In my novel, Time Bomb Ticking, Captain McGraw and the USS Charlotte are tasked to penetrate China’s Bo Hai Bay in a daring mission of espionage. To clear the bay of Chinese naval ships, the Pentagon stages war games near the Spratly Islands.
To quote one of my characters, Admiral Donavan, “The damn thieves are trying to muscle in on the Reed Bank oil that belongs to the Philippines and he (the president) wants to send them a ‘hands off’ message.” I wrote that back in 2012.
This summer we witnessed headline news as the Chinese continued to construct an airfield atop Fiery Cross Reef despite international objections. Not only will this airstrip give them military superiority in the region, but it will extend their exclusive territorial sovereignty, thereby allowing them to lay claim to the Reed Bank oil. That oil reserve is estimated by some to be the fourth largest reserve in the world.
In 1990 when Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, President George Herbert Walker Bush responded with overwhelming force in Operation Desert Storm. Over the past two years, President Obama has failed to prevent the Chinese from island building and shows little interest in resolving the problem before his term expires.
If you were the Commander-in-Chief, what would you do, and why?
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