From The Congressional Research Service:
The Obama Administration also used them (Clinton/Gate's meetings) as occasions to signal its determination to increase its presence in Southeast Asia generally, and upgrade its strategic relationship with Vietnam in particular. Of particular note, during the July ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) meeting, Vietnamese and U.S. officials orchestrated a multilateral diplomatic push-back against perceived Chinese assertiveness in the South China Sea.
Also... 5 patrol boats? Really? Like that's gonna help if China comes calling?
As the Obama administration revamps its Asian strategy in response to a rising China, the U.S. military is eyeing a return to some familiar bases from its last conflict in the region — the Vietnam War.
In next-door Vietnam, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta this month became the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit the naval and air base at Cam Ranh Bay since the end of the war. Citing the “tremendous potential here,” Panetta enthused about the prospect of U.S. ships again becoming a common sight at the deep-water port.
CAM RANH BAY, Vietnam - On Sunday Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta became the first Pentagon chief to visit Cam Ranh Bay’s deep water port since the end of the Vietnam war - when America used it as a base of operations to wage an illegal war in that country.
The US military is hoping that American atrocities and war crimes will not get in the way of its return to the strategically important base in the South China Sea.
Note the mention of the "illegal" war there!
Last edited by Montecresto; 12-30-13 at 06:48 PM.