June 26, 2005
CHINA STILL EYING TAIWAN
This is a disturbing article in this morning's edition of "The Good Times" on China's interest in making a play for Taiwan within the next two years. The Chinese plan long term and they play for keeps. It brings back fond memories of the false peace of the nineties during which a PLA general threatened to nuke Los Angeles, the Chinese managed to get their hands on the plans for the W-88, suspicious characters with ties to the Chinese government were making campaign contributions to Clinton's campaigns, Loral was nice enough to provide the Chinese with the expertise to make their missiles more accurate, and a Chinese company won the contract for running the Panama Canal. I hope Rumsfeld has got this on his radar screen.
Posted by LMC at June 26, 2005 06:18 PM
They attack, they have to come by boat or by airborne assault. Either way, we're engaged in a shooting war before Washington has time to back down. And once a U.S. ship or plane is hit in combat, I'm not thinking that there's no president who could back down.
How to win such a war? Naval blockade. Sink every boat in the ocean with a Chinese flag, and board any other headed toward the mainland. We enforce the blockade until their economy collapses and the government falls; think Britain against Napoleon, though I don't think it will take 15 years. More like 90 days. Tough to run a country with no oil. Tough to import oil when you don't control the seas. We land no force bigger than a brigade anywhere on the coast; we raid at will and hold no ground.
And if they think about going nuclear, we threaten them with complete annihilation.
In the mid 90's a front company for the Chinese gov't came a hairs breath close to buying Long Beach harbor!