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  • This just in: Surprise attacks against stationary targets are often successful. The trick is achieving surprise.
  • God farking dammit get me some defense spending yesterday! Don't want those japs koreans ruskies chinese catching us by suprise...

    / No welfare like red state defense welfare
  • The People's Liberation Army (PLA) now possesses the means, the motives, and the opportunities to deliver disabling blows against U.S. bases in Japan where the bulk of American military power in Asia is concentrated

    Ummm, I hate to break this to the author, but ever since 1964, the Chinese have had these things called "nuclear weapons" that are mounted on things called "ballistic missiles". They can strike almost anywhere in the world, including our bases in the Pacific.

    Scary, huh?
  • Marcus Aurelius: They can strike almost anywhere in the world, including our bases in the Pacific.


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    I know, let's spend a lot of money on some sort of space based thingy to shoot 'em down with! That could work!
  • WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!!!111!!!!

    //FFS, STFU and GBTW
  • What are selling, Mr. Military-Industrial Complex dude?
  • 1) Why would the Chinese want to take over America? This is the place they keep sending all their toxic waste to in the form of Barbie dolls and cheap electronic shiat that breaks after a week. This place will be uninhabitable in 20 years.

    2) The runways at Midway Island have bushes growing out of them, FFS. Someone get some landscapers out there, stat!
  • The timing of this article is no way related military spending cuts scheduled to begin in three weeks.

    It's not welfare when taxpayer largess benefits military contractors!
  • That's why we pay for a Department of State and a Central Intelligence Agency.

    The Department of State keeps up good relationships with as many countries as possible, so they don't want to attack us.
    The CIA keeps an eye out to make sure an attack wouldn't be a surprise.
  • Headline should be:
    "This just in: military installations are vulnerable to attacks from which they are not prepared"
    and submitted with an obvious tag.

    That's why surprise attacks are so devastating. They are a surprise. The alternative is 24/7 alert which is a greater detriment to security over time because it tires people out and if your "on alert" all the time, it makes people think nothing ever happens on alert status. Plus its cost prohibitive.
  • So we're worried about a surprise non-nuclear attack on our bases/forces and allies in Japan. Yep, there's no way that would be answered with nuclear weapons - nope, none at all.
  • Yes CNN, I'm sure China is going to start a war with the US.
  • What possible motive would the Chinese have for launching an offensive operation that would probably fail in the long run? Other than maybe taking back Taiwan, they just don't have any desires to gain territory. In fact, their interests are served by keeping our military policing the world----it makes it safer for them to conduct trade, and we foot the bill. If they knock out our military, they'll have to start policing the world's oceans.
  • Horseshiat. China has no incentive to do it, and in fact has significant disincentive. And they know what the counter-attack would look like, that our reach is muuuuuuch longer than theirs.
  • zerkalo: What are selling, Mr. Military-Industrial Complex dude?


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    Told ya, you farkers.
  • HMS_Blinkin: In fact, their interests are served by keeping our military policing the world----it makes it safer for them to conduct trade, and we foot the bill.



    This. They were perfectly happy to quietly move into Afghanistan to start exploiting the mineral resources while everyone was still focused on the U.S.
  • Farkers: China, China, China....

    Reality:

    WHAT ABOUT BEST KOREA?!?!??!?!

    /that's no shiat.
  • Had we the nuclear capabilities of today in 1945, Japan would have never looked eastward for expansion.

    I don't think China is that dumb.
  • HMS_Blinkin: What possible motive would the Chinese have for launching an offensive operation that would probably fail in the long run?


    Right now? None.

    That doesn't mean they might not have one 5 or 10 years from now.
  • I say we remove all our bases from Japan and sell them more Aegis boats. WWII was 70 years ago, FFS.
  • These guys with military think tanks are supposed to come up with all sort of scenarios. They write papers on these things. MIlitary draws up plans and maybe even does wargames based on them. Remember that war plan from earlier last century our government had against a UK/Canada invasion? Whether there is any real chance of these things happening is another story.

    When I was in college and Germany was reunifying (I'm old) we had a speaker come in from a think tank institution who just published a paper in one of the foreign policy journals about how an isolated Russia pissed off at a newly unified Germany could start cold war part II and lead to another European land war. Likely scenario?

    OTOH, CNN printing this as a newsworthy item is sort of stupid.
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    Billy Mitchell is unavailable for comment...though I wish he were.
  • Don't try and scare me CNN, I know the military complex is going bananas right now over all the funding it's going to lose at the end of the year.
  • firstest with the mostest, CNN - you put bases where you need them.
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