23 Nov 2005

East Asian Allies Draw the Obvious Conclusion

America’s East Asian Allies looking at US Congressional behavior and opinion polls are naturally concluding that the US lacks both the leadership and will to win a war with China.

Tokyo Governor Shintaro Ishihara has gone public, warning that the United States would lose any war with China.

“In any case, if tension between the United States and China heightens, if each side pulls the trigger, though it may not be stretched to nuclear weapons, and the wider hostilities expand, I believe America cannot win as it has a civic society that must adhere to the value of respecting lives,” Mr. Ishihara said in an address to the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Mr. Ishihara said U.S. ground forces, with the exception of the Marines, are “extremely incompetent” and would be unable to stem a Chinese conventional attack. Indeed, he asserted that China would not hesitate to use nuclear weapons against Asian and American cities—even at the risk of a massive U.S. retaliation.

The governor said the U.S. military could not counter a wave of millions of Chinese soldiers prepared to die in any onslaught against U.S. forces. After 2,000 casualties, he said, the U.S. military would be forced to withdraw.

People living in Taiwan better hope that China is not coming to same conclusion.

Hat tip to Emmy Chang.

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Ermmm… a Japanese politician is saying this? Somebody might want ot ask him how accurate that type of assessment was some 70 years ago.


I’m afraid the US of 70 years ago was a bit different from the US today.


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