“People don’t remember — when I came into office, the United States in world opinion ranked below China and just barely above Russia. And today, once again, the United States is the most respected country on Earth.”
Four million current and former federal employees, from nearly every government agency, might have had their personal information stolen by Chinese hackers, U.S. investigators said.
U.S. officials believe this could be the biggest breach ever of the government’s computer networks. China called the allegation irresponsible.
Since when did a country’s lawful action in its own territory merit reproach?
Key figures, some unrelated to South China Sea disputes, have expressed opinions accusing China of impairing navigational freedom, speculating that China’s island construction is for military purposes and, most outrageously, comparing China to Nazi Germany.
While addressing a seminar in the Republic of Korea, US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Russel said China’s behavior raises the question:”What kind of a power does China seek to become?”
It is ironic to see the question coming from an American official.
China’s position on the South China Sea has not and will not change. As vice foreign minister Liu Zhenmin noted, China is a staunch proponent of peace and stability in the South China Sea, and is committed to resolving disputes through negotiation with directly concerned countries.
Top U.S. defense officials and diplomats are gathering in Stuttgart, Germany, Friday to discuss how to counter Russian military actions in Ukraine and address concerns among allies about Moscow’s aggression, following an upsurge of fighting between the Ukrainian military and Russia-backed rebels.
White House spokesman Josh Earnest acknowledged Thursday that economic pressure has not yet resulted in Russian President Vladimir Putin changing his “strategic calculus inside Ukraine.”
That isn’t “calculus” Putin’s doing in Ukraine, it’s division and addition.
We’ve amply covered Iran’s demonstrations of “respect” toward the US. Do you think Saudi Arabia respects us as they place an order for nukes from Armageddon.com? You think Germany respects us when we correct Angela Merkel’s grammar on her cell phone calls? Mexico respects us as they export their underclass across the Rio Grande? Canada respects us as we can’t make a decision on an oil pipeline? Israel respects us when its prime minister has to come over and explain the facts of life to our vain, callow president?
Germany, China, Russia, the EU: talk about the soft bigotry of low expectations!
But look at the chart. US popularity peaked with Obama’s coronation. And that movement peaked with his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize barely eight months after taking office. It’s been mostly downhill ever since, as the world has discovered what America discovered: to know him is to not like him all that much.