Friday, May 18, 2012

China on the march

Before the 9/11 attacks, when conservatives were searching for an enemy to justify ever higher defense budgets and to allow themselves to recycle their shopworn anti-Soviet rhetoric, the Republican-controlled Congress enacted a requirement for an annual report by the Pentagon on Chinese military power. I guess they hoped the rest of us would be scared enough to embrace their "containment now" strategy rather than the "engagement" approach by the Clinton and then Bush administrations.

Well,the latest report is out, and it has the usual hype. But Time magazine defense guy, Mark Thompson, has an appropriately skeptical analysis of it.

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