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U.S. Taiwan Policy: Officially Absurd « The Enterprise Blog

June 28, 2011

U.S. Taiwan Policy: Officially Absurd « The Enterprise Blog.

Great piece here at the American Enterprise Blog.  Here is the lede:

This is getting downright ridiculous. According to Defense News, “Taiwan’s June 24 petition to submit a letter of request (LoR) for new F-16 fighter jets was blocked by the U.S. State Department under orders from the U.S. National Security Council, sources in Taipei and Washington said.”

Reread that sentence. Let the absurdity of it sink in.

To paraphrase: Taiwan’s request to request to buy F-16s has been denied by the Obama administration. The Bush administration, which first concocted this ridiculous formulation, set an unseemly precedent. To avoid making what it perceived to be a politically difficult decision, it avoided having to make any decision at all. No wonder the Obama administration, with its penchant for split-the-baby decision-making, has adopted this policy as its own.

I must individually quote the best line in the whole piece:

Illusory though they continue to be, the short-term benefits of friendly ties to Beijing—China can supposedly help prevent Iran’s nuclearization, denuclearize North Korea, end climate change, maintain global economic stability, and, most importantly, perfect the president’s jump shot and cross-over move—dominate the administration’s decision-making. [emphasis added]

Haha, that is some comedic gold right there.

Anyway, Read the Rest Here.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 28, 2011 12:27 pm

    How many “could have been jobs” did we walk away from this time? Is anybody keeping score?

    • June 28, 2011 3:37 pm

      I didn’t even think about the jobs aspect of this, but good call. =)

  2. June 28, 2011 12:57 pm

    We have 50,000 troops in South Korea, that should do the trick. Who needs planes in that region anyway, Why I am laughing myself silly as well.

    • June 28, 2011 3:38 pm

      LOL, you are funny.

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