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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:47 am

Sertorio wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:04 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:44 am
US/India relations warm
https://scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/a ... p-exchange

"In India the contest for influence is between the old friendship with Moscow and the new friendship with Washington."

A natural development, given recent events . . .
India, just like any major power, does not have friends, just interests. If the US serves India's interests, fine. Otherwise, it's fine too...
Agree - socialist India for years sought the protection of the Soviets. Socialism didn't work for India, and it is now looking after its own best interests - militarily and diplomatically. India on the rise . . .

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by neverfail » Tue Jul 07, 2020 5:48 am

Jim the Moron wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:47 am
Sertorio wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 4:04 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Tue Jul 07, 2020 3:44 am
US/India relations warm
https://scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/a ... p-exchange

"In India the contest for influence is between the old friendship with Moscow and the new friendship with Washington."

A natural development, given recent events . . .
India, just like any major power, does not have friends, just interests. If the US serves India's interests, fine. Otherwise, it's fine too...
Agree - socialist India for years sought the protection of the Soviets. Socialism didn't work for India, and it is now looking after its own best interests - militarily and diplomatically. India on the rise . . .
No so much "protection" as assistance from the USSR. Nehru would have been too proud to admit India to being a country of lesser importance than the Soviet Union.

It must have been very deflating for India and its nationalist leadership to have experienced being done over by China during that 1962 border war while their friends in Moscow stood aside and did nothing to help.

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US Threats to China

Post by Sertorio » Thu Jul 16, 2020 2:32 am

America declaring China’s territorial claims illegal is all bark & no bite. The US is militarily & economically impotent
by Scott Ritter
(...)

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued a statement this week which rejected – as official US policy – China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying that there was no legal basis for China’s claims and accusing China of using intimidatory tactics against littoral states with competing claims.

“We are making clear,” the statement read, “Beijing’s claims to offshore resources across most of the South China Sea are completely unlawful, as is its campaign of bullying to control them. The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South China Sea as its maritime empire.”

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Less than two weeks ago, the United States Navy undertook a fresh round of “freedom of navigation” exercises aimed at putting China on notice that its territorial aspirations in the South China Sea would not go unchallenged. The deployment of two carrier battle groups was an unprecedented display of military muscle flexing, remarkable not simply for the size and scope of the drill, but rather the context in which it was conducted.

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The Global Times, an English-language paper published under the auspices of the Chinese Communist Party, made reference to these missiles in a tweet published in response to the deployment of the US carriers, noting that “China has a wide selection of anti-aircraft carrier weapons like DF-21D and DF-26 “aircraft carrier killer” #missiles. South China Sea is fully within grasp of the #PLA; any US #aircraftcarrier movement in the region is at the pleasure of PLA.”

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While some feverish commentators took Pompeo’s words as setting the legal foundation for the use of military force against Beijing, the truth is that neither the Marine Corps nor the US Navy are able to successfully execute a China-beating military campaign in the South China Sea today – and any such capability is years away. This is the fallacy of Secretary Pompeo’s statement – words that cannot be backed up with might are, to be blunt, meaningless.

Pompeo’s statement did not specify what consequences the US is prepared to impose in the event China continues its aggressive assertion of its “nine-dash line” claims, for the simple fact that there are no meaningful consequences that can be imposed.

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By putting down a marker that it views the totality of China’s South China Sea claims as legally impermissible, the Trump administration is seeking to influence the diplomatic arena where the various disputes China has with the South China littoral states will be handled for the foreseeable future.

Other than words, however, the US has limited leverage that it can apply – freedom of navigation exercises are an irritant to China, but have done nothing to halt its expansion in the region, and in the aftermath of the collapse of the TPP, the US has failed to put forward any coherent regional economic development strategy to counter that of China.

(...)

https://www.rt.com/op-ed/494839-us-south-china-sea/
In other words, the US may bark as loud as it wants, but it cannot do anything to stop China. Better get used to it...

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Sun Jul 19, 2020 8:57 pm

"India Starts to Reap Benefits of US-China Hostility"
https://asiasentinel.com/p/india-starts ... enefits-of

"This stepping up of engagement between Indian and US tech firms is an indication that movement out of China is accelerating ..."

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:21 pm

U.S. to pull 12,000 troops from Germany
https://politico.com/news/2020/07/29/us ... ent-386136

A good start . . .

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:25 am

Jim the Moron wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:21 pm
U.S. to pull 12,000 troops from Germany
https://politico.com/news/2020/07/29/us ... ent-386136

A good start . . .
And the other 24,000 should leave as soon as possible too. Germany may need to pay more for its defence, but that should be done on a purely European context. US troops should have left Europe a long time ago. They are not welcome.

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Jim the Moron » Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:27 pm

Sertorio wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:25 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:21 pm
U.S. to pull 12,000 troops from Germany
https://politico.com/news/2020/07/29/us ... ent-386136

A good start . . .
And the other 24,000 should leave as soon as possible too. Germany may need to pay more for its defence, but that should be done on a purely European context. US troops should have left Europe a long time ago. They are not welcome.

"Time For Tough Love For The Euroweenies"
https://townhall.com?columnists/kurtsch ... s-n2573540

"Trump came to office with a foreign policy that the Establishment hates, embracing a Jacksonian perspective that holds that the purpose of our diplomacy and our military power is to promote America's interests."

(Scroll down under "columnists" to Aug 3 articles to access the link)

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Re: US Foreign Policy

Post by Sertorio » Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:21 am

Jim the Moron wrote:
Mon Aug 03, 2020 9:27 pm
Sertorio wrote:
Thu Jul 30, 2020 2:25 am
Jim the Moron wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:21 pm
U.S. to pull 12,000 troops from Germany
https://politico.com/news/2020/07/29/us ... ent-386136

A good start . . .
And the other 24,000 should leave as soon as possible too. Germany may need to pay more for its defence, but that should be done on a purely European context. US troops should have left Europe a long time ago. They are not welcome.

"Time For Tough Love For The Euroweenies"
https://townhall.com?columnists/kurtsch ... s-n2573540

"Trump came to office with a foreign policy that the Establishment hates, embracing a Jacksonian perspective that holds that the purpose of our diplomacy and our military power is to promote America's interests."

(Scroll down under "columnists" to Aug 3 articles to access the link)
I am delighted! Except that Americans are not in Europe to defend Europe but to defend US selfish and illegitimate interests. That's why only 12,000 are withdrawn from Germany, otherwise the whole 36,000 would be gone. But Americans love to act the victims, even when they are the predators... I'm hoping the remaining 24,000 will be kicked out by the Germans themselves...

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