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Fighting the Faux



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The other day I wrote:

Suppose Beijing decides to seize Taiwan. The U.S. is obligated to defend it militarily. But U.S. taxpayers would be funding both sides of the war — the home team, via the Pentagon budget, and the Chinese military, through the interest payments on the debt. (We’ll be bankrolling the entire People’s Liberation Army by some point this decade.) A Beijing–Taipei conflict would be, in budget terms, a U.S. civil war relocated to the Straits of Taiwan.

A reader reminds me that, in such a scenario, one side might have a particular advantage:

US Weapons ‘Full Of Fake Chinese Parts’



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