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Trump Administration Advances Massive Arms Sale to Taiwan Amid Tensions With Beijing

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/news/2019/08/16/trump-administration-advances-massive-arms-sale-taiwan-amid-tensions-beijing

China retaliates in 3…2…1…

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Could be the arms merchants just want to get rid of their obsolete ordnance, realizing that the money is in autonomous aircraft, drones and missiles, not fighter jets. Trump and his M/I/I Complex neocons want to dump these now and profit while they can. They’re already blowing 1.5 trillion on technologically obsolete Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and want to recoup something at least.

Environmental issues were also cited, such as the F-35 being “at least four times noisier than the F-16s” it is replacing. The article claimed the aircraft belongs in America’s “bulging arsenal of weapons systems incapable of performing as advertised and bought at extraordinary cost,” the F-35 costing, as Cockburn claimed, almost six times more than the F-16 it is replacing, while the whole F-35 program would be, at a projected total cost of $406 billion, the “most expensive weapons program in history”.[541] As reported in the press,[544] the F-35 Joint Strike fighter program is now projected to cost throughout its lifetime $1.5 trillion, or “roughly what [the U.S.] spent on the entire Iraq War.”

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Follow the money

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A timeless piece of advice.

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Exactly, what a stupid move, unless you are all about being an arms merchant.
Taiwan to China: Be afraid of us because we just bought some bigger, better guns.
China to Taiwan: Bring it, we will make an atoll out of your island.

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And while we argue the geopolitical consequences of adding more weapons to the Taiwan - China impasse, let’s not forget the half million formosan indigenous people who have generally lived in poverty with their culture under constant attack since their island was invaded.

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Sell arms to the Chinese to kill the other Chinese. Taiwan belongs to China and they’ll take it back one way or another.

Feeding the flames of violence, once again.

Fueling the fire with all that blood oil.

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Why do you support the communist dictatorship in Beijing over democracy in Taiwan?

Chinese communists have made China what she is today.