US cities vulnerable to Chinese nuclear attack 4

Our JL-2 SLBMs have become the fourth type of Chinese nuclear missiles that threaten the continental United States, after our DF-31A, DF-5A and DF-5B ICBM.

This report is from the Washington Times:

Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time [in the last week of October] that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities as a means to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific.

On Monday, leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of the People’s Liberation Army navy’s strategic submarine force. …

The article features 30 photos and graphics detailing, among other things, damage projections for Seattle and Los Angeles after being hit by Chinese nuclear warheads and the deadly radiation that would spread all the way to Chicago.

China’s sub fleet is reportedly the world’s second-largest, with about 70 vessels. About 10 are nuclear-powered, and four or more of those are nuclear ballistic submarines capable of launching missiles. …

In the 1980s, China developed its first ballistic missile sub, the Type 092 Xia-class, which has 12 launch tubes for the Julang (Giant Wave)-1 missiles. The JL-1 had a limited range and failed multiple test launches.

In 2010, a new class of missile sub, the Type 094 Jin class, entered the service. It is capable of launching 12 to 16 JL-2 missiles with a range of about 8,700 miles, covering much of the continental U.S. with single or multiple, independently targetable re-entry vehicle warheads.

Chinese calculations for nuclear attacks on the U.S. are chillingly macabre.

“Because the Midwest states of the U.S. are sparsely populated, in order to increase the lethality, [our] nuclear attacks should mainly target the key cities on the West Coast of the United States, such as Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego,” the Global Times said.

“The 12 JL-2 nuclear warheads carried by one single Type 094 SSBN can kill and wound 5 million to 12 million Americans,” the Global Times reported.

China also has developed land-based intercontinental ballistic missiles — notably the DF-31A, which has a range of 7,000 to 7,500 miles.

“If we launch our DF 31A ICBMs over the North Pole, we can easily destroy a whole list of metropolises on the East Coast and the New England region of the U.S., including Annapolis, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Portland, Baltimore and Norfolk, whose population accounts for about one-eighth of America’s total residents,” the Global Times said.

All the state-run press reports stressed the point that the PLA’s missile submarines are now on routine strategic patrol, “which means that China for the first time has acquired the strategic deterrence and second strike capability against the United States.”

Meanwhile, back in Washington, D.C., here‘s what’s happening to US defense. (This is our Facebook 0ne-paragraph summary of the original IBD article.)

At least 197 officers have been fired or removed from duty by this president, including no fewer than nine senior commanding generals this year. Two nuclear ICBM force commanders were sacked in one week recently. U.S. Africa Command head Gen. Carter Ham was shown the door by Obama for questioning orders against a rescue mission in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012, when our ambassador and three other U.S. personnel were killed by Islamist terrorists. Rear Adm. Chuck Gaouette, a carrier strike group commander, was also relieved of his command for assisting forces ordered into action by Ham. Now retired heroes charge he is emasculating the armed forces. So says Patrick Brady, a retired major general who in one day saved 51 seriously wounded soldiers in Vietnam. When such a man severely criticizes his commander-in-chief, he obviously does not do so lightly. His accusations are grave. “This president will never fight if there is any reason to avoid it,” he says. Also speaking candidly is retired Army Lt. Gen. William G. Boykin, a veteran of the elite Delta Force who served as deputy under secretary of defense for intelligence under President George W. Bush. He points to the “unprecedented” number of four-star generals relieved of duty over the last three years and warns that the military’s future is at stake since many colonels who would have become generals are also being relieved — or quitting. “Morale is at an unprecedented low,” he says. Retired Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely is outraged at Obama firing those “who have given their lives for their country,” while protecting incompetent civilian cronies. The hailstorm of criticism is intensifying for a commander-in-chief who is intent on destroying the armed forces just as he has the nation’s health care system.

  • rogerinflorida

    We can always hope that this knowledge will permeate into the thick skulls of the political elite and into the senses of the perfumed princes of the Pentagon. Perhaps our leaders will turn back from the insane policy known as “MAD” and attempt real co-existence with our fellow inhabitants of this planet.
    The military blogosphere is full of puff pieces written by over qualified but underworked military types explaining all sorts of ways in which the US can defeat China. The reality is that there are only two scenarios whereby war between US and China could occur; one is the refusal of the US to accept that the island of Taiwan is actually part of China, the other is to support Japan in a confrontation with China over a few uninhabited islands in the East China Sea. Either course is idiotic for the US; if you think the recent outcry against US military action in Syria was significant, wait until our “leaders” threaten to get us into a full blown nuclear war over a few rocks. It is worth noting that the Chinese military is spoiling for a fight with a western adversary, they thought they had it over Hong Kong but the British surrendered under the fig leaf of the “99 year lease”. The Chinese military is eager to avenge what they see as hundreds of years of humiliation at Western hands. Also the Chinese character has a peculiar trait of “pique”. They will destroy themselves if they think it will also destroy their enemies, any war between US and China will be nuclear from the start. They will destroy our military assets in the Western Pacific and then dare us to respond against their home country with nuclear weapons, and that ain’t gonna happen.
    It is also worth noting that China is in moral ascendancy whereas the US is now a nation of scroungers and pensioners; they are “salty”, we are, as a nation, just lacking in any recognizable moral fiber.

  • liz

    They know we’re weak under this President. They are making hay while the sun shines, while he causes the disintegration from within, such as with emasculating and demoralizing the military.
    He needs to be locked up before he does any more damage, along with his co-conspirators, but instead he’ll be awarded more Nobel prizes for his awesome Socialist achievements.

  • Frank

    People deserve the government they elect. And specifically the Republicans deserve the administration they helped get elected because of caving in to the religious right fanatics on social issues.

    • WmarkW

      With the caveat that I’ve come to the realization that I’m not a conservative, there’s a big whole in our electoral process related to polarized voters in primaries. While the Democrats deserved to win in 2008, the nation doesn’t deserve their candidate. We also didn’t deserve to watch Mike Castle, Richard Lugar and Lisa Murkowski go down in primaries; nor Joe Lieberman and Adrian Fenty. (Murkowski and Lieberman came back in the general, of course.)

      We need a non-partisan primary like Louisiana’s, where all the candidates run against each other for the final ballot slots.