Sadly, answers are not forthcoming. Given how important the amphibious warship capability is for both the United States and China–and how few both sides have at the moment–it does seem reasonable that both sides would be targeting these systems before the actual shooting war erupted (and it will. Soon). And, if these events are related to some ongoing shadow war between the United States and China, how much longer until it escalates…and what happens when Chinese or American sailors or Marines are killed?
“Meanwhile, the petroyuan would allow countries like Russia and Iran successfully to circumvent Western economic sanctions, thus their threat to the West would increase tenfold. We are already seeing how Russia’s increasingly close relationship with China—and Iran’s alarmingly close relationship with both China and Russia—has damaged American national security. Imagine how dangerous things would be for the United States if these powers could completely remove the economic threat that America posed to them.”
“Make no mistake: India and America are shaping up to build the next great geopolitical alliance.”
For the entirety of the Obama Administration, the United States has engaged in a foreign policy oriented around cooperating with its adversaries and accommodating them, in order to bring about an international order to that eschews the pitfalls of the 19th century concert of powers or 20th century balance-of-power schemes. President Obama’s foreign policy has yielded terrible results. This essay argues for increased defense spending and enhanced military capabilities, in order to deter American foes and reassure American friends.