Thursday, February 17, 2005

Keeping and eye on the long game: Part IX

Geeeezzzzeeeeee people!!!!
CIA issues warning on China’s military efforts: The director of the US Central Intelligence Agency has warned that China's military modernisation is tilting the balance of power in the Taiwan Strait and increasing the threat to US forces in the region.
You think?

OK. The sky is blue, the grass is green, and a Sailor is bitching about something. Any other statements of wisdom out there?

Lets pick
this apart a bit.

Porter Goss, ..... who was named in September to head the CIA, dropped any mention of the co-operative elements of the US-China relationship that characterized recent CIA statements. Instead, he said China was making determined military and diplomatic efforts to “counter what it sees as US efforts to contain or encircle China”.

What was that? I can't believe it. Truth!!! Unvarnished truth!!!

Phibian now fully supports the CIA Director's direction on China

But wait, there's more:
The change in tone was notable given US concerns over Europe's plan to end its embargo on arms sales to China. Experts on China said that, while warnings about China's military capabilities were not new, the CIA had in the past underscored the co-operation between the US and China.
Oh, rapture!! I can't believe my eyes!! Where has this guy been all my life?

Anyway, read the whole thing, it may strip away some of your sarcasm. It did for me. If you have followed the kow-tow from Foggy Bottom and Langley for long, you wonder if it is them or you. Porter Goss has a cluebat, and it sounds like he is cracking heads. Ahhh.

One last note. Ever wonder why in the 1990's we gave the Communist Chinese government the means to MIRV their missiles and make them more accurate? Wonder why they received, by hook and by crook, the ability to gain generational jumps in technology? Wonder why they paid so much money through their agents to support one American political party over another?
James Steinberg, deputy national security adviser in the Clinton administration, said: “It is a little surprising that it didn't say anything about the enormous emphasis China places on a stable international environment and constructive relations with the US.”


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