Our moral and intellectual superiors on the left gave us these grand lectures about how we do not understand the Asian custom of bowing, what with us being mouth-breathers and all. This is Smart Diplomacy.
Click to view image: '6a49c5feb71b-41651_logo.jpg'But Obama’s bow to the emperor was pretty dumb.
1. His next stop was Singapore (and then Beijing). The Chinese don’t like Japan. The Rape of Nanking (as well as the massacres in a dozen other cities) has pissed them off. Bowing to the head of Imperial Japan was waving the Flag of the Rising Sun in the faces of teh Chinese.
2. His stop after that was Seoul. The Koreans are also still pissed at Japan.
3. Showing signs of any weakness in a time of war emboldens enemies.
So it is not American bluster or pride that is at stake here; it is not showing favoritism to one side in a triangle of mutual suspicion. Koreans also are suspicious of China and with good reason.
Which brings us to China’s concern about Obamacare. The young man has borrowed too much money. The Chinese hold a lot of these markers. They grilled him on Obamacare
“Boilerplate assurances that America won’t default on its debt or inflate the shortfall away are apparently not cutting it. Nor should they, when one owns nearly $2 trillion in assets denominated in the currency of a country about to double its national debt over the next decade,” wrote James Pethokoukis for reuters.
Obama’s bow may have been another blow to his domestic centerpiece: Obamacare.
But hey, lefties, keep snarking about how the right is so provincial.
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