In the 2012 presidential election cycle, Mitt Romney claimed that Russia was our biggest geopolitical threat, a claim that Barack Obama jeeringly dismissed as a throw-back to the cold war era. It seems that Mitt was right, and Obama is once again the dullard in the subject of global politics. However, even more distressing is the common cause Russia is finding with China, an emerging super power with tremendous global ambitions. It seems there is no territory, island or ocean expanse that China does not seem to think they have claim to.
The bigger concern is that by uniting, especially in the face of a hollowed out U.S. military thanks to the Obama administration, it will be difficult for the U.S. to counter such a pairing.
China claims most of the South China Sea, through which more than $5 trillion of trade moves annually. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam have rival claims.
China has repeatedly blamed the United States for stoking tension in the region through its military patrols, and of taking sides in the dispute.
The United States has sought to assert its right to freedom of navigation in the South China Sea with its patrols and denies taking sides in the territorial disputes.
The old saying that the enemy of my enemy is my friend can be true in this instance with both China and Russia. Russia and China have a long history of conflict between the two, but since both seem to be ramping up conflicts and problems with the U.S., which has coincided with Barack Obama’s administration, it seems that we may be pushing the two former enemies into the arms of one another.
It is another example of Obama’s promise to mend fences with other nations which has, in fact, done exactly the opposite. The U.S. needs to reverse course and to deal with both Russia and China from a position of strength, but it may be too late, given the great damage Obama has done to our military.