Archive for Incompetence

Welcoming 2012: Can The Communist Party Get Any Dumber?

Posted in Opinions, Politics with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 15, 2012 by Ian Pham

The more I think about the Communist regime in Vietnam, the less I am able to respect this poor excuse for a bumbling government.  It is simple enough, there is really nothing respectable about the Communists in Vietnam.  They sell out the country to foreigners, enrich themselves through the pockets of the people, and jail the patriots who speak out against the Chinese invaders. These are all well known among those of us who study the happenings of Vietnam today.  Once in a while however, the Vietnamese government would go even further to do something so mindnumbingly stupid, completely boggling the mind of anyone with a shred of common sense.

There are numerous examples in the last two years alone.  Just one year ago, last January, the Vietnamese government decided to attack American diplomat Christian Marchant.  Marchant was simply on his way to pay a visit to father Nguyen Van Ly, a known democracy activist and religious figure in Vietnam.  Marchant’s visit with Father Ly was by no means a threat to the government.  Yet they still felt compelled to send the police to corner and beat up the American diplomat.  As a result, U.S.-Vietnam relations were unnecesarilly strained, slowing down the process of normalization that Vietnam has been trying so hard to cultivate with America.

Earlier than that, in the fall of 2010, news circulated that the Vietnamese Communists have approved a movie deal with the Chinese, giving the Chinese full creative control over the life and times of the great Vietnamese emperor, Ly Cong Uan.  The historical accuracy of this movie was, to say the least, extremely poor.  The directors of the movie dressed up the emperor in Chinese robes, surrounded him with Chinese officials, and his palace is designed after Chinese architecture.  Furthermore, the movie is shot in China, and all the major characters were dressed and decorated like they were Chinese.  Luckily, the movie never saw the light of day, for fear of public outrage by the Vietnamese population.  They literally gave the Chinese a chance to further rewrite Vietnam’s history and almost succeeded.

Just a few months ago in October, the U.S. government wanted to cooperate with the Vietnamese government on a Vietnam War repatriation project.  The United States offered free financial support to the VCP as a show of good will, asking them to recover the bodies of all the soldiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.  This includes not only North Vietnam, but American and South Vietnamese soldiers as well.  Unfortunately, because of their arrogance, the VCP rejected American support, refusing to repatriate the corpses of the South Vietnamese.  The war has been over for nearly 40 years, yet they still can’t move on.  This was an opportunity for the Communists to project to the world that they were dignified, progressive, and most importantly, valueing human life.  They had nothing to lose and so much to gain.  Sadly, they were too stupid to understand this, and blew another opportunity to improve their international image and get closer to the U.S., both of which are goals they have been desperately striving for.

The latest act of stupidity took place only several weeks ago with the recent visit of China’s future President, Xi Jinping.  In an attempt to cater to the next supreme leader of China, the Vietnamese Communists decided to greet the man with a modified Chinese flag.  The standard national flag of the People’s Republic of China has one big gold star surrounded by four smaller stars.  It is widely understood that the stars on the flag represent the Socialist aspects of the country, though that is not the full story.  Alternatively, and unoffically, the stars on the flag also represent the ethnic groups of China.  The large star represents the majority Han people, while the smaller stars make up the other ethnicities of the country: Xinjiang, Mongolia, Tibet, and Manchuria.  Upon Xi Jinping’s visit, the Vietnamese Communists added another small star to the flag.  What they meant by that gesture is pretty self explanatory.  After all, which country has China been trying to take all this time?

It gives me chills thinking about why the Communists in Vietnam would even think of adding another star to that Chinese flag.  The Vietnamese government has done some stupid things, and they do not show signs of getting smarter.  What I’ve mentioned above are just a few of many, and have only taken place within the past year or so.  It would be an understatement to say that Vietnam is in serious trouble, and another understatement to say that the country needs a change.  What can we expect from the Vietnamese Communist Party in 2012?  It is still unclear, they are so unpredictable and erratic, we can never know what they will do next.  It is very devestating that Vietnam is run by these individuals.  Please excuse my crassness, for if I didn’t know any better, I would say that this Socialist Republic of Vietnam is run by a bunch of retards.  Happy 2012!

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Core Causes for Vietnam’s Troubled Economy

Posted in Economics, Politics with tags , , , , , , , on October 5, 2011 by Ian Pham

Vietnam has been struggling to deal with a number of major economic problems over the past year.  The inflation rate of Vietnam’s currency, the dong, has been rapidly rising, while major corporations, such as shipbuilder Vinashin, hovers on the brink of bankruptcy.  According to Bloomberg News (October 5, 2011), Vietnam’s inflation rate has exceeded 20%, becoming the highest of the 17 countries in Southeast Asia.  The country is also facing big trade deficits, brewing difficulties in the banking industry, and continued decline in investor confidence.

Many different causes can be attributed to Vietnam’s economic woes, but none are more prevalent than the corruption and poor, incompetent management that is the Vietnamese government.  It is true that the world is at risk of facing another economic downturn and that many other countries are facing their own economic problems.  However, in the case of Vietnam, the problem stems much deeper than the simple shortcomings of their monetary and fiscal policies.  The problem is what happens behind the scenes of the Communist Party, and how atrociously the government is running the country.

Analysts often describe Vietnam’s economy on the same level as other nations, as if the country was transparent and fair like its counterparts in the global market.  Though this is the fair method of measurement, putting Vietnam on equal grounds with other more democratic countries, it fails to bring to light the real shortcomings of how Vietnam’s economy is run.  It is not just the policies on the surface that is the cause of the downward spiral of Vietnam’s economy.  The economic issues in Vietnam have less to do with the global market, and more with the leaders themselves.

The Political Bureau of Vietnam, the country’s supreme governing body, plays a major role in what goes on inside Vietnam’s economy.  They could care less about the health of their economy, their investors, or even the wellbeing of their own people.  The only thing they care about is maintaining power and filling their own pockets with foreign investment money.  It is a sad truth, but much of the money that should be circulating within the Vietnamese economy is actually flowing right into the bank accounts of Vietnam’s so-called leaders.

Vietnam’s double-digit inflations and bankruptcy of major companies are all due to the fact that their powerful statesmen do not know how to run the economy.  Nguyen Tan Dung has no business trying to shape Vietnam’s economic policy.  He’s a billionaire, with no qualifications whatsoever, where does all the money come from?  Men such as him are the reasons why China is so free to bully their way across the Eastern Sea.  After all, the Chinese Communists are the ones paying off the Politburo in Vietnam, contributing to the repression of the Vietnamese people, and the woes of Vietnam’s economy.