Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
John Kerry, Secretary of State, offers to withdraw United States missile defense batteries from the Far East, if China will agree to restrain North Korea from launching nukes at us.
We’re outsourcing the defense of our nation to China. Well, why not? They’re already our biggest creditor. What could possibly go wrong?
On the one hand, that was a common tactic in the colonial era; turn one of the tribes in an area of your interest against the other, thereby neutralizing everyone and keeping order.
On the other hand, that only worked when you had some power and influence; the Danes could never get the Sikhs to turn against the Hindi to colonize India; the British could.
And we’re becoming more like Denmark, only deeper in debt.