If you want peace, prepare for war

This past weekend, Australian Defence Minister Peter Dutton suggested that a conflict with China over Taiwan could not be discounted.  However, as Prussian General Carl von Clausewitz wrote some 200 years ago, “War is the continuation of politics by other means”.   

Despite the inappropriate and unnecessary warnings by Mike Pezzullo, near term conflict between America and China, whilst possible is unlikely.  What we are more likely witnessing is the Chinese leadership testing the resolve of a 78 year old American President who is showing signs of cognitive decline.   

An independent Taiwan is a significant near term national security imperative for America, Japan and Australia.  For America, Taiwan is an essential…

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