What a day it was Friday, and I’m just at a loss for words when a sitting White House spokesperson attacks a President-elect. I mean, seriously? Josh “Not So” Earnest really believes President-elect Trump knew about Russian involvement by way of “hacking” in our election and knew he was benefitting from it? Hey Josh, whoever “hacked” those damaging emails didn’t write the CONTENT.
How about Hillary Clinton was just a weak candidate without a vision or message for America, trying to advocate for a continuation of Obama’s failed policies? Even the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, has refuted these insidious claims about Russian influence. C’mon folks, when did Putin run a TV ad supporting Donald J. Trump?
And yesterday’s final Obama press conference offered conclusive evidence that Barack Obama suffers from some psychotic delusion. I mean really, Mr. President, you’re going to stand before the American people and try to convince us Obamacare was a success?
You’re going to try and lobby for your economic policies, and make us believe you’ve stemmed the tide of unemployment in America? All we need to do is look at the workforce participation rate in your tenure as president. Mr. President you talked about the deficit being cut — well, that was easy, since in your first four years, you exploded the deficits over a TRILLION dollars.
And I found it particularly disturbing that Obama referred to media sources (such as this one) who report stories the mainstream media suppresses as “domestic propagandists.”
But it was Obama’s obtuse manner when addressing foreign policy and national security that was mostly telling. And this came on the day when we learned about another disrespectful act by another major nation.
As reported by Fox News, “A Chinese Navy ship stole an American underwater research drone while a U.S. crew was watching, in a South China Sea area contested by the Chinese and the Philippines, U.S. defense officials told Fox News on Friday.
The incident occurred around noon Thursday local time approximately 40 miles west of the Philippines and about 150 miles from Scarborough Shoal.
For days, the Chinese ship had been shadowing the American ship USNS Bowditch, which deployed the drone, a Slocum Glider. “This is an act of war against the United States,” Gordon Chang, analyst and author of “The Coming Collapse of China,” told Fox News’ “Happening Now.” He said the move was an act of war because U.S. military property was stolen.
The research ship is owned by the U.S. Navy but operated by Military Sealift Command, with a crew of contracted civilian mariners and scientists. The American crew watched the Chinese take the underwater drone from a short distance away. The Chinese Navy ship was only a quarter of a mile away, a defense official told Fox News.
The Chinese have been regularly shadowing U.S. Navy vessels in the South China Sea for months, Fox News was told. The Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank, reported Wednesday that China apparently set up anti-aircraft guns and close-in weapons systems designed to guard against missile attacks on all seven of its man-made islands in the strategically vital area.
“We call upon China to return our [unmanned underwater vehicle] immediately, and to comply with all of its obligations under international law,” Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook responded. Fox News was told the underwater drone was used to map the sea floor and gather other oceanographic data, and contained no classified material. The USNS Bowditch contained only small arms which were likely stored away on board, a defense official said.”
This is yet a continuance of the Obama kabuki theater where he told the world during his press conference that he confronted and told Vladimir Putin to “stop it” reference the hacking.
Yes, I could just see the former KGB colonel and judo black belt shaking to his core. And now we have our Pentagon spokesperson “calling upon China to return our unmanned underwater vehicle immediately.”
Damn, this weakness MUST end. Bullies only understand one thing: punch back, and when we know a Chinese warship is shadowing our vessel, we deploy a warship of our own for protection. That Chinese ship should have never been allowed to steam away with our underwater drone; yes, we take it back.
Funny, it wasn’t too long ago that President-elect Trump was chastised about taking a congratulatory call from the leader of Taiwan. Trump was reminded of the “one China” policy and how he had placed that relationship in jeopardy. Obviously it appears we need to ask the Chinese for permission to make or accept calls. However, it’s obvious the Chinese don’t have to ask our permission to take our underwater drones. This happened in the international waters of the South China Sea, which the Chinese have laid claim to, illegally, and have armed man-made islands, which we’ve reported here on numerous occasions.
And where were our U.S. Navy warships? After all, Obama did say we were pivoting to the Pacific. These final days of the Obama reign can only find a parallel with the late comedian Rodney Dangerfield, who always complained about not getting any respect. This episode should anger every true American, as the left is on a quixotic quest against the windmills of Russia. We have China taking our military equipment…and women and children being butchered in Aleppo.
I guess Obama can tell China’s president Xi Jinping to “stop it.” How immature. Can you imagine what it feels like for our Sailors in the Pacific? Can you imagine the neutered feeling they must have right now? Can you imagine the emboldened feeling the Chinese feel as they took that drone while we watched, and did nothing, and they sailed off? And oh by the way, the Chinese were also conducting carrier fleet operations and a live fire as this was going on as well.
All the while, Barack Obama stood at the podium for his last press conference taking a bow, and for what? Have you ever seen a dog when it’s cowering away? It tucks its tail.
Right now, that’s how America, under Barack Obama is viewed. Donald Trump must focus on regaining that image of “peace through strength” immediately upon becoming president. He has to embolden our military forces to be a credible deterrent and demand respect from these belligerent nations and non-state actors. Trump is going to be tested early, must assemble his national security/military team before his January 20th inauguration, and war-game out the potential threats and response. Where President Trump can, he must be proactive and seize the initiative from our adversaries. Obama is still talking about Osama bin Laden being dead; what difference at this point does it make?
After the Chinese vessel plucked the drone out of the water, the American research ship’s crew tried to call the Chinese ship over bridge-to-bridge radio, but to no avail. The State Department lodged a formal protest known as a demarche, which the U.S. ambassador in Beijing delivered to the Chinese government Friday, Fox News was told. China’s Communist party-owned newspaper Global Times wrote earlier this week that Beijing should be ready to seize Taiwan by force before the incoming Trump administration “activates the Taiwan card.”
Ol’ Barry Soetoro is off to Hawaii, on the American taxpayer dime, for two weeks. He has 34 days, 4 hours, 4 minutes, and 35 seconds to be president. Needless to say, our country has no leader at this time, and the world knows it.
During his final press conference, Obama talked about how he won his presidential election and reelection. He attributed it to his skills in talking to the people. History will attribute his electoral victories to fraud and deception…and we will wish the scourge that was Barack Obama has never occurred. Obama will be the first former president since Woodrow Wilson to remain in Washington after the end of his term. Wilson was the first American progressive president. Let’s pray Obama is the last.