名 结果;影响;影响力

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.

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  1. Gail B says:

    Jeff, in that article I sent you for Robert Wallace, the one from Chicago that is Obama’s agenda, it states in it that the military is to be cut so that the community organizers, nonprofits, and service group can be funded. It mentions several ways to get money to these people–even by not paying on the debt–to fund them when there is not enough tax dollars coming in to cover it.

    Now, what is China going to think or do when we stop paying them? Think about the population of China and the present population of our military. No comparison!

    The Pentagon wants to know if our weaponry is more powerful than theirs!

    I learned today that there is a bomb that contains magnetic somethings that, if dropped on–say–Chicago, will render every automobile and anything else with a computer chip inoperable, and will spread across the country, leaving the United States in darkness. No electricity. The bomb exists today. I do not know how many countries have such a critter.

    What a terroristic idea–what would we do without our computers?!

  2. suek says:

    It’s probably an old saw by now, but still appropriate:

    If you owe the bank a million dollars, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank 100 million dollars – you own the bank.

    Just as people talk about companies that are “too big to fail”, China has a _lot_ invested in the US. What they’ll _do_ about it is another thing. If we go bankrupt, how do they collect?

  3. Anonymous says:

    A friend who is a Ranger said, “they have more people than we have bullets”. Now that Obama has seen to it that they make our bullets we can see the future.

  4. whats_up says:

    Gail B,

    The bomb you refer to is a EMP bomb and they have been around since the early 60′s. I would imagine that anywhere from 5 to 6 countries have this capability and possibly more. Also one bomb would probably not spread across the entire United States and the damage can be fixed.

  5. BEEF and BROCCOLI says:

    If their weapons systems are anything like their toys or drywall, we will be fine.

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