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China-risers should pause for breath
By Tom Engelhardt
Tired of Afghanistan and all those messy, oil-ish wars in the Greater Middle East that just don't seem to pan out? Count on one thing: part of the United States military feels just the way you do, especially a largely sidelined navy - and that's undoubtedly one of the reasons why, a few months back, the specter of China as this country's future enemy once again reared its ugly head.
Back before 9/11, China was the favored future uber-enemy of secretary of defense Donald Rumsfeld and all those neo-cons who signed onto the Project for the New American Century and later staffed George W Bush's administration. After all, if you wanted to build a military beyond compare to enforce a long-term Pax Americana on the planet, you needed a nightmare enemy large