Monday, October 29, 2012

Increased Defense Spending


http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/chinas-increasing-military-spending-unnerves-neighbors/2012/10/23/4b66a7ae-1d29-11e2-ba31-3083ca97c314_story.html

Communist China has continued to increase their military spending.  Their neighbors are continuing to become nervous about that spending.  As a result, many of them are increasing their military spending also.  This at a time when the world economy is down and all nations are trying to cut spending.  There has to be a real credible threat when Third World nations are increasing military spending when times are this hard.

The other result of this Chinese spending is other nations are combining into new alliances and strengthening old alliances.  China keeps trying to use a strategy of divide and conquer.  They want to be able to bully each of their neighboring nations one by one so they can devote their full strength against their much smaller and much weaker neighbors.

The United States has sent US Marines to Australia as a show of our commitment to the region.  This has been a very poor response in my opinion.  They sent very few Marines and of course, they can be pulled away for any number of other contingencies.  The presence of a few Marines won't stop a Communist Chinese aircraft carrier; that's the view from the Hysterical Right Wing.

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