What must China think of us?
Scratch that: what must China think of Obama and Kerry?
We’re the biggest badasses in the history of the world (though that title might be history now, too), and we’ve got a list of legitimate grievances against China, ranging from copyright piracy to hacking and spying to playing the regional bully to human rights violations.
China might have feared that Obama was performing his vaunted “pivot to Asia” to find out “whose ass to kick”. They would have feared in vain.
President Obama’s trip to China has been quite a show. First, he managed to alienate the entire population by walking around with gum in his mouth, a breach of decorum severe enough to get him referred to as a “rapper” and an “idler” on Chinese social media. Yes, mainstream media Obama cheerleaders, the Chinese just called him lazy. Good luck browbeating them into apologizing by accusing them of racism.
I doubt you’d be seeing those comments on China’s “social media” without the approval of the communist regime, which sized Obama up as accurately as Vladimir Putin, the mullahs of Tehran, and every other bad actor in the world. They saw a delusional ideologue ripe for a shakedown, because he was desperate to bring something, anything back home from Beijing to prove he was relevant.
That paragraph fits him perfectly—a hell of a lot better than that stupid Romulan smoking jacket. What an utter embarrassment of a president. Come back, Jimmy, all is forgiven.
But I get him. I get him completely. He was raised to believe, as I was, that America was what wrong with the world. Never mind those flowery words written centuries ago by dead white men—dead white, slave-owning white men—this nation needed cutting down a notch or seven. Take us out of the equation, and peace and justice would reign. Obama believes in American exceptionalism, all right, only in our exceptional capacity to sow evil.
Which leads to this:
China’s rulers must have been cackling with glee when Obama gave them everything they could have dreamed of, and more, by announcing a big “climate change” deal. It’s the sort of “deal” where one side gives up the store today, and the other side vaguely promises to think about doing something in thirty years or so. No prizes for guessing who emerged from the negotiations wearing a barrel.
A barrel. Funny. You don’t see barrel imagery much anymore.
China plays games like this all the time; they’re currently in violation of the last vague promise they made to cut back on their carbon emissions, supposedly because their economy boomed beyond expectations. They know how to play the Greens like fiddles, and they understand how much Western politicians love to use global-warming theology as an excuse to expand their own personal power. The Politburo doesn’t need to worry about disguising its appetite for power, and they certainly aren’t going to cripple their economy to meet any “climate change” goals, but they love watching their global competitors agree to do so.
There’s so much more, but I want to come back to the question of what must China be thinking. Putin’s on the march, the Muslim world is in flames, his own people voted him to all but oblivion, and Obama shows up in Beijing bearing the crown jewels and enough Nicorette gum to numb a herd of pandas (unless they’re solitary).
Even those Godless communists must believe in a higher power when providence smiles this broadly on them.
Clinton was right. You should be getting me coffee.