Communist China has developed a missile to destroy aircraft carriers. Why would they do this unless they see the US Navy as a future threat to them? The US Navy is the only navy with a large fleet of aircraft carriers. No other navy operates ships as large as a fleet carrier. Even other nations that have aircraft carriers don’t really use full size fleet carriers able to operate fixed wing aircraft in horizontal take off and landings.
The aircraft carrier has been essential to American national security since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii in December, 1941. Even then the Japanese were attempting to destroy American aircraft carriers because the Japanese Imperial Navy recognized their value to American fleet operations. Since then the first thing American presidents have asked whenever there is an international crisis is “Where are the aircraft carriers?” American carriers are essential to project power anywhere in the world. They allow sustained air operations against any land or sea targets almost anyplace in the world.
Since Communist China is obviously considering us as a potential enemy and embarking on a major armaments program, we need to reevaluate our defense needs. We used the China Card to play against the Soviet Union. We should now play the India Card to play against China. We also need to consider adding new carriers to our fleet, rather than reducing our carrier strength. We also need to upgrade our missile defenses both land based and in our fleet. China is able to develop this large missile because of the money they get from the USA. We need to consider our trade surplus with them and buy more domestic goods or develop new trading blocs that don’t include Communist China; that’s the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.