The US Simply Does Not Have Enough Strength to Project


U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump speaks during a USA Thank You Tour event in Mobile, Alabama, U.S., December 17, 2016. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

In its report “Trump aide plays down prospect of upending ‘one China’ policy” today, Reuters says US influential Senator John “McCain said the Chinese seizure of the drone was a “gross violation” of international law. McCain, a critic of Democratic President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, said the United States was not projecting enough strength in the world and said China’s move reflected that.

What enough strength MaCain want the US to project?

Its capabilities to attack China with UUVs and subs? China has shown US warship its capabilities to detect, track and catch US UUVs. It implies that China can detect, track and destroy US submarines near China.

It is show time for China instead of the US militarily!

Being heavily in debt, the US has no economic strength to project.

I believe that the US will soon have a wiser leader in Trump because it is unthinkable for a country with lots of talents to repeatedly have stupid presidents.

Therefore, Trump is not so stupid as to start a trade or military war with China as the US will not gain anything but will only hurt itself in such a war.

On the contrary, Trump will improve US relations with China to use China’s huge market to make the US rich.

It will be disastrous for the US if the US has a third stupid president in Trump.

So far I do not see such a possibility. It is sad, however, that the US has such a unrealistic politician as John McCain.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuters’ report, full text of which is reblogged below:

Trump aide plays down prospect of upending ‘one China’ policy

President-elect Donald Trump’s incoming White House chief of staff on Sunday played down the prospect that Trump would revisit Washington’s decades-old “one China” policy, even though he suggested as much a week ago.

Since 1979, the United States has acknowledged Taiwan as part of “one China” but Trump prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing after he accepted a congratulatory phone call on his election win from President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan on Dec. 2.

“We are not suggesting that we’re revisiting ‘one China’ policy right now,” Trump aide Reince Priebus said on “Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace.”

“He is not president right now and he’s respectful to the current president,” Priebus said.

Last Sunday, Trump himself said in an interview on Fox News Sunday: “I fully understand the ‘one China’ policy, but I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”

Political analysts said that Republican Trump’s call with the president of Taiwan and the comments on the “one China” policy could antagonize Beijing.

Trump also inserted himself on Saturday into another sensitive dispute between China and the United States after China on Thursday seized an underwater drone owned by the U.S. military in the South China Sea. Trump called the seizure an “unprecedented act.”

U.S. officials described the seizure as the first of its kind in recent memory. It was taken about 50 nautical miles northwest of Subic Bay off the Philippines just as the USNS Bowditch was about to retrieve it, the officials said.

Although China vowed to return the drone to the United States, Trump later tweeted that the U.S. should let China keep it.

Priebus on Sunday defended the comments on the drone, saying he does not believe Trump’s comments were provocative and that “80 percent” of Americans agree it was inappropriate for China to have seized the drone in the first place.

Republican Senator John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told CNN’s “State of the Union” that the Chinese would be able to retrieve some “pretty valuable” technical information from the drone through a process known as reverse-engineering.

McCain said the Chinese seizure of the drone was a “gross violation” of international law. McCain, a critic of Democratic President Barack Obama’s foreign policy, said the United States was not projecting enough strength in the world and said China’s move reflected that.

“Everybody is taking advantage of it, and hopefully that will change soon,” McCain said.

(Reporting by Sarah N. Lynch and Julia Harte; editing by Grant McCool)

Note: This is Reuters report I reblog here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.

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One Comment on “The US Simply Does Not Have Enough Strength to Project”

  1. Steve says:

    As for the list of Stupid US Presidents, the world will soon know the status of the new POTUS – Either Trump the Triumphant as Trump B (after inauguration) or Trump Dumb Dump as Trump A (before inauguration)…Former President George Bush Jr. was branded ‘An idiot’, Current President Obama as ‘Stupid,’ As for John McCain, the Russian President Putin said McCain should have being left in the hole in the ground when he was captured by the Vietnamese. As for former secretary of state to George Bush, Madeline Albright, she was known as ‘lacking brightness or not so bright,’ when she confirmed to CNBC that Iraq invasion of 3,300,000 Iraqis slaughtered, declining the Iraqi economy to poverty and looting the oil fields as ‘worth it.’

    China’s capture of the US drone has a huge impact on world news. Chinese naval special forces was menacing and awesome fearsome by capturing the drone in broad daylight in international waters. The special forces inspired fear and terrified the crew of the Bowditch warship. But, where was the Japanese Admiral Harris when he was needed. Probably, he was downtown Tokyo in a Sushi ‘Bar’ having lunch in a Geisha restaurant.

    We have to wait and see if Trump can make US richer. Business shrewdness does not equate Political shrewdness. If the US is not careful, the LatAm nations maybe as rich or richer in 2 to 3 decades from now, thanks to China.

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