China Can Sink A U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier

James Holmes, National Interest: Yes, China Could Sink a U.S. Navy Aircraft Carrier. But Don’t Bet On It.

Could China sink a couple of U.S. nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and stun the United States into abandoning the Western Pacific?

So firebrand People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) Admiral Luo Yang thinks sinking two U.S. Navy supercarriers and killing 10,000 sailors is a splendid idea because Americans can’t stand battle casualties and will abandon the Western Pacific if struck a hammerblow. He posits a military cause and a strategic and political effect: land a heavy military blow and your antagonist will make the political decision to quit the battlefield.

Gee. You usually have to consult the likes of Osama bin Laden or Hideki Tojo for that caliber of strategic foresight and insight. They too knew that America always flees shrieking after suffering a sneak attack. The idea that the United States is irresolute appears graven on many foreign strategists’ minds.

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WNU editor: I am sure that China can sink a U.S. aircraft carrier. But the blow-back  is not worth it.

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