Pentagon warns of potential problems with militarily strong China
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August 24th, 2011
05:38 PM ET

Pentagon warns of potential problems with militarily strong China

By CNN Senior National Security Correspondent Charley Keyes

The Pentagon issued fresh warnings Wednesday that China's military expansion could stir up new tensions and provoke dangerous misunderstandings

"The pace and scope of China's sustained military investment have allowed China to pursue capabilities we believe are potentially destabilizing to regional military balances, increase the risk of misunderstanding and miscalculation and may contribute to regional tensions and anxieties," Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia Michael Schiffer said. "Such capabilities could increase Beijing's options to use military force to gain diplomatic advantage, advance its interests or resolve military disputes in its favor."

Schiffer was speaking at the Pentagon about the annual survey of defense and security issues involving China.

A classified report was presented to Congress and an 83-page version was made public.

Both Schiffer and the report called for new efforts to share military information with China. And the U.S. praises China for international involvement in such areas as humanitarian and disaster relief and countering pirates.

But the U.S. continues to voice its concerns about a steady Chinese military build-up, including testing of a stealth fighter jet, sea trials of an aircraft carrier it purchased and rebuilt and development of new capabilities under the seas, in space and online.

"There are very real questions, given the overall trends and trajectory in the scope and the scale of China's military modernization efforts," Schiffer said at the Pentagon. "I wouldn't put it on any one particular platform or any one particular system."

He predicted that China would continue to develop the aircraft carrier it bought from Ukraine in 1998 and its combat capability, as well as build new ships.

"We do think China is undertaking an effort to build its own indigenous aircraft carriers," Schiffer said. "I won't speculate on the number, but likely more than one, being developed in the future."

The report said China's economic development and expanding scientific and technology base "facilitated a comprehensive and ongoing military modernization program."

And that larger, newer military could change China's role. "China's modernized military could be put to use in ways that increase China's ability to gain diplomatic advantage to resolve disputes in its favor," the report said.

U.S. support for Taiwan continues to be a source of tension between the U.S. and China. "Beijing is developing capabilities intended to deter, delay or deny possible U.S. support for the island in the event of conflict," the report said. "The balance of cross-Strait military forces and capabilities continues to shift in the mainland's favor."

Schiffer would not say whether a copy of the report had been sent to Chinese leaders. He also would not comment on whether Pakistan had given Chinese officials access to wreckage of a super-secret helicopter left behind after the raid on the Osama bin Laden compound.

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  1. garcinia cambogia

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    July 23, 2013 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  2. Mike Hwang

    If the PLA have carriers off California in a threatening manner,what woul the Pentagon do?Destroy them of course. It seems the Us can do to China waht the latter can't do to the US. That is the reason for these carrier kill missiles.
    In the first place the Us has no business to send its navy to waters off China.If it does so,it will expect the PLA to take counter measures. So stop the bulls hit about defending freedom. It is to intimidate the Chinese ie gunboat blackmail .Those days are going to be over soon.

    March 23, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  3. mullah dadullah

    why don't you put your brave face and talk your arrogant talk to chinese?you aren't real cocky now.

    September 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  4. Dman

    I speak multiple languages so I do understand the difficulty of speaking a non-native tongue, but someone needs to develop better translating software because this comment section hardly makes sense. There is some sort of verbal battle being waged by people who support China and have a strong distaste for anything American, but the non-English speaking contributors words lose all their power due to awkward translation.

    September 14, 2011 at 11:12 pm | Reply
    • S

      You also have to remember that censorship plays a role, unless those who support it are from an area that doesn't use such tactics. Anyway, you can sorta understand what they're implying, and translations won't always be perfect, but I mostly agree with you. Misunderstandings mostly never lead to anything great.

      September 17, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Reply
    • SY JANJUA

      In reality the USA will loose the taste of destroying and capturing other countries asses, which they have earn wholly after Taliban given defeat to USSR in a long war almost 30 years.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:36 pm | Reply
    • SY JANJUA

      Jews lobby made all Americans their pet dogs, to get the achievement they have lost to the Muslims history of mankind.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Reply
  5. KA

    "the 19th century was the century of the UK , the 20th century was the century of the US , the 21 st century is going to be the century of China "

    September 1, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • nate

      Well, they better hurry up. From my calculations, we still have a way bigger military. And we are so inter-dependent economically that they wouldn't dare mess with the debt. Oh ya, and there are also 1 billion people in that country who arent going through this economic boom they are having. So good luck with trying to appease them. They have plenty of internal problems. We shouldn't be worried. This is gonna be great. Now there is some other bully on the block that we can use to pull other countries closer to us!

      September 10, 2011 at 3:45 pm | Reply
    • SY JANJUA

      The United States reserves the right to pursue terrorists unilaterally in other countries, White House counter terrorism adviser John Brennan said Friday night in a speech at Harvard Law School, but other countries also re-severed the right to attack inside USA as the CIA have killed our President Zia Ul Haq and American Ambassador in plane crash, this only need guts if other countries or organization can do.

      September 17, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  6. KA

    Bobs Fortathers

    Using war to fix economy? Are u sick? No wonder you are poor (I guess u r American). Thank you for being poor because I can buy your properties at super discount.

    August 31, 2011 at 7:48 am | Reply
  7. Reality Check

    How many countries has China invaded or attacked in the last 20 years? How many have the U.S.? It's quite clear who the bigger threat to world stability is... and it aint China...

    August 31, 2011 at 1:52 am | Reply
    • KA

      Tell us. Perhaps no many people know China ever invaded in the past 20 years. Let me tell you, I am Canadian Japanese, the biggest fear I have for my country is your invasion to our nature rich resources. No body dares to invade Canada except USA. U are our biggest fear, for sure, not China. When you are poor, you can go crazy.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:51 am | Reply
    • CharlieSeattle

      lol, China has not invaded anyone in 20 years? lol

      China was an Ally of the west against Japan and the Communists up till1949. LETS CORRECT YOUR REVISIONIST MATH, SHALL WE.

      Your 20 year timeline ignores Communist China's brutal invasion and conquest of peacefull Tibet in 1950.
      Your 20 year timeline ignores Communist China's assistance to North Korea, invasion and attack on NATO and democratic South Korea in 1950-53.
      Your 20 year timeline ignores Communist China's assistance to North Viet Nam and conquest of democratic South Viet Nam 1973.

      August 31, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
      • Proud to be American

        though everything you said is correct – all happened more than 20yrs ago.. 20yrs ago would be 1991... However – other than that fact – I agree with everything you said...

        September 1, 2011 at 7:52 am |
      • KA

        Hi Babe

        20 yrs ago China and Today's China is so much different. No single entity will apply the same strategy to make yourself stronger. Do u think China wants to use weapon to against USA? lol lol U are still in 1040+ mindset. Wake up, iPhone age now. How old are u? Must be too old to follow our younger mind.

        War can never win a country back. USA proved to us. How many countries did it invaded by borrowing money from China and of cause many stupid Americans believe its own government. It lied to you all. Bush is still a millionair even u r going to sleep on street. Well done. The evidence is clear, war can never invade USA. How can China invade USA? Of cause, financial war. 3rd world war will be in monetory term. No more weapon. Legally owing major buildings in USA is one of the best thing China and Arab can do to make Americans become their tenants. I hope u can wake up now, well, your government has done too much mistakes and far over spending your money. It is hard to see your future tenants are foreigners.

        May 2011 Foreign reserve
        China has $3197billion and USA has $143billion.

        Most of the reserve are in USA dollar. Don't make China angry, if it sells all its USA dollar, your dollar today will be less than $0,50 tomorrow. This is called financial war. USA has 4.5% of China's foreign reserve. How can u fight the financial war? Don't forget, your debts are far beyond American tax payers can pay. Well, all your ex and present presidents will still remain millionaire even your country is collapsing. lol lol Well done ! So called a democratic country.

        September 1, 2011 at 10:02 am |
      • KA

        How old are u? Now is 2011, 2011 – 20 yrs = 1991 lol lol Do u have a calculator?

        September 10, 2011 at 11:56 pm |
  8. CharlieSeattle

    ....No Chinese Killer Drones...? lol

    What do you call 1,500 American Coroprations out sourcing American jobs, intelectual property and skills?

    August 30, 2011 at 6:49 pm | Reply
  9. Graff

    This is just a plea from Washington for more money. We can't win a war in a third world country and we are worried about the worlds largest army?

    Besides, if China wanted to hurt America they would simply quit making the chips for our "smart" weapons... Wake up people, this would be like your mortgage company shooting the people that are making them money.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
    • KA

      U sound American. lol Let me tell you, the biggest anemy of USA is yourself. Don't be afraid. Babe
      In order China to win a war. It would be an financial war. Let USA borrow more until you have to sell all your properties at 50% to 90% discount. China is a business man, not like American, robbing other nations (of cause, Oil oil oil, North Korea will be saved from USA attack because NO OIL) Don't u agree?

      "the 19th century was the century of the UK , the 20th century was the century of the US , the 21 st century is going to be the century of China "

      God is fair, in human history, there is not suck thing the strongest nation can last forever.

      August 31, 2011 at 7:59 am | Reply
      • UMADBRO

        Yeah right. You're a moron. The people of the US own much much MUCH more of the US debt than China could ever dream to own. What do you think would happen when China calls our debt? A lot of nothing, that's what. So you wouldn't get your money, then what. How about we pull our outsourced manufacturing industry back to this country and all the sudden China is out of jobs, ways to make money. Who do you think buys up all your Asian made scum? Americans.

        Who's the business man and who's the sucker? Lmfao. It's a shame China can't innovate and create their own ideas, only copy others like a third rate Mexico.

        September 10, 2011 at 12:03 pm |
      • Frank

        A financial war? Ok. What if the US stops buying goods made in China? Your economy would crumble.

        September 21, 2011 at 3:55 pm |
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  11. Antonio

    Speaking of the balance of military power, why does the US so concern about the increase of military power in China? The US military is by far the most powerful. The increase of military power in China only serves to counter balance the military power of the US in the pacific region. For an average Asian the counter balance of power is actually good for business. It prevents the US from monopolizing on everything in teh world.

    It isn't that China will invade the US mainland anytime soon, nor will they ever. Why invade when the money from the US is flowing into China like water. The US weakness is the unquenchable thirst for consumptions. The US built a society based on massive consumption, which of course is being exploited by the Chinese, and many others. The US needs to fix its problems at home, and stop playing teh blame game.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • Rick from LA

      Pride goweth before the fall. You know nothing of the situation. China is not a second rate military by any means. Their J-15 fighters will haev a easy time vs our F-15, their new attack helicopter give them a force multiplier capability that our Longbow Apache give our troops, and their ability to affect any computerized systems has the potential to negate our greatest asset, information. Military v Military China is already on par with the US. The only thing in our favor force projection. With China starting to mass a blue water fleet with formidable air capabilities, that will also change.

      Look up these inicidents

      USS Kitty Hawk being surprised by a Chinese Attack Sub during a training mission in the China Sea, The US Airforce being embarrased by the Indian Airforce.

      If you think our military is all powerful, then sleep well at night. Those of us that know the truth will keep watching to see what the newest super power is intending to do with all that power.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Reply
      • AGreen

        C'mon Rick, you're doubting us... Do you really think we let a China deisel sub creep up on us undetected? LMFAO!!! We let China, and other countries with military power, "think" they are sneaky. Trust me, we were fully prepared to counter any attack by that sub and blow that mother f'r into the deep blue sea! In a time of war that vessel wouldn't get within a 100 mile radius.

        September 15, 2011 at 1:36 pm |
  12. Obama blows

    A lot going on in the world while Obama rocks his mom jeans and eats ice cream cones on Martha's Vinyard.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:55 am | Reply
  13. CharlieSeattle

    Don't like China's rise? To bad, China is exactly what we have allowed it to become.

    Obama and Congress can repeal China's MFN (Most Favored Nation) Trade status and bring 8 million lost jobs back to the USA anytime they wish. That was Clinton's gift to America in 1999 in exchange for laundered Chinese campaign contributions.

    Republican supporters and big business would stop that.

    Major Corporations have found that China's State Sponsorship of Capitalism is the idea market for them to be in.

    Unlike the US....
    No environmental laws.
    No child labor laws.
    No Patent enforcement.
    Blatant counterfeiting of US products.
    Weak state controlled unions.
    Low wages.
    Long hours.
    No benefits.

    Lol, Even US Corporate expenses related to out sourcing American jobs are tax deductable. Its true. Google the thread and read it for yourself.

    It is really to Ironic that the very same Americans displaced by out sourcing and out of work pay the tab for those very tax deductions.

    Why?

    Bad things are supposed to happen to stupid people.

    August 30, 2011 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Obama blows

      EVERYONE, QUIT BUYING CHINESE MADE CRAP!!! AT LEAST BUY IT FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY LIKE MEXICO OR INDIA...CHINESE HATE AMERICANS...

      August 30, 2011 at 10:57 am | Reply
  14. No Way out

    KA,
    I hope you don't use fake Apple product to write your comments on.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:01 am | Reply
    • KA

      lol I am Japanese Canadian. No fake Apple here. lol Too bad.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:13 am | Reply
  15. history99

    In 2019 China would convert to become the greatest ally for the US. In 2019, Mainland China would improve the relations with Republic of China – Taiwan and Dalai Lama, and has big attractiveness to overseas.

    A magnificent Asian Union would be established in about 2016. Support Israel to become a member of Asian Union; if the 6 countries agree then it would be OK. Asian Union would protect Israel certainly.

    The world is changing; strategic thinking should be changed, too.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • No Way out

      Golden rule: stop making stupid predictions

      Have you win a lottery lately?

      August 30, 2011 at 2:08 am | Reply
  16. history99

    Spectacular suggesting: change thinking to build a "big alliance of Asia" for world peace.

    Next Presidential visit on Asia of the US should include 6 countries in a travel: Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Vietnam, India and Pakistan.

    The US should promote the harmony between the 6 countries. (Use one country to contain another country, make rift between them that is those despicable, small and declining European countries' thinking.)

    August 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • No Way out

      Your lack of knowledge about ASIA serve you well.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:13 am | Reply
  17. history99

    The US treasury could not sustain the terrible big military budget, if Pentagon loves the US – it should reduce the terrible big military budget; the US is moving to bankrupt!

    Besides, China will surpass the US on GDP and military in about 2029.

    Pentagon must make smart strategy for the US to deal this situation.

    August 29, 2011 at 11:43 pm | Reply
    • No Way out

      Think before open your mouth, that is your lesson for the day.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:18 am | Reply
      • KA

        hey No way out

        Is USA having No way out? I guess u r American. Please take care of yourself, do not mess up other countries. Your country's debts and unemployed figure are making u so F shame now. Sometimes Silence is gold. The more u talk, the stupid u look like. Poor people do not talk too much. U need 2 use your energy to make sure your politicians do not make USA default its payment or bankrupt. Pray Pray Pray. Babe

        September 11, 2011 at 12:20 am |
    • Rick from LA

      No way out, history is right. At the current rate of grwoth and military expansion, they will overtake us by 2029 if not sooner. Accept that fact and work to find a way to bolster this nation to counterbalance it. China will be the kings of the world, we need to stop acting like royalty ourselves and start building a NATO like alliance in the Pacific. We can contain China today but a tomorrow will come where even the great US military will be no match for the Chinese juggernaut.

      August 30, 2011 at 1:44 pm | Reply
    • KA

      God. Please let USA keeps spending in military.Borrow borrow borrow. Wonderful lol lol I wish it goes bankrupt someday. Let others have the opportunities to rise. I am worry is when USA has too many weapons in the warehouse but no money, Will u rob us?

      August 31, 2011 at 8:10 am | Reply
  18. history99

    Pentagon's strategy needs to be reviewed. Many people around the world doubt the behavior of Pentagon:

    1) Kill 100,000 innocent Iraqis; use military violence to distort Iraqi democracy?

    2) Kill innocent Pakistani for profit of drone bombers?

    3) Kill innocent Libyan for oil?

    4) Kill innocent Afghan people provoking more people to support Taliban?

    5) Make nervousness between Mainland China and the US for promote military budget?

    6) Pentagon's military budget is destroying the US treasury, economy and job opportunities?

    August 29, 2011 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • No Way out

      This how the world view about US. They are right and US is wrong period.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • KA

      U r 100000000000% right

      September 11, 2011 at 12:22 am | Reply
  19. rajeev

    http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/08/chinas-new-weapons-of-doom/

    You’d think the Pentagon would be chewing its nails down to the nub over China’s military buildup.

    After all, in the past few months, China unveiled its first stealth jet, reached the early operating phase of a “carrier-killer” missile and took its first-ever aircraft carrier out for a stroll.

    But the Defense Department’s Asia hands don’t seem more worried by the Chinese military than they were last year. In fact, the Pentagon’s annual report on its Chinese counterpart reads a lot like the previous edition.

    Yes, Beijing is rapidly modernizing its forces, as it has for years, upping its military spending by 12.7 percent last year while the Pentagon prepares for deep cuts. Yes, China’s pursuing an “expanded regional maritime strategy and presence.” And yes, in the eyes of the Pentagon’s top Asia wonk, that modernization is “potentially destabilizing.”

    But while China’s new mega-missile, aircraft carrier and stealth fighter have made for pants-pooping media panic, the Pentagon is affecting the blase posture of the Brooklyn hipster.

    “There’s nothing particularly magical about any one particular item,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asia Michael Schiffer told reporters in a Wednesday briefing.

    And key sections of the report verge on the passive aggressive. The ultimate Chinese goal is a “regionally focused” military, (.pdf) not one that challenges the United States everywhere around the planet. ”China has made less progress on capabilities that extend global reach or power projection,” the report, released Wednesday, reads. “Outside of peacetime counter-piracy missions, for example, China’s Navy has little operational experience beyond regional waters.”

    Apparently, it takes more than new stealth jets, early-stage missiles and a souped-up Ukrainian carrier to get a rise out of the U.S. military.

    Not that any of that sangfroid will reassure U.S. allies in the Pacific, let alone Taiwan — which is staring down the bulk of China’s “large numbers of highly accurate cruise missiles.” But the report says the Chinese made “significant progress in improving “cross-[Taiwan] Strait relations.”

    It assesses that the Chinese have learned their lesson after freaking out Pacific nations in 2010 with saber-rattling claims of expanded regional interests, citing a “desire to avoid generating opposition and countervailing responses from regional and major powers.”

    In his briefing, Schiffer said that the Chinese shouldn’t take the report as a sign of U.S. hostility. Instead, it should essentially serve as a way for China to read the U.S. attitude. “I hope they do look at it as an encapsulation of the sorts of questions and the sorts of issues that we have questions about,” Schiffer said. As the top U.S. brass has said for over a year, the Pentagon wants consistent “dialog and discussion” in order to build “strategic trust.”

    So what questions does the United States have for China? Primarily, they concern what the Pentagon calls “anti-access/area denial” capabilities — China’s ability to push the U.S. back from its shores, whether through missiles, subs, surface fighters, cyberattacks or warplanes.

    “Current and projected systems such as the J-20 stealth fighter and longer-range conventional ballistic missiles could improve the [Chinese military's] ability to strike regional air bases, logistical facilities, and other ground-based infrastructure,” the report judges. It’s not a significantly upgraded threat from last year’s report (.pdf) — besides the reference to the new J-20.

    Other aspects of the report read like they’re cribbed from my Danger Room colleague David Axe. Not only is the report similarly unimpressed by China’s refurbished Ukranian aircraft carrier, it reminds us that China still has “several years” before it can master the complex operations of flying and landing planes and helicopters from it at “even a minimal level.” (It’ll take until 2015, the report guesses, for China to build its own carrier, still ahead of its ability to use it properly.)

    Danger Room wants to know why China hasn’t developed its own killer drones. The report cites the occasional unmanned surveillance drone, like the Harpies China bought from Israel in the ’90s, but no mention of the new “secret drone.”

    And the report highlights China’s record 15 space launches in 2010, but doesn’t express any real worry about them.

    The report is less sanguine about Chinese advances in its cybercapabilities. It cites China’s apparent hacking into U.S. government computer systems, judging China was “exfiltrating” info from U.S. networks.

    “Although this alone is a serious concern,” the report says, “the accesses and skills required for these intrusions are similar to those necessary to conduct computer network attacks.” It carefully parses Chinese official writings to highlight a growing importance of cyber — far more than the 2010 version did.

    “It’s no secret that cyber is a realm where deeper engagement between the United States and China — so that we can work on common rules of the road and a common way forward — is necessary,” Schiffer said.

    Even with big defense cuts on the horizon, the U.S. has an overwhelming advantage, whether in the refueling tankers that make the U.S. Air Force dominant over planet Earth, its decades of experience as a global Navy and its deep memory of how its forces wage war as a unified team. Even with Beijing’s rapid defense increases, China’s military budget is $91.5 billion, not even a fifth of what the U.S. spends on defense outside of the costs of the wars.

    But that neglects one of China’s biggest strategic assets: the massive amounts of U.S. debt China owns. And the report itself doesn’t mention the debt at all — something Schiffer said was beyond the document’s scope. Which is pretty surprising after Adm. Mike Mullen, the top U.S. officer, called the ballooning debt the number-one threat to U.S. national security.

    To paraphrase one American general, it may be that China’s most important weapons aimed at the U.S. don’t shoot.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:45 pm | Reply
    • CharlieSeattle

      ....No

      August 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm | Reply
    • Mytsa Squiggle

      Actually Admiral Mike Mullen said: "we are borrowing money from China to build weapons to face down China,
      which is clearly a broken strategy".

      A year ago, a group of superior US officers with Republican credentials were
      involved in a geopolitical brainstorming session at the National Defense
      University in Washington...

      The sixteen officers arrived at the conclusion that the biggest threat to US
      national security was not represented by the country's external enemies, but
      by America's decaying economy, infrastructure, education and health systems,
      and by its ballooning public debt...

      The brainstorming group advocated reducing by 100,000 soldiers the numbers
      of the military, as well as cutting US military spending by 20 percent. It
      also proposed to close down military bases from Germany, South Korea and
      elsewhere...

      May 23, 2012 at 2:01 am | Reply
  20. Skeptic

    What did the Chinese say about their annual survey of defense and security issues involving USA?

    That the U.S. spends 5 times as much as the Chinese on defense budget. That the U.S. has many aircraft carriers in active service. That the U.S. has 183 F-22 while China doesn't even have 1 J-20 ready to serve. That the U.S. can overwhelm China in any act of war and render the Chinese defenseless.

    August 29, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Reply
    • KA

      lol What is the point of having the most advanced weapons when USA's foreign reserve is 22 times lesser than China?

      In 21st century, the real war is to buy IBM, McDonald, Wal Mart, Ford, Apple, Google.......at discount, let the Chinese sit in the board of director and teaching Americans to save for better future. lol

      If u think having the most advanced weapons is the best for USA. Make sure your Medicare and Pension's cheques are not delayed, otherwise you guys have to sell your weapons for some medicines and retirement. lol lol lol

      September 11, 2011 at 12:28 am | Reply
  21. MyCommentMatters

    Hmmm, wonder if those things actually work....unlike a certain train.....

    August 29, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • No Way out

      If the Chinese can fake fireworks in Beijing olympics opening ceremony. They can fake anything

      August 30, 2011 at 2:25 am | Reply
  22. Louisiana Man

    People, the United States of America was founded on good reason and cause. People of the world come to us to leave their countries that have told them what they can do for so long. They have come to our country to gain and help create a better life for their families. All countries have some flaws and problems due to mistakes that have been made whether they were made present or in the past. Everyone has suffered from these such things. I believe that every country and person(s) has there own rights and beliefs to what they want. The only thing that I can say is that I love my country the United States of America and I will always believe in it. We do sometimes get involved in other countries problems and maybe they should have been left to fend for themselves but that would be a great injustice to the people that were asking for help. I just hope that the American people can also keep there faith and remember the US military veteran that have paid there final debt and shown what a true American is. Our flag has a true meaning that no other can desecrate. Go USA...

    August 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • KA

      U r wrong. USA invaded those countries that have oil only. Can u tell me, which country USA invaded without Oil? F O. North Korea and Burma are one of the worst coutries in the world, their people suffer........ Where are Americans? Well, sorry, they do not have OIL. F O. No interest in your guys. lol lol

      Am I wrong? Prove to us.

      By the way, I'm Japanese Canadian.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:34 am | Reply
  23. KA

    I am Japanese. Bobs fortathers, Your English is too poor. Are u American? Didn't you study English is USA? lol

    August 29, 2011 at 12:25 am | Reply
    • Justathought

      KA~

      I normally never reply to these messages as most people just troll different websites to try and get a reaction from people. However after reading your posts, I sincerly hope that is what you are doing and you don't actually believe what you are saying. Yes the United States is in a rough situation right now, economically and socially. As an American, I understand that a great deal needs to change in my country as its greatest enemyis not China or anyone else but, ignorance and itself. I also agree that there will be no more all out wars, but military conflicts here and there with the focus on financial sanctions. However China will never overcome the U.S economically or in military strength.

      For one, if you are Japanese, you should examine your own country before talking. Your economy is horrid (and has been for the last 10+ years, have you looked at the Nikkei lately?), your suicide rate is incredibly high due to rampid unemployment. College graduates can't get jobs ( I studied abroad and lived in Japan so I know first hand) and are emmigrating to Europe. You go through a new prime minister every year for less than amicable reasons (Lets see how long Noda lasts...I say hes gone by this time next year). Your ruffling China's feathers over a few islands (which is going to drag us into the mix further damaging both our economies because of the symbotic relationship, without us, you will lose BAD).

      If your Chinese (which you probably are), the wealth disparity in your country is god awful. 15% live of your population lives by American middle class standards. Majority of the country is still poor and living in 3rd world conditions. China has no infrastructure, extremely high unemployment. You want a free market economy but a communist government? Majority of the Chinese population is young, which means you will be overcome by social burdens and costs (such as caring for the elderly) before you would even begin to truly develop. Don't even get me started on the social situation...censorship? Blackmail? threats? Human rights anyone?

      KA, essentially you have incredibley limited knowledge on anything. Next time, before exposing your ignorance which is usually the case on these sites, do your research.

      August 29, 2011 at 2:51 pm | Reply
      • MD

        *sincerely *rampant *emigrating *he's *you're (twice) *symbolic or maybe symbiotic *incredibly. I'm not sure if you're an American or what you studied overseas but your command of written English needs help. I believe that if you do some research, you'll find various statistics & indicators that suggest that China will certainly surpass the US economically. You should be aware that China is already the USA's biggest creditor nation & with China spending in excess of 9% of its GDP on infrastructure, compared with about 2.4% by the USA, there is a new World order emerging, whether we like it or not.

        August 29, 2011 at 6:20 pm |
      • Justathought

        Yes, this is what happens when I rush through a message without checking. I figured most would be able to understand.

        Aside from the attack on my comprehension of the English language, MD, if you continue to do your research, you will find that many economists that originally forecasted the Chinese economy to surpass the U.S economy have recanted. The main issue is this; the Chinese economy has been able to grow at an impressive rate because of the lack of human rights, minimum wages, slave labor, etc. Of course companies would offshore to China when the cost of production is low. However as China moves closer to a first World nation, investment in China will and has already sharply declined. Combine that with the fact that doing business in China (paying all the Sanctions and costs associated with political red tape) it some cases actually negates the profit of doing business in China in the first place, and you will find a decline in Multinational Corporation interest. Google has pulled out; Wal-Mart has continuously failed to enter the market successfully and has still yet to turn a profit in China. On top of that, many Corporations always complain that no legislative system has been established to take their legal actions against Chinese businesses. In layman’s, a contract has little or no meaning in China and the government almost always sides with the Chinese. Without little or no trust in the Chinese and their invasive communist government, many companies believe the risk vs. profit is too great. With lacking business interest in China, how can China surpass the U.S? I haven’t even touched on the lack of “out of the box thinking”, lack of qualified employees….

        Maybe you can understand a bit better now MD.

        August 30, 2011 at 12:52 am |
      • KA

        U r stupid. I said I am Japanese Canadian. I am Canadian citizen. I do not have Japanese and Chinese citizenship. Do u have something to talk bad about Canada. Come on. Go Canada Go

        Just the foreign reserve only. China has 22 times more than USA. CASH talk. man.

        U do not have to talk too much when your government was almost default your own Americans' payments. My Gosh. What a country! Can u really sleep well at night? How much is your house's value now? Perhaps 50% discount from what u paid. Just for your information, do u know who brings cash to buy your properties now? A lot of Canadians. I have few friends already bought. An apartment used to sell for $250K, they paid for $60K. I'm planning to buy next year when I can get it for $40K. It is time to make Americans become my tenants. I invest in Gold and Silver now. Later, I will come to buy your house. babe lol lol

        September 11, 2011 at 12:45 am |
    • No Way out

      Since when Japanese becomes pro China ? must have been brain washed by communist.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • josh

      Brilliant. Exaserbating tensions by insults. That is so incredibly original. But if I may point out, generally one would do well to run a spell check before insulting someone on thier mastery of a language. In any event, lets move past the quiet bickering and focus more on understanding the motives of what can easily be seen in the wrong context.

      August 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm | Reply
  24. J.E.A.P

    To bad China only has 3 of these... just saying if they had more they would have lost the paint job,and the whitewalls lol
    So math by the numbers USA= 100000000 China=3
    So unless each of those missles carry 1000 nukes in side i dont think this should be are main priority at the moment but our Homefront instead. Yes however good job china your military is big you have a carrier made in the late 80's early 90's i believe and you have a stealth jet that lacks stealth. Only thing you got going for you is that theres idiots controlling the US at the moment soooo... i think im just going to sit back and relax till you actually get a military thats not using the AK47 as their assault rifle "btw folks guns seen in pic may look cool but very few chinese actually carry them" So China if you would like to fight your way threw the UN, Russia, Pakistan, India, S.Korea, All of the Middle East And where ever else to get to us be my guest! Cause all of thse wars didnt happen for nothing... they happend to strengthen some alliances and create new ones. Planet Earth V.S China??? ...i think i can do wihout seeing a chinese resturaunt on every corner doesnt everyone else? ...and to all those Pro-Chinese propaganist/computer hacking FUCKS good job on becoming a huge communist nation thats eventually going to implode "just like Russia" and will you kindly just go FUCK your self!?!

    -J.E.A.P-

    August 29, 2011 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • KA

      JEAP. Are u American? Why your English is so poor? I really have no idea what you are trying to say. Sorry. I have no commend because I do not understand your poor English.

      August 29, 2011 at 12:27 am | Reply
    • KA

      J.E.A.P
      Don't worry, I am not Chinese, I am Japanese. China will never go to war. Just let American borrow more money and making you become too poor. Let your housing value drop 70% or more and they will come over to buy them at Wal Mart price. lol
      Word World Three is Financial war. Babe, wake up. Using weapon will never become a winner. Do you know how many of your houses in USA have been sold to other nationalities? lol Eventually Americans become tenants and Foreigners will become landlords. Keep your stupid idea of war, make more wars, use all your savings and borrow more. I am waiting next year to come and buy your house at 70% discount. lol

      I hope not all Americans are as stupid as you. Fight fight fight, war, war and war. lol Now you know why you are so fucking poor now. Wake up ! Babe.

      Please open your eyes to see so many Asian and Arab countries buying Gold now. Why? Because they can't trust your USD anymore. You can print anytime you want without backing with Gold. So scary !

      August 29, 2011 at 12:41 am | Reply
      • josh

        KA
        If you have ever studied economics, you would also be aware of the fact that gold prices and stock markets generally have an inverse proportion. As one rises, the other falls. When stocks fall, only a fool would continue to purchase them. So what is a foreign invester to do? They buy into gold which has risen by over 40% this year and projected to do so by 20% over the next. While the trend will appear scary to the untrained observer, the more you look at the patterns of history, the more you will see that there is still stability. We are simply in another downward trend in the markets. If you look, you will see similar patterns every 15 to 20 years. But by all means, believe as you will.

        August 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm |
  25. bob joe jacks

    i dont know but for some reason i have a feeling that something is going to go down with china and us pretty soon in out future

    August 28, 2011 at 11:17 pm | Reply
  26. Bobs grandpa

    So what if we have a military much larger, we have to abide by ROE, and they use kids and dogs as bombs. They fight dirty, and we are expected to follow rules that get us killed. Our nation has a lot of issues, but by cutting defense spending isnt going to save our economy, its going to create another issue. Our weakend military having to deal with China's building up. Much of our militarys aresnal is dated. The F-16 started flying in the 1970's, and is our Air Force's most abudent fighter. Nations like Saudia Arabia fly a much new version than what we have, as well as other nations. China is really a threat. Iraq is already done with, and Afghanstan is almost done as well. We have made a lot of progress over there, at a great cost yes, but no other nation in the world would have done that. The U.N. expects us to help out these other nations.

    August 28, 2011 at 9:20 pm | Reply
    • James

      i think Iraq and Afghanistan were a training exercise for the real war with china

      August 29, 2011 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  27. JoeBlough

    I like the white walls.

    August 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Reply
  28. Bob

    In terms of world trade, arms sales are a significant part of our GDP and foreign trade packages. China's ability to upgrade weapons systems and compete for that market share means the US will have serious economic challenges in either keeping up or neutralizing the advantages their economic packages bring. Many developing countries have resources and a history of bartering these for economic and military assistance.

    August 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Reply
  29. Edward

    Umm...is it just me or do the whitewalled tires totally clash with the camoflage design on the chinese mobil rocket platforms?

    They look like something out of the fifties
    :P

    August 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Reply
    • KA

      Edward

      Do not look at what you see in the pictures. The real weapons aren't displayed in the public. Will u show if u were China? lol

      If u are American, you look so rich but your government can't even afford to pay its own people. Damn poor. Do you think it is time to look into your attitude after Word War 2? Time is changing, of cause, in human history, no single country or authority will control power forever. I am not a supporter of USA nor China. I speak with facts. When u r poor, listen to the one who has the most money. How many Gold bars does USA government have? Take a look at China. China is so rich today because your stupid politicians closed your American factories, you guys lost your job in the expanse of China. China is made of America. Isn't it? Edward, look at your wardrobe, which items are not made of China? Count them. After all, do not act like a kid, Asian thinking is simple, DO NOT SHOW OFF. What u see all these ugly.... are not the real one. Time to learn Chinese culture.

      August 28, 2011 at 5:58 pm | Reply
      • Edward

        KA

        Relax. If the US put this picture out I would make fun of it as well. And no need to make this argument with me. As you can see by my previous post...I don't really care.

        Not anymore.

        August 29, 2011 at 11:45 am |
  30. Sebip2

    we are destroying ourselves from within. we are our greatest threat. squabling, logic proceeding from false assumptions, a shocking lack of community feeling, China is making the same mistake we have made since WWII - thinking that a bloated military will make us safer. the US has not fought a war since then under the old set-piece rules and has not won a war since then eitther. we could build schools and roads and have change left to spare if we spent the $1B that way instead of building ONE stealth bomber. $1B (x however many we have) sitting in hangars. with Americans battered by a stagnant economy, we could do them and the economy some good and rebuild the ability to make things that won us two world wars.

    August 28, 2011 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  31. Brian

    The Pentagon should keep it's mouth shut and be worried. The US has a $14,000,000,000,000 debt and growing each day. The Chinese economy is good, the people work hard there, and they have heaps of money for military without taking out HUGE loans from their reserve bank. The idiots at the Pentagon think that no other country have the right to arm themselves.

    How do you think the world feels about the Pentagon? The world hates the USA! I mean, we have STEALTH helicopters now. WTF... why do we need those? Get real. Let the Chinese build up their military. Good for them. Perhaps they can teach the US Military a lesson in humility one day. :P

    August 28, 2011 at 5:22 am | Reply
    • Tom Lowen

      Teach the US military a lesson in humility?.... Please leave name and address because in that scenario you'll be jailed or stood up a against a wall with a bllindfold for your blog.

      August 28, 2011 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • joe

      I tell ya what captain courage, why don't you renounce your US citizenship and go live in another country. Have you even traveled outside of the United States? Do you understand what's out there? Think you can manage being a foreigner? I know for a fact it would have to take you being removed from the United States for you to even begin to appreciate what we have. You are an example of someone who's perspective is only formed by the media and what's sad is you look at yourself like your so much better than everyonelse, like your a leader? Your just a liberal sheep because that's the game you play that's what you know. By the way thank a vet for them giving you the right to spew I hate america jargon. Yes things are bad but we either come together or we come apart. I don't need a person like you on my team, your made of marshmellows...

      August 28, 2011 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Cyrus B

      @Tom Lowen Control your threatening language. Just because you disagree with Brian, you can't threaten him with assault and torture. If you love the USA, then please learn about our law, order, and justice and live by them.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:21 pm | Reply
      • Jarrett Michael

        Go eat a dick cyrus

        August 28, 2011 at 1:58 pm |
    • Howard

      Good job, man :)

      August 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm | Reply
    • Proud American

      Brian – come on – tell us what country your really from.. the 14trillion dollars in debt you speak of – it is a travesty – howver – it still isn't 1yr of our GDP.. It's very close – but it isnt quite there yet. Yes – we have a LARGE debt but we also have a LARGE economy.. we have an economy that is almost 3 times what China's.. and how are they doing so go? they have children in sweat shops.. they pary they pay ther people crap (that's because they are socialists and the government controls everything) and their humanitarian records sucks... now – you said eveyone hates the US – you know as well as I do – that isnt the case... think about it – how many people (including yourself if you are from the US) are actually trying to get out of the US? now – how many people are trying to get in? hmmmmm – i think everyone know's that answer – everyone wants to get here – even if it means illegally.. so – if you hate the US so much and like china so much – why dont you go live in their country – ohh before you do – go visit and see just how bad it is.. I bet you wont – instead you will sit there and just keep running your mouth about crap you dont know anything about... people like you are so freakng sad..

      August 29, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
      • KA

        hey, Do u have a degree? Come on. 1 yr debt to GDP ratio is horrible. By the way, how much do u owe? If your ratio is 1 yr. Sorry, u are in fucking deep .... lol No wonder your housing price dropped more than 50%. Wake up. American. If you make $50,000 after tax per annum and owe your debtors $50,000. How many years can u pay back? Pleaseeee use your brain. If you are lucky and be able to save after your living expenses + debt principle and interest. For example, $10K. You need 5 yrs or more to pay your debts. Well, I believe your debt to income ratio is more than 1 yr, perhaps 3 yrs (include your devalued house). Please do not think USA will come back that easily. 20th century was belong to USA, 21st century, China will lead even u hate China. How many people do not like USA due to the wars in the last 15 yrs? I believe no foreigners like USA in this aspect. U went to war for OIL. Do not worry about China, China can never use so much weapons like u have used in the last 15 yrs. Perhaps in the next 50 yrs, China will never excess its usage of weapon like what u have used in Arab world. Where does China going to drop its weapons? Stupid. If I were China, buy USA at discount is the main goal. Hey, Pround American, Do u understand debt to GDP ratio now? Tell us your ratio before u speak like a stupid man.

        "As of early 2011, Canada's national public debt sits at around $564.5 billion and the GDP is around $1.336 trillion" Canada is the best in Debt to GDP ratio among the G7 countries, Just 43%. As at August, I think it dropped to 30%.
        Canada ranks ninth in the world in GDP, according to the 2010 list from the International Monetary Fund, IMF."

        September 15, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  32. davidprosser

    The idea of any nation building up their military is a scary one. Truthfully, with the United Nations, if it were operated correctly and given power over nations individually, the concept of an individual nation having a military would become obsolete.

    And honestly, what is the need for this military build up? The idea of protecting a nation against others seems rationale but when a nation is building up their military in order to push around other nations then we can all see that this is a problem.

    Today through globalization the world is like one big family. The economic crises and ecological crises affect us all.

    Today each nation needs to unite under these crises and align all their interests into one common communal system where each contributes and receives according to their needs.

    In this way no nation would then need a military of its own since they would all be bound by the same rules and regulations. One communal military could then operate solely based on the interest of all nations.

    Then the idea of nations having to protect themselves against invasion or secretly plotting to take over more land or resources would no longer be a problem since individual armies would become a thing of the past.

    August 27, 2011 at 11:18 pm | Reply
    • Robert

      Because things can and have change in the blink of an eye,so every country needs a reserve army just in case.

      August 28, 2011 at 9:25 am | Reply
  33. mike

    If you want to really end the war on terrorism, just hire Vietnam for $500billion and they'll take care of everything for you.

    Owned: China
    Owned: Japan
    Owned: France
    Owned: USA

    Wars are fought with weapons but won by men. These generals nowadays push buttons and smoke cigars. They know nothing about war strategies.

    August 27, 2011 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  34. KRM1007

    WOW....India has got some big problems...This is mean looking hardware!!!!
    Even USA won't be able to protect with the umbrella....too many holes in it!!!!! Yikes

    August 27, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  35. marc

    Chinese military build-up, including testing of a stealth fighter jet, sea trials of an aircraft carrier it purchased and rebuilt and development of new capabilities under the seas, in space and online. Don't America have and do the same things what America can advance but other countries can't.

    August 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • thomas pham

      about make weapon-technology , take china 50 years to catch up with the west and 100 years follow usa, too long way for china to run,
      right now worry those chinese citizens do revolution china communist regime, history will repeat end communist in china.

      August 29, 2011 at 1:25 am | Reply
      • thomas pham

        same as 1990 end communist regime in eastern europ and ussr (20 years ago) , the time will come in end china communist party government soon.

        August 29, 2011 at 1:31 am |
  36. P.M-H.

    WOW!

    GO!

    CHINA!

    GO!

    August 27, 2011 at 10:32 am | Reply
  37. PJ

    C'mon people- HOW many times and how many ways has the Pentagon lied to you, fool? We spend more on DOD than almost ALL other countries combined. China, militarily, is no threat AND we're their biggest customer and debtor! The DOD is trying their usual panic BS before budget cuts. The biggest terrorist organization of all is the U.S. military- cut their budget in half and you will not compromise your security in the slightest- the parasite contractors will have to find another gravy train...

    August 27, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
    • dj

      very intelligent perspective.

      August 28, 2011 at 1:51 am | Reply
    • Bob

      You are just an idiot. If you are a citizen of the U.S., the military is the reason you have the right to call them a terrorist. Yes there are issues with goverment contractors over spending, and thats why they are investigated and dealt with. The chinese are in fact a threat, with our ever increasing budget cuts. Our military is spread thin enough, and with a lack of support from congress, doesnt also need a lack of support from the American public. You also dont pay attention, since your a loyal cnn follower, maybe you should have read the article on how china is not our biggest entity we owe money to. It is people like you that are ruining this society.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:00 am | Reply
      • KA

        Bob

        When your country is so poor or when u are fcuking poor? What is your best way to survive? Answers : 1) Take care of your own business first (2) Review your mistakes you had had done in the past that making u so poor today. I hope you understand what should Americans do for at least 10 yrs from now. Take good care of your health ($$$$) before you ask China some loans again soon to pay for your pension funds or Medicare. lol Right?

        August 28, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
  38. hahahahahahah

    haha who cares, the poors dont have to worry about it. We need those rising powers

    August 27, 2011 at 12:09 am | Reply
  39. John

    Why are the digits painted on the sides in English instead of Chinese? Every item we buy from China helps fund their military expansion. Looks like they are doing wonderful things with all our money!!

    August 26, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Anonymous

      Why american always think they are better than everyone in the world, you American are the one who owe china money.
      maybe you guys watch too much rambo or cnn. You really think America is really a good guy, and others are bad guys?
      Go to China, and learn and see how US use their money and power to mess up other countries economy and people. You guys are poor now, so stop talking like US owns the world.

      August 27, 2011 at 8:59 pm | Reply
      • Robert

        Actually,we don't,but if we're patriotic to our country or proud of our achievements,everybody(like you)acts like their feelings are hurt.I'm begginning to wish we would keep to ourselves,and when somebody crosses us simply knock their stupid ass off the planet with no conscience.There's 2 other super powers out there,so go live under one of them instead.

        August 28, 2011 at 9:33 am |
      • Robert

        Actually,we don't,but if we're patriotic to our country or proud of our achievements,everybody(like you)acts like their feelings are hurt.I'm begginning to wish we would keep to ourselves,and when somebody crosses us simply knock their stupid ass off the planet with no conscience.There's 2 other super powers out there,so go live under one of them instead.Have a nice day.

        August 28, 2011 at 9:34 am |
      • 40Mack

        If the US is soooooo bad, why are there soooooo many Chinese people living there. You cannot even go into small town America anymore and not see at least one Chinese buffet. Not to mention all the other oriental races here. Plus, why are there sooo many foreigners on here who speak English. I have no desire to learn Chinese.
        If the US is such a "this", and such a "that", why do sooo many foreigners live here-becasue no matter what bs our gov puts out there, it is still the Greatest Country on the Planet. If not, then please stop coming here, tell your mother, father, sisiters, cousins, neighbors and all, to please stop coming here to the US.
        I was in the US military for 22 years, and I can say from experience that there are plelnty of "Ugly" Europeans, Arabs, Orientals (chinese too), Africans, Russians, etc. Yeah, even us here in the US do not like our gov too much, but one thing-NO MATTER BAD OR WORSE, MY COUNTRY COMES FIRST.

        August 28, 2011 at 7:30 pm |
      • KA

        40Mack

        From your comment, i am sure you are not from Asia. Well, let me tell u, more foreigners will come to your country even you so called the greatest nation (can't even pay your bills). Do u know why? They are invading USA. They come and live there not for love, they will buy your properties at 70% discount. Asian ways to attack USA, we do not use weapon. We use economy. U will be my tenant soon. Take good care, don't keep say your country is the greatest. Sorry, it will be in history soon.

        "the 19th century was the century of the UK , the 20th century was the century of the US , the 21 st century is going to be the century of China "

        August 31, 2011 at 8:17 am |
    • KA

      Well Done American politicians. U helped to kill American jobs and made China so rich. Foreign reserve : USA – Usd142,931,000,000,000 . China – Usd3,200,000,000,000,000

      China has 22 times more Foreign reserve than USA. Who to blame? Of cause American present and ex Presidents. Do not talk bad about China. China did not force American factories to move to China.

      Guys, I'm not Chinese. I'm Japanese Canadian.

      September 11, 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply
  40. Jay T

    Those cute white wall tires make great targets!

    August 26, 2011 at 7:33 pm | Reply
  41. carll

    hey Ento its one thing to fight guerrilla warfare and another to fight a conventional one where there is real troop movements and they will stay and fight head to head why don't you think any of the super powers will go head to head with the us, america does fine when we can find the enemy instead of them hinding amount the locals, so know what your talking about before you open your mouth Ento.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  42. carll

    it one think to fight guerrilla warfare, but when you but the us head to head in a conventional war thats a different story Ento
    it easier to find and follow mechanized equipment then guys running to there homes and hinding the weapons and not fighting head to head so know what your talking about before you open your mouth Ento.

    August 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Reply
  43. KRM1007

    Those missiles look mighty impressive.You go China, your time has come.

    August 26, 2011 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  44. Ento

    Because only America is allowed to have a military power? I guess when you go around pissing off the entire world, a countries moderization puts you at unease. America can barely handle a fight against poorly armed locals, heaven forbid they actually have to deal with a real military power.

    August 26, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Reply
    • thatoneguy

      You do no Russia couldn't win in Afghanistan at the height of there military power, and they didn't even have rules of ROE

      August 27, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Bob

      You are also an idiot, are military is trained to fight a convetional war, and has had to adapt over the last 10 years to fight a war against those "poorly armed locals" (Who have 500 pound bomb IED's, dozens of weapons, and have leaders that went to ivy leage schools) The U.S. military is the only one in the world that is adaptive enough, and has the right will behind it to do well. China is reluctent to help other nations with their militarty assets, and by (Pissing off the world) You mean how the United States through the United Nations supports other nations by assisting them so that they can have freedom, and how the world expects the United States to help them, but then has people like you who get pissed when we do, and their leaders get pissed when we dont? Why dont you read up on what is really going on in the world, instead of making youself sound like an idiot on the internet.

      August 28, 2011 at 4:07 am | Reply
      • Bob

        Our* Yes I made a mistake, probably because Im tired, and pissed off at idiots that have free speech, and like to abuse it by saying whatever rambling thoughts come out their head without any fact behind it.

        August 28, 2011 at 4:09 am |
      • Ento

        500 pound bomb IED's, "dozens" of weapons?! What do we have? Apache helicopters, AC-130 gunships and an entire air force, compared to America, they are poorly armed. I'm sorry America has people like me who get tired of our countries need to drive us into debt with wars to ensure other countries have freedom. What exactly do we gain from it? Look at Kuwait for an example, we send our military over their to save them from Iraq and then you see images of their people cheering and burning the American flag on 9/11. Our economy is down the drain, our unemployment rate is through the roof but we keep fighting wars and killing people in the name of "freedom". I'm sorry you're so blinded by your patriotism that you feel the need to go around calling people idiots and saying they're ruining our society because they don't stand behind wars that drive our nation so far into debt that we have to fear China's military growth.

        August 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
      • KA

        Now I know why Americans become so poor today. It is simple answer. U do not learn. You are talking too fast and do not know what you are talking. Where did u get the money to go to wars? American tax payers. Well done.

        Continue doing what you have done. One day, all the major building in the major cities in USA will be owned by Chinese and Arabs. You will see the result not too long.

        China is increasing its reserve in Gold. American government is going to print its dollar without backing of gold. Are you afraid one day when you wake up, your dollar is worth 50cents only? I have two hundred dollars in hand, I am going to exchange them soon. I can trust American paper money anymore. Our financial system is human history is still like a baby. We are going to pay for the price when you create our money simply by printing machine. Aren't u feel scary? Gold and metals are impossible made by human being. That's why Gold price has gone up since Bush Administration from the first war. Good luck. Keep blaming others. Someday, I will buy your house at 70% discount. I do not mind to employ you as my servant legally. I hope u can wake up. Poor man.

        August 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm |
      • Bobs forfathers

        KA, more like fool. You have no HONOR! You shame your chinese forefathers!. Plus the United States will just kick your countries ass, and that war will fix our economy like ww2 did.

        August 28, 2011 at 10:53 pm |

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