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Post time 2007-3-27 20:16:01 |Display all floors
To markwu, zglobal and northwest:

A very good analysis of military expediture. I have never been interested in these issues but its nice to see that you guys can provide such information in a clear and revealing manner.
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Post time 2007-3-27 20:21:17 |Display all floors
Originally posted by zglobal at 2007-3-27 19:02
Well that's interesting Northwest.

However, do you seriously believe that the mother of human rights and modern democracy would stoop to those levels? Hmm, let me think about it for a nanosecond ...


Hmm, regarding US investment in war machine, I have no doubt that they have the deadliest technology to kill opponents.
Just like the investment of F-35 multi function bomber is one the most expensive and sophisticated ever, but killing enemies is one thing, winning the war is another thing. This F-35 seems the most wasteful war investment, because it won't help US occupation troops to win against insurgencies in Baghdad street.

But still, they want to increase investment on this and create potential adversary by preaching about China's military modernisation.

The empire will be overstretched and end in bankruptcy.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/27/1454229

In his new book, CIA analyst, distinguished scholar, and best-selling author Chalmers Johnson argues that US military and economic overreach may actually lead to the nation's collapse as a constitutional republic. It's the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following the best-selling "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire." In those two, Johnson argued American clandestine and military activity has led to un-intended, but direct disaster here in the United States. [includes rush transcript]
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Post time 2007-3-27 20:25:33 |Display all floors
Originally posted by changabula at 2007-3-27 20:16
To markwu, zglobal and northwest:

A very good analysis of military expediture. I have never been interested in these issues but its nice to see that you guys can provide such information in a cl ...


Hi Chang,

I recommend you to read the brief introduction of this book.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/02/27/1454229

Chalmers Johnson: "Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic"

In his new book, CIA analyst, distinguished scholar, and best-selling author Chalmers Johnson argues that US military and economic overreach may actually lead to the nation's collapse as a constitutional republic. It's the last volume in his Blowback trilogy, following the best-selling "Blowback" and "The Sorrows of Empire." In those two, Johnson argued American clandestine and military activity has led to un-intended, but direct disaster here in the United States. [includes rush transcript]

http://www.amazon.com/Nemesis-Am ... oject/dp/0805079114

From Publishers Weekly
Like ancient Rome, America is saddled with an empire that is fatally undermining its republican government, argues Johnson (The Sorrows of Empire), in this bleak jeremiad. He surveys the trappings of empire: the brutal war of choice in Iraq and other foreign interventions going back decades; the militarization of space; the hundreds of overseas U.S. military bases full of "swaggering soldiers who brawl and sometimes rape." At home, the growth of an "imperial presidency," with the CIA as its "private army," has culminated in the Bush administration's resort to warrantless wiretaps, torture, a "gulag" of secret CIA prisons and an unconstitutional arrogation of "dictatorial" powers, while a corrupt Congress bows like the Roman Senate to Caesar. Retribution looms, the author warns, as the American economy, dependent on a bloated military-industrial complex and foreign borrowing, staggers toward bankruptcy, maybe a military coup. Johnson's is a biting, often effective indictment of some ugly and troubling features of America's foreign policy and domestic politics. But his doom-laden trope of empire ("the capacity for things to get worse is limitless.... the American republic may be coming to its end") seems overstated. With Bush a lame duck, not a Caesar, and his military adventures repudiated by the electorate, the Republic seems more robust than Johnson allows. (Feb.)
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Post time 2007-3-27 20:40:50 |Display all floors
Originally posted by markwu at 2007-3-27 11:54
The children of Vietnam are still suffering from the aftereffects of Agent Orange.  The US miltary medical college is still hiding the findings of japan's Unit 731 human experiments, given by those beasts to the US in exchange for amnesty.

Such are the use of justice and reason in this world.
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Totally agree with this statement. The calamities of Vietnam agent orange still could be felt even today. And why US 'forgave' Japan after WWII? apart from getting the result of 731 experiments, it still need to groom Japan to guarantee its military presence in the far east.
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Post time 2007-3-28 03:38:24 |Display all floors
Originally posted by northwest at 2007-3-27 20:25


Hi Chang,

I recommend you to read the brief introduction of this book.





The book by Chalmers Johnson seems very insightful. It looks like a good read for my next holiday.

Thanks.
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Post time 2007-3-28 03:48:00 |Display all floors

Spending is Only One Side of the Equation

Look at what extremes the Yanks are taking to quash commercial cooperation with China in even dual use areas:

"Diversified industrial manufacturer ITT Corp. has admitted sending classified night-vision technology used by the U.S. military to China and will pay $100 million penalty, the U.S. Justice Department said Tuesday.

According to a written plea agreement to be filed in U.S. District Court in Roanoke, Va., ITT (nyse: ITT - news - people ) will plead guilty to one count each of export of defense articles without a license and omission of statements of material facts in arms exports reports.

The $100 million penalty includes a $2 million criminal fine, the forfeiture of $28 million in illegal proceeds to the United States, and $20 million to the State Department.

The remaining $50 million penalty will be suspended for five years and the White Plains, N.Y.-based company can reduce it on a dollar-for-dollar basis by investing in the development and fielding of more advanced night-vision technology so the U.S. military can maintain its advantage on the battlefield, according to DOJ."

Why is China still blithely buying airplanes from Boeing, which sells military aircrafts and missiles to Taiwan, seriously jeopardizing the life and safety of the brave PLA soldiers, and the national security of China?

Under the regime of the current Anti-Secession laws, China should impose commensurate fines on all entities selling arms to Taiwan, to discourage and punish conduct that can possibly damage China's national security.   If you scale these numbers, the American defense companies owe China about a trillion dollars, with half of that to be suspended for five years, to be reduced on a dollar-for-dollar basis if they invest in development and fielding of more advanced  technology so the Chinese military can maintain its advantage on the Taiwan Strait.

Actually, to take it one step further, a commensurate fine should be imposed on all entities that contribute to any political personage or party that promote Taidu, no matter where they are.

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