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Cops and Robbers (Again): Solving the South China Sea Dilemma

This article presented an interesting and, IMO, a realistic scenario. Having spent most my military career in Asia and being somewhat familiar with those cultures, this is something that I can buy into.

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As promised, my friend and I met after the holidays to discuss the South China Sea issue. In our previous conversation, I used a fable to clarify the situation and the key problem in this region. We employed this language again when discussing how to solve the problem because it helped us to focus on the essential, remove distractions and minimize irrelevant attachments to real names.
http://nationalinterest.org/feature/...-dilemma-19012
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Could it really be this easy?
“The robber would be faced with three options. His best option is to emerge as the uncle of the neighborhood. His second-best option is to join the committee. Should he not choose this second option, the committee would challenge him with resolute resistance, the outcome of which would be either the first or the third option. Finally, the third and worst option for the robber is his defeat in a showdown, or his attrition in a protracted conflict. The committee’s job is to deny the robber the first option and to offer him the second-best one.”
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“The robber would be faced with three options. His best option is to emerge as the uncle of the neighborhood. His second-best option is to join the committee. Should he not choose this second option, the committee would challenge him with resolute resistance, the outcome of which would be either the first or the third option. Finally, the third and worst option for the robber is his defeat in a showdown, or his attrition in a protracted conflict. The committee’s job is to deny the robber the first option and to offer him the second-best one.”
Sometimes it is Doc. In retrospective who would have believed that a misguided 19 year old anarchist could set in motion the events that led to WWI. I do not trust the PRC as far as the commissars in Beijing can be thrown. I realize that we are not exactly boy scouts ourselves but let me assure you that when it comes to sneaky and underhanded the world has not seen anything like those "communists" since the fall of the Byzantine Empire.
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Sometimes it is Doc. In retrospective who would have believed that a misguided 19 year old anarchist could set in motion the events that led to WWI. I do not trust the PRC as far as the commissars in Beijing can be thrown. I realize that we are not exactly boy scouts ourselves but let me assure you that when it comes to sneaky and underhanded the world has not seen anything like those "communists" since the fall of the Byzantine Empire.

Ah, you forgot Cheney
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