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Red Rain

"Don't piss on my leg and tell me it's raining."

They say pride goeth before a fall. I certainly hope that's true, because if ever there was a nation on the face of the earth that needed a significant amount of humbling, it's the incredibly arrogant, prideful Communist Chinese.

Over the past few months, product after product after product after product from China has been recalled as we find more and more and more hazards. Pet foods that kill pets. Baby toys that turn into date rape drugs. Toothpaste made with toxic antifreeze.

And most of it swathed in enough lead paint to turn half of America into... well, Kennedys.

Now, common sense says when you screw up this badly, this frequently, you apologize your ass off and do everything you can to re-ingratiate yourself with the customers you've so thoroughly endangered and alienated.

But "common sense" only comes near to Communism in the dictionary. In the real world, they're far apart.

Rather than trying to win back consumer confidence, the Communist Chinese are instead trying to assert their position of strength and cow the United States. And they're doing it by insulting the United States Navy.

In the last week or so, they've deliberately and maliciously gone after the Navy in two incidents that show just how petty the Communist tyrants of Bejing can be. First, the USS Kitty Hawk was scheduled to spend Thanksgiving in Hong Kong. (That's the former British colony that should NEVER have been returned to the Communist Chinese -- the Brits should have either kept it, or turned it over to the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan.) The sailors' families even flew in to see their loved ones.

Well, the Chinese decided to screw over the men and women of the Kitty Hawk's battle group. At the last minute, they rescinded permission for the ships to dock. The disappointed families then left Hong Kong. Then the Chinese changed their minds again, saying the ships could dock after all, but that ship had sailed (if you'll pardon the pun) and the Kitty Hawk's battle group was already well on its way back to Japan.

And it isn't just courtesy that the Chinese are pissing all over. You know the saying "any port in a storm?" It's one of the unwritten laws of the seas. There are a lot of such unwritten laws, all reflecting the simple fact that the sea is infinitely more powerful than man, and it can kill you far more quickly than man can. When a bad storm is brewing, all ports are morally required to accept ships seeking shelter. Unless, of course, the ship's nation and the port's nation are at war or something. They don't have to like each other, or even have anything to do with each other, but it's been tradition that ships fleeing storms can take shelter in ports until the storm passes.

Well, last week two United States Navy minesweepers found themselves in the path of a pretty nasty storm, and were a bit low on fuel for their taste. So they headed for Hong Kong to ride out the storm and top off their tanks. Nothing too exceptional, too exciting, too out of the ordinary.

Well, the Chinese decided that they weren't really bound by the ancient traditions of the sea, and they told the two minesweepers to screw. Anchors aweigh, swabbies -- ride it out on your own.

The reason for China's petty sniping at our fleet is we've had the temerity to make friends with people the Chinese feel they own. We gave a high honor to the Dalai Lama (spiritual leader of Tibet, which the Chinese brutally occupy) and we treat Taiwan as the honored and reliable friend and ally they have proven themselves time and again. To the Chinese, to even hint that Tibet and Taiwan are not (and have not always been) parts of China is the highest insult they can imagine.

Well, speaking as one American with a considerable amount of respect and affection and admiration for the Navy, I don't like how they're treating our sailors one goddamned bit. And I think it's high time we repaid the back of their hand they're showing us in a way they might understand -- in their wallets.

China has proven that it simply can not meet fundamental safety standards for products. They have forfeited any right to ask for our trust. We need to crank up the HELL out of product screening and testing before we let them pass through our ports.

That is going to be expensive as hell. But it's not our fault that China can't "get the lead out," if you'll pardon the pun, it's theirs. They promised us their products would meet our standards, and they've failed miserably. I suggest a tax on all goods from China, with the proceeds going towards hiring, training, and employing product-safety experts to make damned certain we don't let any more dangerous Chinese goods into the US markets.

And if the Chinese complain...

Good.

That's just how the fortune cookie crumbles.


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Comments (14)

As an ex-squid, I am wholeh... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

As an ex-squid, I am wholeheartedly behind you. It is just common sense, so that is why our government won't do it. ww

I'm not a fan of China, in ... (Below threshold)
cartman:

I'm not a fan of China, in anyway, but don't you worry about the catastrophic effect it will have on our economy if China starts selling off those treasury bonds they own in retaliation?

Cartman:"Thousands... (Below threshold)

Cartman:

"Thousands for defense, not one penny for tribute."

"Bring it on."

"If I owe the bank a million dollars, I am ruined. If I owe the bank a billion dollars, they are ruined."

And if you're worried about the money, one final quote: "We've already established you're a whore. Now we're just negotiating over price."

J.

JT:I sug... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

JT:

I suggest a tax on all goods from China, with the proceeds going towards hiring, training, and employing product-safety experts to make damned certain we don't let any more dangerous Chinese goods into the US markets.

I'm not sure the solution should involve suicide by bureaucracy, but I would like to see the market apply a new risk premium for goods originating in China. ..that's the non-authoritarian way this should be handled.

Red China's hostility to th... (Below threshold)

Red China's hostility to the US Navy has a lot to do with it being the most important force standing in the way of a Communist conquest of Taiwan. An American carrier battle group has been within reaction distance of the Formosa Strait since the Fifties for precisely that reason. Given China's current egg-on-the-face condition with regard to its exports, the Navy made an ideal target for its petty vindictiveness.

In general, it sucks not to... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

In general, it sucks not to have your own manufacturing base, doesn't it?

And if you're worried about... (Below threshold)
mikem Author Profile Page:

And if you're worried about the money, one final quote: "We've already established you're a whore. Now we're just negotiating over price."


I think, JayTea, that you just quoted what enviromentalists say about us when we try to point out the outrageous costs of their over the top programs to limit enviromental damage.

jpm100: "In general, it suc... (Below threshold)
Drago:

jpm100: "In general, it sucks not to have your own manufacturing base, doesn't it?"

Riiiiiiight. We have no "manufacturing base".

Uh huh.

Next.

Re: Drago,In certa... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Re: Drago,

In certain key sectors we don't. Go to Wal-mart or Toys 'r' us and tell me what percentage of toys are made by non-US companies. Nearly all of that will also be China. What isn't 'made in China' is probably made with subcomponents from China. If we banned China toys wholesale, most children would be getting sweaters or socks for Christmas this year.

Now look at small appliances. Negligible to none of them will be US made unless its some kind of unique or premium variation. Its not quite all China yet, but it will be.

Moving on to bigger hardware like cars. Most US car lines would be able to be built to about 70-80% with US only parts. But you can't sell 80% of a car. You likely can't sell 99.9% of a car, depending on what the 0.1% is. The Japanese cars are in the same boat.

There's certain products that just aren't made here anymore. The factories that made them have been gutted for scrap and turned into warehouses or torn down. The people who had the knowhow to designed them and build them have moved on or retired. The 'technical memory' is gone.

The further we go down this road the more devastating an embargo of the US from manufactured goods will become.

In certain key sectors w... (Below threshold)
Clay:

In certain key sectors we don't. Go to Wal-mart or Toys 'r' us and tell me what percentage of toys are made by non-US companies.

You ever the ask the question why? I'll bet you haven't or you'd have the answer. I'm right in the middle of this shit storm right now and I can give you first hand info. While our decidedly anti-business government views manufacturing as a collective cash cow, other countries are offering tax break upon tax break to attract our migration. Companies are moving in droves and saying "Well, if you guys don't want us here, someone else does..." I'm not even talking about the outrageous environmental standards you place on us.

You want to know who owes an accounting to the American worker? Look in the mirror, you son of a bitch.

JPM, talk to the unions. Th... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

JPM, talk to the unions. They had more negative impact on manufacturing that anyone. Look at the writers strike. Screw all the little people that work behind the scenes. Let them eat cake. Unions at one time were very much needed, but now with EEOC, Labor Department and access to litigation, they are a detriment to a free work society. Your party is owned lock, stock and barrel by the unions. ww

First, the USS Kit... (Below threshold)
marc:
First, the USS Kitty Hawk was scheduled to spend Thanksgiving in Hong Kong. (That's the former British colony that should NEVER have been returned to the Communist Chinese -- the Brits should have either kept it, or turned it over to the Republic of China, also known as Taiwan.) The sailors' families even flew in to see their loved ones.
As one who was stationed in Japan for seven years I can give the readers a little "inside baseball" in this matter.

The U.S.S. Kitty Hawk, her predecessor the U.S.S. Midway and the Seventh Fleet Flag Ship U.S.S. Blue Ridge all have made yearly stops in Hong Kong during the Christmas season both before and after the handover to China.

With each visit the ships company were given the chance to fly wives and other relatives both from the home port of Yokosuka Ja. and in some cases from the States.

Without exception both the sailors and their families and friends looked to this annual event with great anticipation as a way to break from the norm of daily life back in Japan but as an opportunity to fill out the Christmas shopping list in one of the world's great shopping meccas.

To have the Chinese pull out of this annual event is unconscionable, childish and totally uncalled for. The U.S. Embassy in Beijing should pass along all the bills incurred by the families that flew in to Hong Kong for reimbursement. Nothing would come of it but it should be done as a way of protest.

Then there is the denial of port entry of the minesweepers. JT is correct, it is an "unwritten law" that entry to a sea port for ships threatened by heavy seas/typhoons is routinely done by ALL countries regardless of political persuasion.

If Hong Kong's Chinese masters want to play political games with Christmas shopping trips, fine, they can and have prevented other U.S. ships entry for purely political reasons in the past, but to risk potential injury/loss of life for the same reasons is far, far beyond the pale.

The kitty litter box of the... (Below threshold)
Knightbrigade:

The kitty litter box of the Middle East may be a constant hemorrhoid, but WE/US will at some point have engage in the DANCE of ALL DANCES with the Chinese.
It WILL be amazing.....no IED's, etc. Just earth shattering results...
We really should be putting on our BOOGIE shoes now.

Cartmanbut d... (Below threshold)

Cartman

but don't you worry about the catastrophic effect it will have on our economy if China starts selling off those treasury bonds they own in retaliation?

If they want to sell those Treasuries in retaliation, who is going to buy them?

China has painted themselves into a corner because there are no other buyers of such size...so do you think they will commit financial suicide?




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