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The ADIZ of November

November 23rd, 2013 - 2:12 am

A world without America is a dangerous world. The BBC reports that China has declared an ADIZ over the Senkaku islands that are disputed with Japan.

China has demarcated an “air-defence identification zone” over an area of the East China Sea, covering islands that are also claimed by Japan.  China’s Defence Ministry said aircraft entering the zone must obey its rules or face “emergency defensive measures”. The zone came into effect from 10:00 local time (02:00GMT) on Saturday.

The islands, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China, are a source of rising tension between the countries.

Steve Harman, Voice of America correspondent, tweets “many eyes in #Japan will be on Washington’s reaction today to #China’s declaration of ADIZ…Hoping for clear push back.”

Washington may surprise us, but it has been unable to push back anywhere lately, a situation so obvious it provoked Hillary Clinton to warn that if the US didn’t get it act together the world would “de-Americanize”. The Chinese challenge seems a case in point.

She laid the blame for America’s decline on those who opposed raising the debt limit saying: “all the business leaders wanted to talk to me about was, ‘was the United States going to default on its debt?’ And I kept saying, ‘Oh, of course not. We would never do that.’ And just hoping and praying that I was right.” As for praying, Obama beat her to it.

Obama seeking guidance from the spirit of JFK

Obama seeking guidance from the spirit of JFK

She ought to keep on praying and maybe she’ll eventually get something right. Her sole skill set appears to be blaming anyone but herself for failure.  The apprehension that America has fallen from its former hegemonic state is being echoed with increasing frequency. Caroline Glick at the Jerusalem Post describes how the Kurds, Arab, Turks and Israelis are all realigining, driving the peregrinations of Benjamin Netanyahu.

Although Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s meeting Wednesday with Russian President Vladimir Putin did not bring about a realignment of Russian interests with the Franco- Sunni-Israeli anti-Iran consortium, the very fact that Netanyahu went to Moscow sent a clear message to the world community that in its dealings with outside powers, Israel no longer feels itself constrained by its alliance with the US.

And that was really the main purpose of the visit. Netanyahu didn’t care that Putin rejected his position on Iran. Israel didn’t need Russia to block Jarrett’s deal. Iran is no longer interested in even feigning interest in a nuclear deal. It was able to neutralize US power in the region, and cast the US’s regional allies into strategic disarray just by convincing Obama and Jarrett that a deal was in the offing. This is why Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei again threatened to annihilate Israel this week. He doesn’t think he needs to sugar coat his intentions any longer.

And as with the Middle East, so with Asia. The president’s unbroken record of failure has weakened America to the point where overt challenges are not only possible, but actually occurring. The Chinese and Japanese now have overlapping ADIZ’s.

What could go wrong? The Chinese have announced the following rules:

First, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must abide by these rules.

Second, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must provide the following means of identification:

1. Flight plan identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone should report the flight plans to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China or the Civil Aviation Administration of China.

2. Radio identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must maintain the two-way radio communications, and respond in a timely and accurate manner to the identification inquiries from the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone or the unit authorized by the organ.

3. Transponder identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone, if equipped with the secondary radar transponder, should keep the transponder working throughout the entire course.

4. Logo identification. Aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone must clearly mark their nationalities and the logo of their registration identification in accordance with related international treaties.

Third, aircraft flying in the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone should follow the instructions of the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone or the unit authorized by the organ. China’s armed forces will adopt defensive emergency measures to respond to aircraft that do not cooperate in the identification or refuse to follow the instructions.

Fourth, the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China is the administrative organ of the East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone.

Fifth, the Ministry of National Defense of the People’s Republic of China is responsible for the explanation of these rules.

Sixth, these rules will come into force at 10 a.m. November 23, 2013.

This may of course be a tempest in a teapot. But the air is rife with challenge. North Korea has kidnapped an elderly American veteran to use as a bargaining chip to extort more money from the US taxpayer.

(CNN) — It was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime for Merrill Newman, a Korean War veteran who had long wanted to go to North Korea.

It ended, according to his family, with the detention of Newman, 85, when he was pulled off a plane at Pyongyang’s Sunan International Airport five minutes before it was to depart.

Newman, of Palo Alto, California, has not been seen nor heard from since October 26, the day he and a traveling companion wrapped up a 10-day organized tour of North Korea, his son, Jeff Newman, told CNN.

The U.S. State Department declined Thursday to confirm Newman’s identity or whether he had been detained, citing privacy issues. North Korea has not publicly acknowledged that it is holding Newman….

The timing raises questions about whether North Korea plans to use Newman as a bargaining chip in the negotiations, a move the West has previously accused it of doing to try to gain concessions.

Glyn Davies, the U.S. special representative to North Korea, declined to link the two, but said the detention of American citizens “is an indication that North Korea seems not to be seeking a better relationship with the United States.”

North Korea has seen the obvious. Mr. Shakedown can be shook down. The only people the president can overawe are those who are law-abiding; who follow the signage, abide by the rules. He can only bully those who decency is greater than his. But in the lawless world without nobody seems to care about his lightworking edicts.  The president may “reach out” to North Korea — and “reach in” to the taxpayer’s wallet to acquire the coin with which to redeem poor Mr. Newman.

The fundamental problem is that nobody — except the tame media and toadies on the progressive Left — believe in Barack Obama any more, aka President Error 404. Foreign enemies have taken his measure and found nothing but a hollow man. Hillary Clinton may choose to blame anyone but herself and the administration for the debacles that are unreeling, not just domestically, but overseas. While her explanations might be swallowed hook, line and sinker by the compliant media they will cut no ice where it really counts: in the power centers and capitals of the world.

The administration is losing America’s pants to save its face. That’s not going to change until it rediscovers competence. Where it has mislaid this article, only they can say.  What happens if China challenges a JSDF flight?  Should we worry?  We have it on good authority that it’s no big deal. “What difference, at this point, does it make?”


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Well, I think that Japan should:

1. Buy those USAF F-15’s that were grounded as a result of cracks in the upper forward longeron – the cracks being the result of the longeron being manufactured an astonishing 0.1 inches too thin.
2. Get their own engineers working on the airplanes and get Boeing help to upgrade them to the Stealth Eagle configuration. Use the low cost and often high quality labor available in the PI to do all or most of the work.
3. Hire ex-USAF, USN, and USMC pilots via a private corporation and create an American Volunteer Group to fly the “new” F-15JS.
4. Paint some shark’s teeth on those airplanes and “go to town.”
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"The administration is losing America’s pants to save its face."
- wretchard

"Britain and France had to choose between war and dishonor. They chose dishonor. They will have war"
- Sir W.L.S. Churchill

Who will look at the unpantsed administration's face?

Japan's problem is not the lack of ships and aircraft but the lack of Japanese. Demographics is destiny. China should fear a rapprochement between Japan and the Philippines. A million properly trained lead and equipped Filipinos could stuff China back in its bottle. Japan could fund and build that force. Australia and India might want to join the party.

Indonesia has recently challenged Australia. Was China involved? The players are moving on the great chess board. America is misgoverned by children who can't figure out checkers let alone chess.

Will we see screeds blaming Bush and the Tea Party for events in Asia that disrupt the Obama legacy of domestic triumph? All the Democrats wanted to do is shovel money into Obamacare and Green Energy. The Chicago crony model is all they know. The beneficiaries were the SEIU/Acorn and the UAW respectively. Money goes in one end and jobs and power come out the other. Now Obamacare is dying and the Green policy is effectively dead. The days of looting the Treasury for Cash for Clunkers and pushing for Cap and Trade are over.

Perhaps if we get back to building ships and tanks the United Steel Workers may defect from the Left. That is unlikely though. They are more likely to demand money to forge the steel, and then join an effort by the ILWU to try to block the delivery of the product.
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“That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach.” -- Aldous Huxley
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"She ought to keep on praying and maybe she’ll eventually get something right. Her sole skill set appears to be blaming anyone but herself for failure."

Sexist pig.

sarc/off
40 weeks ago
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What most people don't understand including the Chinese themselves --is that the Communist Party of China (CPC) and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) are competitive as well as cooperative bureaucracies. That because China is a one party system--the CPC's power does not ultimately rest on the consent of the governed as in the USA and all the world's democracies-- Rather the CPC's power rests on guns of the PLA. This means that as long as the PLA does not have any military successes--the CPC will have the upper hand in their relations. But Woe to China and the rest of the world if the PLA has any military successes. Why? Because then the PLA will have the upper hand.

Why can I say that with confidence.

Because that's what happened in Japan. The civilian governments of Japan were not popularly elected. Rather they were appointed by the Emperor. They held the upper hand in Japan until the Imperial Japanese Navy and Army began to win battles. As the Japaneses military won more battles the more powerful they became within Japan. By the 1930;s when they invaded China--the Japanese military was completely dominant.

This is what will happen in China if the military wins. Power will increasing flow to the PLA to the detriment of the CPC and the Chinese people.

That's just the way it works. Mao even codified it in the little red book.

枪杆子里面出政权

Every Communist must grasp the truth: Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.

Alas, once the gun is fired power flows from communist party of china (CPC) to the military (PLA). The reason Mao could talk about the gun so confidently was that during WWII all his communist party cadres were also fighters in the army. Another words, the same men wore two hats. One hat was the CPC and the other hat was PLA. Now the CPC and the PLA are two separate and distinct organizations.

Another thing. Judging by the arrogance of the Chinese PLA, its likely party schools and military schools in China don't teach that it was not the Chinese who beat the Japanese in WWII. If they actually understood what happened during WWII, they would not treat the Japanese so cavalierly.
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Time to compare:

When Japan established its ADIZ over Wake Island, what happened?
When the PRC established its ADIZ of Quemoy and Matsu, what happened?

We fought one and ignored the other. Who you fight is your enemy. Who you ignore is not. We have been on China’s side since the PRC was born. I don’t expect that to change.

We can see in the ADIZ the template for the seizure of Taiwan. Announce the ADIZ. Send planes of diplomats and bureaucrats to govern the formerly-lost province. Shoot down any interference. He who dares, wins.
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What a coincidence: a kidnapped American and a new ADIZ.

And our best and brightest are Hillary and Barry and John, seconded by Mitt, John, and John. No Winston in sight.

If only Japan and American citizens had friends somewhere who would help them instead of world citizens and global government.
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This should be our "Newman alive, or Kim dead" moment, but it won't be.
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Uh oh. This is a thread of the defeated. Think and it shall be so. Perhaps the best course of action is to follow what Oprah suggested; lie down and die. Unless that is, you've already died and your leftist survivors have absconded your log in credentials and faked your doppelganger.
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If you like your airspace you can keep your airspace. America is no longer in the hegemon business. Japan will have no choice but to become a nuclear weapons state if it wishes to preserve its independence.
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Control the air and the enemy cannot move on the ground or the sea.
America is throwing away its Air Superiority with another "MULTI-PURPOSE" fiasco of an aircraft- the F-35, a 'Comittee' concieved and designed billion dollar albatross. A true war winning aircraft - the F-22 has been cut off, the production line shut down after two hundred or so copies.
A lot of good men are going to die because of these decisions.
Col. Boyd might just as well have never existed. Every country has taken his lessons to heart but this one.
Russia and China are building airplanes to win the next war. We are building an Air Force that can beat the socks off Saddam Hussein.
"Madness, madness."
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"Redness, redness."
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I had to double check, but it does seem that the decision to kill the F22 in favor of the F35 was made by Obama appointees in 2009. I agree that favoring a very limited F35 over the superior F22 was grand stupidity. Since I left college, I recall compromise after compromise, much like the NASA decision to cease all manned flight in favor of some sort of better missions, someday, somewhere.

The DOD has been cutting and retiring proven weapon systems in favor of unproven weapon systems not yet off the drawing board. The practical effect is to keep the contract dollars going to certain Congressional districts for R&D in the 100's of $Billions, while actually delivering, next to nothing. It meets all of the goals of Democrat national defenseless-ness policy.

The entire F35 program should have been scraped early, and those dollars dedicated to creating a dozen more wings of F22's. Instead, like the B2 and B1 and B1B and F117 programs, the armed services will receive very little bang for all the bucks thrown at aircraft procurement.
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Uh oh. Buraq is coming on TV late Saturday night to give a "Peace For Our Time" speech. This outta be wonderful...
40 weeks ago
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Well, I think that Japan should:

1. Buy those USAF F-15’s that were grounded as a result of cracks in the upper forward longeron – the cracks being the result of the longeron being manufactured an astonishing 0.1 inches too thin.
2. Get their own engineers working on the airplanes and get Boeing help to upgrade them to the Stealth Eagle configuration. Use the low cost and often high quality labor available in the PI to do all or most of the work.
3. Hire ex-USAF, USN, and USMC pilots via a private corporation and create an American Volunteer Group to fly the “new” F-15JS.
4. Paint some shark’s teeth on those airplanes and “go to town.”
40 weeks ago
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We're fixing to cut up the Forrestal for scrap, somewhere along the Texas coast --Corpus Christi, maybe. What a ballsy move it'd be to sail her to Japan and donate her, in apology for those GE reactors that blew up at Fukushima.
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Paint some shark’s teeth on those airplanes and “go to town.”

LOVE IT! The symbolism to China alone, the historical juxtaposition, would be massively deterring.
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