I was going to title this post “Feckless Foreign Policy,” but I hesitate to call this administration’s…something…”policy;” although, it certainly is foreign to good sense.
Our CNO, Admiral Jonathan Greenert, answered a question back in February from a Philippine journalist (it’s only just coming to light in the US—so much for a pivot in the general direction of Asia) concerning a hypothetical, an event in which the People’s Republic of China seized Philippine territory in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.
Of course we would help you. … I don’t know what that help would be specifically. I mean, we have an obligation because we have a treaty. But I don’t know in what capacity that help is.
I don’t know what’s more worrisome—that our CNO would have this tenuous a grasp, or that he was speaking his Commander-in-Chief’s words.