« Last post by Triton on Today at 03:17:26 pm »
It was pretty obvious to anybody paying attention what China's plans were when they bought the "casino" for a measly $20 million. And here we are.
No, it wasn't obvious. You seem to forget that Chinese companies also purchased Minsk (1995) and Kiev (1996) and operate them as tourist attractions to this day. Minsk serves as a naval museum in Jiangsu, China. Kiev serves as a theme park in Tianjin. Chinese intentions for Varyag [/i (1998) were the subject of dispute until the rebuilding began, so don't give me the line that "it was pretty obvious to anybody paying attention what China's plans were when they bought the 'casino.'"
People also seem to conveniently forget the views of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England, acquisition chief John J Young, Jr., Senator John McCain, and Chairman of U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services Senator John Warner concerning Cold War-era weapons programs and the lack of peer adversaries argument during the George W Bush Administration years. It's much easier to place blame on Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and the Obama Administration for your selective recollections.