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Document: John McCain Letter Asking Pentagon Not to Send U.S. Carrier to China

The following is the Feb. 2, 2015 letter from Senate Armed Services Committee chairman Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work asking the Pentagon not to send a U.S. carrier strike group (CSG) to a visit to China.

  • Fred Z in Ann Arbor

    1) i assume we’re ok with chinese divers attaching every conceivable bug to the hull?
    2) on the other hand could just easily be seen as super impressive

  • John DiLoreto

    Spoken like a true hypocrite.

    • Jim Austin

      Seems like a reasonable place to start is … “why” did they request the visit. I honestly doubt that it was purely for recon (although it would obviously go on).

      It would seem that with the continuing rukus (sp?) that China is causing (ramming Phil. fishing bioats,), claiming Scarbrough Shoal and every other rock and islet in the So. China Sea, etc., etc, etc – she’s looking for an “anoiting” (as we mackeral-snappers call it), a “blessing” if you will, of her predatory actions by the area’s major seapower that, coincidentally, has tight diplomatic relationsips with the countries most affected by her actions. Also – it’s not only Japan, the Phillipines, etc, but unmentioned were Malasia and Indonesia that are also directly affected by her actions.

      He economy is growing fast, her energy needs along with it; she completes a mega-deal for oil/gas w/Russia – while keeping an uncertain eye on the Malacca / Singapore strts. bottlenecks – enough so to have looked twice at the Kra as a potential dig to by-pass them.

      Leading back to the “why”? Sure, we have to maintain at least “talking” relations w/China, but agree with Senator McCain on this one. “Sure, we’ll come visit when you act like grown-ups”.

  • OleSalt_1

    Interesting letter with pros & cons re: visit.

  • Send her…and maybe five more. What can they learn that they have not already stolen. One thousand plus feet of United States Navy power. a CVN and her embarked air group is a BIG stick and sends a message to the PRC Army/Navy we got more like her and we know how ti use them. McCain is hero but as he has aged it seems he is just an old foggie. He, as a former naval officer, should reread his Mahan or was he partying too much at the USNA. Time for him to go back to the ranch and enjoy life. MMCS(SW)(SS)USN Ret.

  • John Tomlin

    Senator McCain is 180 off on this. The presence of a powerful task group in China sends a clear message to the Chinese and to the rest of the world; we go where we want and we can send you to the bottom at our pleasure. Do NOT mess with the United States Navy.

    • Ctrot

      You can send that message by cruising their coats, not visiting their ports.

      • publius_maximus_III

        I’m with you, Ctrot. An -uninvited- visit by a carrier group to the South China Sea, now there’s the ticket.

    • Michael Rich

      Why visit their ports on their request? How about instead we just sail our CSG right up to their territorial waters.

  • Quackers

    Right on!!!!!! Keep them guessing on what our Navy has on our carriers.

    • publius_maximus_III

      Well, for one thing, they probably already figured out we send our carriers out to *SEA*, not to land locked lagoons…

  • Russ Neal

    Sending a CSG to China to undermine our allies in the region, favoring Iran over Israel, abandoning our allies in Iran and Afghanistan to terrorists, favoring the Castros over their political prisoners, does anyone else see a pattern here?

    • publius_maximus_III

      I do: BHO and Kerry, the negative barometers of U.S. foreign policy.

      • loupgarous

        Since John Kerry has been an agent of influence for the Soviets up until the fall of Russian Communism, it’s no surprise at all that the first Maoist President of the United States would send him over to destroy forty years of US foreign policy achievements. Traitors both,

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  • vincedc

    Time for this guy to get out of the scene. The Chinese know more about that carrier than most the sailors on the ship. If we are going to pivot to the Pacific, then it is critical that we have a working relationship with the Chinese. McCain’s cell phone and computer were probably made in China.

  • redgriffin

    So what on a Nimitz Class do the Chinese no know about with all the computer hacking and PBS Specials on Carriers they must have a good idea of the ships capabilities by now and if they need a closer look why not just do what the Soviets did in the Cold War moor an Intelligence ship close to the carrier in a neutral port and take pictures and just listen.

    • loupgarous

      What that ship can’t do is (a) take hull shots of the carrier, and (b) attach intel devices and even limpet mines on the hull of that carrier. Both of which the Chinese must be salivating to do during that port visit. To be totally sure the Nimitz was safe after that visit would require a visit to the graving docks at Pearl Harbor for a close inspection.

      • redgriffin

        No CV is safe from hull hit read some histories of the last big war ; HMS Courageous, Ark Royal,Eagle USS Lexington, Yorktown, Hornet and Princeton will show you that torpedoes are the Achilles Heel of a carrier.

  • Steve Herrington

    I absolutely agree with the Senator…but suggest he find someone who understands the correct use of apostrophes. 🙂

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  • loupgarous

    I can’t see any advantage at all into actually tying up alongside a hostile Communist port. And the Chinese are behaving in a hostile manner in the Western Pacific Ocean. Senator McCain is right on this, which shows that even in the digital age, even a stopped clock’s right sometimes.