Saturday, November 26, 2005

You Numbah Ten, GI!

Encouraging words from an ally, as reported by

The overwhelming assessment by Asian officials, diplomats and analysts is that the U.S. military simply cannot defeat China. It has been an assessment relayed to U.S. government officials over the past few months by countries such as Australia, Japan and South Korea. This comes as President Bush wraps up a visit to Asia, in which he sought to strengthen U.S. ties with key allies in the region.

Most Asian officials have expressed their views privately. Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has gone public, warning that the United States would lose any war with China...

Mr. Ishihara said U.S. ground forces, with the exception of the Marines, are "extremely incompetent" and would be unable to stem a Chinese conventional attack. Indeed, he asserted that China would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against Asian and American cities - even at the risk of a massive U.S. retaliation.

First, but every twenty years or so, everybody who's anybody in another country makes this dismal assessment of U.S. military capability. You know, the same incompetents who rolled up the Taliban and Saddam Hussein in about the time it will take me to finish this paragraph. Interesting to see Mr. Ishihara spared the Marines similar judgment, especially since I don't recall Guadalcanal, Tarawa, Iwo Jima, or Okinawa being victories for the Imperial Japanese Army.

Second, how does Mr. Ishihara know that China is willing to risk all-out nuclear war with the United States? There's a funny notion among many people that just because China is a totalitarian state with a lot of people, they'll react to every provocation like a disturbed anthill, regardless of results or casualties. "Oh, hell, so what if we lose 400 million of our countrymen in a nuclear exchange with Uncle Round-eye? We'll just declare it the Year of Cockroach."

I offer by way as example North Korea - a country I consider much more dangerous than China. The Hermit Kingdom has far less to lose by going to war than China does, and possibly much more to gain by invading South Korea.

North Korea makes no bones about using its (alleged) nuclear weapons if someone so much as snickers as Kim Il-Sung's hair. doesn't. And it keeps on not using them. But if you're wondering who the contestants of the world's first nuclear war will be, I'm more willing to bet on India and Pakistan - or possibly, in the future, Israel and Iran.

The governor said the U.S. military could not counter a wave of millions of Chinese soldiers prepared to die in any onslaught against U.S. forces. After 2,000 casualties, he said, the U.S. military would be forced to withdraw.

Thank you, MSM. With your slanted, partisan coverage of the war in Iraq, your cynical inversion of the Vietnam body count, your doting on the anti-war movement, and - in the case of the BBC, especially - your sneaking identification with terrorists, you've managed to convince other countries - allies - that the U.S. really is a paper tiger. Wonder where Ishihara got that 2,000 figure?

I think the MSM could use a little white phosphorous, frankly...

(By the way, Ish, we've fought the Chinese before. In Korea during the '50s. And, you guys also lost at Midway, don't forget.)

"Therefore, we need to consider other means to counter China," he said. "The step we should be taking against China, I believe, is economic containment."

Forgive Daniel-san for saying so, Mr. Miyagi, but I don't think that The Crane is going to work this time.