War and talk of war… November 15, 2016Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Thought this, from the Guardian last Friday was worth looking at. Jonathan Fenby on how Trump’s rhetoric may impact with the reality of China. Trump has gone big on portraying the PRC as a problem, perhaps the problem, for the US.
And look at the counsel he has received.
We know the person he endorses as “right on” about China, university professor Peter Navarro, sees war with the People’s Republic as “very likely”, argues that “Bill Clinton sold America down the Shanghai River”, and urges the US to fight China’s mercantilism by being tough on trade and taxing China’s exports.
Well that’s a consolation isn’t it?
Trump’s election has added a new layer of uncertainty to all these potential [global] flashpoints.
“I have no idea what he would do, and neither I suspect, does he,” said James Acton, the co-director of the nuclear policy programme at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. “Let’s not kid ourselves he has policies for these issues. He doesn’t have a team that has done deep dives into these questions.”
During the campaign, 10 former US nuclear launch officers, who once manned missile silos and held the keys necessary to execute a launch order, signed a letter saying Trump should not have his “finger on the button” because of his temperament.
One of those former officers, Bruce Blair, said that if US early warning radar showed the country was under attack by nuclear missiles, there would be time for a president to receive a briefing that could be as short as 30 seconds and the commander-in-chief would then have between three and 12 minutes to make up his mind. He would have to take into account that the early warning system had been wrong before and could be vulnerable to ever more sophisticated hacking.
Note that Trump has promised to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Just one of many issues where this supposedly ‘non-interventionist’ President is likely to sow yet further discord.