Obama Sells Out Taiwan

See update below: Has the Obama administration effectively taken control of Taiwan’s defence budget? Why not just trust them to know what they need.

Hopefully Obama will be kicked out next year and America can return to its true values — standing up for its friends and against its enemies.

“So while the U.S. is willing to sell technologically advanced fighter jets to Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Australia, and other Asia-Pacific nations that feel threatened by China, Taiwan remains an unexplainable exception.

“We can see the U.S. abandoning its commitment to Taiwan,” said one senior U.S. defense industry executive told me. “It’s really criminal.” Another told me his peers all project that this is the last major blow before “Taiwan goes down the tubes.”

A NATO diplomat in Beijing told me last month that Washington does not understand the significance of what happens with Taiwan. “That little island is the line in the sand,” he said. Sadly, it is Taiwan with its carrier-killer missile that is daring China to cross that line—and not the U.S.”

Taiwan’s Aircraft Carrier Killer

The Obama administration has established a new (even lower) standard for kowtowing to Beijing. In the first instance, the White House has decided against selling Taiwan 66 new F-16s the government in Taipei has been asking for over the last few years. With an aging inventory of Taiwan air force fighters and the continued buildup of Chinese advanced air defenses, fighters, and fighter-bombers, the sale was absolutely essential if the deteriorating air balance over the Taiwan Strait was to be addressed.

Ignoring his legal obligations under the 1979 Taiwan Relations Act to provide Taiwan with the military equipment it needs to maintain its self-defense capabilities, the president has allowed Chinese threats of a rough patch in relations to dictate American – security policy.

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Americans Still In Denial About The War Of 1812

Otto: "It was a tie!!!"

UPDATE: April 18, 2012 U.S. marks second victory over British in War of 1812

“Next year marks the bicentennial of the War of 1812, when a fledging nation successfully defeated the British Empire for the second time.”

This is going along with very out of date propaganda. It might have suited America’s interests in the 19th century, but Americans now need to have a serious reality check.

Both sides achieved little if anything from the war: the American objective to conquer Canada failed, and one of their main justifications for starting it —the press-ganging of American sailors into the Royal Navy— ended before the war began!

Does America count the simple fact their nation survived the conflict as a “victory”? But the British never intended to invade the U.S. in the first place. In fact, they didn’t want the war at all, as it was sapping resources from the war against Napoleon in Europe.

The War of 1812 was one of America’s worst presidential mistakes — James Madison’s failure to avoid it.

From Wikipedia:

The term status quo ante bellum is Latin, meaning literally “the state in which things were before the war”.

War of 1812

Canada and the War of 1812

The War of 2012

Spielberg’s Change of Heart On E.T.

E.T.: "Be good"

Thankyou, Mr. Spielberg! At least one movie director is man enough to admit when he’s made a mistake, and correct it.

Spielberg: “For myself, I tried [changing a film] once and lived to regret it. Not because of fan outrage, but because I was disappointed in myself. I got overly sensitive to [some of the reaction] to E.T., and I thought if technology evolved, [I might go in and change some things]…it was OK for a while, but I realized what I had done was I had robbed people who loved E.T. of their memories of E.T. […] If I put just one cut of E.T. on Blu-ray and it was the 1982, would anyone object to that? [The crowd yells “NO!” in unison.] OK, so be it.”

Steven Spielberg Finally Admits the Walkie-Talkies Were a Mistake

“The fact that George Lucas has made changes to the original films is not the root of the problem (although there are plenty who wish he hadn’t). It is the fact that he is not making those original versions available, which is causing all the fuss.”

Why Star Wars should be left to the fans

‘Star Wars’ Blu-ray Controversy: Has George Lucas Made Two Terrible Audio Alterations to the Original Trilogy?

George Lucas — The Farce Is With Him