Right and wrong ways to secure peace in the Western Pacificon February 23, 2009 at 7:24 am
Props to China and Taiwan for negotiating a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement
Boos to Republicans for pushing for more F-22s.
Besides being a moneypit, F-22s are an “uncertain weapon.” Because they can only be used in very bad situations, they are worthless for most of the negotiations that China and the United States will actually engage in. Building up our financial position and our economy would do far more to help us wrt China than more jet fighters.
Likewise, the China-Taiwan Free Trade Agreement does more to deter war between China and Taiwan (by economically integrating those two great Chinese-speaking countries) than any amount of F-22s we could buy.