Now more than ever, the U.S. needs to devote all of its capabilities to counter Russian, Chinese and other long-term threats to its security.
Spending billions of dollars a year on Israel’s military and economy, plus the ‘wars’ in Iraq and Afghanistan, drains America’s strength and greatly diminishes its capability to effectively counter these threats.
The time to end this one-sided, parasitic arrangement is now.
U.S. to boost naval forces as China develops carrier: admiral
Reuters: February 21st, 2011
The U.S. navy will continue to upgrade its military capabilities in the Pacific given its steadfast commitment to the region, a U.S. vice admiral said on Monday, while urging China’s growing navy to avoid provocation.
China’s swelling defense budgets, rapid development of advanced systems including aircraft carriers and anti-satellite missiles, and its growing naval aggression in bordering seas, have unnerved regional neighbors and the United States in recent years.
“It is our sincere hope that as China continues to develop a blue-water navy, one which may soon include an aircraft carrier, it will employ that navy in a way that is responsible and constructive,” said Vice admiral Scott Van Buskirk during a visit to Hong Kong.
The vice admiral who commands the U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet — the largest forward deployed military force with up to 70 ships and 300 aircraft — also urged China not to utilize such military hardware in a “threatening or provocative manner.”
Following on from Gate’s comments that China’s military advances in cyber and anti-satellite warfare technology could challenge the ability of U.S. forces to operate in the Pacific, Van Buskirk said the United States would upgrade its hardware there.
A new Littoral combat ship (LCS) will be deployed to the area soon, carrier fighter squadrons upgraded, attack submarine attack capabilities increased, and surface destroyers rekitted to “boost their ability to detect and kill enemy submarines”, Van Buskirk said.
While Gates breakthrough visit to Beijing last month reestablished high-level strategic level ties, Van Buskirk said much more needed to be done at a tactical level to ensure encounters at sea wouldn’t escalate or lead to conflict.
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