When President Bush announced on ABC-TV's "Good Morning America" that we would be fully prepared to use
whatever military force is necessary to help defend Taiwan against an attack by China, my blood ran cold. Maybe
it's because I have a pair of twin sons who are a few weeks from turning 18. Certainly a war against China
would require a massive draft. But I think the real reason for my concern is dealing with the prospect of fighting
Taiwan's battle with China for them.
It sure sounds good to state that we need to repel the spread of communism. But are we fully prepared for the
consequences of taking on China if it goes after Taiwan? Let's be sure we realize exactly what we could be getting
If Taiwan decides to declare its independence, something we've officially stated we don't want them to do, China
has indicated that will be a declaration of war. It seems like China is just aching for a reason to invade tiny
Taiwan. If that happens, let's be sure we're fully satisfied and comfortable with the prospect of sending thousands
of American troops to Taiwan – and inevitably having many of them come home in body bags. China is no Iraq.
This would not be a Gulf War. This would be a military conflict of Armageddon-like proportions. Is Taiwan where
we're ready to draw the line in the sand?
There's a reason that no American president, including our current president's father, has ever publicly warned
China of military intervention in Taiwan. Up to now, the conventional wisdom was that to do so would unnecessarily
provoke the sleeping dragon and further jeopardize our already icy relationship. I guess President Bush has
decided that now is the time to do so. I just hope we're prepared to accept the consequences. Because going to
war with China would be no walk in the park.
Let's face it, a war with China would make Vietnam look like a
schoolyard fistfight. So if we're going to talk the talk, we'd better be ready to walk the walk.
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