Saturday, October 22, 2016

Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 21, 2016

Eli Lake, Bloomberg: The Philippines Just Blew Up Obama's Asia Pivot

Does anyone remember President Barack Obama's pivot to Asia? The plan was to focus diplomatic and military assets in East Asia to contain a rising China. It was one of the reasons Obama said he was shrinking the American footprint in the Middle East.

Well, the pivot is failing. On Thursday, the president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, announced to an audience at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing a "separation" with the U.S. "America has lost now,” he said. "And maybe I will also go to Russia to talk to Putin and tell him that there are three of us against the world: China, Philippines and Russia. It’s the only way."

Two things should be said here.

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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- October 21, 2016

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced his 'separation' from the US — here's what that means -- Elena Holodny, Business Insider

U.S. warship challenges China's claims in South China Sea -- Idrees Ali and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

China May Be Rising, But America Is Not in Retreat -- Rajan Menon, National Interest

What Is the Islamic State Without a State? -- Uri Friedman, The Atlantic

Are Turkey and Iraq Headed for War in Mosul? -- Zalmay Khalilzad, National Interest

Lebanon is a sectarian nation, yet it has avoided civil war while the Middle East burns – here's why -- Robert Fisk, The Independent

How Yemen’s war is now threatening international trade -- Amal Nasser, Al-Monitor

Opinion: Iran Nuke Deal Will Spawn More Proxy Attacks Like The Ones In Yemen -- Capt. Sean R. Liedman USN (Retired), USNI News

Lebanese oligarchy preserves its interests once again -- Rami G Khouri, Al Jazeera

China's failed South Korea embrace -- J Berkshire Miller, Al Jazeera

Americans are still dying in Afghanistan. Clinton and Trump are ignoring it. -- Yochi Dreazen, VOX

The threat from Russia -- The Economist

Think Canada is a progressive paradise? That’s mooseshit -- Jesse Brown, The Guardian

Why Today’s Attacks on the Internet Are Just the Start -- Kevin Beaumont, Daily Beast

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