by Daniel Greenfield on Front Page Mag

China pushed and Obama bowed

 

Earlier Obama put on a show of conducting a Freedom of Navigation exercise around China’s illegal man-made islands… belatedly. Except the exercise was actually fudged to avoid offending China. Now Obama Inc. wants to clarify that its overflights were accidental.

The United States said its two B-52 bombers had no intention of flying over a Chinese-controlled man-made island in the South China Sea, after Beijing accused Washington of “a serious military provocation” in the strategic waters with overlapping claims.

Pentagon spokesman Mark Wright said that the Dec. 10 mission was not a “freedom of navigation” operation and that there was “no intention of flying within 12 nautical miles of any feature,” indicating the mission may have strayed off course.

The U.S. uses pre-planned freedom of navigation operations to assert its rights to “innocent passage” in other country’s territorial waters.

Wright said the U.S. was “looking into the matter.”

Great. So much for that spine.


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