This gives me a sad:
The Obama administration announced Monday that the United States would fully lift a longstanding U.S. embargo on lethal arms sales to Vietnam, a decision that reflects growing concerns about China’s military clout and illustrates the warming bilateral ties between the former enemy nations.
President Obama unveiled the new arrangement at a news conference with Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang during the opening day of his first visit to the country. Obama emphasized that his decision reflected a maturing relationship and deepening cooperation on security and economic investment four decades after the end of the Vietnam War.
Two years ago, the administration eased portions of the arms embargo that had been in place since 1975 to help bolster Vietnam’s maritime security in the South China Sea, where China’s move to exert more naval control of crucial shipping corridors has angered Vietnam, the Philippines and other nations that have claimed sovereignty.
Obama said the latest step “was not based on China or any other considerations. It was based on our desire to complete what has been a lengthy process of moving towards normalization with Vietnam.”
Maybe we should focus on the idea that normal relationships means something other then arming them to the teeth with weapons that will inevitably be used in a bad way somehow, somewhere, some time. It’s like Jon Stewart is on to something.
It’s just depressing. Basically, the the federal government’s foreign policy prescriptions for my entire life are fundamentally no different than the NRA’s domestic position, which is that more guns are always better all the time.