Last edited by digsbe; 01-24-11 at 11:04 PM.
Tired of elections being between the lesser of two evils.When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser. -Socrates
The Chinese intend to remake the international order. Ultimately they will succeed. The old international order created by the West is losing its power. Look at what the Chinese did to America and the Europeans at the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference in December 2009.
But get anyone else doing it and they'll quickly back off and look the other way with their 'nothing to see here, folks' clumsiness.
They always manage to get around with one foot in their mouths but occasionally, and almost miraculously, they frequently fit the other one in there as well.
It's nonsense. Proper diplomacy demands that the Chinese be given the benefit of the doubt. The role of the president at a state dinner is to be the gracious host, not to be prickly or boorish. If the Chinese were rude in their choice of song, that does not mean that retribution must be exacted. That is not how international diplomacy works. The fact is that the US is so strong that we don't even need China's respect. But we'd be a lot less likely to get it by acting like petulant children over a perceived insult. If it looks weak to permit such a thing, it looks far, far weaker to lose one's cool over it.
Last edited by Guy Incognito; 01-24-11 at 11:19 PM.
No doubt. Who doesn't want to be more powerful?The Chinese intend to remake the international order.
I'm not so sure. Just because one has intentions doesn't mean one has the ability. Their economy is not innovation-based. After awhile they will be stuck in the middle-income trap if they think that maintaining their manufacturing dominance is the way to go, instead of moving to high-tech service-based economy. Even if their GDP exceeds ours in 20 yrs, their per capita income and living standards will still be a lot lower.Ultimately they will succeed.
No disagreement here. It's what happens when u owe some guy trillions of dollars.The old international order created by the West is losing its power. Look at what the Chinese did to America and the Europeans at the Copenhagen Global Warming Conference in December 2009.
Haha, funny. From my perspective Obama is deadly effective at caving in to conservatives, who in general play the politics game much better than liberals/Democrats. The idea of Obama "beating up" on anyone, to me personally, is laughable. His governing style has been anything but aggressive or assertive.Obama is deadly effective in beating up American conservatives.
Who isn't? If I were China i'd just keep ****ing around and doing what i'm doing to make myself stronger. When you owe someone trillions of dollars you're not really in a position to bargain for anything...He is ineffably weak in dealing with China.
That's hilarious, well done that piano player. To put it in the local vernacular:
"To waste, to destroy, our natural resources, to skin and exhaust the land instead of using it so as to increase its usefulness, will result in undermining in the days of our children the very prosperity which we ought by rights to hand down to them."~ Theodore Roosevelt (Message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1907)