The Most Ineffective Foreign Policy of My Lifetime – Part 5

The Obama Administration counted on “Coalitions” to contain Chinese expansion in the South China Sea. But with no real strategy, there is not much containment. And people love a winner. Philippines’ Deal With China Pokes a Hole in U.S. Strategy – The New York Times

What had been a fairly united front against China’s expanding maritime claims, stretching from Japan to Malaysia, now has a gap in the southeast corner where the Philippines lies, and could soon have another at the southwestern end, where Malaysia is making noises about shifting its alliances.

In both cases, resentment over what is seen as American interference in unrelated problems — a wave of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines and a huge financial scandal in Malaysia — may have contributed to the shift.

That’s interesting. The current US Administration trying to dictate (I use that word specifically) to our allies. (I thought they hated dictators!) And in the end they are willing to do exactly nothing about Chinese building islands in the South China Sea. That is the exact opposite of “Talk softly, and carry a Big Stick.” That is “All hat and no cattle” foreign policy.

Eventually people are going to get tired of listening to a blow-hard, and being on the side of the loser. It is hardly surprising that people in East are reconsidering their relations with this country.

Part 4 is here, though it isn’t labeled as such. Part 3 is here. Though most of the stuff in the Politics category lately has dealt with foreign policy. (The election I find disgusting, on so many levels.)

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Philippine President Duterte says U.S. has lost

Or you could title this “The Most Ineffective Foreign Policy of My Lifetime – Part 4.” Duterte aligns Philippines with China, says U.S. has lost | Reuters

“In this venue, your honors, in this venue, I announce my separation from the United States,” Duterte told Chinese and Philippine business people, to applause, at a forum in the Great Hall of the People attended by Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli.

“Both in military, not maybe social, but economics also. America has lost.”

The US and the Philippines have been allies since World War II. What with the vaunted “Pivot to Asia” in Obama’s (and Clinton’s) foreign policy, you would think that we would be getting closer to our allies in the Pacific. You might think that, but you would be wrong.

As for The Smartest President Ever™ and his State Department, they are “baffled.”

In Washington, the U.S. State Department said it was “baffled” by Duterte’s comments and would seek an explanation when Daniel Russel, the top U.S. diplomat for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, visits Manila this weekend.

Eight more years of this is gonna really suck.

The Next Phase of the War on (Some) Drugs™?

Extrajudicial deaths – weasel-wording for police executing people without bothering with things like evidence and courts and all that nonsense. US ‘Deeply Concerned’ Over Philippines Drug Crackdown as Extrajudicial Deaths Mount – ABC News

It is the Philippines today. Where will it be tomorrow? Nearly 1800 dead.

The US and the UN are upset, and have given the President of the Philippines a stern talking-to.

President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to withdraw the Philippines from the U.N. on Sunday in response to statements from top U.N. officials over the country’s extrajudicial killings, according The Associated Press.

What exactly do these “leaders” expect? The tactics that they have been promoting for several decades have not worked. They won’t discuss legalization. “Continuing to do the same thing, and expecting different results is one definition of insanity.” But that is what the powers-that-be advocate. More of the same War on (Some) Drugs™. Do they just want the current situation to continue forever?

I don’t think it is surprising that some countries have been pushed into this position. If the alternative is to be a failed state, I am not surprised that people do things like this.