How High is the Water, Pappa


USS William P. Lawrence (DDG-110) transits the Philippine Sea on March 30, 2016. US Navy Photo

Jan. 24 (UPI) — China responded immediately to remarks made by White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer regarding Beijing’s interests in the South China Sea, claiming “indisputable sovereignty” over artificial islands in the region.

During his first official briefing on Monday, Spicer said the United States would defend its interests in the South China Sea, in the international waters where China has been building the islands to take control of shipping routes.

Spicer said:

“If those islands are, in fact, in international waters and not part of China proper, yeah, we’ll make sure we defend international interests from being taken over by one country,”

But on Tuesday Beijing’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China preserves freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, as well as peace and stability in the area, according to state-owned news agency Xinhua.

China’s position on the South China Sea issue is clear-cut, consistent, and unchanged, Hua said, adding the United States should “speak and act cautiously” on the matter, according to Xinhua.

China warns of ‘war’ after Rex Tillerson’s South China Sea remarks. BEIJING, Jan. 13 (UPI) — China’s state tabloid accused U.S. President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state of “rabble rousing” and warned of “war,” after Rex Tillerson condemned Beijing’s construction of artificial islands in the South China Sea during his Senate confirmation hearing.

The Global Times editorial published Friday called Tillerson’s suggestion to block China’s access to the islands an illegal act that could lead to a major military conflict.

“China has enough determination and strength to make sure that his rabble rousing will not succeed,” the editorial read. “Unless Washington plans to wage a large-scale war in the South China Sea, any other approaches to prevent Chinese access to the islands will be foolish.”

On Wednesday, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil likened Beijing’s land reclamation activities to “Russia’s taking of Crimea,” a statement China’s state-owned news site described as “astonishing.”


Panel: Trump’s ‘America First’ Pledge Shocked Japan

The election of Donald Trump as president followed by his “America first” pledge in his inaugural address shocked Japanese political and business leaders, causing them to wonder about the future value of the Washington-Tokyo security and economic alliances.

Toshiro Nakayama, a professor at Keio University, said the Trump presidency throws into question seeing the relationship as “sort of an alliance of co-equals,” as it has developed since the 1990s. It “is not a stand-alone alliance” but applies to the whole region and is based on shared values of democracy, human rights and rule of law.

Several panelists noted values were not mentioned in the inaugural address.

How high is the water now?

The Orange Gazbag is officially in over his head.

About Terry Welshans

I grew up in Burbank, California. My dad worked at a company that made sub assemblies for about every airplane made in the 1960-1970 era, so it was only natural that the aviation bug bit me while I was quite young. I hold a commercial pilot certificate and fly as much as I can. I live in Bardstown, Kentucky with my wife, moving here after we retired. I am a Vietnam veteran and a cancer survivor. I like to keep politicians honest, and do so when they open an avenue where I feel they have erred.
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12 Responses to How High is the Water, Pappa

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  2. Trump poking China and other developed (and developing) nations with a sharp stick reminds me of the Jim Croce song about Bad Bad Leroy Brown.

  3. wordcloud9 says:

    I never expected to outlive my country, but that is a real possibility now – my America is deathly ill.

    But not even Donald Trump can outlive the planet – and the budgets for space exploration have been cut too many times to get us off this rock before the wave of human-caused mass extinction buries us.

  4. Russell says:

    He was in over his head when he divorced Ivanka and filed bankruptcy, just so he would not have to pay her as much.

    Trump and his court of Misfits will lead us in a path that had no return. When war starts, unfortunately I think this time it will spill over into the USA.

    So what has happened to the Mistress of Misinformation, that being KellyAnne Conway?

    • Terry Welshans says:

      Deathly silent for several days now. Perhaps she is speaking to empty press rooms as no one trusts her or cares what she says. I hope that my speculation is true. If all media outlets that are distrusted by Bannon ignore the POTUS and his minions, so much the better.

      • Russell says:


        If my recollection is worth a shit, I think SWM posted a link to this: Kushner wants KAC gone. He has done everything he can do to get rid of her. And it was intimated that she wants Spicers job as well.

        I’m wondering if The Donald is tired of her, I mean she look rode hard and put up wet. And you know the Donald’s prefers younger and prettier women. She is scary looking. However she even makes for a bad, bad, really bad Paddington Bear. I mean this is a Huge issue with the Donald. It scary, I mean really scary. Someone should do something about that.

        • Terry Welshans says:

          Russell, I think you nailed it. Use her to get the job done, kind of like a pit bull for the campaign, and now, he needs a lap dog.

  5. ann summers says:

    What does that even mean given all the prior sucking up to Russia … “On Wednesday, the former chief executive of ExxonMobil likened Beijing’s land reclamation activities to ‘Russia’s taking of Crimea,’ a statement China’s state-owned news site described as ‘astonishing.'”

    • Terry Welshans says:

      Ann, time for your re-education on doublespeak. One day, invading Crimea is good, the next day it is bad. In the future, there will be no mention of the Crimea in any record. I guess we just have to either get used to it (numbing) or ignore it. There are at least three differing statements here – spoken by a hydra with an unknown number of heads, all in disagreement with one another. I suggest POTUS ask his National Park Service head honcho what he can do to bring the picture into focus with his photoshop crew.

  6. Russell says:

    Thereca song that goes like this, “All the girls get prettier at closing time.” Well this is one I would let stray. I would wish her on an enemy. I certainly would not throw her a “bone” not of mine.

    The above was meant to be a joke.

    • Russell says:

      At least we are No. 18 not No. 1, but I am sure the US will move up quickly with Trump and his Merry Band of Thieves.

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