I believe General George S. Patton is attributed with the quote; "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action."
On Nov. 9, a Chinese submarine launched an unarmed ICBM just 35 miles off shore from Los Angeles, Calif. The launch was captured on video by a KABC traffic helicopter. What should have been screaming national headlines for weeks all but disappeared within 24 hours.
On Nov. 18, a Chinese submarine shot down a Canadian F18 and a U.S. F22 Raptor. The Raptor crashed in Alaska just outside of Denali National Park. The Raptor was carrying a B83 nuclear bomb on board. The crash site is now a nuclear HazMat area. Of the handful of news sites carrying the report, they all contained about two paragraphs of virtually identical information. No reports were definitive, but it appears that the Raptor pilot did not survive. There has been no coverage of this story on TV or radio. Why?
Now China is warning us that the planned naval maneuvers with South Korea in the Yellow Sea are a bad idea. While mulling that warning over, park in the back of your mind that a cyber attack from China earlier this year disabled not less than 50 American ICBM's, China has been waging war on our currency for the past couple of years and has now agreed with Russia to stop using dollars when settling trade accounts between their nations. China has invaded and conquered several islands in its region and is presently pressuring, with military threats, another island into agreeing to be part of China. North Korea, which can't do anything without permission from China, sunk a South Korean destroyer this past spring and spent the better part of a day firing artillery into South Korea killing civilians and soldiers alike. Oh, don't forget, China now leases from Panama, and controls, both ends of the Panama Canal.
Our President apparently refused to allow the U.S. military permission to destroy the sub that launched the missile from within our national waters. Our President restrained South Korea from retaliating for this unprovoked attack. Over the next five or six weeks, our president wants Congress to ratify a new START treaty he just signed with Russia that would have us all but eliminate our nuclear submarine fleet and cut our surface based missiles by about half.
General George S. Patton also said, "Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men. It is the spirit of men who follow and of the man who leads that gains the victory."
Let us examine the spirit of American leaders.
In the 1970s, President Nixon ended American involvement in Vietnam declaring victory but looking a lot like a loss. President Carter cut the U.S. military, gave away the Panama Canal (one of the most strategic points on Earth) and signed two START treaties with the Soviet Union (now Russia).
Every two-bit strongman in every hell-hole of a country called us a paper tiger. American tourists and journalists became targets for kidnapping and terrorism. It took four of the eight years of President Reagan to convince the world that we were just crazy enough to blow them and the rest of the world up. Mutually Assured Destruction was the strategy. The last decade of the Cold War could also be called the "Pax Americana." The fear of and respect for the United States created peace and safety.
History strongly suggests that in international affairs might makes right. The world is governed by the aggressive use of force. As Samuel Cold said about the .45-caliber Peace Maker, "Fear no man, no matter what his size, call on me, for I shall equalize." Mutually assured destruction leads to peace.
Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action. It looks like it is time to accept the truth of the prediction of Winston Churchill that Russia would not be an enduring enemy, but that China would be the next great enemy of the West. China is aggressively using force to get what it wants. We appear to be willing to take the punches that they throw. History offers no example where when conditions like this persist that the aggressor nation does not make a vassal of the subservient nation.