Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs Kurt Campbell spoke on the Obama administration’s strategic “pivot” from the Middle East to East Asia. Admittedly, there are several important East Asian nations, but China is the big dog. Campbell stated that the dominant issues of the 21st century will be decided in that region.
Our President just completed his last G20 Summit in China (and thank God for that). The venue seemed appropriate considering his administration’s “Pivot to Asia.” So how is that going, Mr. President? Any better than the “Russian Reset,” or the “Syrian Red Line,” or the “‘Status of Forces Agreement’ with Iraq,” or the”plan” to “Degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL?” As the kids who incessantly text would say, “OMG!”
My readers know that I dislike Obama and consider him the worst President in the history of the Republic. But, after all, he is the President of the United States of America, the most powerful man on Earth. As a patriot I expect every nation to treat him with the respect that this Office, if not the man, deserves.
So, what do the Chinese think of our feckless leader and his “Pivot to Asia.” The following made headlines broadly, so likely you have heard a bit about it. However, Charles Krauthammer brings the event to life with his sui generis wordsmithing.
[Source: Incident on Hangzhou, by Charles Krauthammer]
The President of the United States lands with all the majesty of Air Force One, waiting to exit the front door and stride down the rolling staircase to the red-carpeted tarmac. Except that there is no rolling staircase. He is forced to exit — as one China expert put it rather undiplomatically — through “the ass” of the plane.
This happened Saturday at Hangzhou airport. Yes, in China. If the Chinese didn’t invent diplomatic protocol, they surely are its most venerable and experienced practitioners. They’ve been at it for 4,000 years. They are the masters of every tributary gesture, every nuance of hierarchical ritual. In a land so exquisitely sensitive to protocol, rolling staircases don’t just disappear at arrival ceremonies. Indeed, not one of the other G-20 world leaders was left stranded on his plane upon arrival.
Did President Xi Jinping directly order airport personnel and diplomatic functionaries to deny President Obama a proper welcome? Who knows? But the message, whether intentional or not, wasn’t very subtle. The authorities expressed no regret, no remorse and certainly no apology…
No surprise. China’s ostentatious rudeness was perfectly reflective of the world’s general disdain for Obama. His high-minded lectures about global norms and demands that others live up to their “international obligations” are no longer amusing. They’re irritating.
This is not the first snub to Obama by foreign leaders. Please readers, I beg you, do not give us four-more-years of Obama foreign policy via his Secretary of State – who helped beget all this nonsense and, for all we know, was pivotal in its inception.
One hundred and thirty one days and counting. And thanks to PCoop for sending this to me.