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  1. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB100...+race#project=ARMASIA0111&articleTabs=article

    From WSJ...interesting stuff! Makes me wonder if we could fight three or four wars simultaneously...is our central focus on the Middle East the right thing to be doing right now? also been wondering about the nature of the training our troops undergo. Will we be prepared for a conventional war after a decade of transitioning almost entirely to counterinsurgency?


    I kind of laughed at this statement:

     
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    Hopefully, Congress will take note as it takes aim at the proposed DoD budget.

    I thought the statement you quoted was amusing as well. It must be that the People's Repubic of China is spending sleepless nights worrying about an all-out invasion from the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal that could enslave all of the Chinese people and burn their cities.
     
  3. condor17

    condor17 Class of 2015

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    Will the US intervene if China starts getting imperialistic and invades, for example, India? From my limited knowledge, I don't think we have any kind of alliance with India, or most of the countries in that region except for S Korea and Austrailia.
     
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    My guess is that this is all REALLY about Taiwan, not India or other neighboring countries. PRC wants to position itself to make the US blink if PRC decides to flex its muscle in Taiwan.
     
  5. LineInTheSand

    LineInTheSand USCGA 2006

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    India has a lot of people...and nuclear weapons. It's about Taiwan.

    With the number of times we've thrown our friends under the bus recently, diplomatically, I fear for Taiwan.
     
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    We had a great Taiwanese officer in my CCC class two years ago. They know they're screwed if China wants them back. They know we won't start a real war over it, nor cut off our economic nose to spite our face.
     
  7. linkgmr

    linkgmr Old Grad

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    Three or four wars simulataneously? Short answer : No. Long answer : Noooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.
    A two front war is in itself a bad idea. Opening another two fronts just seems like lunacy to me. As a country, we may be powerful militarily, but nothing is invulnerable.
     
  8. NavalAcademyCandidate

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    China taking Taiwan would be like Nazi Germany annexing Austria. Would we be smart enough to realize it's the same thing? Or would we do the same thing that was done back then?
     
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    raimius USAFA Alumnus

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    How do you figure that?
    I don't see many similarities, at all.
     
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    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    China has put economic growth as its top national priority and I think there's some comfort in knowing that they won't do anything that will jeopardize that, foreign investments, and their standing in the international community (as if it has been positive!) So no, I dont think China would invade Taiwan or any of its East Asian neighbors. They would be internationally condemned if they really did. Anyway, how exactly does Taiwan pose a threat to China? I also don't see the similarities between Taiwan and Austria - would invading Taiwan help precipitate a world war? Who would come to Taiwan's defense?
     
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    I think Japan very well might intervene. And an aggressive action by China might stir up the North Koreans
     
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    hornetguy USAFA Cadet

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    No, Japan wouldn't. Japan still has a great deal of animosity with it's neighbors in the region.
     
  15. NavalAcademyCandidate

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    Sorry, I'm confused about a point here. You're saying that the two are different because the annexation of Austria by Germany helped cause World War 2, right? How? I know it was before the start of WW2, but I didn't think that it in anyway provoked the German invasion of Poland.
     
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    I think he was just using the annexation of Austria as an example of appeasement prior to the invasion of Poland
     
  17. Chockstock

    Chockstock "Forever One Team"

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    Not exactly appeasement - just the fact that no one is obligated to defend Taiwan militarily just as no one was bound to the defense of Austria. So how would any conflict between China and Taiwan draw involvement of other countries?
     

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