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Alistair20000

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No problem at all. Biden says the US would use military force against China if they tried to invade Taiwan. His aides then say the US wouldn't.
This kind of mixed message leaves the Chinese confused and unsure. Better that way than the US saying they wouldn't intervene militarily, period.
They said they wouldn't intervene militarily against Russia, and look what happened.
I thought you disapproved of Leaders making up policy on the hoof.

This is not a matter of Biden trying to confuse the Chinese. The poor fellow starts from the position of being utterly confused himself.
 

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I do and that good enough for me.

You would be all over Bunter like a rash if he came out with that sort of crap.
I think it's perfectly acceptable that Biden should say he would resort to military intervention to protect Taiwan. Doesn't the US have some kind of commitment to do that?
I really don't understand your problem with that.
 

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I don't think the issue is with what he said, it's the "he mis-spoke" correction later (not the first time this has happened with statements he has made) - which suggests, even if not true, that he was making policy up on the hoof.
 

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I think it's perfectly acceptable that Biden should say he would resort to military intervention to protect Taiwan. Doesn't the US have some kind of commitment to do that?
I really don't understand your problem with that.
So why do all his team then rush in to deflect from that ?

And please don't tell me that is all part of the master plan because it isn't.
 

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I do and that good enough for me.

You would be all over Bunter like a rash if he came out with that sort of crap.

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If we like it or not the world is coming to the crunch time. Biden was right when he says there is a tremendous battle between the democracies on one hand and the autocracies
on the other. The dangers inherent in this are amplified when the world is under strain as it is now. Covid, supply chain issues, Chinese expansionism, Ukraine war, inflation, energy, global warming.... we are on a precipice. The world is not just going to trundle along in a cosy, harmonious fashion. Things are coming to a head, and you'd better believe it.
 

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So why do all his team then rush in to deflect from that ?

And please don't tell me that is all part of the master plan because it isn't.
His team must have been given training on deflection from Tavers.
But seriously, yes, they'd intervene just to calm down some nerves, but Biden is the boss, and the Chinese will have taken great notice of that
 
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