March 04, 2008

Pentagon Trades GWOT for China

The Pentagon made its annual report to the US Congress on China's military this week with the usual bluster about expenditures and technology upgrades. Impressionable Americans in key political districts (those that host military-industrial complex businesses and their politicians, lobbyists, and boosters) will fret over scary headlines about the Chinese bogeyman. But the sane among us (Sinomania! readers, of course) know that Chinese arms spending is but a tiny fraction of the now $1 trillion US defense budget and that no Chinese ballistic missile is yet capable of reaching the continental USA despite lies to the contrary.

That the Pentagon needs to inflate the Chinese bogeyman says more about the state of (and public sentiment toward) the Global War On Terror than it does about any threat from China.

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