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It was clear then that we were laying the bed for our future defeat by selling China the dual-use equipment they craved to be able to produce high-tech weapon to compete against us by 2020.
In January 2011, they performed the first test flight of a fifth generation fighter, the J-20, which the Chinese are touting as a rival of our F-22 stealth fighter. Over the next eight years, China will spend hundreds of billions of dollars to modernize its ballistic missile fleet, install advanced missile defense batteries, expand its navy, and train an expeditionary Marines-type force.
If President Obama truly cared about the future security of our nation, he would listen to the man he recently appointed as Chief of Naval Operations rather than contemplate a catastrophic debt-for-Taiwan betrayal, thinking it will get him re-elected in November.
Addressing a Washington, DC think tank on Tuesday, Admiral Jonathan Greenert warned that a newly-powerful China might try to “limit access in the region.”
To counter China’s growing military might, Adm. Greenert noted that half of the U.S. Navy’s deployed fleet is now patrolling or based in the Western Pacific.
“About half of those are forward deployed naval forces in and around Japan,” he said. “That’s the most advanced air wing we have, the most advanced cruisers and destroyers, ordnance, anti-submarine warfare. And we screen our sailors and our commanders very carefully. We put our best in the Western Pacific.”
He noted that China, which has hacked into some of the Pentagon’s most highly-classified computer systems, is also targeting U.S. warships.
“The first and most significant area will be the Western Pacific, and that is where the vast majority of our afloat cyberinvestments are right now today and will be in the future,” he said.
Cyber-analysts working with government analysts believe that Chinese hackers have already launched probing attacks against major U.S. civilian infrastructure, including the 1999 Olympic pipeline explosion that killed three people in Bellingham, Washington.
An NTSB investigation ruled that the pipeline explosion was caused by criminal negligence, but subsequent cyber-forensics have established that a failure in the SCADA computer-control system caused the pipeline to rupture.
“The SCADA system was hacked,” said Ronald Plesco, the president of the National Cyber-Forensics and Training Alliance, a public-private alliance. “Who did it? Was it a test? We still don’t know,” he told a conference on cyberwarfare at the U.S. Army War College last month.
Perhaps President Obama believes that by handing over our allies to a known regional predator will encourage China’s communist leadership to ignore even bigger allies such as Japan.
But as Churchill said famously, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile, hoping it will eat him last.”
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