Behind Closed Doors, Top U.S. Commander Frustrated With Obama
. . . and it all points to a feckless, incompetent President.
"Admiral Harry Harris, the top U.S. commander in the Pacific who directs U.S. patrols in the South China Sea, seems pretty frustrated with President Obama. The Navy Times:
The U.S. military’s top commander in the Pacific is arguing behind closed doors for a more confrontational approach to counter and reverse China’s strategic gains in the South China Sea, appeals that have met resistance from the White House at nearly every turn.
Adm. Harry Harris is proposing a muscular U.S. response to China’s island-building that may include launching aircraft and conducting military operations within 12 miles of these man-made islands, as part of an effort to stop what he has called the “Great Wall of Sand” before it extends within 140 miles from the Philippines’ capital, sources say.
Harris and his U.S. Pacific Command have been waging a persistent campaign in public and in private over the past several months to raise the profile of China’s land grab, accusing China outright in February of militarizing the South China Sea.
But the Obama administration, with just nine months left in office, is looking to work with China on a host of other issues from nuclear non-proliferation to an ambitious trade agenda, experts say, and would prefer not to rock the South China Sea boat, even going so far as to muzzle Harris and other military leaders in the run-up to a security summit."
Well, what should one expect. The President has his morning coffee grounds high colonic at 10, and then lunch followed by 18 holes of golf, and a fete of some tyrannical dictator in the evening. His schedule is filled, filled I tell you.
The President might be mostly retired, and an incredibly lame duck, but such status will not keep him from dithering, damaging American foreign policy, and gutting the Pax Americana further. Take that to the bank.
We are in the midst of the Presidential candidate season, there are decisions to be made. The Burn, and The Donald wouldn't know foreign policy from flounder, so consider them appropriately. Hillary was the brain trust behind the first four years of the Obama foreign policy debacle, again consider her appropriately. Cruze and Kasich will need a bit more evaluation, but I am sure you can find your way through.
Remember, those with no executive experience like Obama become Peter Principled and fundamentally, and permanently incapable of moving forward. More executive experience is better, it allows the person to continue to learn and broaden on the job, less is worse, it moves the individual closer to Peter Principling.