Hillary On Asia
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  • Eurydice

    This morning there’s an article in the WSJ about how China is pledging $20 billion in loans to Africa – more global positioning.

  • Andrew Allison

    Meanwhile, the Middle East is a tinderbox, Iran is pursuing the nuclear weapons which Israel already posses, and radical Islam is a growing force, and the so-called “developed” countries fail to recognize that their standards of living are based on unsustainable debt. I’m much more concerned about the next five than the next fifty years.

  • Cunctator

    “A lot has changed in three years. Under President Obama’s leadership…”

    Absolutely correct. The silly approach to foreign policy that Obama and Clinton have followed has increased, rather than reduced, the challenges to international stability. The current administration projects little more than weakness abraod — whether it is by uttering inane ideas about world order and being slapped down by French president Sarkozy, or bowing and scraping before the Muslim world, or proving completely unable to manage relations with a country like Russia (remember Clinton and the “reset press conference?!). It is simply astounding how totally incompetent the current admin’s foreign policy has been. Laurel and Hardy could not have done worse than Obama and Clinton.

    And, while the Sec of State believes that all is better than before, the issue of Iran is looming ever larger. And it is larger because nothing substantive has been done to address the problem. That is not all Obama’s fault, but he has made the situation much more threatening.

  • “History is happening in Asia today, and the American people — policy elites and regular voters — need to launch a national discussion and debate over just what we should do. It would be a terrible shame if the Asia debate doesn’t figure into the presidential campaign. . .”

    And we don’t learn to take into account the domestic consequences of our trading relationship with China. If we don’t address the income redistributional consequences of our foreign policy it could wreck the policy. And then where will we be?

  • Hillary: “These are not western values, they are universal values.”

    I would rephrase that: These are Western values but they are also universal values because the Western values that really count are universal: human equality, liberty, the rights of the individual, the rule of law, free markets, constitutional democracy, concern for the general welfare of society.

    Let’s not mince words and let’s not stop capitalizing the name of our civilization. We are the West.

  • Let me try that list again: “human equality, political and economic liberty, the rights of the individual, the rule of law, open markets, constitutional democracy, and a commitment to the greatest happiness of the greatest number.”

    There, that ought to do it!

  • Properly understood, each item is implied by all the others.

  • Jacksonian Libertarian

    If the weak Obama wasn’t in charge, America would wisely use the Chinese territorial greed and bullying to create an Asian military and economic alliance that would last for decades after the Chinese export model economy crashes, and takes the Chinese Communist Party down with it (coming soon to a world near you). Chinese belligerence has all its neighbors terrified and looking for a white knight, and who better than the world’s sole super power that clearly has no territorial ambitions as it just proved in Iraq where it gave up all that oil and left.

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