Will Obama Throw Japan Under The Bus?

Will Obama Throw Japan Under The Bus?

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Henry Jefferson

Since: Aug 12

Hilliard, OH

#1 Sep 18, 2012
China’s most powerful military leader, in an unusual public statement, last week ordered military forces to prepare for combat, as Chinese warships deployed to waters near disputed islands and anti-Japan protests throughout the country turned violent.

Protests against the Japanese government’s purchase of three privately held islands in the Senkakus chain led to mass street protests, the burning of Japanese flags, and attacks on Japanese businesses and cars in several cities. Some carried signs that read “Kill all Japanese,” and “Fight to the Death” over disputed islands. One sign urged China to threaten a nuclear strike against Japan.

Gen. Xu Caihou, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission, considered the most senior military political commissar, said Friday that military forces should be “prepared for any possible military combat,” state run Xinhua news agency reported.

Heightened tensions over the Senkakus come as Defense Secretary Leon Panetta arrived in China Monday.

Panetta, in comments made in Japan shortly before traveling to China, said,“We are concerned by the demonstrations, and we are concerned by the conflict that is taking place over the Senkaku islands.”

“The message I have tried to convey is we have to urge calm and restraint on all sides,” he said, noting any “provocation” could produce a “blow up.”

Panetta repeated the U.S. position that it is neutral in the dispute over Japan’s Senkaku islands, a small chain of islets located south of Okinawa and north of Taiwan. But he also reaffirmed the U.S. defense commitment to Japan, a treaty ally.

“We stand by our treaty obligations,” Panetta said, echoing a similar commitment made during a 2010 standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the Senkakus.”They’re longstanding, and that has not changed.”

China claims the islands as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu islands.

Last week, following the Japanese government’s purchase of three of the Senkakus from private Japanese owners, six Chinese maritime security ships were deployed near the Senkaku islands, further heightening tensions.

Xu’s unusual comments followed reports in state-controlled Chinese media that opposed the Japanese government’s purchase of the three islands.

Xu said during a visit to military units near Taiyuan, in the northern province of Shanxi,“efforts should be made to ensure that the military is capable of resolutely performing its duty to safeguard the country’s national sovereignty, security, and territorial integrity whenever it is needed by the Party and the people.”

A U.S. official said the PLA’s most senior political general rarely makes such direct appeals to troops to prepare for combat.

Panetta told reporters en route to Japan, the first stop on a three-nation visit to Asia,“The United States does not take a position with regards to territorial disputes.”

In 2010, then-Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates invoked the U.S.-Japan defense treaty when tensions between China and Japan increased over Tokyo’s arrest of a Chinese fishing captain who rammed his boat against a Chinese coast guard vessel in waters near the Senkakus. Gates said the United States would “fulfill our alliance responsibilities” toward Japan.

Japan’s Coast Guard announced on Sept. 14 that six Chinese maritime patrol vessels sailed into Japanese-controlled waters near the Senkakus and the vessels ignored Japanese warnings for the ships to leave the area.

Other reports from China on Monday showed a convoy of hundreds of Chinese fishing vessels sailing toward the disputed islands.

Mcdonough, GA

#3 Sep 18, 2012
FTA: Panetta told reporters en route to Japan, the first stop on a three-nation visit to Asia,“The United States does not take a position with regards to territorial disputes.”

Sure, Mr. Panetta. Can we assume the US will no longer intervene to stop the construction of Israeli settlements?

Akron, OH

#4 Sep 18, 2012
He refused to sell F-35s to the ROC, and F-22s to Australia, so why not?

United States

#5 Nov 30, 2013
Obama's treachery is dangerous to the USA, By throwing Israel and Japan under the bus, he is foolishly sending a message to the Iranians, Russians, Chinese that the USA appeases its enemies and betrays our friends.

He and his foolish but self-righteous liberals moronic allies seem to view evangelical Christians in the militart, the GOP in Congress and true Americans as his and their enemies. Obama is the enemy of the USA. He needs to be impeached ASAP.

Obama's agenda is not American, pro-freedom or pro-Christian or pro-free enterprise but pro-wickedness, pro-Islam and pro-socialism it seems.
d pantz

Barberton, OH

#7 Dec 2, 2013
d pantz

Barberton, OH

#9 Dec 2, 2013
Looks like their sending Biden over there to do the throwing. Either way we shouldn't be involved. Maybe democrats should go public and say they won't take campaign contributions from Chinese special interests anymore....

Greensboro, NC

#10 Dec 2, 2013
when discussing or thinking about what Obama does, may or will do next, don't lose sight of the fact Obama is not a USAer but a USSAer. O's actions towards Israel, Japan and the USA totally coincides with his being president of the USSA and his leftist/muzlim thoughts of worldview.
This is how you must view and review his actions. He does indeed send a message of the appeasement of the enemies and betraying the friends of the USA but in his mind he is president of the USSA which makes it the direct opposite, appeasing his friends and betraying his enemies.
Israel is Obama's enemy, Iran friend. Using common sense, this is the reason for the photo op session in Phnom Penh November 2012 with his friends Putin, Wen and Trung. socialist friends. Using common sense this is the reason for wanting to give billions to his friends in the Muzlim Brotherhood. Simply the old axiom, a person is known by the friends they keep.
He will not be impeached and will serve out his term in DC.
d pantz

United States

#11 Dec 3, 2013
"On Tuesday the Chinese envoy to the Philippines added to tensions, saying Beijing had a sovereign right to establish a maritime air defence zone over other regions."
So we will just denounce them and democrats will keep getting campaign donations from china is my guess.
d pantz

United States

#12 Dec 3, 2013
Yeah, this ought to show em.... http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25176613
d pantz

United States

#13 Dec 4, 2013
Looks like china is ignoring Obama and his "tough talk"
"If the U.S. is truly committed to lowering tensions in the region, it must first stop acquiescing to Tokyo's dangerous brinkmanship. It must stop emboldening belligerent Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to constantly push the envelope of Japan's encroachments and provocations."

Since: Dec 11

Dayton, OH

#14 Dec 8, 2013
Obama throw an ally under the bus??? He will not only throw them under but run over them a couple of times for good measure IF it suits the empty suit.

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