly appreciate the friendship and trust we share with Australia.

  • Luke Lea

    I see we are stationing some U.S. troops there too. Now Australia — there’s a country worth defending!

  • Kris

    “China, where leaders will be forced to respond to the alliances springing up around it.”

    More belligerence and sabre-rattling! That’s the only solution.

  • No doubt I’m being superstitious. But it amazes me how more and more the really ENDURING issues of our security, in both the Pacific and the Indian Oceans, seem to keep devolving upon the quality of our relations with People (more or less) Like Us – i.e., Canada, Australia, Singapore, India, perhaps eventually Malaysia? In short, countries with an English-speaking colonial heritage. And who yet choose to remain within the (British) Commonwealth. And who, if not always irreproachably democratic – unlike us Yanks – are at least not explicitly anti-democratic. Of course I’ll always be in favor of any network of arrangements, alliances, offshore balances, etc, that helps disabuse those godlike mainland Chinese of the 1500-some-year-old notion that they’re the center of the universe (fat chance that, right?).

    But anyhow, regardless of how megalomaniac the latter choose to remain – and surely no delusions are more destructive than those of the TRULY SUPERIOR? (witness the pre-WWII career of scientific and cultural leader Germany) – at least we don’t ALL have to kowtow to their Middle Kingdomship. We might even – now I’m no economist, so don’t bite my head off – we MIGHT even want to reconsider their unofficial position as the gold standard of global economic competitiveness. I mean really, a country that works its own people so hard they want to kill themselves. (Golly, can’t they just find ANOTHER JOB?) Funny too, but I swear I don’t recall any of the Asian Tigers biting quite like that . . .

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