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China Rushes To Fill America's Military Vacuum
Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 7, 2012 | IBD staff

Posted on 03/07/2012 2:11:00 PM PST by raptor22

Defense: Beijing announces another double-digit jump in military spending as the U.S. disarms and sacrifices its defense budget on the altar of entitlement spending. We have many duties; the Chinese have but one target.

China announced this week that its military budget this year would rise 11.2% on top of a 12.7% increase last year. This does not bode well as the U.S. defense budget and force levels decline as a result of cuts mandated by our failure to come to grips with runaway spending.

As China ramps up military spending, President Obama's budget contains $487 billion in cuts that, when added to the half-trillion or so in cuts mandated by the sequestration process, leaves us a military with a precipitately declining capability to meet its global commitments and responsibilities.

The Heritage Foundation has labeled as "factually incorrect" the assertion by Obama and others that U.S. defense cuts are only in the rate of growth. These are real cuts with real consequences, and the consolation that our budget is still larger than the next dozen or so countries combined ignores the fact that none of these states has our global commitments or interests.

China has only one interest — expanding its power beyond its coastlines into the Western Pacific and South China Sea and to be able to defeat any opposing forces within that theater of operations. The president has promised "budget reductions will not come at the expense of that critical region." Yet by crunching the numbers of projected U.S. force levels, it's hard to see how it could not be otherwise.

Heritage reckons the president's budget cuts alone would result in the loss of eight combat brigade teams in the Army, six Air Force tactical fighter squadrons and one training squadron, and 130 aircraft.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs
KEYWORDS: appeasement; china; defense; disarmament; ibd; ibddefense; military; obamaleteral; senkaku; senkakuislands

1 posted on 03/07/2012 2:11:11 PM PST by raptor22
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To: raptor22

What a good idea! Let’s outsource our Military to China.

What could go wrong?

/s


2 posted on 03/07/2012 2:13:19 PM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: Nachum; markomalley; Clairity; Carlucci; grey_whiskers; meyer; WL-law; Para-Ord.45; ...

Obamalateral disarmament ping


3 posted on 03/07/2012 2:16:34 PM PST by raptor22 (Join me on Twitter @gerfingerpoken)
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To: raptor22

Obama is murdering this country.


4 posted on 03/07/2012 2:20:59 PM PST by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: raptor22

What vacuum? Possible far-off future projected decline? Don’t make me laugh. With troops across the globe, two ongoing wars, spending the most relatively, having the best technology, and so on. I don’t think even a Hitler could plausibly argue we’re soft on the issue, Dem cuts or no Dem cuts.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 2:24:27 PM PST by Tublecane
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To: raptor22
leaves us a military with a precipitately declining capability to meet its global commitments and responsibilities.

We need to cut back on our policing of the world and put effort into protecting our own soil. I've been saying the next big war will be on US soil and with China and others who aren't our friends beefing up, it's bound to happen - soon.

6 posted on 03/07/2012 2:32:00 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: raptor22
The Heritage Foundation has labeled as "factually incorrect" the assertion by Obama and others that U.S. defense cuts are only in the rate of growth.

One can only plead ignorance or be lying, when faced with the FACT of disseminating "factually incorrect" data.

7 posted on 03/07/2012 2:41:57 PM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going)
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To: raptor22

We will rue this. Mark my words, this is a lesson that will be re-learned by spending American blood.

Nothing invites aggression like weakness, or the perception of weakness.

You would think, after WWII that as long as even a single American from that generation drew breath, we wouldn’t make this mistake again.

It is the 1930’s all over again, this time on steroids.


8 posted on 03/07/2012 2:42:39 PM PST by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: raptor22

Part of the “plan” thanks to Dumbo the Wonder President.


9 posted on 03/07/2012 2:47:57 PM PST by Darksheare (You will never defeat Bok Choy!)
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To: bgill

The US homeland could never be successfully be invaded by a conventional military - geography and logistics alone dictates that. As Lincoln put it, “All the armies of Europe, Asia, and Africa combined, with all the treasure of the earth (our own excepted) in their military chest, with a Bonaparte for a commander, could not by force take a drink from the Ohio or make a track on the Blue Ridge in a trial of a thousand years.”

No, what could very easily happen is for our global influence to shrivel away to nothing, the world’s lanes of commerce wrested away from us, until we find ourselves pushed back to America. There have been many great powers that were incapable of acting outside their own immediate regions - China has been a good example of that, historically speaking. Just 20 years ago, China had negligible amounts of international influence, and was incapable of exerting power beyond its neighbors. That is what might to us, not China steaming 6,000 miles across the Pacific and trying to land armored divisions in Portland.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 2:54:26 PM PST by JerseyanExile
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To: Darksheare

Naaaaah,
....aaaand China is too far and they speak funny
I, I, I, komander in chiefff


11 posted on 03/07/2012 2:58:07 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: Darksheare

Naaaaah,
....aaaand China is too far and they speak funny
I, I, I, komander in chiefff


12 posted on 03/07/2012 2:58:20 PM PST by Leo Carpathian (fffffFRrrreeeepppeeee-ssed!)
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To: raptor22

Investment Business Daily actually publish a “The Chinese are coming! The Chinese are coming!!!!” article. They are the same newspaper that esteems free trade and defended corporate America for offshoring manufacturing technology to China because it is free trade!!! Now they are freaking out that China plans to modernize and build up their military with US technology transfers!!!!! I don’t won’t to hear about it anymore.


13 posted on 03/07/2012 3:14:34 PM PST by Fee
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To: raptor22

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TtbMetsroU


14 posted on 03/07/2012 3:29:57 PM PST by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole...)
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To: bgill
We need to cut back on our policing of the world and put effort into protecting our own soil. I've been saying the next big war will be on US soil

The whole idea of our forward strategy -- the Mahan Doctrine -- of the last 110 years is to avoid fighting a major war against major adversaries on U.S. soil.

The men who wrote the Mahan Doctrine, Adm. Mahan, President McKinley, and President Theodore Roosevelt, had all seen what a major war on U.S. soil looks like -- McKinley had been a captain in the Civil War, and Roosevelt saw the South after the war. The reality of war, is what the Mahan Doctrine is based on, and the extreme desirability of seeing to it that something like that never again happen on U.S. soil.

Fact: Almost half a million people died in the United States as collateral casualties of the Civil War -- almost as many as actually died on battlefields and in prison camps and field hospitals; and many of them were civilians. It was a major war that killed 3% of the U.S. population of 1860.

THAT is what fighting a major war at home, as opposed to overseas or on the high seas, means.

We must NEVER accept a war here at home. EVER.

15 posted on 03/07/2012 3:34:34 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: rlmorel
Nothing invites aggression like weakness, or the perception of weakness.

Bozo is buying us a major war.

The Chinese "borrowed knife" strategy is working perfectly. They proliferate nuclear technology stealthily to known troublemakers (the Norks, Iran, Pakistan), and the US takes war after war taking it away from them or preventing them from developing nuclear weapons (the real reason for the Iraq War, remember, and a consideration in the Gulf War as well -- remember?).

We weaken ourselves, maybe get nuked, and the Chinese just sit there waiting to pick up all the pieces -- or jump us themselves.

Is everyone reading this thread on the same page, in that everybody knows Obama is dismantling the U.S. nuclear arms stockpile? He wants to be the "nuclear-free" president when he leaves office, is the cover story.

16 posted on 03/07/2012 3:43:15 PM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: raptor22


17 posted on 03/07/2012 3:44:22 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: lentulusgracchus
We must NEVER accept a war here at home. EVER.

Of course. We would never but I wouldn't put it past Soros, Hussein, and half the SCOTUS and Congress to allow it. The way things are going, especially with who knows who all has been allowed inside our country legally, illegally, or who forgot to go home after their stay, and with Hussein standing by his homies, well...

18 posted on 03/07/2012 4:33:06 PM PST by bgill (Romney & Obama are both ineligible. A non-NBC GOP prez shuts down all ?s on Obama's admin)
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To: lentulusgracchus

Well, I know he is certainly playing up to his liberal base, which would be more than happy to see our entire military gutted.

I’ve never heard of the “borrowed knife” strategy, but it sure sounds viable to me.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 6:01:27 PM PST by rlmorel (A knife in the chest from a unapologetic liberal is preferable to a knife in the back from a RINO.)
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To: raptor22
Obama sucks swallows gargles.

NO Cheers, unfortunately.

20 posted on 03/07/2012 8:20:29 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: raptor22
Forgetting the fact that the US budget is many times larger, we need to also keep in mind, that even when we consider a percentage of her GDP, China's budget is still quite a bit smaller. And even if you don't believe China's estimates, but the Pentagon's (which is 50% to twice as large as China's official), it would still be smaller, as a percentage of GDP than the US.

If China's defense, as a percentage of GDP, crosses the 10% market, then it would be a worry, and pass the 20% mark, I would start being alarmed. But as of now, even with Pentagon estimates, is around 2-3% of GDP. Which is less than America's 4.8% of GDP.

21 posted on 03/08/2012 12:30:49 PM PST by ponder life
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