Friday, July 08, 2005

Keep politics out of the Chinese threat assessment!

" Pentagon officials say an internal political battle has been under way in the Bush administration over the forthcoming annual report on China's military power." It is not surprising that the State Department has a dovish opinion of the military threat posed by China. The question is why do politics play any roll in the process of assessing the military threat so our military can responsibly plan and prepare? It would seam that capabilities, not intentions, are what need to be identified. After the potential threat is identified the administration can decide how to treat it while the Pentagon prepares to defeat it.

Bill Gertz and Rowan Scarborough had this in The Washington Times, America's Newspaper.


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