reply to post by Tuttle
I suppose it comes down to what you consider "defeat".
All that is needed is a China rendered ineffective as a major military power. no need for them to cry "uncle".
Here's a scenario for you, pre-emptive E-Bomb hits on China's 20-30 ICBMs. ( Enough ABMs state-side to counter the remainder).
With the nuclear option curtailed, a carrier picket outside the range of China's formindable anti-ship missiles. 650-800 miles, blocking imports of
oil/raw resources and food plus blocking exports.
Surgical strikes against dams, railroad bridges via stealth platforms, F-117s and F-22s, destroying the ability to move food to the population
centers. A week or so should do.
Sit back and wait. 30, maybe 60 days later, mass starvation and riots amongst the civilian population resulting in a infrastructure and political
Rendered "inefective". Not invaded or conquered. The house of cards goes down.
Best case scenario, of course. The point is "defeated"/conquered isn't necessary. The current military is capable of this.
Again, China is aware of it. So it probably isn't needed.
If you want peace...prepare for war. Answer their near weekly tirades and threats with a yawn and a "go for it".
These aren't stupid people, even if their not really our friends. They see what they've been doing is more profitable, more destructive than any
martial actions they can take....for now.
edit on 3-2-2013 by nwtrucker because: grammatical correction