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12/16/2016

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KenH

They know Boingo only has 34 days left on the clock.
But if this is some sort of response for Donnie taking a phone call from Taiwan, it's retarded in the extreme. Since , HE aint BOINGO. And you can pretty much guarantee whatever response he has in mind, won't involve tiny fists flailing and having a spaz attack like dear leader this afternoon.

Krag

If the drone is really what the US claims it is, this whole thing comes off as very lame by the Chinese. You show the world you are thieves by blatantly scooping up a not-cutting-edge UUV - way to go! There wasn't even any technical finesse involved.

What was the point other than belittling themselves?

ultimaratioregis

To paraphrase the immortal SKK, all Obama will do is prance about in a snit, swinging his purse at the Chinese...

Heltau

In the coming days we will find out what is going to be done about this probe.
Course that is the captain obvious isn't.
Merry Christmass to all, and hopefully a lot better 4 years a coming.

Esli

We just had a major general from the PLA come to the war college to address us. He basically explained how the US was consistently the provocateur in the South China Sea. A student asked something to the effect of why were the Chinese cutting off the other nations in the SCS and he looks around the audience and announces that he doesn't see the president of the Philllipines and so doesn't answer. I don't want to misrepresent his tone but he was both funny and cocky. Interestingly though, there was a student in my class who speaks a little Mandarin Chinese who told me later that the guy was saying "umm" a lot and seemed flustered by the hard questions. I thought about standing up and asking him "so; you think you could take us?" But I concluded that this wasn't scholarly....

timactual

Unfortunately I am not surprised that the Navy doesn't seem to have learned anything from the USS Pueblo incident.

ultimaratioregis

@Esli,

The answer to the question "you think you can take us?" is increasingly becoming "yes". They see us lacking the will, and they (and our allies) see our means shrinking.

Jaedo Drax

Perhaps it might be an idea to retrofit an ice breaker for oceanic studies in the south china sea

Paul L. Quandt

As I have written before, we are going to have to fight the PRC. Perhaps to next POTUS will have the balls to do this.

Paul L. Quandt

Casey

The way to WW1 was accelerated by the unshakeable belief that a war (between France & Germany, Serbia & Austria, pick any 2) was inevitable.

We don't have to start a hot war with China to achieve our goals. In fact we managed to get through something called the "Cold War" for nearly 50 years without a shooting engagement.

Paul L. Quandt

Well Casey, the USSR knew that they couldn't beat us. The PRC likely thinks it can. Between now and 20 Jan. is a very dangerous time.

Paul

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