mannfm11 wrote:China appears to be worse than Germany. At least Germany had some kind of validity to their claims. What China is claiming here bears little resembalance to reality. ... it is one thing to commercially and diplomatically tie up resources, but to grab them from these states under duress is another. If we back down in this matter, I think the USA and the West is done.
The United States ignored the early phases of both World War I ( 1914 - 1917 in Europe ) and the Early Stages of World War II ( Sep 1939 to DEC 1941 in Europe ) and even longer in Asia ( Japanese attack on China and U.S. evacuation of U.S. Armed Forces from China to the Philippines ).
The U.S. came out of those wars in much better shape than Western Powers who started fighting in 1939. Russia also set out the early years of World War II and it also came out of World War II as a Super Power.
So the argument can be made that counter punching is a winning strategy.
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