As mentioned yesterday, Obama seems intent on beginning a cold war with China. Whether it be with statements that, "the United States is a Pacific power, and we are here to stay."; the deployment of extra troops to Australia; or the gifting of twenty-five F 16 fighters to Indonesia the Obama administration seems determined to build up US, allied, and "friendly" strength in a wall of power around China.
But can the US win a cold war with China in the same way it did with the Soviet Union, through pure military build up? With the Soviet Russia, the American economy was truly the main force behind the conflict that the USSR just could not keep up with let alone match. But the Chinese economy does rival the US one. In fact many of the key components to US military weaponry are made in China, so an economic war would be disastrous for America.
The focus needs to shift then. Before the USA can even begin to contemplate battling China, they must first build up their own struggling economy. Products must be manufactured in the states, ending the dependence on foreign corporations. "Drill here, drill now" must be joined by "Private sector Jobs here, private sector jobs now" and "Build it here, build it now". If this was accomplished the United States' economy would be once again strengthened and could get back to being unrivaled in the world. Only then could America even hope to win this new conflict.
Except we live in the world of Obama's Hope and Change, where reality takes a back seat as we are driven at extreme recklessness across the bridge to nowhere. In Obama's world giving our military technology away is a good idea. In the Nobel peace prize winner's mind a few marines (why 250 not 300?) will stop the millions of Chinese, should they ever try to do something. In this President's head, we are still the un crippled United States of America that no one messes with, because we can not only take them on, but all their friends with them.
It's time to wake up and realize the situation. Reality does not go away if you just ignore it. As much as we do need to protect ourselves from increased Chinese influence we need to start doing that by rebuilding ourselves at home first. And to do that, we must elect a President who won't bow to other governments. A President who's allegiance is to the Flag of the United States of America and to The Republic for which it stands, one nation, under God, indivisible with liberty and justice for all.
Only then can we worry about a cold war with China.