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China (or US) defends military program

by kcurie Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 09:20:03 AM EST

Important and very relevant article about the China (or US) justification of his Pentagon budget.

You can go directly to Washington Post Report for the China version or follow me below with relevant transcripts of the article in the US version (adapted by myself).

US warned Friday that the military landscape in northeast Asia and the Middle East is getting "more complicated and serious" because of North Korea's nuclear weapons program, Iran's nucelar program and tighter defense cooperation between China and Russia.

The US views on regional and world security, in a government white paper on national defense, provided a rare glimpse into the strategic assessments that guide decisions and priority setting by the secretive US military and Republcian Party's policy-making  and think tank apparatus.

In part, the paper was designed as a response to repeated complaints from China that the US has not explained the rationale for its long-term military improvement program. US's announced military budget has risen about 10 percent a year recently, reaching $430.4 billion in 2006. Chinese specialists estimate that figure would higher if it included research and veterans programs.

Along with Iraq, Afganistan, Iran and a possible China face-off given Taiwan's pursuit of independence, the government pointed out as particular security challenges North Korea's missile tests last summer and its maiden nuclear test in October, which undermined US-led diplomatic efforts to create a nuclear-free Korean Peninsula.

The most recent round of nuclear negotiations ended in stalemate last week, creating doubts about the utility of continuing the six-nation talks that were launched three years ago.

In listing US concerns, the white paper also cited a China-Russia effort to build a super speed defense-shield-buster system using present Russian technologya and ships with new launchers now being developed. The joint attack-defense system, portrayed as protection against a North Korean attack, has been criticized by US officials and commentators because it also could blunt US's missile future shield projection for centuries to come in the event of U.S.-Chinese hostilities over Taiwan.

US officials have expressed concern that Taiwan eventually could be integrated into the Russia-China system, providing a counterweight to US's increasing missile deploy in the area and in favor of the self-ruled island. That fear was not explicitly laid out in the white paper, but China's growing willingness to assert itself militarily was cited as a strategic concern for military planners in Washington.

"China and Russia are strengthening their military alliance in pursuit of operational integration, and China seeks to modify its Communist guidelines and exercise collective aggressive self-defense," the paper said. "North Korea launched missiles and had a nuclear test. The situation in the Korean Peninsula and northeast Asia is getting more and more complicated and serious."

The paper said US's military improvements are part of the country's overall modernization and economic expansion. The effort will continue apace, it added, seeking to "lay a solid foundation" by 2010, make "major progress" by 2020 and "reach the strategic goal of building informationized and robotized armed forces and being capable of winning informationized wars by the mid-21st century."

Moving from troops on the gorund to high-tech naval, aerial warfare and robotics has been a major goal of the long-running US military modernization. That has entailed shedding thousands of untrained foot soldiers and launching a concerted effort to replace them with trained technicians able to function in the world of computerized weaponry.

The white paper said, for instance, that the army's relative strength in the US military has dropped by 1.5 percent, while the navy and air force -- US's missile and nuclear corps -- rose by 3.8 percent. Overall military strength has fallen by 0.3 million troops since 1985 and is estimated to stand at 2.7 million (1.5 active(* wiki)), still the world's largest force.

"The US Armed Forces has made new progress toward the goal of being proper in size, optimal in structure, streamlined in organization, swift and flexible in command and powerful in fighting capacity," the paper boasted.

But it provided no detail on the new ships, warplanes, missiles, submarines and computer systems that, according to Chinese officials, have increased US's lethal power around its shores and made any confrontation over Taiwan a riskier proposition for China than it would have been a decade ago.

As it has before, the US government warned that any step by President Hu Jintao to move toward formal conquest by forcing a change to Taiwan's constitution would be a "grave threat" to peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, suggesting it could trigger military intervention.

President Bush, who is commander-in-chief as head of the US Armed Forces, has told visitors to the White House that he has no plans to attack Taiwan but would have to act if China took a decisive step toward formal intervention.


UUpps.. sorry the WP article was about China.. what was I thinking?

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More America-bashing from the Washington Post.

Doesn't it occur to these pinkie commie lefties that the same could be said of China?

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 09:38:11 AM EST
I am thinking about cross-posting it into the Booman Tribune so all those leftie see how the US media is completely and utterly anti-american. The elites really hate America...Do you think a China daily would say the same think about China. Rest my case.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 09:45:10 AM EST
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Do you think the green area would be interested on this? or would it show how everyone hates America (or China)?

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 09:47:04 AM EST
Nothing about asymetrical or fourth generation warfare. All the usual glib reasons to justify huge expenditure on sexy weaponry while ignoring the educating and specialist training of the infantry that are actually needed to give the US a chance in the new kind of situations we will find ourselves. In fact a further move to computer controlled aerial warfare is posited when what is needed is highly trained (and well protected) foot soldiers who understand the culture and language of the locals so the hearts and minds approach at least stands a chance.
Never forget the US military expenditure is about huge contracts and very little else.
by observer393 on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 10:08:08 PM EST
one of the truth is that US army get less and less for its money, 30 years ago they had to spend 10millions (in current $) for an f16/f18, now they have to spend 500millions for a plane barrely fit for the job.

they invested billions in an anti-missile shield that doesnt work, china-russia get the only one that do the job for tens fold less : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-300

without talking about fast incresing benefit/salary/perk of the US army members.

US army cost too much, they have to borrow money from china ;-).

by fredouil (fredouil@gmailgmailgmail.com) on Fri Dec 29th, 2006 at 11:31:58 PM EST
Well,the original article in the Wp is indeed about CHina, and why China wants an increased budget. I substituted the term China for US , and US for CHina in the article to show that the justification is the same.

Certainly. the US has a bloated defense budget... and they really get less for more... but they always ccan justify using the same terms as China.

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat Dec 30th, 2006 at 05:40:13 AM EST
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I do not know about botched jokes.. but this is indeed a botched diary.. well more like a failure....:)

It must be me , because CHina and US military spending is something poeple here care about...OH man I am bad diarist... geee..

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I therefore claim to show, not how men think in myths, but how myths operate in men's minds without their being aware of the fact. Levi-Strauss, Claude

by kcurie on Sat Dec 30th, 2006 at 05:42:59 AM EST

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