Thailand in the News Week Ending 02/06/10

GM Spending Bailout Money Overseas

General Motors demotivational poster

General Motors announced this week that they would be spending 455 million dollars, that’s 15 billion baht to you and me, retooling their plant in the Tayong Province of Thailand. Now, I’m all for companies expanding their businesses in Thailand and providing work for Thai citizens but not at the expence of the American tax payer.

GM is probably the worst run company on the planet and their executives still have their heads up their collective asses concerning the crap cars they manufacture. The fact remains that since the United States Government bailed them out they still continue to lose money because they have no clue how to build cars in the 21st century. They have lost out globally to Ford, Toyota, Honda and anyone else that can put a lawn mower engine on a set of wheels and call it a car…namely Kia.

When is enough enough? When do the American citizens get their money back? General Motors will spend this money in South East Asia and mark my words they will close down that plant inside 2 years. GM cannot compete in the global economy and throwing good money after bad is a sure sign they still don’t know what they are doing. If anyone out there has a different opinion let me remind you that GM has spent the last two years working on a hybrid car called the Chevy Volt and and every shred of literature they have put forward is based on non existent technology. As usual they are ten years behind the times and still bleeding money, fortunately for them it’s not theirs.

Cobra Gold 2010

Cobra Gold Logo

Cobra Gold began their yearly exercises this week sponsored by U.S. Pacific Command and the Royal Thai Supreme Command, the three-week exercise includes a command-post exercise, a series of medical and engineering civic-action projects and joint and combined field training. The exercise continues to serve as a venue to build interoperability between the United States and its Asia-Pacific regional partners.

The command-post exercise focuses on training a Thai, U.S., Singaporean, Indonesian, and South Korean coalition task force. The exercise also includes Japan participating within a United Nations Force staff. A team composed of representatives from Brunei, Chile, China, Germany, Laos, Mongolia, New Zealand, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Vietnam will observe the command-post exercise at the invitation of the Thai government.

Among Cobra Gold 2010′s objectives is Pacom’s rapid deployment of a joint task force and subsequent coordination with U.N. forces, with the aim of improving Pacom’s ability to conduct multinational operations and increase interoperability with partner nations, officials said.

In addition, officials noted, the military-to-military relationships developed during Cobra Gold exercises underscore a combined capability to face myriad issues in the Asia-Pacific theater, including terrorism, transnational threats, and humanitarian-assistance and disaster-relief efforts.

Bar girls across Pattaya are breathing a collective sigh of relief as this years high season just didn’t cut it. Pattaya will welcome the Soldiers with welcome arms and make sure they are well taken care of. While the exercise is only 3 weeks there will be a lot of guys milling around town for liberty…just make sure they get back to their posts before lights out ladies.

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5 Comment(s)

  1. So now we know who SiamRick will be working for in Thailand “later this year”.

    ChuckWow | Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

  2. Could be but I think Rick is retiring and his pension will be paying his way…I’m still working on how to get a Hooters franchise for Nakhon Phanom.

    Talen | Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

  3. To be precise, you should say just make sure they get back to their posts before lights out, ladies and gentlemen. When I was a teenager, I often used to see the American soldiers who came for Cobra Gold wandering around in the province where I lived. My friends and I liked them for a specific reason!
    .-= Oneditorial´s last blog ..Simply no comment =-.

    Oneditorial | Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

  4. I won’t buy a GM car. So there’s that!

    vange | Feb 8, 2010 | Reply

  5. Uh… What was that reason ?

    Where they handing out chocolate or something ?

    ChuckWow | Feb 9, 2010 | Reply

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