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When the 9/11/01 event shook this nation, there was a lot of hindsight indicators that something was going to happen. Hindsight doesn’t really help unless you learn the lesson it gives you and apply it to future threats, and I don’t mean just the Middle East, either.

As a follow up to one of the links provided yesterday in the midweek minis the second on the list tells us:

BEIJING (AP) – China’s last-minute cancellation of a U.S. Navy visit to Hong Kong was not the result of a misunderstanding, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday, adding that ties had been “disturbed and harmed” by Congress’ honoring of the Dalai Lama and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Spokesman Liu Jianchao denounced an earlier report from Washington that said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told President Bush the incident was a misunderstanding.

But Liu offered no concrete explanation as to why China barred the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and its escort vessels from entering Hong Kong harbor for a planned Thanksgiving visit.

“The report is not in line with the facts,” Liu said at a regular news briefing.

He refused to elaborate, but his negative characterization of U.S.- China relations appeared to indicate that Beijing had canceled the visit deliberately in order to register its displeasure over U.S. actions, as it has occasionally with previous Hong Kong port calls.

China’s refusal to allow U.S. warships to visit Hong Kong recently was carried out to protest U.S. sales of Patriot missile equipment to Taiwan, Bush administration officials said yesterday.
 

Meanwhile, the senior commander in the Pacific called China’s action “troubling” and inconsistent with Beijing’s claim to being a “peaceful” power.
 

“This is perplexing,” said Adm. Timothy J. Keating via video from Honolulu. “It’s not helpful. It is not, in our view, conduct that is indicative of a country who understands its obligations of a responsible nation.”

In a follow up article this morning there is this:

China: US Navy Spat No Misunderstanding

BEIJING (AP) – China’s last-minute cancellation of a U.S. Navy visit to Hong Kong was not the result of a misunderstanding, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said Thursday, adding that ties had been “disturbed and harmed” by Congress’ honoring of the Dalai Lama and U.S. arms sales to Taiwan.

Spokesman Liu Jianchao denounced an earlier report from Washington that said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told President Bush the incident was a misunderstanding.

But Liu offered no concrete explanation as to why China barred the aircraft carrier USS Kitty Hawk and its escort vessels from entering Hong Kong harbor for a planned Thanksgiving visit.

“The report is not in line with the facts,” Liu said at a regular news briefing.

He refused to elaborate, but his negative characterization of U.S.- China relations appeared to indicate that Beijing had canceled the visit deliberately in order to register its displeasure over U.S. actions, as it has occasionally with previous Hong Kong port calls.

Further, on the heels of that followup article on the incident comes this(emphasis mine):

World faces “cyber cold war” threat: report

LONDON (Reuters) – A “cyber cold war” waged over the world’s computers threatens to become one of the biggest threats to security in the next decade, according to a report published on Thursday.

About 120 countries are developing ways to use the Internet as a weapon to target financial markets, government computer systems and utilities, Internet security company McAfee said in an annual report.

Intelligence agencies already routinely test other states’ networks looking for weaknesses and their techniques are growing more sophisticated every year, it said.

Governments must urgently shore up their defenses against industrial espionage and attacks on infrastructure.

“Cybercrime is now a global issue,” said Jeff Green, senior vice president of McAfee Avert Labs. “It has evolved significantly and is no longer just a threat to industry and individuals but increasingly to national security.”

The report said China is at the forefront of the cyber war. It said China has been blamed for attacks in the United States, India and Germany. China has repeatedly denied such claims.

The Chinese were first to use cyber-attacks for political and military goals,” James Mulvenon, director of the Center for Intelligence and Research in Washington, was quoted as saying in the report.

The report was compiled with input from academics and officials from Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation and NATO.

Now I may be just a dumb hillbilly to most, but, when you take these articles and compare them to previous articles on the same subject

coupled with the massive recalls for products made in China and other recent news, how come there really aren’t that many people seriously considering that China’s actions are not conducive to a peaceful, free trade alliance?

The initial article with which I started this one talks about a “Cyber Cold War”. Regardless of how much China denies knowledge of any of it, does anybody other than the MSM really believe them? I don’t and there are reasons why that people just don’t talk about because it’s politically incorrect to do so. China is a communist country. The one thing people don’t talk about when talking about communism is the degree to which government controls the lives of everyone within the scope of their government. 

We need to start getting off our duffs and getting our hands dirty again in the bowels of cyberspace rather than import technology experts from other only slightly friendly nations just to save a few bucks. A “cyber cold war” could mean a real war in real life if the goal is to sniff out state secrets, military capabilities, and how to counter them best. While China has no real reason to go to war with us, neither do the radical Islamists in the Middle East, and considering China’s increasing ties with terrorist harboring nations, doesn’t anybody think it’s time to use a little foresight?

Unlike the ‘cold war’ between the Soviet Union and the U.S. both sides had equal power in the world. The U.S. is losing their power, not because of the war in Iraq, but because of policies enacted over the last couple of decades. Pres. Clinton sold nuclear and defense technology to China. He signed the free trade agreement with China, as well. Unfortunately, Bush II has continued the Clinton legacy in these areas contributing to China’s rising threat.

Some think all these maneuvers mean another cold war along the nature of the one between us and the Soviet Union. I disagree. Such a cold war wouldn’t work this time around. For one, the military has been gutted over the same couple of decades. Technology will not help offset the lack of boots on the ground in a confrontation with China. They are technological equals if not slightly ahead of us on that front and they have a lot more boots, too. 

For another, a ‘cold war’ means the opponents are on equal footing in terms of global power and we lost much of ours before 9/11/01. Recall all the countries saying we brought it upon ourselves? Those weren’t terrorist sponsoring nation saying such. Europe and Asia joined in as well. Anti-Americanism was alive and thriving long before 9/11/01, Afghanistan, and Iraq.

China also purportedly outranks us economically, as well. Their exports far outweigh their imports. According to almost all economics experts, our economy is booming and perhaps it is, for the investors taking their dollars out of the country. The blue collar workers and the middle class have a much more negative view precisely because we’re not enjoying those trickle down economics of previous Republican presidency. The dollars are flowing out to other countries with cheaper labor(outsourcing) or trickling down to cheaper labor here in the form of imported technologists from cheaper labor nations or illegal immigrants.

Yeah, yeah, I know I’m starting to sound a little like Ron Paul, but this is where I would part ways with him. He wants to go backwards, into isolationism, which isn’t possible. You can’t go back, no matter how hard you try. Nor do I want to institute a “Red Scare” which, in my opinion, is counter-productive.

The problem with all that is: ‘we rested upon our laurels’.  We stopped innovating and only improve upon existing innovations. In other words, we went to sleep while the rest of the world marched onward. It’s past time to wake up.

What we need from the past, however, is some good old-fashion ingenuity. Ingenuity takes you beyond the present into future applications. Bill Gates became more than rich from Microsoft Windows because it revolutionized computing and brought it to the average American and later, the world… that’s ingenuity, no matter how people hate him now because of it, let alone for his politics. The Wright brothers brought us flight. Henry Ford brought us automobiles. Alexander Bell, Edison, Ben Franklin… ingenuity… and the world benefits.

So, we sold ‘stuff’ to China and other countries not really friendly toward us who would celebrate our downfall just as surely as our avowed enemies would. The ingenuity for that ‘stuff ‘ originated here. However, ingenuity will aid us only if we begin to employ some foresight rather than allowing hindsight be our guide.  The future is too important to leave to the past. Perhaps, with a little ingenuity we can keep relations with China at the “cold war” level. At the moment, China may seem only the shadow of a threat to this nation but that can change quickly in this technological world. I’d rather not wait until they are a more corporeal threat before acting to counteract whatever they might throw at us.

More Info, H/T Drudge Report: Report: China targeting all ‘enemy space vehicles’ including GPS satellites

6 Responses to On matters of national security I’d rather there was more foresight and less hindsight.

  • Kathy says:

    You have a great way of connecting the dots, hillbilly. I would hope that dot connecting is better than it was before 9/11, but then we are frisking old ladies at airports… so maybe I’m expecting too much.

    China and Russia you’d think would team up – but I don’t think they like each other either. China is basing a lot of its economy on our consumers, so we do wield some power. I wish we would use it.

  • hillbilly says:

    Russia and China may team up out of necessity, Kathy. Russia is making some of its own noise at the moment, too. I would rather keep an eagle eye on them rather than focus solely upon the Middle East.

    BB, I’m with both of you there!!!! I read labels very carefully these days. We may have had them in the old days, Kathy, but our internal defenses were a lot stronger than modern children’s. They are coddled and prescripted entirely too much and don’t build up their natural immunities and bodily filtering mechanisms because of it.

  • hillbilly says:

    Well, at least that’s a theory I hold to. It was extremely rare for me to fall ill to anything when I was a child… compared to what my grandsons suffer every flu season.

  • Christi says:

    I’m with you, Steph. We have been sold to China in a lot of ways and I’m afraid we are just beginning to see the ramifications.

    And I agree with your theory that Americans are over medicated…but I won’t even take an aspirin if I have a headache. It’s amazing to me how readily people will just take anything the doctor gives them, no questions asked.

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