I don’t support going to war with China over Taiwan.
This is the surest way that I can think of though to bring down the American Empire and expose every domestic weakness that has accumulated here over the past forty years. It is a question on the same level of whether Britain should go to war with Germany to defend Poland and risk starting a World War. Maybe it is even worse than that because Taiwan is a renegade Chinese province.
“The United States should defend Taiwan if China attacks it. Not out of altruism — although it would benefit Taiwan for us to do so — but out of self-interest. Our enlightened self-interest, surely, but self-interest all the same. It is important to understand clearly why this makes sense, because if defending Taiwan is to be a reasonable course of action, we need to be much better prepared, and remedying the deficits in our defenses will require substantial and sustained political support. Building that support will not be easy, since it is far from obvious why defending a small island lying just a hundred miles off the Chinese coast against the enormous might of the People’s Republic is in Americans’ interest. …
Our overriding purpose now must be to achieve that level of defense for Taiwan, through our efforts and Taiwan’s own. Bewilderingly, though, both we and Taiwan are failing to do this despite its being well within our power. The time is long past for dilatoriness. We must drop everything else and ensure that we and the Taiwanese themselves procure and deploy the military forces and systems needed for Taiwan’s effective defense. If we don’t, our future countrymen will very likely ask why we failed to take such modest steps to avoid catastrophic defeat — and worse.”
Contemplate what a war with China would look like.
What would that look like compared to our supply chain issues?
What would that look like in light of our experience with COVID?
What would that look like when China finances our national debt?
Is Gen Z ready to ship out across the Pacific to fight China over Taiwan?
What would that look like on the ground in places like Los Angeles or San Francisco?