Skip to comments.Crouching Tiger Episode 4: The Unsinkable Aircraft Carrier of Taiwan
Posted on 03/04/2018 5:30:30 AM PST by cba123
Published on Jun 21, 2016
This video is part of the Crouching Tiger documentary film series by Peter Navarro. In Episode Four, we assess Taiwan as a trigger for a possible war between America and China and examine the importance of Taiwan from the perspective of the national security of the US and its allies in Asia, particularly Japan.
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I get nervous any time a ship is described as “unsinkable.”
I worry that the island might flip over.
Well yes, but I believe the word “unsinkable” in this case applies to the island of Taiwan.
It is sort of unsinkable.
It may be possible for naval pressure at some point to apply a pretty effective blockade there.
But I think it won’t sink.
When I watch videos like these, my negative opinions about large centralized states are reinforced. Large states controlled by a few politicians are very dangerous. Even our individual states in the US are too big. The little people would be better off in sovereign states of, say, 200,000 people or less. Such states cannot afford big military budgets and a toxic state would be of limited impact. In a the US, the people would be much better off with 5000 states and a very very small and very weak central government. In this way wars pushed by nationalistic demagogues and psychopaths would be minimized.
You mean like the city states of ancient Greece and the bang up job they did holding off the highly centralized imperial powers of Macedonia and Rome.
Or in the Renaissance the great job the city states & local ducal powers of Italy did in keeping the imperial powers of France, Austria & Spain from interfering in their affairs.
Oh, the island itself as an aircraft carrier.
No, I mean like the bavarian states prior to the formation of Germany or like the cantons of Switzerland.
Centralization and size are the problems. My proposal is not the be all and end all, but without size, there wouldn’t the concentration of resources to develop nuclear bombs and other expensive, advanced weaponry.
It is a problem when an aggressive centralized state confronts a decentralized system. In such cases, a common defense must be made.
The Chinese see a mountain of cash sitting on Taiwan and South Korea. The U.S. needs to go “old school” on them if this happens. China is either going to implode or explode. They have swallowed three poison pills. One not of their doing. First pill: The one child policy. Leads to lots of unmarried men of fighting age. Second pill: Capitalism on the coast to save their economy. Leads to a most relevant threat: A strong and growing middle class. Third pill: A growing underground Christian movement. Changes who is really in charge.
It is not conventional wisdom, but I think at this point in time (the era of President Trump) the odds favor China going to war with India rather than the U.S. Ostensibly to win a little disputed mountain land. In reality it would be used as a safety valve on the Chinese pressure cooker. Each side would have to burn through about 100 Million men. Holy crap Batman! Stability would likely return for a while.
On a separate note: Why “MAD” doesn’t work with China. They see it as population control.
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