Alternatives to the Pentagon’s China Nightmares

Source: Common Dreams
by Joseph Gerson

“I’m embarrassed for my friends when they make mistakes, not that I haven’t made a few myself. Recently when the Pentagon issued its terrorizing annual report on China warning that by 2030 China’s People’s Liberation Army could have 1,000 nuclear warheads, a valued colleague commented that at this rate China will then have as many nuclear warheads as Albuquerque, New Mexico. My friend was wrong. At that rate, Xi Jinping will have less than half of the 2,500 nuclear weapons the Pentagon has based at Kirkland Air Base in Albuquerque. The Pentagon’s annual China report to Congress brings to mind the nonexistent missile gap of the late 1950s and early 1960s and the Bush-Cheney-Rice insistence that the U.S. had to invade Iraq before Saddam Hussein attacked us with weapons of mass destruction that in fact he didn’t have.” (11/06/21)