Mon, 18 July 2016
I will admit, I am as absorbed in this political season as anyone. How could I not be? It's a freak show of American celebrities and felons. Libertarians have thrown their hat into the ring this year with a pot smoking mountain climber and his 80-year-old mentor. It's the worst kind of reality TV, the kind that affects your life.
But beyond the politics and the recent string of shootings, there's a new problem brewing. It's been festering for quite some time but last week it came to a boil when an international arbitration court invalidated Chinese territorial claims in the South China Sea. China has refused to recognize the court's ruling and have now stepped up patrols.
In response, the U.S. has increased its presence. Why might you ask? I'm not sure myself. We have almost no interest in the waters off southern China, but that hasn't stopped us from engaging in a game of chicken with the Chinese over who's going to back down first.
It's a major international incident waiting to happen, and I'm going to explain the whole mess to you today on the show so listen and share!