bad neighbors
Playing the Game of Thrones in the South China Sea
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  • ShadrachSmith

    Why would Vietnam think Obama will protect anybody?

    • El Gringo

      Obama won’t always be president. Some countries are capable of formulating strategy beyond 4-year election cycles.

      • Breif2

        Obama won’t always be president, but the U.S. has demonstrated its willingness to elect his kind (forgive the expression). Other countries may wish to adopt long-term strategies, but their task is not simplified by the U.S. zigging and zagging.

        To repeat a comment that has appeared several times on this blog: “I am often reminded of the famous Bernard Lewis quote (which he attributed to a Turkish general): ‘The problem with having the Americans as your allies is that you never know when they’ll turn around and stab themselves in the back’.”

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    “To China, this must seem like encirclement.”

    Give me a break, they create enemies on every border with their belligerence and territory ambitions, and it’s some how their enemies fault for surrounding them?

  • Breif2

    “To China, this must seem like encirclement.”

    Well, they’re the Middle Kingdom, are they not? 🙂

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