miercuri, 1 decembrie 2010

Ce ar citi americanii în telegramele ambasadorului chinez la Washington

Thomas L. Friedman, editorialistul NYT , face un exerciţiu de imaginaţie(şi de sinceritate) şi publică ceea ce ar putea fi o telegramă a ambasadorului chinez către şefii săi de la Beijing, despre starea SUA. O reproduc integral, pentru realism, sinceritate, şi umor.

"Washington Embassy, People’s Republic of China, to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Beijing, TOP SECRET/Subject: America today.

Things are going well here for China. America remains a deeply politically polarized country, which is certainly helpful for our goal of overtaking the U.S. as the world’s most powerful economy and nation. But we’re particularly optimistic because the Americans are polarized over all the wrong things.

There is a willful self-destructiveness in the air here as if America has all the time and money in the world for petty politics. They fight over things like — we are not making this up — how and where an airport security officer can touch them. They are fighting — we are happy to report — over the latest nuclear arms reduction treaty with Russia. It seems as if the Republicans are so interested in weakening President Obama that they are going to scuttle a treaty that would have fostered closer U.S.-Russian cooperation on issues like Iran. And since anything that brings Russia and America closer could end up isolating us, we are grateful to Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona for putting our interests ahead of America’s and blocking Senate ratification of the treaty. The ambassador has invited Senator Kyl and his wife for dinner at Mr. Kao’s Chinese restaurant to praise him for his steadfastness in protecting America’s (read: our) interests.

Americans just had what they call an “election.” Best we could tell it involved one congressman trying to raise more money than the other (all from businesses they are supposed to be regulating) so he could tell bigger lies on TV more often about the other guy before the other guy could do it to him. This leaves us relieved. It means America will do nothing serious to fix its structural problems: a ballooning deficit, declining educational performance, crumbling infrastructure and diminished immigration of new talent.

The ambassador recently took what the Americans call a fast train — the Acela — from Washington to New York City. Our bullet train from Beijing to Tianjin would have made the trip in 90 minutes. His took three hours — and it was on time! Along the way the ambassador used his cellphone to call his embassy office, and in one hour he experienced 12 dropped calls — again, we are not making this up. We have a joke in the embassy: “When someone calls you from China today it sounds like they are next door. And when someone calls you from next door in America, it sounds like they are calling from China!” Those of us who worked in China’s embassy in Zambia often note that Africa’s cellphone service was better than America’s.

But the Americans are oblivious. They travel abroad so rarely that they don’t see how far they are falling behind. Which is why we at the embassy find it funny that Americans are now fighting over how “exceptional” they are. Once again, we are not making this up. On the front page of The Washington Post on Monday there was an article noting that Republicans Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee are denouncing Obama for denying “American exceptionalism.” The Americans have replaced working to be exceptional with talking about how exceptional they still are. They don’t seem to understand that you can’t declare yourself “exceptional,” only others can bestow that adjective upon you.

In foreign policy, we see no chance of Obama extricating U.S. forces from Afghanistan. He knows the Republicans will call him a wimp if he does, so America will keep hemorrhaging $190 million a day there. Therefore, America will lack the military means to challenge us anywhere else, particularly on North Korea, where our lunatic friends continue to yank America’s chain every six months so that the Americans have to come and beg us to calm things down. By the time the Americans do get out of Afghanistan, the Afghans will surely hate them so much that China’s mining companies already operating there should be able to buy up the rest of Afghanistan’s rare minerals.

Most of the Republicans just elected to Congress do not believe what their scientists tell them about man-made climate change. America’s politicians are mostly lawyers — not engineers or scientists like ours — so they’ll just say crazy things about science and nobody calls them on it. It’s good. It means they will not support any bill to spur clean energy innovation, which is central to our next five-year plan. And this ensures that our efforts to dominate the wind, solar, nuclear and electric car industries will not be challenged by America.

Finally, record numbers of U.S. high school students are now studying Chinese, which should guarantee us a steady supply of cheap labor that speaks our language here,as we use our $2.3 trillion in reserves to quietly buy up U.S. factories. In sum, things are going well for China in America.

Thank goodness the Americans can’t read our diplomatic cables.

Embassy Washington."

Aş face şi eu un efort să-mi imaginez ce ar spune ambasadorul lor de la Bucureşti despre noi. Mă tem că aş pierde timpul de pomană. Ce dracu poate spune cineva despre România, fie şi de rău? Cel mult ar putea trimite schema de mai jos, care explică totul!

4 comentarii:

Karakas spunea...

Da, e foarte adevarat, America a ales interesele celor putini si bogati in detrimentul celorlalti. Este un drum garantat spre nicaieri, ceea ce contrasteaza cu drumul Chinei.

Partea proasta este ca si noi am ales, prin validarea papusilor americane, un regim care ne trage tot in jos.

nbsh spunea...

adica fascismul chinez de azi e calea cea buna?
Nu stiu cat comunism a fost acolo, dar acum sigur nu e. Fascism (corporatism),da. Un lagar de munca la dispozitia tuturor celor care sant dispusi sa cumpere forta de munca ieftina si produse ieftine. Victime? Poporul chinez. Profitori? "Elita" chineza si capitalistii straini. Seamana cu rromanica... cu mica diferenta ca "elitele" romanesti sant mai supuse, mai usor de aburit si mai putin "patriote" (nici macar din instinct de supravietuire nu incearca sa faca ceva in tara asta).

Karakas spunea...

@nbsh, nu am spus ca drumul Chinei e mai bun sau mai prost. E doar diferit. Are ca fundament o rata de dezvoltare spectaculoasa. Nu inseamna ca toti beneficiaza de ea. Si nu vad de ce crezi tu ca eu fac propaganda sistemului chinez. Cred ca citesti printre rasaduri, ca printre rinduri nu cred ca transpare asa ceva.

Karakas spunea...

Relatiile SUA cu Rusia au cunoscut o fragila imbunatatire sub administratia democrata. Astazi, cind un senatoru republican din Arizona a blocat ratificarea tratatului cu Rusia la care s-a lucrat citiva ani, fragilitatea acestei relatii devine tot mai pregnanta. Putin la rindul sau a criticat SUA, pentru o telegrama in care Rusia era criticata de fostul Secretar al Apararii, Gates, in termeni foarte duri: "[Russia is]an oligarchy run by the security services".

Putin aminteste ca Rusia vrea sa fie parte a unui sistem comun de aparare anti-racheta in Europa, si ca Rusia nu este un dusman, dar in acelasi timp atentioneaza ca, daca va exista opozitie: "Russia will have to ensure her own security through different means,” including “new nuclear missile technologies.”

Putin aminteste si ca Rusia nu comenteaza problemele din democratia americana, in special modul in care sunt alesi Presedintii (fara majoritate) si ca asteapta reciprocitate.

In acelasi timp, la reuniunea OSCE, vesticii vor o declaratie care sa condamne actiunea Rusiei in Georgia. Nu e suprinzator ca Medvedev a plecat mai devreme de la reuniune decit planificase.


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