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    lies entirely with this administration.  Rather than working cooperatively and more effectively with what will be the largest single economy in the world within a decade to the benefit of our economy and theirs, this administration fails to see that they have set up this adversarial relationship EASILY.  This administration is completely blind to the competition, or is in complete denial.

    Think very carefully about the relationship that CANADA has with the U.S. today versus the U.S. of five years ago.  Tell me that Canadians feel more warmly towards this administration, let alone the people here.  What have our trade and foreign policies done to Canada's opinion of its closest neighbor?  And the U.S. isn't even rattling sabres in Canada's general direction.

    China, on the other hand, has had numerous threats against them from the U.S.; the recent planning of joint war exercises with Russia aren't exactly a warming endorsement of U.S.-Sino relations.  The U.S. poses an enormous risk to China because of its hostility towards North Korea, hostility resulting solely from the Bush administration's decision to unilaterally withdraw diplomatically from North Korea in 2001.  Should North Korea get uglier, the mess will be on China's doorstep and will threaten China's economic stability.

    I do not fault the Chinese at all.  Our armed forces read Sun Tzu's "Art of War" for good reason; Sun Tzu is and remains one of the world's foremost strategists.  In fact, we may be mired in Iraq over this administration's inability to understand Sun Tzu's teachings.  The best war is one in which no weapons are used, where the threat of weaponry holds opponents at bay.  It worked for a long time in Iraq.  And in China's case via the use of unrestricted economic warfare, it works two-fold -- by encouraging the continued development of their people and the suppression of the largest threat to their nation.  The largest threat to the Chinese economy next to uncontrolled expansion is the U.S.; I can't blame them one bit for taking effective measures.

    What would Canada do about it if it had the potential to become the largest economic power in the world within a decade, held an enormous amount of U.S. debt and currency, needed all the resources that the U.S. hordes and consumes for itself for the development of Canadians?  Under those circumstances I certainly wouldn't BLAME Canadians were they shrewd enough to swat down the U.S. without weaponry...but I certainly would have a problem with an administration that failed to see that coming.

    •  Who can fault them? (none)
      Note this bit on China from WorldChanging:

      Who can fault China for engaging in an unrestricted economic war?  It's a matter of survival for them, their development will be stymied if they cannot claim a greater share of resources for a much larger population.  Their other alternative is leapfrogging to other technologies, but that would again be to our detriment here in the U.S. as we would become a net importer of technology rather than an exporter.

      One of the biggest problems we have right now is that we are no longer a major source of innovation.  We cannot create more new jobs for our citizens because we've failed to invest in innovation, instead encouraging exporting of jobs.  When we begin to see investment in our innovation as key to national security, a number of problems will fade -- take fuel cell technology, for example.

      Were fuel cell technology to get the needed incentives, it would completely remake the automotive industry, creating jobs for people here in the U.S., free us from dependence on foreign oil, make us a net exporter of goods, services and technology once again.  That's how we fight this battle.

      But the grownups have left the building.

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