U.S. military cooperation more important than coup punishment: Cobra Gold 2015 set for February

Kenney: US did not downgrade ties after coup; Obama-Prayut handshake possible – The Nation, October 25, 2014
…Prime Minister and coup leader Prayut Chan-o-cha and President Barack Obama are scheduled to attend the Asean Summit in Myanmar’s new capital Nay Pyi Taw on November 12-13. The Thai and US leaders are expected to sit next to each other under the seating arrangement.
Despite US disapproval of the takeover, the US ambassador said the coup leader-turned-prime minister could expect the US president to treat him as per diplomatic protocol.
“The president is always gracious and will never be rude. He values protocol over political disagreement,” she said in reply to a question on whether the two leaders would shake hands with each other…

Cobra Gold 2015 set for February – Bangkok Post, October 21, 2014
…The future of Cobra Gold, first held in 1982, was threatened briefly by the May 22 military coup. US- and Thailand-based rumour mongers tried to spread false reports in June that the US military was considering moving the exercise to Australia, a move that never was contemplated…

Another U.S. take on Cobra Gold and the coup: US Scales Back ‘Cobra Gold’ War Games in Thailand – VOA, October 24, 2014
The United States has confirmed it is scaling back a major annual defense exercise in Thailand, where Washington has criticized a coup by the country’s military.
A spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok told VOA on Friday the so-called Cobra Gold 2015 exercise set for February will be “refocused and scaled down…”

Also: Remembering U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenney
Also: U.S. diplomatic drift and Thailand

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