Taiwan is getting uppity. The Financial Times reports that "Taiwan's President Chen Shui-bian will this week scrap token commitments to future unification with China, ignoring US pressure to avoid angering Beijing by taking steps that could move the island towards formal independence." This is the sentence in the story that really stood out to me- "His open defiance of the US indicates that Washington will find it increasingly difficult to keep Mr Chen in check during his last two years in power."
See what creating a smoking shithole of US foreign policy for six years leads to, George? Nobody listens to us anymore. Not even fucking Taiwan. And the last thing we need right now is a blow-up (of the metaphorical or literal sort) between Taiwan and China. Can you say "Massive Global Crisis"? Can you say "$100 a barrel oil"? Can you say "Catastrophic Meltdown of the US monetary system" if China gets really pissed with us and pulls the plug on the triple-mortgages we've taken out with them using our National economy as collateral?
And speaking of that-
Earth to Taiwan: you and I both know that you are, and of right ought to be, a sovereign country. However, there are, shall we say, certain realities we all live with, and there are good times and bad times to pull down your pants and waggle your balls at them. If the shit really comes down now, just who the fuck do you think is going to defend you? Do you really think that the country that has pledged to defend you against China, but whose economy is now owned by China, will do more than raise a shrill, meaningless voice in protest? Anyone who actually believes that George Bush, given the current state of the US military and our economic reliance on China's goodwill, would do anything other than whine to stop China from conquering Taiwan is living in a dangerous dream world.