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Bowing to China, Part 2: No F-16s for Taiwan

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.

16 thoughts on “Bowing to China, Part 2: No F-16s for Taiwan”

  1. God forbid he do anything that would actually create jobs in this country….oh wait…creating them elsewhere does seem to be his forte, doesnt it?

  2. Somebody slap me so I can wake up from this nightmare I’m having. Everyday the left does something new that just doesn’t make much sense.

  3. jobs are important ingredient to recovery.
    “I shall enumerate some of the evils of paper money and conclude with offering means for preventing them.” Words from the man who first said the words “United States of America”

    1. My question is — does he have to follow the rule of law? Yes, he does. Does he follow the rule of law? No, he doesn’t. Unfortunately, he has taken it upon himself to ignore the other two branches of government, congress and judiciary, and rule this country by fiat. He just forgot, we don’t have dictators in America.

  4. MT for re-redistribution

    Maybe some astute reporter could ask Mr. Transparent just what the reasons were behind making a decision that (yet again) screwed us royally.

    Maybe the reporter should just go ahead and phrase it this way: “Mr. Grand Poobah, what exactly did George Bush do to mess up the F-16 sale to Taiwan?”

  5. What do you mean bad guys don’t respond to appeasement? Don’t you remember how Neville Chamberlain absolutely stymied the rise of the Third Reich through appeasement? Oh, wait. I forgot!!! Sorry.

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