In this column (registration required), noted neocon Max Boot describes a Chinese military document that outlines what might be called guerrilla or asymmetric tactics that could be used to conquer the United States. Among other things, the document describes “financial warfare (subverting banking systems and stock markets), drug warfare (attacking the fabric of society by flooding it with illicit drugs), psychological and media warfare (manipulating perceptions to break down enemy will), international law warfare (blocking enemy actions using multinational organizations), resource warfare (seizing control of vital natural resources), even ecological warfare (creating man-made earthquakes or other natural disasters).”
Are Boot’s concerns the intemperate rantings of a modern-day Jacobite? Is he fixated on the “scheming Chinaman” stereotype? Or is there something to this? I’d be particularly interested in the views of people who have seen the original document, and especially those with the ability to discuss China’s military and politics competently and objectively. Boot entitled his column “China’s Stealth War on the U.S.”, which implies that these tactics are already being used. I’d be interested to know whether the original document is just an exploration of “creative” options (dusty stacks of similar tomes can probably be found in the Pentagon basement), or if it was intended as a concrete plan.