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Pentagon: Chinese vessels harassed Navy ship
MSNBC ^

Posted on 03/09/2009 7:20:38 AM PDT by boughtwithaprice

WASHINGTON - The Pentagon said Monday that Chinese ships shadowed and maneuvered dangerously close to a U.S. Navy vessel in what appeared to be an effort to harass the American crew.

The Obama administration is protesting to the Chinese government. The protest will be delivered to Beijing's military attache on Monday.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bho44; bhochina; chicom; china; maritime; navy; ship; usnavy; usns
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1 posted on 03/09/2009 7:20:38 AM PDT by boughtwithaprice
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To: boughtwithaprice; TigerLikesRooster

Here we go.


2 posted on 03/09/2009 7:22:57 AM PDT by Calvinist_Dark_Lord ((I have come here to kick @$$ and chew bubblegum...and I'm all outta bubblegum! ~Roddy Piper))
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To: boughtwithaprice

Literally the sharks are circling. They smell blood with our “tired and overwhelmed” President.


3 posted on 03/09/2009 7:23:04 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: boughtwithaprice

Will that happen before or after the Chinese buy more of our debt?


4 posted on 03/09/2009 7:23:25 AM PDT by SueRae
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To: Calvinist_Dark_Lord

“Here we go.”

Yeah, why do I have that same feeling I get when clicking up to the top of the roller coaster and the first car has whooshed over the drop?


5 posted on 03/09/2009 7:24:07 AM PDT by autumnraine (Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose- Kris Kristoferrson VIVA LA REVOLUTION!)
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To: boughtwithaprice

Shades of the “EP-3 Incident” early in the Bush Administration. The Chinese are testing Obama.


6 posted on 03/09/2009 7:24:15 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: boughtwithaprice
The Obama administration is protesting to the Chinese government.

Oh no! Obama has too much on his plate now...

And I still can't believe the only skill Obama has is talking via the teleprompter and he got elected anyways...

7 posted on 03/09/2009 7:24:27 AM PDT by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: boughtwithaprice

It happens from time to time.


8 posted on 03/09/2009 7:25:02 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: boughtwithaprice
From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Central_Asia/HI29Ag01.html
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Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
Reuters: Aug 17, 2007

CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.

"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.

Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.

The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.

Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.
http://in.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idINIndia-29030120070817?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0
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From National Public Radio (NPR):
August 29, 2006
"Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has been visiting countries such as China, Iran and Russia as part of an effort to build a 'strategic alliance' of interests not beholden to the United States. He considers the United States his arch enemy.":
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5729764

9 posted on 03/09/2009 7:25:55 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Tallguy
Shades of the “EP-3 Incident” early in the Bush Administration. The Chinese are testing Obama.

I seem to remember that "Nancy" had an opinion what to do back then... and her hubby has financial ties with the Chinese...

10 posted on 03/09/2009 7:26:00 AM PDT by John123 (The US may be going down the drain, but everyone else will drown first...)
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To: boughtwithaprice

Anyone with a piss amount of brains knows this is a test - How will the new President respond? If it’s anything short of “The next ship that gets that close gets blown up,” the Chinese will sense weakness, and rightfully so. You think the Chinese fear an arougala salad-eating wuss like Obama?


11 posted on 03/09/2009 7:27:26 AM PDT by domenad (In all things, in all ways, at all times, let honor guide me.)
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To: John123
Confucius say, man with too much on plate must pay extra.
12 posted on 03/09/2009 7:27:34 AM PDT by dblshot
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To: autumnraine
Literally the sharks are circling. They smell blood with our “tired and overwhelmed” President.

They're just testing the new President.

The question is how will he react?

13 posted on 03/09/2009 7:28:15 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: boughtwithaprice
"The Obama administration is protesting to the Chinese government."

Oh, yeah, THAT'll scare 'em!
</sarc>

14 posted on 03/09/2009 7:28:46 AM PDT by Redbob (W.W.J.B.D.: "What Would Jack Bauer Do?")
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To: boughtwithaprice

Weakness is always bad policy.


15 posted on 03/09/2009 7:29:10 AM PDT by pallis
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To: boughtwithaprice
The statement said the Navy sprayed one ship with water from fire hoses to force it away and the Chinese crew members stripped to their underwear and continued closing within 25 feet.
???

Are they trying to tell us something about Chinese sailors?

16 posted on 03/09/2009 7:29:15 AM PDT by The_Victor (If all I want is a warm feeling, I should just wet my pants.)
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To: Tallguy

That’s what I’m thinking.


17 posted on 03/09/2009 7:29:42 AM PDT by windcliff
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To: ETL
Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.


18 posted on 03/09/2009 7:29:45 AM PDT by Spirochete
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To: Doofer

Anyway welcome to the real world Obama......


19 posted on 03/09/2009 7:30:12 AM PDT by Doofer
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To: boughtwithaprice
From the Telegraph (UK)

Barack Obama 'too tired' to give proper welcome to Gordon Brown

Barack Obama's offhand approach to Gordon Brown's Washington visit last week came about because the president was facing exhaustion over America's economic crisis and is unable to focus on foreign affairs, the Sunday Telegraph has been told.

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He may have to focus on foreign affairs, whether he wants to or not!

20 posted on 03/09/2009 7:31:06 AM PDT by gridlock (BTW, Mods... It might be time to add "Barack" and "Obama" to spellcheck)
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To: The_Victor

... maybe the shower facilities on that particular Chinese warship were on the blink? Remember the scene from “The Sand Pebbles”? Back then they were bleeding the water from the ships boilers. That probably hurt.


21 posted on 03/09/2009 7:31:48 AM PDT by Tallguy ("The sh- t's chess, it ain't checkers!" -- Alonzo (Denzel Washington) in "Training Day")
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To: Tallguy

Just SOP for the Chinese.


22 posted on 03/09/2009 7:32:53 AM PDT by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: boughtwithaprice

The lifeblood fo the nation has bled away, and we are now a paper tiger awaiting the lighting of the match.

All problems start at the top.


23 posted on 03/09/2009 7:33:15 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: boughtwithaprice

Probably just checking on their assets.


24 posted on 03/09/2009 7:35:07 AM PDT by PBRSTREETGANG
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To: Doofer

How? Appeasement will be taken to a whole new level.


25 posted on 03/09/2009 7:35:33 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: All
New Pentagon Report (March 2008):
China's Growing Military Space Power

By Leonard David
Special Correspondent, SPACE.com
March 6, 2008

GOLDEN, Colorado — A just-released Pentagon report spotlights a growing U.S. military concern that China is developing a multi- dimensional program to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by its potential adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.

Furthermore, last year's successful test by China of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to destroy its own defunct weather satellite, the report adds, underscores that country's expansion from the land, air, and sea dimensions of the traditional battlefield into the space and cyber-space domains.

Although China's commercial space program has utility for non- military research, that capability demonstrates space launch and control know-how that have direct military application. Even the Chang'e 1 — the Chinese lunar probe now circling the Moon — is flagged in the report as showcasing China's ability "to conduct complicated space maneuvers — a capability which has broad implications for military counterspace operations."

To read the entire publication [29.67MB/pdf], see U.S. Dept of Defense:
http://www.defenselink.mil/pubs/pdfs/China_Military_Report_08.pdf
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Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs

February 29, 2008 :: News
MissileThreat.com

A video has surfaced of Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama talking on his plans for strategic issues such as nuclear weapons and missile defense.

The full text from the video, as released, reads as follows:

Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.

First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.[i.e. not win it]

Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.

I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.

I will not weaponize space.

I will slow our development of future combat systems.

And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.

Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.

You know where I stand. I've fought for open, ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept. I don't posture on defense policy and I don't take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people. Thanks so much.

Article: Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs:
http://missilethreat.com/archives/id.7086/detail.asp

"MissileThreat.com is a project of The Claremont Institute devoted to understanding and promoting the requirements for the strategic defense of the United States."

26 posted on 03/09/2009 7:35:57 AM PDT by ETL (ALL the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: LachlanMinnesota
The lifeblood fo the nation has bled away, and we are now a paper tiger awaiting the lighting of the match.

If you keep mixing your metaphors like that, you're sure to wake up with a hangover!

27 posted on 03/09/2009 7:37:02 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (What's Black and White and Red all over?)
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To: Spirochete

USNS Impeccable

28 posted on 03/09/2009 7:37:57 AM PDT by gridlock (BTW, Mods... It might be time to add "Barack" and "Obama" to spellcheck)
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To: gridlock

Weather ship ?


29 posted on 03/09/2009 7:39:58 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Doofer

He will react with weakness. Russia, China, Iran, Syria, AQ, taliban, Pakistan, Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, the list goes on and O is in WAY over his head.


30 posted on 03/09/2009 7:42:14 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: The_Victor
Are they trying to tell us something about Chinese sailors?

Don't ask...don't tell.

31 posted on 03/09/2009 7:43:09 AM PDT by shorty_harris
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

It’s a “spy ship”. So what! I assume it was in international waters. What I don’t understand is how they put this ships out there without any air or sea escorts. Remember the Pueblo? Remember the Liberty? Would those incidents have happened if there was an Aegis cruiser or a destroyer lurking a few miles away?


32 posted on 03/09/2009 7:45:52 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian (How do I change my screen name now that we have the most conservative government in the world?)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Ocean Surveillance
33 posted on 03/09/2009 7:46:28 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: boughtwithaprice

The Chinese better watch themselves..the Obozo administration might write a terse letter!


34 posted on 03/09/2009 7:46:29 AM PDT by wny
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To: Spirochete

Hmmmmm. Must be one of those Soviet steam-powered bombers.


35 posted on 03/09/2009 7:47:02 AM PDT by headstamp 2 ("Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure")
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To: DYngbld

What’s that a catamaran?


36 posted on 03/09/2009 7:48:54 AM PDT by headstamp 2 ("Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure")
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Mission
The mission of Impeccable is to directly support the Navy by using both passive and active low frequency sonar arrays to detect and track undersea threats.


37 posted on 03/09/2009 7:51:07 AM PDT by Travis T. OJustice (Want to make a conservative angry? Lie to him. Want to make a liberal angry? Tell him the truth)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

What ever it is, it looks new...


38 posted on 03/09/2009 7:53:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: headstamp 2
Looks like it might be, I have never seen it up close.

USNS Impeccable is one of the five Ocean Surveillance Ships that are part of the 25 ships in Military Sealift Command's Special Mission Ships Program.

• Length: 281.5 feet
• Beam: 95.8 feet
• Draft: 26 feet
• Displacement: 5,368 long tons
• Speed: 12.0 knots
• Civilian: 25 contract mariners
• Military: 25
• Government-Owned/
Chartered: Government-owned

39 posted on 03/09/2009 7:53:31 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: boughtwithaprice

If Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wants his set of 25 classic American Films on DVD he will stop this nonsense immediately.


40 posted on 03/09/2009 7:56:57 AM PDT by Iron Munro (Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a member of Congress. But I repeat myself.)
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To: Iron Munro

LOL


41 posted on 03/09/2009 7:57:25 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: Iron Munro

LOL!!


42 posted on 03/09/2009 7:58:07 AM PDT by Osage Orange (Our constitution protects aliens, drunks and U.S. Senators. -Will Rogers)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

http://www.msc.navy.mil/N00p/pressrel/press00/press26.htm


43 posted on 03/09/2009 8:01:12 AM PDT by DYngbld (I have read the back of the Book and we WIN!!!!)
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To: Iron Munro; All
If Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wants his set of 25 classic American Films on DVD he will stop this nonsense immediately.

It is almost impossible for me to type this reply while I am laughing so hard at your #40 post!!!!!

44 posted on 03/09/2009 8:05:38 AM PDT by musicman (Until I see a REAL C.O.L.B. BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: DYngbld

Note the MSTS connection.


45 posted on 03/09/2009 8:08:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: boughtwithaprice
It's an ocean surveillance ship -- an intel ship
46 posted on 03/09/2009 8:14:34 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: autumnraine
Predators always look for the sick and weak to attack.Obama looks sick and weak, making the country look the same.
47 posted on 03/09/2009 8:19:54 AM PDT by odin2008 (EVIL TRIUMPHS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham

Even metaphors are not normal under Obama...I can’t help it!

Don’t worry, very few people know what a metaphor is anymore anyway...


48 posted on 03/09/2009 8:28:15 AM PDT by LachlanMinnesota
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To: LachlanMinnesota
Isn't that near Milaca ?
49 posted on 03/09/2009 8:30:21 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: boughtwithaprice
The Obama administration is protesting to the Chinese government.

I'm sure it's taking all the Chinese have not to burst out laughing.
50 posted on 03/09/2009 8:32:00 AM PDT by reagan_fanatic (Let the 2nd American Revolution begin!)
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