Daniel Davis talks to Scott about the possibility of war with China. Davis fears that despite what would seem to be common sense arguments against ever fighting such a war, that’s the direction that the American military establishment is heading in. The war planners in Washington seem to think that even though the U.S. and China both have large nuclear arsenals, we could fight a conventional war without either side resorting to nukes. This is the height of foolishness, says Davis, but even if we did somehow avoid nuclear war, China could probably defeat the United States easily using only conventional weapons, if we tried to come to them on their turf. We must find a way to disentangle ourselves from distant conflicts in which we have no interest, like the dispute between China and Taiwan, before it’s too late to turn back.
Discussed on the show:
- “Surprise Attack: How China Could Start a War Against Taiwan” (19FortyFive)
- “US War With China Over Taiwan Would Be Foolish and Costly” (Business Insider)
Daniel Davis did multiple tours in Iraq and Afghanistan during his time in the army. He writes a weekly column for National Interest and is the author of the reports “Dereliction of Duty II: Senior Military Leaders’ Loss of Integrity Wounds Afghan War Effort” and “Go Big or Go Deep: An Analysis of Strategy Options on Afghanistan.” Find him on Twitter @DanielLDavis1.
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