For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech

For a country of dragons, Communist China more resembles a leech. Is it even communist? Has China ever created anything on its own since 1949? Sure, the Chinese are more efficient in production, but they have the benefit of having zero R&D costs and hiccups. Leeches in ones and twos are an annoyance. Armies of them are deadly for their host. Why hasn’t the PLAN deployed an aircraft carrier yet? They haven’t stolen a complete set of plans but they are sure they are missing something. They just don’t what. Why hasn’t the PLAAF deployed the J-20 (the PLAAF F-35)? They are waiting […]

Games with bears and dragons

One wonders just how deeply Obama bows as he does what he is told. He is as he promised: very flexible. I’m sure the State Department has its latest demarche, “#PleaseNotTheFaceAgain” in the Ambassadors’ hands. If Russia nuked Sweden, would Obama cancel his golf game? Have our Paulistinian isolationists learned their lesson yet? Games with bears and dragons aren’t fun when you’ve been dipped in BBQ sauce.   Thanks to R. M. Hollander for the link on the South China Sea.

Why the OPM hack matters to you

The OPM hack began last year. The security processes and tools that failed you at OPM are also found in other government agencies. Very likely all of your financial information is already for sale on the Dark Web, even with the Silk Road shut down, other market places opened up. And no, the US is not going to change banking and tax laws to de-fang what will happen to you. But it gets worse! But in fact, the data accessed by the intruders may be far broader. The 127-page SF-86 forms believed to have been accessed by the hackers also […]

OPM Hack…

All you current and former GS folks, pay heed. Yeah. Thank God that SecState’s private server is ironclad-secure. Yeah. So, you gonna fight over those islands?

You Gonna Fight Over Those Islands?

One of the consistent principles of U.S. foreign policy, one of our age-old national interests is freedom of the seas. We have gone to war over it in the past. This post stems from a link reader (and my fellow Marine) R. M. Hollander gave us in a comment to a previous post. China means to assert dominance over vast swathes of international waters, at the expense of its smaller and weaker neighbors, many of whom are our allies, and to the detriment of free commerce across the ocean. Now, I believe China also wants to create in the South […]

Dragon [Hearts] Bear?

If so, that’s not good. As Russia’s relationship with the United States and its European allies grows worse, its ties to China have never been closer. On the eve of the parade last Friday, the two countries announced 32 separate bilateral agreements, including a non-aggression pledge in cyber warfare. The deals complement a $400 billion deal made last May, when Russia agreed to ship 38 billion cubic meters of natural gas each year between 2018 and 2048 to China. And next week, Russian and Chinese naval vessels will conduct live drills in the eastern Mediterranean Sea. Whew! I thought this might be […]

China scores victory over the US Navy

China scores a major victory over the US Navy where it can’t fight. IBM shedding its server business creates a security concern for the U.S. Navy, which included the company’s x86 BladeCenter HT server in its Aegis Technical Insertion (TI) 12. The TI-12 hardware upgrades, along with Advanced Capability Build (ACB) 12 software upgrades, compose the Aegis Baseline 9 combat system upgrade that combines a ballistic missile defense capability with anti-air warfare (AAW) improvements for the Navy’s guided missile cruiser and destroyer fleets. Sales of US corporations to foreign governments, especially to our frenemy Communist China, are known well in […]

Book Review of George Marshall: A Biography

Not sure if I shall bother reading this new biography of George Marshall, but here is a review of it in the New Republic.  Concluding paragraph says a lot about George Marshall the man: For a military man, Marshall’s heroism was peculiar. It did not arise from his conduct on the battlefield. It arose from his modesty, including “a modest daily schedule that often ended at three or four o’clock in the afternoon” and his avoidance “of lucrative corporate board memberships so commonly available to retired high military officers in our more avaricious times.” Most importantly, Marshall’s modesty flowed from […]

Hagel threatens China

The United States and China squared off at an Asian security forum on Saturday, with the U.S. defense secretary accusing Beijing of destabilizing the region and a top Chinese general retorting that his comments were “threat and intimidation”. Another Obamasque red line has been waved. Will anyone besides our leftist press bother to notice this obvious victory of Progressive Foreign Policy? Hagel did not get the message. Perhaps he should have read the transcript from the President’s commencement speech at West Point before threatening a country that is seeking combat with America. But some folks say that reading one of […]

Paper Dragon?

Three seemingly contradictory reports on China as a Paper Dragon.