A dimwit president and his neo conservative handlers have left a feckless president and his neo liberal handlers a conflicted, imponderable, and explosive world we now live in. Obama, with the same nationalistic hubris of his predecessor has pivoted our massive sea power to the Pacific and Far East to thwart what he sees as China’s expansionism. Mindless, of course, of the fact that China is the second largest owner of our debt and could bring our economy down with a simple decision to bail out.
Meanwhile the U.S. dominated International Monetary Fund and World Bank have wreaked havoc on everyday Greek citizens with their usual crushing austerity programs and forced the Greeks to sell off their assets to foreign investors. At this time China has no real foothold in Europe except for trade but the wily Chinese have made their pivot into Europe not militarily, like the U.S., but economically to buy up key Greek national assets and to create jobs for the citizenry.
From an international news source:
Greece plays host to Chinese visit
Over in Greece expectation is mounting ahead of a crucial visit to the country by Chinese premier Li Keqiang.
Helena Smith, our correspondent reports.
This is the first time since the start of the economic crisis that Greece will play host to Chinese officials. And with investments the name of the game it is going all out with the red carpet treatment. From early this morning the Greek parliament has been flying a large Chinese flag visible to passers by in Syntagma square. Chinese premier Li Keqiang will kick off the three-day official tour holding talks this afternoon with Antonis Samaras his Greek counterpart.
The assets under discussion are sea port facilities and land systems. So while Obama is spending our money on pivoting our military to the Pacific, which will provide at best psychological support to our dwindling allies there, China is establishing a real beachhead in Europe through their Greek investments.
Meanwhile, in the Middle East Obama is about to pay the price for his false claim that he chose to withdraw our troops from Iraq rather than to blame Bush for his agreement with Iraq that in essence allowed them to kick us out over the status of forces agreement. So the entire Bush-Obama tragedy called “Mission Accomplished” has blown up into a catastrophe for the Iraqi people and may reconfigure and radicalize the entire Middle East.
With absolutely no vision or strength of purpose Obama is again letting politics rather than leadership drive his policy into intervening in a real civil war by taking sides. His weak talk of encouraging a “unified” government in Iraq comes far too late in the game. It is like trying to glue together the broken antique crystal vase you inherited and then expecting top dollar when you sell it. Can’t be done.