Around the world of diplomacy, some good news!
From America’s most effective diplomats, after Redlegs, a dash of awesome: “‘No Second Guesses:’ Selfridge Pilots Share Story of Emergency Landing”
There’s an old saying in the Air Force: Any landing you can walk away from is a good landing.
In this case, DeVries expeditiously exited the aircraft – gulping deep breathes until he was certain there would be no explosion. But yes, it was a very good landing.
DeVries made the landing on the afternoon of July 20 at the Alpena Center, which shares a runway with the Alpena County Airport in northeast Michigan. It is believed to be the first time in the roughly 40-year history of the A-10 that a pilot had to land with no canopy and with the landing gear up. While the aircraft sustained heavy damage, the pilot, his wingman and all the people on the ground were unharmed when the drama came to an end.
China and India have been employing sticks and stones (Really!) in their diplomatic spat over China’s attempted seizure of India’s territory.
If you thought Trump’s statements on North Korea were absolutely the worst possible, you haven’t heard Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. Duterte has little love of America, whose previous administration spent less time maintaining its relationship with the Philippines than it did stopping Syria from gassing its own people. Predictably, Duterte looked elsewhere for comity.
China has assured the Philippines it will not occupy new features or territory in the South China Sea, under a new “status quo” brokered by Manila as both sides try to strengthen their relations, the Philippine defense minister said.
Philippine Foreign Secretary Alan Peter Cayetano also said the Philippines was working on a “commercial deal” with China to explore and exploit oil and gas resources in disputed areas of the South China Sea with an aim to begin drilling within a year.
From Robert Carlin at 38North.org, a response to the Professor.
The North Korean report that Kim Jong Un has said he will wait and see what the United States does before deciding whether or not to order execution of a plan to envelope Guam with four Hwasong-12 missiles signals a decisive break in the action. This is no mixed message. It is exactly how the North moves back from the edge of the cliff. It’s classic, and anyone paying attention could have seen it coming.
This is not a question of parsing the precise language Kim used. It’s the act itself that speaks volumes. Put that together with the fact that the regime hadn’t been mobilizing the population for imminent crisis over the preceding four or five days, and you get a familiar North Korean dance move. Didn’t Kim say he was just giving the Americans a little more time? Of course! He’s not going to say “I surrender” or “I’ve decided that launching missiles would be a bad idea.” This way he can project the aura of the one still in control of the situation, of the one who scored the victory, of the one who kept the region from descending into war. He can be seen as the one who has the whip hand.