China can’t afford to attack a U.S. aircraft carrier

China can’t afford to attack a U.S. aircraft carrier
USS John C Stennis (CVN-74). Wikipedia: By White House photo by David Bohrer - http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2007/05/images/20070511-5_v051107db-0383w-515h.html, Public Domain, Link

[Ed. – Actually, China probably can, if they set it up properly. A lot to discuss here.  An opening volley from Jazz Shaw.]

Shortly after the year began we looked at a report out of China where one of their very anti-American admirals had said that China might need to sink a couple of our aircraft carriers just to put us in our place. …

The majority of observers thus far appear to agree that a massive missile strike on an American carrier group in the South China Sea actually might be able to sink (or at least severely damage) one of our bird farms. But that hypothetical exchange has an end result that the Chinese won’t like at all. …

[I]f the Chinese actually did decide to open fire on one of our carriers, they might succeed in a surprise attack. But we would be able to decimate all of the useful and powerful elements of their navy in short order. We could also put quite a pounding to Beijing if we were so inclined.

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