Here we go.
Literally the sharks are circling. They smell blood with our “tired and overwhelmed” President.
Will that happen before or after the Chinese buy more of our debt?
Shades of the “EP-3 Incident” early in the Bush Administration. The Chinese are testing Obama.
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...
It happens from time to time.
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.
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.":
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?
Oh, yeah, THAT'll scare 'em!
Weakness is always bad policy.
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?
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.
He may have to focus on foreign affairs, whether he wants to or not!
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.
Probably just checking on their assets.
The Chinese better watch themselves..the Obozo administration might write a terse letter!
If Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao wants his set of 25 classic American Films on DVD he will stop this nonsense immediately.
Scientists at sea gone wild!
None of these from what I read were actual war ships — if they were, I would be concerned.
In the 80’s, we used to get harassed by all kinds of whack job’s (green peas, USA haters, chicks with hairy legs), primarily because the Destroyer I was on kind of attacked whack job’s.
But shortly afterward, two of the Chinese ships stopped directly ahead of the Impeccable, forcing it to an emergency stop in order to avoid collision because the Chinese had dropped pieces of wood in the water directly in front of Impeccable's path, the Pentagon said.
So, after five days of harrassment, they told the Chinese they were leaving the area but were still harrassed. It sounds as if the order has already been given to retreat, which predictably encouraged the Chinese to increase the harrassment. If it works, do more of it.
Of course, that's speculation. Maybe they got what they came for and were leaving. But it's seldom a good idea to give the appearance of retreating under pressure like that.
I would guess that this is, in our view, international water, but that the Chinese probably claim it as their territory, and maybe there are oil reserves there.