Pat Buchanan – Should We Fight For the Spratly Islands?

Pat Buchanan argues that it is foolish for the U.S. to push China over the South China Sea. If we’re going to stand up to them, why not raise tariffs on Chinese-made goods?

Besides freedom of the seas, what is our vital interest here?

If these islands are Chinese territory, Beijing has the same right to build air and naval bases on them as we do in the Aleutians, Hawaii, Wake and Guam. What do we hope to accomplish by sailing U.S. warships into what China claims to be her territorial waters?

While the ships of the U.S. Seventh Fleet are superior to those of the Chinese navy, China has more submarines, destroyers, frigates and missile boats, plus a vast inventory of ground-based missiles that can target warships at great distances.

In an increasingly nationalist China, Xi Jinping could not survive a climbdown of China’s claims, or dismantlement of what Beijing has built in the South China Sea. President Xi no more appears to be a man to back down than does President Putin.

Read more at Creators.com

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