A Meet the Press program on NBC included a war scenario organized by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a think tank in Washington, D.C. John Avlon: The CNAS’s premise that the Chinese Communist Party would launch a preemptive assault on U.S. sites in Japan and Guam is outlandish and implausible. Avlonelon: An assault on Guam would recall the last time an Asian nation attacked the United States at Pearl Harbor.
Michèle Flournoy co-founded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) and participated in the Obama administration’s transition team for the Defense Department. Kurt Campbell is the first National Security Council coordinator for the Indo-Pacific during the Biden administration.
Ben Weingarten’s Newsweek article gives further information on the present administration’s ties to the CCP. A delegation of former government officials traveled to Taiwan in 2022 to endorse the “little porcupine approach” The CNAS war scenario had many signals that undermined public support for Taiwan in the United States, including the following: During an invasion, the PLA will destroy Taiwan’s valuable armaments. The United States should not engage in a protracted and brutal conflict with the CCP/PLA (remember Afghanistan, Iraq, and Vietnam).
Taiwan must only acquire “asymmetric weaponry” (no ground troops). The CNAS war scenario employs psychological warfare against Americans and Taiwanese in favor of the CCP. It asserts that American assistance for Taiwan’s military is doomed to fail. The “core interest” of the CCP is to integrate Taiwan into China. Aiding Xi Jinping in achieving this objective would make any individual or nation a friend.
Taiwan symbolizes a new democracy that stands in opposition to the tyrannical authority of the CCP and illustrates that the Chinese people may successfully establish a self-governed democratic society with Chinese features. For the United States and its allies, the loss of Taiwan would be worse than the humiliating pullout from Afghanistan. The PLA would launch a military buildup across Taiwan to project force from the first island chain to the second and beyond.
The United States should perform a significant arming of Taiwan and provide training that allows joint and integrated military operations to use their maximum potential. As the United States did in Ukraine, the training should not exclusively concentrate on tactical training of ground troops deploying “asymmetric weaponry.” If the United States pretended to interfere but failed to stop the PLA, Asia and the whole globe would suffer catastrophic consequences.