Now I understand why Gates was kept by the Obama Administration as Secretary of Defense…
It’s because he’s just as much of a pussy as the rest of those feckless morons.
“We must still try and find a peaceful way to resolve this issue. The only path that is left to us at this point, it seems to me, is that pressure track but it will require all of the international community to work together,” Gates said at a joint news conference with French Defense Minister Herve Morin.
Well then we’re just fucked then, aren’t we. If nothing else, there is no way the UN’ Security Council will ever allow “Serious Sanctions” (or whatever the fuck they are calling their latest pansyfied attempt at talking down Iran). How do I know that?
An independent survey of Chinese-language media for The Sunday Times has found army and navy officers predicting a military showdown and political leaders calling for China to sell more arms to America’s foes. The trigger for their fury was Obama’s decision to sell $6.4 billion (£4 billion) worth of weapons to Taiwan, the thriving democratic island that has ruled itself since 1949.
“We should retaliate with an eye for an eye and sell arms to Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba and Venezuela,” declared Liu Menxiong, a member of the Chinese people’s political consultative conference.
Yeah, those are totally the sort of people who want to work with us. For Christ’s sake, they are talking about selling WEAPONS to IRAN! Why would anyone but a brain-dead chipmunk think that such a place would agree to do anything to punish Iran?
He added: “We have nothing to be afraid of. The North Koreans have stood up to America and has anything happened to them? No. Iran stands up to America and does disaster befall it? No.”
Yeah, there’s the problem. When all you do is talk, extend deadlines and ignore stated consequences, this is what happens – people and countries start to figure out that they can do whatever they want and we won’t (due to lack of will and/or anything resembling leadership) do anything about it.
“This time China must punish the US,” said Major-General Yang Yi, a naval officer. “We must make them hurt.” A major-general in the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Luo Yuan, told a television audience that more missiles would be deployed against Taiwan. And a PLA strategist, Colonel Meng Xianging, said China would “qualitatively upgrade” its military over the next 10 years to force a showdown “when we’re strong enough for a hand-to-hand fight with the US”.
Awesome. Because what we really need (ignoring the fact that we have troops committed in the Middle East) is a shooting war with a country with probably a billion potential foot soldiers. Hell, at that point you don’t even need to teach them to reload, you just send wave after wave and eventually you get through.
This country is screwed because we have in charge a group of people who don’t understand that no, talking doesn’t always work. In fact, it never works if you don’t show you both have the ability to use force, and the willingness to use it. Why would they listen? It isn’t like you could/would do anything about it, so just do your own thing, right?
We are screwed, and because we are screwed, numerous other countries are screwed as well. With a Chinese military nearing parity with the US, what do you think of Taiwan’s continued “freedom”? With a nuclear-capable Iran, what think you of the odds that Israel doesn’t risk disaster?
This is the end result of having lightweights and incompetents running foreign policy. We got a year off, as everyone looked at us and gauged our reactions. This year will see serious pushing back against our “will” (such as it is), and either late this year or by midddle of next year (at the latest), we’ll see something serious. Some sort of all-or-nothing situation where only someone with a spine and the will/desire to lead can have any good impact.
We don’t have anyone like that in charge, and as a result, we are screwed. So very screwed.
h/t to Drudge for the first link
h/t to QandO.net for the second