US Strategy Illiterate Admiral Ready to Have His Fleet Sunk by China

Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in the South China Sea on October 13, 2016. Courtesy Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Guided-missile destroyer USS Decatur (DDG 73) operates in the South China Sea as part of the Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) in the South China Sea on October 13, 2016. Courtesy Diana Quinlan/U.S. Navy/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo

Reuters gives a report today titled “U.S. ready to confront Beijing on South China Sea: admiral” on US Pacific fleet commander Adm. Harris’ speech that the US is ready to confront China in the South China Sea with the pretext that China is overreaching maritime claims there.

China has deployed defensive military facilities on the land it has reclaimed from sea, so have Vietnam and the Philippines, but Adm. Harris only wants to confront China instead of Vietnam and the Philippines for that. That obviously shows that Adm. Harris wants to confront China in order to contain it. His allegation about China’s threat of freedom of navigation is but a pretext. However, he does not have the power to make the decision on confronting China. He has to wait for US President’s order. Obviously, Obama has not given him such an order; therefore, he has only been able to say his is ready to confront.

I have pointed out that the US has no geographic advantages in a war in the South China Sea because if China deploys its advanced fighter jets in the three new large air bases it has built on its artificial islands, it will have air supremacy there. US F-35s are inferior to China’s J-20 while F-22 in US bases in Japan are vulnerable as it has to refuel in the air to reach the South China Sea. Moreover, US bases may be destroyed by China’s intermediate missiles so that F-22s have nowhere to land after its air combat near China.

The number of fighter jets on Adm. Harris’s aircraft carriers is much smaller than those on the three unsinkable Chinese air bases in the South China Sea.

One has to calculate whether he has enough factors to win a war before entering it. The US obviously lacks the factors to win in a war in the South China Sea. If Adm. Harris has got the order to fight in the South China Sea, he will have his entire fleet sunk by Chinese military there. Harris’ speech shows he is a strategy illiterate.

Do Trump’s military advisors lack the wisdom to see that the US has no geographic advantages in a war there? Are they as strategy illiterate as Adm. Harris?

I have pointed out that if the US helps Taiwan defend Chinese attack, it has some geographic advantages but it has no geographic advantages at all in a war in the South China Sea. Therefore, Trump is wiser than Obama in using Taiwan instead the South China Sea as his bargaining chip.

If Trump is wise, there will not be any war between China and the US as neither of them will be benefited by the war.

True if the US loses the war in the South China Sea, it will lose its world hegemony and no one will want its protection let alone pay for its protection. Some people believe China will be benefited from its victory over the US as it will gain world hegemony. Replacing the US as world hegemon will only hurt China instead of benefiting it. China will be stupid to take over US burdens as world police and begin its decline like the US.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Reuter’s report, full text of which is reblogged below:

U.S. ready to confront Beijing on South China Sea: admiral

By Colin Packham | SYDNEY Wed Dec 14, 2016 | 3:38pm EST

The United States is ready to confront China should it continue its overreaching maritime claims in the South China Sea, the head of the U.S. Pacific fleet said on Wednesday, comments that threaten to escalate tensions between the two global rivals.

China claims most of the resource-rich South China Sea through which about $5 trillion in ship-borne trade passes every year. Neighbors Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

The United States has called on China to respect the findings of the arbitration court in The Hague earlier this year which invalidated its vast territorial claims in the strategic waterway.

But Beijing continues to act in an “aggressive” manner, to which the United States stands ready to respond, Admiral Harry Harris, head of the U.S. Pacific Command, said in a speech in Sydney.

“We will not allow a shared domain to be closed down unilaterally no matter how many bases are built on artificial features in the South China Sea,” he said. “We will cooperate when we can but we will be ready to confront when we must.”

The comments threaten to stoke tensions between the United States and China, already heightened by President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to accept a telephone call from Taiwan’s president on Dec. 2 that prompted a diplomatic protest from Beijing.

Asked about Harris’s remarks, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said the situation in the South China Sea was currently stable, thanks to the hard work of China and others in the region.

“We hope the United States can abide by its promises on not taking sides on the sovereignty dispute in the South China Sea, respect the efforts of countries in the region to maintain peace and stability in the South China Sea region and do more to promote peace and stability there,” he told a daily news briefing.

The United States estimates Beijing has added more than 3,200 acres (1,300 hectares) of land on seven features in the South China Sea over the past three years, building runways, ports, aircraft hangars and communications equipment.

In response, the United States has conducted a series of freedom-of-navigation operations in the South China Sea, the latest of which came in October.

The patrols have angered Beijing, with a senior Chinese official in July warning the practice may end in “disaster”.

Harris said it was a decision for the Australian government whether the U.S. ally should undertake its own freedom-of-navigation operations, but said the United States would continue with the practice.

“The U.S. fought its first war following our independence to ensure freedom of navigation,” said Harris. “This is an enduring principle and one of the reasons our forces stand ready to fight tonight.”

(Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing; Editing by Lincoln Feast and Jacqueline Wong)

Note: This is Reuters report I reblog here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


9 Comments on “US Strategy Illiterate Admiral Ready to Have His Fleet Sunk by China”

  1. Steve says:

    What’s the difference, if it was John Mccain, Chuck Hagel, Scott Swift, Ash Carter, Harris Harris and so on. They All speak with combative Dog language. Highly aggressive and dogmatic to cover up their China threat theory, lies and deceit.

    The White House and Pentagon are frustrated. Two decades ago China was much weaker, but now China is much much stronger and can easily match US in a conventional war.

    China’s brush pen is much stronger than sword and bullets. As long as China do not fire the first shot, US lose China wins.

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  2. alking1957 says:

    One question i have for author CKY is this: while its good to have military hw on those islands, but arent those installations easily attacked or even destroyed by say tomahawk missiles? Bad thing about islands is they have a fixed location!


    • joe says:

      China can locate the moving “islands of America” for attack. For each aircraft carrier operating China can build one missile so when war starts China can have hundreds of missiles ready. Aircraft carriers cost too much and have too many lives on board. Both are prompting the other to attack and take the consequences. Prices is too much to pay to make the first move. Mainly there is no booty to take after you win, if you win.


      • joe says:

        Sorry i meant that the cost for each operating day of a carrier group the Chinese will be able to build a single anti carrier missile. That equals 365 missiles for each year of peace.


    • chankaiyee2 says:

      Read more about advanced weapons. You will find subsonic Tomahawk missiles are easy to defend. Chinese air defense can easily shoot down outdated Tomhawk missiles. The fastest Chinese cruise missiles fly at the speed of Mach 4.5. As soon as a Tomahawk is fired, the submarine, surface warship or aircraft fires it will be discovered and destroyed by faster Chinese missiles before the tomahawk is able to touch its target. The US is now developing better cruise missiles to replace its outdated Tomahawk but you still regard the missile as irrestable. You have to update your knowledge.

      Compared with a warship even an aircraft carrier, an island is much larger and can have much more weapons to defend itself and attack its enemy. Chinese air bases on islands are unsinkable, but the warships including nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers attack them are slow targets easy to hit and sink. While the US try to use its outdated tomahawk to attack the islands, its warships will all be sunk by Chinese warplaned from the air bases on the islands. The US does not have the fire power to kill all those or destroy all the weapons on the islands but there are enough weapons on the island to bury all US warship along with all their crews in the South China Sea with saturate attack of anti-ship ballistic and cruise missiles and anti-submarine missiles.

      Sorry, you do not even have the common sense that warships are but slow targets in modern war. They are just as easy to hit as a fixed island but compared with an island they carry very few weapons of defense due to their limited space and loading capacity.

      You would not have asked such a silly question if you had been better informed. I will simply delete you silly questions next time if you fail to imporve.


  3. Fre Okin says:

    China should just ignore this Hafu Harris. He is a mole serving Japan more than US. His appointment was fastracked as a favor for Abe. It make no sense why he should be chosen, born in Yokosuka Japan to a US father and Japanese mother. There are a lot of very capable US born citizens with no Japanese connection.

    He could well be fired by Trump in the coming months and replaced by a Real American born commander. Meanwhile he is a useful Obama dog barking against China. In fact there should be no news coverage since he is not speaking before US Congress. A uniform person like him is just a Tool to serve the civilian and Shut Up in public. It is not his job to talk about policy matters. Let him bark. He got no power to do anything.

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    • joe says:

      Trump told Abe directly and indirectly to pay up. No more free soup. Agree with you.


      • Fre Okin says:

        Harris is basically a Stray Dog barking now and then in foreign military gatherings. His barkings should never be newsworthy since he is not official US spokesman. On US soil he is quiet as a mouse unless Called Up by his master in Congress to grill him. Let this Japanese dog bark and he will get tired of himself. After all he got no power and can do nothing but bark off his head pretending he is super powerful. He is nothing more than a Dog on a Tight Leash by the President.


  4. joe says:

    Trump said: “We should not go into Iraq and after making the decision we should take the oil. There is nothing for Trump to benefit by taking South China Sea so make your own conclusion.”