Last August, The Odyssean took us to task on the subject of the fighting between India and China on their disputed Doklam region and how no one was paying attention because they were too busy following the tiny object that is North Korea. Here’s a little reminder of what our resident ninja had to say:
Any analyst anywhere knows this. Including North Korean ones. Which is why I’ve been saying, since this first hit the news, that it’s all farcical. Not saying it’s a lie; they’re launching shit, and trying to break stuff — they just know they ain’t actually gonna be able to do any of that … and not die.
Non-analysts in your media outlets need to go on ahead and do everyone a favor, and catch up.
This leads me to the shit you aren’t watching because the bandwidth is cyclic with all this “the sky is falling” North Korea stuff: India and China.
Four very important things to understand at this point:
- China already has nukes, and is a UN Security Council member.
- India already has nukes (and ain’t on no security council).
- These two cats have been at each other since the 60s.
- By comparison, who gives a shit about North Korea.”
You gotta love that guy! We certainly do.
Well here we are, many months on, and not much has changed. We are poised on the edge of historic talks between North Korea and the U.S. which, while warranting serious attention, does not mean that we have to ignore everything else going on around the world. We have more bandwidth for foreign policy discussions than we sometimes give ourselves credit for.
Meanwhile, India and China are already on to hitting reset after the Doklam dust up – see more about that here. Cuba changes leadership for the first time in 70 years, Venezuela is still eating itself from the inside out (the only thing they really have to eat these days are rats and misery) and Luke Ryan has been trying to tell everyone for quite some time about the ethnic cleansing in Burma.
So what say you SOFREP? What do we miss while we are narrowly focused on Russian interference and internal political shenanigans? Sound off in the comments!