Obama has announced his intention to send 2500 troops to Australia, to offset what is perceived as China's increasing aggression in the region. "The notion that we fear China is mistaken" quipped Obama, at a news conference on Wednesday.
What strikes me odd is that all the campaign speeches about reasoning with our competitors on the world stage have come to naught. His Peace prize, handed out for what he said he was going to do, and not for what he actually had done, languishes on whatever shelf he undoubtedly proudly displays it.
Iran, now the subject of even harsher sanctions, imposed by Obama, has not been impressed with his rhetoric and posturing. After all, he called them a "tiny country, no threat at all." Obama's rhetoric seems to have come to nothing, except to strengthen Iran's resolve.
Now, can Obama with a straight face expect anyone to believe that he's going to get tough with a huge country, to whom we owe over a trillion dollars? The same country that he will no doubt need to borrow from again?
But the thing that makes me really ponder, considering China's armed forces consists of over 2,300,000 combat ready soldiers. Is Obama sending the message that he thinks one American soldier is worth 1000 Chinese soldiers?