The China Illusion

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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.”

Stay tuned.

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  • Foolster41

    Why not? He treats Israel in the same way, willing to toss it aside to gain the appeasement of the genocidal muslim/arab aggressors, so he could do the very same to Taiwan to gain father with China. The problem is, be it Communism or Islam, the president simply does not see the threat, or as Churchhill said, as quoted in the article, he thinks this will make the crocodile eat him last.

  • Larry

    A previous generation of Dem traitors threw the Chinese Nationalists under a bus, it's just taken them a bit of 60 years to finish the sell out.

    • Ageofreason

      Yes, and it appears Mr. Obama is acclerating his program to destroy America in the off-chance he will be thrown out come election time. Some of his work may well be irreversible.

  • Lfox328

    I'm feeling a cold dread, knowing just how much of the world may become irretrievably lost/unstable/destroyed before Obama and his crew can be removed from office.

  • davarino

    Democratic party has been infiltrated and the heads are traitors. Wise up people, your party is selling you out while you sleep.

  • tanstaafl

    We didn't finish off the North Korea, we give South Vietnam to Hanoi and who' s left? Taiwan.

    • intrcptr2

      Wouldn't that be the Domino Theory?

  • LindaRivera

    God forbid that Obama would betray our ally, Taiwan, and the the precious Taiwanese people. One country after another would be gobbled up after Taiwan. America must never abandon her beliefs in justice, freedom and human rights.

    Please God, protect Taiwan, Israel, ALL of our allies and America!

  • trickyblain

    LOL – someone that has absolutely nothing to do with the administration writes an op-ed, and Timmerman tells us this is Obama's idea/plan (without even remotely circumstantial evidence).

    Anyone who ever is confused as to the meaning of "straw man argument" need only reference this article for total clarification.

    • pagegl

      Anyone confused with the meaning of "reading comprehension issues" needs only to read the article and then read your response. At no point did Timmerman say this was the administration's plan, only that it could be a possibility. Given what Obama and the clown factory have done over the past three years the supposition might have some validity.

      • trickyblain

        Oh. A "possibility" is a standard for editorial work now.

        "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."

        Here's another "possibility:"

        "Perhaps George W Bush is in an alcoholic stupor and is conspiring with al Qaeda to bring down buildings throughout the US."

        In other words, why would someone write an article about possibilities of which have utterly no factual basis?

        Rhetorical, of course. You can see why looking at the hysterical responses to this piece of trash.

        • intrcptr2

          But, but, I thought al Qaeda had nothing to do with 9/11!

          And anyway, where were you when they taught 20th Century Chinese history in college?
          The only difference between this situation and the one that Bush I faced in Kuwait is that he decided to push Hussein back into Iraq, to wit; Saddam held that Kuwait was in fact a breakaway province of Iraq, and that is exactly how the PRC views Formosa.
          The one reason they have not tried it is force match-ups; Taiwan is harder than Corregidor, the US Navy is, and China has had little more than sampans until quite recently.

          Call it hysteria if you like, such rhetoric doesn't alter one bit the Chinese expectation of reunification, just like Hong Kong.

        • pagegl

          Timmerman's analysis and opinions don't even begin to rise to the level of hysteria displayed by the main stream media in situations like the Giffords shooting.

          Given that China has maintained, since the take over by the Communists, that Taiwan is a province of China, similar to how they laid claim to Tibet. And, given the Obama's administration tendency to kowtow to just about any repressive regime out there, a little healthy speculation is a good thing.

          Also note you did at least realize that Timerman's article is an "editorial" and not a statement of fact. Do your knickers get into anywhere near as much of a twist with the glop that comes out of many of the NY Times op-ed writers?

  • sod

    Wow he bowed again! Where is his backbone? This administration bowed to everyone he pleased except the American people!

  • hajid

    Chinese has thousands years of political struggle experience and they are very smart on those issues. Omama maybe trying to learn a lesson or two from them at an extermely expensive cost?

  • WilliamJamesWard

    China is a great illusion, lead by illusionists. Ten percent of the people are viewed as
    living a Western lifestyle similar to America while ninety percent live in dire poverty
    and are in the way of the new China. War by China is a way of removing excess
    population and ending what their leadership considers a threat, real or imagined.

    All of the money supposedly owed to China or anyone else is nothing but numbers
    in columns that can disappear in a heartbeat. The World wide ponzi scheme that
    is underway will one day and possibly soon be over and intentionally so. What
    will happen to America and other so called free nations is a mystery, the answer
    may be that it will be like a game of musical chairs with the twist that the one left
    standing wins………………………………………………………….William

  • Ellman

    Let's feed Obama to the crocodile in Nov 2012 before he can feed the rest of us to it.

  • Brujo Blanco

    If we dump Taiwan I expect that China would invade. Who will stop them? Obama works only for himself.

  • Flowerknife_us

    Fundimental change = changing sides.

  • Flowerknife_us

    As I recall, Nixon re-opened the door to the China we have today. Quite possibly the only thing he wasn't berated for by his numerous critics. Now we all know why as the sell out intensifys.

    Just how wrong was Dick in his reasoning?
    Or- was Dick just plain stupid?
    Maybe even a ground floor Investment Banker on behalf of the U,S.

    • Jim

      China is cleaning the clocks of those who expected to exploit China's vast market.
      They are exploiting us instead.

      The rightful ruler of China is the Nationalist Chinese. Chiang Kai-shek was successor to Sun Yet Sen. Stalin thought other wise. Obama concurs with Stalin

      Main land China is becoming a hell for workers. Read about the coal mines and the gangs.

  • Jim

    Will the Chinese really live up to their side of the deal?

  • mlcblog

    Who is this Kane guy?