Skip to comments.Good news – Russia, China expanding their militaries (Even as we shrink ours)
Posted on 03/06/2014 10:34:16 AM PST by SeekAndFind
As the United States prepares to draw down its military to, if President Barack Obama gets his way, pre-World War II levels, countries around the world that do not exactly share our interests are building up their militaries.
First up on the build-up list – Russia. Even as Russia continues to occupy Crimea, and even as France is hosting talks to defuse that crisis, France began sea trials of the first of two Mistral-class amphibious assault/helicopter carrier ships the Russian Navy bought in 2011 for $1.6 billion, the Vladivostok. The Vladivostok is still on track for a fall 2014 delivery to the Pacific Fleet, with its sister ship, the Sevastopol (yes, it’s named after that Sevastopol in Crimea), due for delivery to the Black Sea Fleet in 2015.
The Mistral-class ships can accomodate 900 troops on a short-term basis along with a normal compliment of 16 helicopters. Ominously, when the Russians ordered the ships, GlobalSecurity.org noted Russian media quoted a Russian naval commander as saying the Mistral would have done in under one hour some of the tasks it took the existing Black Sea Fleet over a day to do during the Russian incursion into Georgia.
Meanwhile, The Christian Science Monitor is reporting that the Chinese have upped their acknowledged military spending by 12% to $132 billion.
China made headlines today with its annual military budget, up 12.2 percent to $132 billion dollars this year. That’s about one quarter of the $495 billion military budget that President Obama presented to Congress yesterday.
Predictably, official commentary here stresses that China is a peace-loving nation with no aggressive intentions. But Beijing has also signaled its ambitions to be the power that holds the ring in the western Pacific, and those ambitions have been spelled out, arguably clearer than ever before, in a direct challenge to US military preeminence.
China needs a powerful military, explained Fu Ying, spokeswoman for the National Peoples Congress, on Tuesday because if some country provokes or undermines consensus or even damages peace and order in the region, then China must respond effectively.
Something tells me that, if the People’s Liberation Army, the People’s Liberation Army Navy, and the People’s Liberation Army Air Force had to pay the going rate the Pentagon does, its spending would dwarf the Pentagon’s.
Well sure they would.
If you have the US military who can squash you at will, why spend dime one on a military beyond what is minimal to maintain your sovereignty.
With poofter Obastard drawing down, it becomes likely that if you build up, and use your military you will be able to keep your gains from aggression.
The fools are wasting their money—Its the 21st Century, There will be no more wars! We have the UN and the Progressive Movement—Its the dawn of a new age! Our enemies are the Jews and the Rich white people! Give the Pasestinians a home and they will become peaceful—The money is needed to save the earth from Global warming and make it safe for all Gays. (Sic)
Russia and China really should spend more than we do. Sharing a long common border, they have to maintain large land armies to protect against the other. We don’t require a large army. Our fortunate geographical separation means we just need to maintain air and naval defenses.
Power, like nature, abhors a vacuum..................
If China’s and Russia’s neighbors aren’t increasing their military expenditures (and they aren’t), should we encourage their irresponsibility by making up the difference? We’re not the isolationists here - they are. And the funny thing is - our military dependents (aka allies) love to portray themselves as neutrals in a game between the big powers. If they want to be neutral, do we really have a dog in this fight?
Something is brewing and it’s no time to have a weak president and they know he is weak.
Why aren't the countries that do share our interests building up their militaries?
Because Uncle Sam will provide. Why spend their own money on defense when they can fight their enemies to the last dead GI, and have Uncle Sam pay to fight their adversaries?
Well, Moo took the girls to China for Spring Break, on my dime, to brush up on their Mandarine. She’s obviously in the know. Maybe we need to brush up on ours as well.