Thursday, December 2, 2010

December 02 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Our Obsolete Military - Loaded For 'Bear' But The 'Bears' Are All Gone

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Cabale News ServiceDecember 02 2010 Travus T. Hipp Morning News & Commentary: Our Obsolete Military - Loaded For 'Bear' But The 'Bears' Are All Gone

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We've finished our naval maneuvers and exercises in the Yellow Sea with the South Koreans, and now the George Washington Naval Task Group has departed for Japan, where it's going to operate the largest exercise in the East Pacific since WWII with the Japanese and the South Koreans invited to observe.

But it's a MUCH larger issue when it comes to the oceans, and Asia, as the U.S. draws a line in the sea.

From July this year:
UPI - Daily Briefing

Walker's World: U.S. draws line in sea

FRANKFURT, Germany, July 26 (UPI) -- The unprecedented and solemn warning that U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton delivered to Beijing last week over its territorial ambitions in the South China Sea needs to be considered within three separate contexts.

This is because, as Harvard Professor (and former assistant secretary of defense in the Clinton administration) Joseph Nye maintains, relations between great powers are like a game of chess in three dimensions. There is the military equation, the economic equation and the separate but related dimension of cultural influence. Nye calls it "soft power," the ability of a great power not to force other countries to do its will but to get them "to want what you want."

So when Clinton infuriated Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi at the ASEAN regional forum last week by asserting that the resolution of disputes over the South China Sea to be in the United States' "national interest" all three equations came into play.

China has already played the military card, by establishing military outposts in the Paracel and Spratly islands, despite competing claims from Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei. China has in recent months raised the stakes over the South China Sea, declaring a unilateral fishing ban and staging repeated naval and amphibious exercises and missile tests. Vietnam in turn has announced purchases of Russian-build Kilo-class submarines.

The economic issue is central, because of the indications that this vast tract of sea contains large oil and gas reserves... [In Full]

ALL Republican senators go on strike, in defense of the wealthy... - Yesterday all of the Republicans in the Senate signed a letter to the majority leader saying they will filibuster or otherwise interfere with EVERY SINGLE THING brought to the floor until the Bush era tax extension debate is resolved.

Interpol has issued an arrest warrant for Wikileaks founder Julian Assange who is currently believed to be somewhere in the vicinity of London England. But the British courts say the Swedish warrant, for an alleged rape that was already investigated and dropped once, has 'paper problems'. Assange is known to be welcome in a number of European countries that would glady tell the Swedes where to put their 'papers'.
'We all only live once. So we are obligated to make good use of the time that we have and to do something that is meaningful and satisfying. This is something that I find meaningful and satisfying. That is my temperament. I enjoy creating systems on a grand scale, and I enjoy helping people who are vulnerable. And I enjoy crushing bastards. So it is enjoyable work.' ~~Julian Assange interviewed by Spiegel

The House is working on the Bush era's tax cut extension and it will go into conference now for a day or two. Some Congressional Democrats think the White House will give in to the Republicans demands for an extension of all the Bush administration's tax cuts.

This may indicate what the new House leadership thinks of the Parliamentary process - The Senate has decided to remove the office of the House Parliamentarian and turn it into a, more convenient to the seventy one female members, bathroom.

Regarding the Bush era tax cuts...

It was, and still is, a SWELL time to be REALLY RICH


...and was (and still is) a LOUSY time to be POOR or UNEMPLOYED.

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