After nearly six years of living in the existential Hell of Obamastan it should be pretty obvious to all by now that there is nothing sacred to this villainous administration. With Mr. Hope and Change signing off on yet another war in the Middle East that most certainly is going to need American "boots on the ground" at some point, the dirty hidden dealings within his administration are ongoing. Now according to Reuters the Obama regime is about to lift the arms embargo and begin selling weapons to Vietnam.
The Reuters piece which is entitled "Courting Vietnam, U.S. prepares to ease arms embargo" reports:
Nearly 40 years after the United States helicoptered its last soldiers out of Vietnam in an
ignominious retreat, Washington is moving closer to lifting an arms embargo on its former enemy, with initial sales likely to help Hanoi deal with growing naval challenges from China.
Senior U.S. officials with knowledge of the initiative said Washington wants to support Vietnam by strengthening its ability to monitor and defend its coastline, and said unarmed P-3 surveillance planes could be one of the first sales.
Such aircraft would also allow Vietnam to keep track of China's increasingly assertive activities in the South China Sea, a potential flash point because of interlocking claims from many countries to its islands and reefs.
Two senior Obama administration officials said discussions on easing the embargo are taking place in Washington and could result in a decision later this year.
"The mood is changing, and it is something we're looking at seriously," said one of the officials, speaking on condition of anonymity. "What we have found is a partner in which our interests are converging."
I suppose that this was going to happen sooner or later, after all corporations have long been salivating over the potential of exploiting Vietnam's cheap labor force for more offshoring, but this is just a dagger in the back from Obama. He may pay lip service to Vietnam war veterans during his many public relations ceremonies awarding Medals of Honor (I am surprised that he didn't find a way to give one to Oprah) but it is all political shtick. The truth is that he has been working toward "normalizing" relations with Vietnam for quite some time now. Last year Mr. Obama hosted the president of Vietnam, Truong Tan Sang at the White House and earlier this year signed off on a civilian nuclear deal with the country.
Obama is one slippery devil, the same can be said for media appointed head of the Republican party, Senator John McCain. The former prisoner of war who spent time in the infamous Hanoi Hilton is reported by the Reuters story to be an instrumental assistant in facilitating the lifting of the arms embargo:
U.S. Senator John McCain, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam who led the charge to normalize ties with Vietnam in the early 1990s, said he would shortly present a bipartisan proposal to lift some of the restrictions on arms sales.
McCain was one of four U.S. senators to meet the Hanoi leadership and discuss the arms embargo this summer at a time when Sino-Vietnamese ties were at their lowest ebb in decades.
In August, six days after the senators' visit, General Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, made the first trip to Vietnam by America's top soldier since 1971. Vietnam People's Navy Commander-in-Chief Admiral Nguyen Van Hien traveled to the United States last week and discussed joint naval exercises with Navy Secretary Ray Mabus.
Vietnam's foreign minister, Pham Binh Minh, will visit Washington in early October for talks with Secretary of State John Kerry, and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is expected to go to Vietnam before the end of the year.
But that is just McCain, a world class hypocrite whose primary purpose in life seems to be acting as a pimp for the Pentagon and who constantly shows up in conflict zones helping to open lucrative markets for the defense industry. McCain is reportedly going to be assisted by two high ranking Obama regime scumbags who have long used their status as Vietnam veterans to cynically bolster their political careers in Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Secretary of State John "Skull and Bones" Kerry. Unlike the families and former vets who have vowed to "never forget" when it comes to Vietnam, particularly POWS and MIA's, McCain has no such qualms. A total charlatan, just like Obama.
This is totally disgusting on every level and I can only imagine how real Vietnam veterans must feel. Obama brings to mind a quote from the late counterculture writer Hunter S. Thompson on Richard M. Nixon in that "he could shake your hand and stab you in the back at the same time".
By lifting the arms embargo Obama might as well just walk on down to that black granite wall upon which the names of over 58,000 Americans who died in Vietnam are inscribed, whip out his weasel and piss all over it.