posted on May, 3 2008 @ 05:39 AM
reply to post by jetxnet
Americans have the power, both businesses & individuals alike, to slow China's advance. Just buy American, European or Japanese instead. Make a
conscious decision not to buy anything manufactured in China. Justify your decision on patriotic grounds, civil rights or w/e you like.
But there's the big assumption, that you can even find a non-Chinese equivalent to the product you wish to buy and at a comparable price.
Government policy has been to draw China slowly out and towards us, that by opening up their country freedom & democracy will flourish. That price is
paid in dollars, pounds & euros by consumers at every store in the western world. Yet there's been no major institutional changes made in China and
freedoms & democracy are still actively repressed. To that extent the whole policy has failed miserably. A better solution would've been to let China
sink under the weight of communist financial absurdities. But we're way past that now. Their dollar holdings are so vast they've got the West by the
short & curlies.
We must rid ourselves of the mindset which sees China in benign terms, friendly folks waving little red flags n'all. Theirs is a self serving
capitalist state, with an aggressive military and an historic chip on its shoulder. There will be military confrontation between the USA, NATO & China
and in my lifetime too, of that I have no doubt.
As to your mock presidential address, DEFCON 5 is the lowest state of military readiness with DEFCON 1 being the highest. DEFCON states are defined in
the following terms ...
DEFCON 5 Normal peacetime readiness
DEFCON 4 Normal, increased intelligence and strengthened security measures
DEFCON 3 Increase in force readiness above normal readiness
DEFCON 2 Further Increase in force readiness, but less than maximum readiness
DEFCON 1 Maximum force readiness.
DEFCON DEFense CONdition / Federation Of American Scientists