Cheat-Seeking Missles

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Better Packaging, But Still A Threat

Incredible Daughter #1 showed me film clips of Communist China's shiny new Landwind SUV getting the first zero score ever in European safety tests. On the outside, it looked like any other new SUV, but the underpinnings were rotten and the thing basically killed on inpact.

Do you see an analogy building here?

Yesterday, the commander of Chinese strategic missile forces told Defense Sec. Rumsfield, "There have been suggestions of late that China is targeting other countries. This is completely groundless." There was even a PowerPoint presentation in the first-ever Chinese/US military briefing in a Chinese military installation, according to WashTimes.

Nice on the surface, but look at the underpinnings. The denied suggestions Chinese general Jing Zhiyuan referred to came from none other than the head of China's National Defense University, Gen. Zhu Chenghu, who said,
"If the Americans are determined to interfere [in China/Taiwan tensions] ... we will be determined to respond. We Chinese will prepare ourselves for the destruction of all of the cities east of Xian [in central China]. Of course the Americans will have to be prepared that hundreds ... of cities will be destroyed by the Chinese."
Would you buy a new or used Landwind from these guys? I wouldn't, and I'm sure Rumsfield's not buying, either.