As South China Sea Grows More Dangerous, Republicans Settle on Unserious Nominee


May 2014
As the South China Sea Grows More Dangerous, Republicans Settle on an Unserious Nominee
National Review
by GEORGE WILL July 16, 2016 8:00 PM


A restless China flexes its muscles, but Americans are interested in other matters. Neither the unanimous decision by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, nor China’s rejection of it, was surprising. The timing of it was, however, as serendipitous as China’s rejection is ominous. Coming as Republican delegates convene on Lake Erie’s shore, the tribunal’s opinion about the South China Sea underscores the current frivolousness of American politics, which is fixated on a fictitious wall that will never exist but silent about realities on and above the waters that now are the world’s most dangerous cockpit of national rivalries.

China’s “nine-dash line” aggression — asserting sovereignty over the South China Sea — is being steadily implemented by the manufacture and militarization of artificial “islands” far from China’s mainland, and by increasingly reckless air and naval actions in the region. China is attempting to intimidate the six nations (the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam, Brunei, Malaysia, and Indonesia) whose claims conflict with China’s. China has threatened these nations’, and others’, freedom on the seas, fishing rights, oil exploration, and more.


This week, the Republican party will formalize its judgment that the Navy, the nuclear launch codes, and other important things should be placed in the hands of someone not known for nuance, patience, or interest in allies and collective security. Americans, dismayed by two consecutive commanders-in-chief — the recklessness of one and the inconstancy of his successor — must now decide whether, and if so how and by whom, they want U.S. power to be projected.

In the South China Sea, says Secretary Carter, America must steel itself for “a long campaign of firmness, and gentle but strong pushback.” This will require freedom of navigation assertions, involving naval and air operations that challenge, among other things, China’s expansive claims to sovereignty over islands and waters far from its mainland.

If the next president does not conduct such operations with steady, measured skill, the result could be the collapse of America’s position in the world’s most populous, dynamic, and perhaps dangerous region, or war. Is any of this on anyone’s mind in Cleveland?

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Jun 2014
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Probably for the best, Will.

A serious candidate could have won, and fucked the situation up as badly as the modern GOP has fucked up every foreign policy decision they've made since George Senior was in office.