New nuclear threats from China
A top Chinese General said on Thursday that "China is prepared to use nuclear weapons against the US if it is attacked by Washington during a confrontation over Taiwan . . . . " according to FT.com.
We cannot solve this problem by ignoring it. We have less margin for error now than we did when the U.S. embarked on its appeasement policy decades prior to the Reagan years. We recovered from the appeasement errors of the post-war era in time to win the cold war against the Soviet Empire, but we may not recover in time this time unless we start now.
Preventing further Chinese inroads into the West (such as the Chevron deal) would be a good place to start). Preventing further technology transfers would be essential also. Reduced dependence on foreign oil (e.g. allowing drilling in Alaska), reduced government interference in our own ecomony, lower taxes, securing all of our borders, etc. are essential tasks also. We cannot confront or withstand foreign enemies unless we stop the erosion of our own economy and culture. Otherwise, we may be faced with the awful choice between allowing China to conquer Taiwan (and other parts of Asia) or war. Either choice would be a losing proposition.
Previous posts on China:
Chinese troops in Haiti
the Clinton connection
Chinese military buildup