Thursday, August 11, 2011

China Building Military Assets, The US Wants to Know Why

As if China owes the US an explanation -

The United States said Wednesday it would like China to explain why it needs an aircraft carrier amid broader US concerns about Beijing’s lack of transparency over its military aims.

“We would welcome any kind of explanation that China would like to give for needing this kind of equipment,” State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters when asked whether the carrier would raise regional tensions.

“This is part of our larger concern that China is not as transparent as other countries. It’s not as transparent as the United States about its military acquisitions, about its military budget,” she said.
The Real Effect
What do you think they're going to do with it? Water the plants in their ghost cities? Yeah, that's the ticket! As if this isn't funny enough, this comes on the back of a high-tech US experiment dominating the news -
The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says contact with its experimental hypersonic glider was lost after launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base on the central California coast.

The agency says in Twitter postings that its unmanned Falcon Hypersonic Technology Vehicle-2 was launched Thursday atop a rocket, successfully separated from the booster and entered the mission’s glide phase.

The agency says telemetry was subsequently lost, but released no details..
Coincidentally, quite an interesting phoenix reference. Could this be some sort of symbolic gesture? Ah, I digress...

Following logic, shouldn't China be demanding to know about the US and its lack of transparency? By what right does the US assert that China owes them an explenation while denying China and the world one? Oh, that's right. This is what passes for reason and logic today, ...cough, cough...excuse me while I clear my caveman throat -
U.S. good. We more moral cuz we say so. China bad cuz we say so. Therefore Trogg say that US can kill at whim and owe no explanation to anyone for anything. Cuz we say so.
Update: With reports of your entire stealth fleet being grounded, should you really be picking fights with China -
...after building more than 170 F-22 Raptors and a handful of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, not a single one is available for service. The Air Force currently has zero flyable stealth fighters. None.

The vaunted F-22 has been grounded with a possible faulty oxygen system since May. Production of the last few Raptors is even on hold, because the jets can’t fly from the factory.

Last week, test flights for the newer F-35 were suspended, too, because of a valve problem in the plane’s integrated power package. It’s the third time this year that JSFs have been forbidden to fly. Ground tests have resumed, and flight tests may resume as early as next week. Then again, they may not.

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