He Said Xi Said
Dangerous Brinkmanship in China’s Air Defense Zone
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  • PKCasimir

    Typical State Department mentality – a hot line will solve the problem!

    • Thirdsyphon

      Of course, the original Hot Line actually did solve the problem it was directed at. There was no Second Cuban Missile Crisis or anything similar.

      • Corlyss

        Actually, no. It’s been the space-based EWS that has saved us from nuclear war since the Cuban Missile crisis. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/nuclear-false-alarms.html

        One Soviet officer in particular prevented nuclear war by pausing for clarification and not reporting up the chain something that looked very like a US missile launch. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stanislav_Petrov

        • Thirdsyphon

          Those are some hair-raising links, Corlyss. Maybe we all just got lucky, and there was no solution to the problem.

          • f1b0nacc1

            Perhaps we did get lucky (I tend to agree that we did), but certainly there is no evidence at all that the Hot Line helped that luck along. It was useful in the aftermath of a crisis (the October War was a great example), but effectively useless in preventing or controlling the crises in the first place.

          • Corlyss

            We did get lucky, 3rd. Like the generals always say, rather be lucky than good. I’m inclined the US is blessed with wise leaders, and when Dems are in the WH, we’re lucky. That 1983 incident was as close to a real Wargames event as I hope we ever get.

  • Pete

    This is indeed a dangerous situation. The U.S. must step in between China and Japan before someone gets hurt.

    At the same time we must save Iraq from fragmenting, end the Syrian civil war, bring Afghanistan into the 21st century, continue to protect Western Europe and add in Eastern Europe too, stop Iran from going nuclear, and cut our green house gas emissions by some ungodly percentage.

    Perhaps the messes in Africa can be ignore for now because, after all, Uncle Sam can’t do everything, now can he?

    And what about the shrinking American middle class? Well, it should feel proud that U.S. elites have deemed the middle class worthy of 1) being taxed white and 2) providing the cannon fodder in the form of its children to pay for the elite’s vision of America’s role in the world.

  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    This is what happens when a weak US President, leaves a power vacuum, Authoritarians try to take advantage of the opportunity.

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