Obama, missing in action

Writing of China’s latest escalation in the confrontation with Japan over the Senkaku Islands, Richard Fernandez wonders at the conspicuous absence of another player, the United States:

“Washington may surprise us, but it has been unable to push back anywhere lately, a situation so obvious it provoked Hillary Clinton to warn that if the US didn’t get it act together the world would “de-Americanize”. The Chinese challenge seems a case in point …as with the Middle East, so with Asia. The president’s unbroken record of failure has weakened America to the point where overt challenges are not only possible, but actually occurring.”


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