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    Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

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    WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress may be able to approve the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Taiwan even if President Barack Obama should object, a Republican senator said Tuesday.

    The United States is legally required to supply Taiwan with defensive weapons. However, authorizing the multibillion-dollar, long-pending sale of the 66 planes would anger China, which regards the self-governing island as part of its territory.
    Few people think Obama will approve the sale. Congress has to check the President on this and ensure the sale goes ahead. With China continuing to moderinze its military, Taiwan needs a credible defense.
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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    66 brand spanking new F-16' is all good, but I think is more worried about the US 7th fleet parked off the coast..


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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Certainly, Congress has the power to pass a law to this effect and then override a veto.

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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

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    Few people think Obama will approve the sale. Congress has to check the President on this and ensure the sale goes ahead. With China continuing to moderinze its military, Taiwan needs a credible defense.
    Why? Taiwan should take care of itself. Do we really want to get in it with China over Taiwan?
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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Why? Taiwan should take care of itself. Do we really want to get in it with China over Taiwan?
    We're going to "get in it" with China eventually, and anyone that doesn't see that coming is fooling themselves. Sun Tzu would say, hit them when they're weak, not when they're strong..


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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    We're going to "get in it" with China eventually, and anyone that doesn't see that coming is fooling themselves. Sun Tzu would say, hit them when they're weak, not when they're strong..


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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Jetboogieman View Post
    Mutually assured destruction.

    And if I were you, I'd honestly be more worried about the Russians. Putins got a long term game in the works thats going to have the whole of Europe by the balls while you can't even approve a ****ing budget.
    true dat .. ^^^


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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

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    Few people think Obama will approve the sale. Congress has to check the President on this and ensure the sale goes ahead. With China continuing to moderinze its military, Taiwan needs a credible defense.

    Peaceful reunification with China is Taiwan's best option. Unless Taiwan gets nuclear weapons they will not be capable of stopping China in the event of invasion and war will only make Taiwan's future prospects upon reunification worse. Rather than arming a secessionist territory to prevent China from eroding American imperial power we should spend that money on more humanitarian purposes.
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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Congress cannot bypass the President on this.

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    Re: Senator: F-16 deal with Taiwan might bypass Obama

    Quote Originally Posted by Ikari View Post
    Why? Taiwan should take care of itself. Do we really want to get in it with China over Taiwan?
    Of course not but if someone comes knocking wanting to buy our products, we sell it to them. China would do the same. If Iran asks China for planes or nuclear technology, China is going to sell it to them. (or just give it to them).

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