Posted by: Chuck | October 6, 2013

Obama’s Asia ‘pivot’ falters, China steps into the gap

After a few days of twisting by Malacacañang and its allies on the P50 million releases to each senator (it turned out others got more like Senators Franklin Drilon, P100 million, Chiz Escudero P99 million, and Juan Ponce Enrile, P92 million) after the impeachment of Supreme Court Renato Corona in May 2012 that Estrada revealed in his speech.

The aircraft carrier USS George Washington moves in the Philippine Sea, Sept. 29, 2013. (Trevor Welsh/U.S. Navy)

SEOUL — The USS George Washington is scheduled to visit South Korea on Thursday for what the Navy is calling “a routine port-of-call.” The aircraft carrier — along with the guided missile cruiser USS Antietam and guided-missile destroyer USS Preble – will dock in Busan, on the southernmost tip of the Korean peninsula, until Sunday. The ships are part of the George Washington Strike Group, which operates
from Yokosuka, Japan. “During the four-day visit, U.S. Navy personnel will have the opportunity to engage with Republic of Korea navy counterparts and participate in cultural exchanges and community outreach events with citizens from the Republic of Korea,” according to a Navy statement…

It is a painful transition from the USSR to a modern Russia, but that is the kind of transformation that must take place.

International military forces carried out a pre-dawn strike Saturday against foreign fighters in the same southern Somalia village where U.S. Navy SEALS four years ago killed a most-wanted al-Qaida operative, officials said. The strike was carried out in the town of Barawe in the hours before morning prayers against what one official said were “high-profile” targets. The strike comes exactly two weeks after al-Shabab militants attacked Nairobi’s Westgate Mall, a four-day terrorist assault that killed at least 67 people in neighboring Kenya. The leader of al-Shabab, Mukhtar Abu Zubeyr, also known as Ahmed Godane, claimed responsibility for the attack and said it was in retaliation for Kenya’s military deployment inside Somalia. In Kenya, a military spokesman released the names of four men implicated in the mall attack.

What draws everybody closer and makes us all care is not what we have, but the things we share. God bless you.

An unmistakable sense of unease is growing in global capitals as the U.S. government from afar looks increasingly befuddled. America is shirking from a military confrontation in Syria, stymied at home by a gridlocked Congress and in danger of defaulting on sovereign debt, which could plunge the world’s financial system into chaos. While each may be unrelated to the direct exercise of U.S. foreign policy, taken together they give some allies the sense that Washington is not as firm as it used to be in its resolve and its financial capacity, providing an opening for China or Russia to fill the void, an Asian foreign minister told a group of journalists in New York this past week.–finance.html

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