UPDATE (DEC. 18, 2016): Muted U.S. Response to China’s Seizure of Drone Worries Asian Allies
Across Asia, diplomats and analysts said they were perplexed at the inability of the Obama administration to devise a strong response to China’s challenge. It did not even dispatch an American destroyer to the spot near Subic Bay, a former American Navy base that is still frequented by American ships, some noted. ... “Allies and observers will find it hard not to conclude this represents another diminishment of American authority in the region,” said Douglas H. Paal, the vice president for studies at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.
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What explains the disparity in Obama response to national security issues versus Trump's response?Contrast the facts, circumstances and responses to CASEs (1) & (2), then decide for yourselves.
"The allegations of Russian interference were raised during the presidential campaign won by Republican Donald Trump last month. But the issue re-erupted last week after Obama ordered an intelligence review of malicious cyber activity by foreign powers in the last three presidential elections." source
Dec 16, 2016 | WASHINGTON — President Obama promised to retaliate against Russia for its attempts to undermine the U.S. elections process, saying that the United States would take action "at a time and place of our own choosing."
The Chinese navy seized the US underwater research vessel in the South China Sea on Thursday [15 DEC 16], the US alleges. "The UUV [unmanned underwater vehicle] was lawfully conducting a military survey in the waters of the South China Sea," Pentagon spokesman Capt Jeff Davis told reporters. "It's a sovereign immune vessel, clearly marked in English not to be removed from the water - that it was US property."
Dec 17, 2016 | BEIJING — The Pentagon on Saturday said that Beijing had agreed to return an underwater drone seized by China in international waters, an indication that the two countries were moving to resolve an unusual incident that risked sharpening tensions in the run-up to the inauguration of President-elect Donald J. Trump.
Obama will be out of office in 33 DAYS 21 HOURS and 48 MINUTES as of this writing.
Submarines are always silent and strange.