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Your question makes a presumption that the current USG has a calculating rationality about the best interests of America...

Quite the contrary. Just as the invasion of Iraq may have been a ridulously short sighted act, it was not done with the best interests of "America" in mind, unless one considers enrichment of a few to be in "America's" best interests.  I have watched the American Government and corporate elites do their thing for the past 25 years and rarely have I found it to be in America's best interest.  They have been cultivating the Chinese for at least that long in part because they see profit in the relationship.  Should there be profit in making the Chinese unhappy, I guess they might be guilty, but the current situation in Tibet is unlikely to affect China's stability. If one really wants to upset the Chinese, look no further than Taiwan.

I think we have the same idea about the nature of the political crowd in Washington, I just don't see them really trying to get under China's skin unless they somehow see doing so as a relatively risk free out for the current financial mess.  

I can swear there ain't no heaven but I pray there ain't no hell. _ Blood Sweat & Tears

by Gringo (stargazing camel at aoldotcom) on Sat Apr 19th, 2008 at 08:27:41 PM EST
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