China’s New Air Defense Zone (And How It All Fits Into a Pattern)

To sum up the events of the past few days: China declared an air defense zone that overlaps Japan's as well as South Korea's.  The United States flew a B-52 through it, just to show that it could.  The Chinese were muted in response, but analysts all over are worried about escalation.  Someone dumb could … Continue reading China’s New Air Defense Zone (And How It All Fits Into a Pattern)

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Get Ready for an Angry China

Once upon a time, a lot of people were panicking that the Soviet economy was going to outgrow the American one.  It didn't.  It didn't for three reasons: the Soviet model was terrible and encouraged inefficiency, the Soviets were tied down by numerous expensive military commitments all over the world, and Soviet geography made industrialization … Continue reading Get Ready for an Angry China

A World Without America (Part I)

Let's play a thought experiment.  Thought experiments are a lot like playing with toys all by yourself, except you don't have any toys and by using the term "thought experiment" you can seem smarter than other people. You hear plenty of foreign folk pining for a world without American hard power (that is, our military … Continue reading A World Without America (Part I)