Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, advocates hard line against China. War, as well?

I’ve been writing about our growing cold war with China for months now, and arguing we should seriously consider avoiding this build up/possible war. (See here: http://stanrmitchell.com/2012/06/07/america-wake-up-you-bunch-of-stupid-morons.)

Now, Sen. Jim Webb has written about the issue in an Op-Ed in the Wall Street Journal. Webb — a Democrat, keep in mind — advocates that America should maintain its “uncomfortable but necessary role as the true guarantor of stability in East Asia.”

I’m not sure why he just said “East Asia.” Seems to me he should have said “much of the world.” And nowhere in the column does he mention the benefits to America for this build up/possible war with China. Sure, it helps folks in the Philippines, Vietnam, and Japan, but I missed the part where this will help America. Oh wait, he doesn’t mention that…

Here’s his column.

Stan R. Mitchell

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9 responses to “Sen. Jim Webb, a Democrat, advocates hard line against China. War, as well?

  1. I should have mentioned this… I’m still waiting for someone, anyone to tell me why we should build up against China.

    I’ve written former officers I served under. They had no logical reply. I’ve written an 8-year Special Forces friend. He doesn’t think we could win a war, and says the build up is happening because it’s easier to do that than to discuss this and change American policy. (Sort of a “momentum theory.”)

    I’ve written authors who write about foreign policy and they’re only answer is the Military Industrial Complex. That the only winners are the contractors such as Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

    So, I’m willing to change my mind if someone can tell me why we should do this. I’m almost always the patriotic citizen at heart, but I just don’t see why we should do this… Please, change my mind so I can watch reality TV and not sweat this like most other Americans.

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  2. It is silly, particularly since the US would have to borrow money from China to fund a military buildup against them.

    As for why he’s advocating this, unless I’m badly mistaken, he was the Secretary of the Navy under Reagan. My guess is that his campaign war chest gets bigger if this goes through.

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  3. When I was in the Corps, ’79-’83, all of our training was towards a war with the Soviets. That scared the crap out of me. Was it because I didn’t think that we could beat them? Not so much. It was the threat of nukes being used. As a child of the sixties whose father worked on SAC bombers in the Air Force, there was this constant presence of nuclear war. How does this relate to the Chinese? Because we know they’ve got them and are probably a whole lot more willing to use them than the Russians were during the Cold War. And if you have never read Mr. Webb’s book, “Fields Of Fire”, pick it up. That, along with Leon Uris’s “Battle Cry” influenced my decision to join the Corps. Semper Fi.

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    • Loved Fields of Fire! Webb can definitely spin a yarn.

      I just still see no reason for us to build up against the Chinese. We need to listen to George Washington and mind our own business on this side of the world.

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      • I hear you. While I don’t see the need for us to become isolationists, we can no longer be the worlds police department. Look where that has gotten us in the past. Filled body bags, and for what? Semper Fi.

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        • I think we’re on the same page.

          And don’t get me wrong, if we can get some benefit out of being the world’s police department, then let’s do it.

          Old empires called that “tribute.” We could call it protection or insurance.

          But what we’re doing now is just stupid. And I don’t think you can find any historical precedent to what we’re doing. Even the British used their empire for revenue and resources.

          We just protect or free a country and put in a few oil companies, McDonald’s, and a Wal-Mart. And then these companies do all they can to avoid paying any taxes, which would in theory be the return on our “investment” in blood…

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        • BTW, did you know two-time Medal of Honor recipient Smedley Butler — who they used to brain wash us about in boot camp — was actually against all of our wars and intervention activities?

          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Is_a_Racket

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