President Obama’s new military strategy has focused fresh
attention on an increasingly important threat: the use of
inexpensive weapons like mines and cyberattacks that aim
not to defeat the American military in battle but to keep
it at a distance.
Q: Why this should be a threat? If you
give me a chance to beat you up, you are my enemy; if you
don't give me a chance to fight with you, you are a threat.
Such is Peace Award winner Obama's thuggish logic?
A: A growing number
of nations whose forces are overmatched by the United States
are fielding these weapons, which can slow, disrupt and perhaps
even halt an American offensive. Modern war plans can become
mired in a bog of air defences, mines, missiles, electronic
jamming and computer-network attacks meant to degrade American
advantages in technology and hardware.
Q: So the peace loving people in the world,
you should now know what to do to stop American warmongers,
A: China and Iran
were identified as the countries that were leading the pursuit
of “asymmetric means” to counter American military force,
according to the new strategy document, which cautioned that
these relatively inexpensive measures were spreading to terrorist
and guerrilla cells.
Q: Should China at least from now on stand
firmly side by side with Iran and do whatever that can fight
against the common enemies?
A: At his announcement
at the Pentagon last week, Mr. Obama said the country should
invest in “the ability to operate in environments where adversaries
try to deny us access.”
Q: Dose that include the territory access
like what Americans got in Afghanistan? If so, Obama has
in effect announced his decision to invade China, is this
not the case?
A: The new strategy
specifically orders that efforts to counter the threat, which
the military calls “anti-access, area-denial,” become one
of the 10 primary missions of the American military. That
will help define how the four armed services compete for
shares of a shrinking Pentagon budget.
Q: Could Nazi Germany express more explicitly
than Americans do about its war plan to invade foreign countries
and dictate the planet?
A: The potential
challenge from China is even more significant, according
to analysts. China has a fleet of diesel-electric attack
submarines, which can operate quietly and effectively in
waters near China’s shore to threaten foreign warships. China
also fields short-, medium-
and long-range missiles that
could put warships at risk, and has layers of radar and surface-to-air
missiles along its coast.
Finding, identifying and striking
an American warship is a complex military operation. But
the thicket of Chinese defenses could oblige an American
aircraft carrier and its strike group to operate hundreds
of miles farther out to sea, decreasing the number of attack
sorties its aircraft could mount in a day and diminishing
Perhaps most worrisome is China’s
focus on electronic warfare and computer-network attacks,
which might blunt the accuracy of advanced American munitions
guided by satellite.
will bless China when it is
brave enough to stand up to a neo-Nazi
A: To counter these
threats, the Air Force and Navy set up an office to develop
complementary tactics and weaponry for what they are calling
air-sea battle. One idea is to attack an outer ring of enemy
air defenses with F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, opening an
alley for an F-22 stealth jet carrying sensitive surveillance
pods to fly deeper into contested territory, where it could,
for example, guide a powerful sea-launched cruise missile
to a mobile or hidden target.
Q: We beg your pardon, which stealth craft
was recently taken down and landed deep in Iranian territory
with all sensitive materials surveyed in details by Iranian
A: According to
Lt. Gen. Herbert J. Carlisle, the Air Force deputy chief
of staff for operations, plans and requirements, American
computer warfare techniques could be used to spoil an adversary’s
decision-making process. “If we can give them bad information,
or we can make them doubt the good information they have,”
Q: Now here we go, should this not outline
the importance and urgency in terms of who should gain the
control of Chinese media?