President Obama has decided not to sell Taiwan the 66 F-16’s it has requested, according to reports, despite support in Congress for the sale and the prospect that the move would create thousands of new jobs.
It’s the latest sign of extreme U.S. sensitivity to the feelings of China’s dictators, following Vice President Biden’s comment this week that he sympathizes with China’s one child, forced abortion policy.
The thing about bad guys that Obama has never understood is that they do not respond to appeasement. They instead will respect tough policies. It’s just a totally different frame of mind than that of, say, Winston Churchill, whose Oval Office bust Obama gave back the the British. The approach was signaled by Obama’s early ambition to make friends with the likes of Ahmadinejad and Chavez.
And for someone who talks about jobs every day, this is pretty odd. From Defense News, which broke the F-16 story.
A June report by the Perryman Group, a Texas-based economic and financial analysis firm, estimated that Taiwan’s F-16C/D program would create more than 16,000 jobs and almost $768 million in U.S. federal tax revenue. Much of that tax revenue and new jobs would go to election battleground states: California, Connecticut, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Texas and Utah.
So instead of creating U.S. jobs and supporting a loyal ally, the White House has decided to coddle Beijing.
There is bipartisan support for the F-16 sale, and the senate will try to approve it over Obama’s objections.
The whole thing ties into Obama’s image as a president intent on weakening the U.S. role in the world, and Republicans candidates would be both correct and smart to capitalize on it.