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Anti-Trump sentiments, THAAD and Moon May 12, 2017

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Trump believes that being the president of the most powerful nation in the world entitles him to demand other nations to do whatever he wants. 

It doesn’t work that way.

Trump wanted South Korea to pay $1 billion for the deployment of THAAD which angered South Koreans because THAAD wasn’t really designed to protect South Korea against missiles from the North. America forces THAAD on SK because it needs to monitor China and Russia as America “pivoting to the East.” In the end, the State Department quietly announced that America tax payers will pay for the deploytment. Trump ate his own words again.

In fact, 56.5% of South Koreans, according to a recent poll, want the deployment of THAAD suspended and leave the decision to the new government. 

But, after SK and the U.S. agreed in July 2016 to deploy one THAAD battery in SK, U.S. sent two mobile launchers to a U.S. military base in SK in March 2017 because America wanted to speed up the installation before a new government comes into power in May 2017. 

However, THAAD deployment has been under fire from the get-go because it was made without parliamentary approval and discussions by the public. The heavy-handed approach by the U.S. government against the will of majority of the South Korean people angered the opposition party which swept Moon Jae-in (文在寅) to the office. Of course, Park’s indictment decimated her party which also helped Moon won the election.

Trump’s bullying personality and his unorthodox foreign policy maneuvers destablized the balance of power in many countries and upset other nations’ politics because Trump’s ascent to power emboldened the populist movements worldwide.
This isn’t good for the U.S. because the strategic alliances cultivated by the U.S. over the past five decades are in danger of breaking apart. Many new governments, e.g., Phillippine and South Korea, may adapt anti-U.S. foreign policies and several pro-America royal family rulers in the Middle East might face renewed oppositions at home. 

None of that is good for the United States. America is threading dangerous water now. It will get worse and the end isn’t near at all.

Pado Seafood Restaurant, Seoul Plaza, Annandale, VA July 21, 2011

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Seoul Plaza used to be a vibrant strip shopping center filled with boutique stores and authentic Korean restaurants. We have been here a few times and had enjoyed our experience here which is hidden from the Korean Strip – Little River Turnpike.

Time has changed and the economy has apparently been very brutal for this place. The first sign that something is wrong is an ad by Pado (waves) Seafood Restaurant on local Chinese newspaper: $4.99 for all-you-can-eat vegetarian lunch buffet. The ad boasts a healthy meal with an unbeatable price.

Bao and I decided to check Pado out and sure enough, all you can get is vegetables, the kind of side dishes (banchan) we usually get when eating at any Korean restaurants.

The selections include spring mix salad, brown rice, mung bean sprouts, soy bean sprouts, cucumbers, radish, kimchi, seasoned spinach, stir-fried Korean  (Chapchae) noodles, sliced squash, and 荷包蛋 “he2 bao1 dan4” pan fried eggs. There is also some kind of stir fried ground pork mixed with vegetables you can sprinkle on top of your selections. For seasoning, two kinds of sauces are provided: fermented soy bean sauce and a very popular Korean hot pepper sauce called Gochujang .

The restaurant apparently caters mostly to Korean customers because there was only Korean signs on the wall.

The restaurant provides us with big aluminum bowls about 9″ in diameter and 3″ deep. The bowl is kind like the dog bowls you can buy for puppies but heck who was watching?

The restaurant was filled with Korean customers and there was a steady stream of more customers coming in while we were there.

Well, all I could eat was no more than 1/2 full of the big dog bowl of vegetables and rice for $4.99. It was okay if you like vegetarian banchans.

After we left Pado, we saw two restaurants just open their doors in recent weeks: Today’s Seafood House with $5.99 seafood lunch deal and Wara Wara Karaoke and Pub Restaurant at the end of the building with selections ranged from $5.99 to $6.99 specials. Apparently the previous owners decided to close doors and the new owner had to come out with cheap eats to fend off the $4.99 healthy eats by Pado.

It was apparent that Seoul Plaza is in trouble because there are three empty store fronts: a cafe, a computer shop and a boutique shop, all has been closed for a while.

Time is tough, economy is lousy and it really shows here.

 

United State’s new enemy – China December 2, 2010

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The American’s war machine under the Department of Defense (DOD) has found a new enemy because it has to justify its enormous budget of more than $700 billion every year.

Just about how big is American’s defense spending every year? How about 46% of the total defense spending in the world.

Of course, the new enemy is China via North Korea.

Now that American combat troops have left Iraq, the top brass in DOD looked around the world and didn’t like what they see in China because China is threatening US’s standing in the world even though China’s defense spending is about 1/10 to 1/8 of what US spends every year.

The DOD get together with the State Department and devise a plan to open a new battle ground to block the expansion of China along the Pacific Ocean and India Sea, stretching from South Korea all the way to India.

The United States conducted several naval exercises with Korea navy in Japan Sea and East China Sea after the sinking of Cheonan. The United States deployed aircraft carrier USS George Washington to Korea and threatened to conduct a naval exercise in Yellow Sea.

Due to the tension between North and South Korea and the threat projected from China, Japan also beg the United States to intervene.

Taiwan has long been willing to be a small pawn in the US-China competition and its president has elevated the rhetoric of begging US to sell more advanced attacking weapons to Taiwan. The US has long been using this as a bargaining chip in dealing with China for more than a decade now.

The State Department also look at other disputes in Asia and decided to  make new friends with Vietnam and India with high level visits by Clinton, Obama and battleship. Of course, the sole intention of their visits was to further isolate China.

The United States could not compete with China on foreign trades. China will not raise the value of Renminbi according to US’ terms and China owns a big chunk of American’s foreign debt. About the only things US can do is to show its military power in order to intimidate China and to put China in a corner with the help of Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Vietnam and India.

The line in the sand, or sea, has been drawn by the US against China. The US has started another war,albeit a cold war, to justify its defense spending.

Of course, China is not a 省油的灯 “sheng3 you1 de1 deng1,”

好戏还在后面呢。”hao3 xi4 hai2 zai4 hou4mian4 ne1。”

欲知后事如何,”yu4 zhi1 hou4 shi4 ru1 he1,”

请听下回分解。 “qing3 ting1 xia4 hui1 feng1 jie3。”

 

Cold War between US and China October 12, 2010

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United States defense budget accounts for 46.5% of the total defense spending in the world.

But according to an article in New York Times, the United States is “alarmed by harsh tone of China’s military.”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/12/world/asia/12beijing.html?_r=1&th&emc=th

The article maintained that “The Pentagon is worried that its increasingly tense relationship with the Chinese military owes itself in part to the rising leaders of Commander Cao’s generation, who, much more than the country’s military elders, view the United States as the enemy.”

The key words here are “in part” because what is not spelled out here are the military exercises that US navy have conducted with South Korea and Japan naval forces in recent months in and around China’s Yellow Sea and East China Sea under the pretense of teaching North Korea a lesson. They were intended to be a show of force to tell China that you are under our watch at all times.

During the recent Diaoyutai incident, the US has reiterated US’s position under Japan-U.S. security treaty to protect Japan if a military conflict erupted between China and Japan over this island even though the US does not necessarily agreed that the island belongs to Japan.

According to an article in New York Times,

The other problem is that, technically, the U.S. would be obliged to bail Japan out if there were a fight over the Senkakus. The U.S. doesn’t take a position on who owns the islands, but the  specifies that the U.S. will help defend areas that Japan administers. And in 1972, when the U.S. handed Okinawa back to Japan, it agreed that Japan should administer the Senkakus. So we’re in the absurd position of being committed to help Japan fight a war over islands, even though we don’t agree that they are necessarily Japanese.

http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/09/10/look-out-for-the-diaoyu-islands/

The US has in recent months accelerated shipments of military supplies and advance weaponry to Taiwan in the name of defending the small island against China’s military advance. Its clear intention was to use Taiwan as a pawn to block China’s expansion into Pacific Ocean with Taiwan acted as a willing partner. The US, however, has held back on the shipment of F-16 C/D fighter jets to Taiwan purely as a bargaining chip in dealing with China’s expansion economically and militarily.

The America also injected itself into the long standing territory dispute between Vietnam and China in South China Sea after decades of silence on this issue. Its Secretary of States and Secretary of Defense suddenly found Vietnam a friendly country with promises of providing Vietnam with nuclear technology and the construction of a nuclear reactor power plant in Vietnam, all in the name of protecting American’s national interests in South China Sea. What interest is the US talking about?

What’s really going on behind the close doors between US and Vietnam are secret discussions of setting up a permanent naval port in Vietnam for American’s navy ships in South China Sea.

On India, closer military cooperation between US and India was the primary objective of the high level visit by US defense secretary Robert Gates to India earlier this year. His goal was made very clear by his speech:

“In coming years, we look to India to be a partner and net provider of security in the Indian Ocean and beyond.”

Can you not clearly see the intention of the United States which is to block China’s expansion militarily and diplomatically? The United States looked for areas of dispute and potential conflicts between China and its neighbors. It then make itself a partner with China’s neighbors and in the process further divide Asia into two camps: China and everyone else.

How can China not seeing the US as a potential enemy given the diplomatic and military maneuver by the US in recent months?

What’s going to happen is an arm race in the region because every country is entitled to defend itself militarily. China will certainly do so to rid its “sick man of Asia” image once and for all. It is also likely that the pressure from the US will push China and Russia closer in the near future and the cold war will take on a new meaning before you know it.

The United States has 10 aircraft carriers and hundreds of naval ships cruising around the world every day. It has thousands of nuclear war heads and countless fighter jets in airbases all over the world. It has advance military technologies no other country can match in years or even decades.

But, what right does America have to object other country’s military expansion?

They do not, period.

The United States is exercising its military power over other countries for a simple reason: that’s all it has now!

The United States is losing the global war on energy as it imports 70% of its daily crude supply. The trend can not be reversed any time soon and the United States is sending $380 billion dollars to foreign countries every year. If you want to know what wealth transfer is all about just look at this amazing sum of money flowing from our pockets to oil-rich countries. Year after year! With no end in sight! The Iraq war cost the US $700 billion in nine years. We are giving away two Iraq wars every two years with some changes to spare!

The United States is losing the global war on economics as its morphs into a service centered economy.

The United States is losing the global war on capitalism as it moves slowly to socialism with national health care system. In the process, it will drags down its medical instrument industry and drug companies; two areas of innovation and research.

The United States is losing the global war on currency as US dollar is weakened by the introduction of Euro and renminbi within the next twenty years.

The United States is losing the global war on manufacture as new plants popping up all over the world except in the US.

The United States is fighting the global war of terrorism as more and more terrorists looking for ways to come to America as we speak. This global war on terrorism is America’s to lose because of increasing discrimination against Muslims in the US.

The only area that the United States is decades ahead of every one else is its military capability. But the paper tiger is struggling to hang on to its military might in order to exert influence in the world. But its military power is built on a house of cards because the United States is broke.

In short, the good times are gone for the United States. It may not be forever. But it is damn close!

The really sad thing about this is that the US has limited ways to get out of this malaise simply because of its enormous debt, federal deficit and trade deficit in the years to come.

America’s Asian Foreigh Policy is bankrupted May 23, 2010

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Why, you might ask.

The North Korea is getting away with murdering South Korean sailors  and the United States called Lee Myung-bak to cool it for now because the U.S. has no policy to deal with this problem for now.

Obama does not know what to do with a rogue nation which has a couple of nuclear war heads and the backing of China and Russia.

Obama didn’t want to escalate the tension with China. So what did he do? He called South Korea’s president and asked him stop making any noises.

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-Il promptly visited China and bought China to his aid because Kim Jong-Il knew that Obama didn’t want to get China mad on him.

And sure enough, China and North Korea are taking the advantage of the situation and putting the United States in a corner.
Before you know it, Iran will poke at the paper tiger and see how far it can get away with
the advancement of its nuclear weapon program.

Obama doesn’t want to be the leader of the world and it really shows.

BHO on Nuclear Iran and North Korea November 19, 2009

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Nuclear Iran and North Korea

 

According to NY Times, BHO, while in Seoul, South Korea delivered a stern message to North Korea and Iran that they risk further sanctions and isolation if they do not rein in their nuclear ambitions.

 

All words and no action. Again. Without the help from Russia and China, the U.S. has no leverage to do anything against these two countries.

 

What else do you expect from the U.S. which is losing its international influence?

 

In the mind of the U.S. strategists and Americans in general, a nuclear North Korea is not a direct threat to the United States. It is China’s problem. It is South Korea’s problem. It is Japan’s problem. Just let two Koreas fight it out themselves. Let them deal with it. The U.S. will step in to play a minor role if asked for. If there is a satisfied resolution, BHO will gladly take credit for its success. If there is no light at the end of the tunnel, it is China or Russia which didn’t push hard enough.

 

I am sure the U.S. is developing plans in the war room to co-exist with a nuclear Iran in the future. The U.S. is also trying to figure out what to do when the 3 AM phone call from Israel saying that Israel bombers are on their way to bomb Iran’s nuclear facilities.