In 2001, a Chinese fighter crashed a U.S. surveillance plane 80 miles off Hainan island, forcing it down, whereupon China held the crew captive and stripped the plane of its intelligence equipment, until it got an apology from the Bush administration.
Lest you think that Obama is the only gutless wonder to occupy the White House of late.
How will this all end? This week, China is sending its first probe to the moon — as Congress debates an increase in food stamps.
That may not be dispositive, but it is surely indicative.