Thursday, January 25, 2007

Russia, China, India: Trilateral Axis?

One of the major signs of Bush's failed foreign policy is that he has driven Russia, India and China into each other's arms. It is probably true that new alliances were going to be formed eventually but Bush's aggressive foreign policy speeded up events by years, if not decades.

Here's the latest development on this story from India's Tribune:
India and Russia today supported their trilateral axis with China, but opposed Beijing’s January 11 testing of an anti-satellite missile saying that they were against militarisation of space.

President Putin went on to the extent of saying that some powers (read the USA) were trying to militarise space. “We should not let the genie out of the bottle. That is our position,” Mr Putin said at a joint press interaction with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after their formal talks.

As Russian President Vladimir Putin held the seventh Indo-Russian summit with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Hyderabad House here this afternoon, it was clear that the two giant countries’ decades-old-strategic ties were taken to a significantly higher level.

We have business with Russia, China and India but Bush doesn't do much. We have business with our allies in Europe and Japan and Bush doesn't do much. We clearly have business with our enemies and that business may be the most important of all and still Bush doesn't do much (actually he doesn't do anything but he expects our remaining friends to do something). Our position in the world is weakening, our credibility is sagging and still George W. Bush sits on his hands when it comes to diplomatic talks and real leadership in world affairs. And President Bush still has right wing friends singing his praises in the media. Time is growing short. The only question is how many Republicans will join Democrats into pushing President Bush back into America's role as the world's diplomat and changing course before he gives us a wider war.

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Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

I don't want Bush to be pushed into extensive dealings with our erstwhile friends and allies. I've reached the point of being even more deeply skeptical about any good coming of Bush & Co. trying to deal with Syria and Iran.

Diplomacy requires being well-informed, game to try things and willing to give something up in order to get something. Bush doesn't seem to get any of this. Doesn't want to get it.

Cheney is an overbearing, conniving, ill-tempered snot. He can't be well informed because he already knows it all. Rice is an extremely well-paid administrative assistant, or maybe sock puppet is a better term.

Mark my words, if this motley crew is goaded into high-level, high-stakes dealing with tough customers abroad, it's either going to backfire, leaving things in worse shape than ever, or we're going to get screwed, blued and tattooed.

Just keep reminding yourself: "This too shall pass. This too shall pass."

4:21 PM  
Anonymous Craig said...

S.W., thanks for the comments. I don't expect Bush to do much at this late date but it was pressure last spring after all that got Bush to call off his strike on Iran and it will be pressure that may keep him from launching a strike after all.

For the next two years, the Democrats need to send signals that our foreign policy will be different and a return somewhat to normalcy in 2009 if a Democrat wins the presidency; and Republicans are already in a position of needing to salvage their party before Bush destroys it so the smarter ones may continue siding with the Democrats on some foreign policy issues as some have already done and as more will do in the next year.

But obviously I'm with you on Cheney's craziness and Bush's incompetence. Bush, by the way, has had some capable diplomats at times but has kept them on a tight leash. There was even suspicion that John Bolton was spying on some of our better people. Like I said, I don't expect much. But, as Biden said, it's vital to put down some markers.

5:51 PM  
Anonymous S.W. Anderson said...

Democrats putting down markers and sending signal does sound sensible.

But the prospect of Bush & Co. trying to do serious diplomacy comes off like a cross between a Gilbert & Sullivan farce and MAD TV.

As for Biden, I can see him spending his first half hour at home each night doing primal screams, to vent what must be incredible frustration. Maybe Lugar as well.

12:51 AM  

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