Top Headline Comments 1-21-11 | Main | Paul Ryan To Give GOP State Of The Union Response
January 21, 2011

An Unexpected Backbone

Remembering back to all their previous encounters, where President Obama displayed all the spine of a Democratic planarian, I really haven't expected much from him on the foreign policy front. In particular, I imagined that he'd continue to be pushed around by the Chinese, who have been using North Korea as a distraction from their own activities. This President has always valued his verbiage too highly, and his confidence in using it to achieve foreign policy goals has been completely misplaced.

So I must say that this was completely unexpected, and very, very welcome (if true):

Obamabows1.jpg
2009: Backbone check Fail!! Will 2011 be different?
The New York Times said Obama warned his Chinese counterpart that if Beijing did not step up pressure on North Korea, Washington would redeploy its forces in Asia to protect itself from a potential North Korean strike on U.S. soil.

Wow - the old iron fist in a velvet glove. I expected the velvet glove, but the iron fist? Quite a pleasant surprise.

The Chinese reaction so far has been exactly what you'd expect - vague threats to test our resolve:

Wang Dong of Peking University's School of International Studies said Washington's reported warning to Beijing was a slap in the face for the Chinese leader, who has urged the two Koreas to resolve their differences through dialogue.

"Playing tough like this, it might just backfire, I'm afraid," Wang said. "If this article represents the real thinking by American leaders, the danger of war on the peninsula can never be dismissed."

Exactly, friend Wang: walk a little more softly, because the danger of war can never be dismissed.


digg this
posted by Geoff at 07:46 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Slapweasel, (Cold1), ([b]T[/b]) [/i] [/b] [/u] [/s]: "I will also be praying for those [i]not[/i] on the ..."

waelse1: "Read Out Of The Soylent Planet by Rob Kroese, very ..."

Heresolong: "I've been trying to get a copy of Nine Chapters on ..."

Jim S.: "Also re: [i]The Discarded Image[/i], Lewis was lam ..."

Hairyback Guy: "I am currently reading "The Master of Confessions" ..."

CharlieBrown'sDildo: "Even in a moment of supreme victory, don't be word ..."

Brave Sir Robin: "Religion of [s]Peace[/s]? Pieces. Fixed. ..."

Anna Puma (HQCaR): "*pulls from shelf [i]The Diamond Age: or A Young L ..."

mustbequantum: "Finally, I read a lot in bed. I experience insomni ..."

[/b][/i][/s]Muldoon: "IN TIME FOR LAST MINUTE CHRISTMAS GIFT GIVING!!! ..."

Nevergiveup: "I have about 20 more boxes of books.....but I need ..."

CharlieBrown'sDildo: "If you have more you want to get rid of let me kno ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64