Loose Chinese translation: “Or else, what?”
In its annual report released yesterday, the Pentagon suggests that the government should pressure the Chinese into providing more transparency with regard to their military escalation. Their defense budget, their advances in technology, all should be out there and accessible to the global community in an attempt to tip their hand a bit about possible strategic intentions.
Pressure Beijing? Or else, what?
Give me a break. Yeah, it’s nice to know that we’re concerned, considering what we’re seeing from this emerging superpower. It’s downright ideal. The Pentagon seems to be forgetting that the Chinese, at this point, hold all the cards. Our economy is being artificially propped up like some horrific Weekend at Bernie’s sequel because they begrudgingly continue to purchase our debt. I understand the underlying idea here, but I worry that the dearth of true leadership in Washington will have us tread too heavily in this matter, or not tread at all.
This used to be the realm of human intelligence, boots on the ground, a function of government which was being rebuilt under former President George W. Bush after being gutted by Bill Clinton. Now, as this spendthrift president and Congress try in vain to make ends meet after trying to spend our way out of recession and borrow our way out of debt, where do you think they’ll make budget cuts? ACORN? AmeriCorps? Of course not.
It’s been a while since I played poker, and I’m fairly sure that the folks in Washington, D.C. are likely also too busy to play as much as they’d like — but it still benefits everyone if they can recognize when someone else is holding all the cards.