After the Pentagon’s dozens of war games simulating a Chinese invasion of Taiwan over the last few years, one conclusion is consistent: The United States is unprepared for a “horrifically bloody” war with China.
“While the ultimate outcome in these exercises is not always clear—the U.S. does better in some than others—the cost is … In every exercise the U.S. is not engaged in an abstract push-button war from 30,000 feet up like the ones Americans have come to expect since the end of the Cold War, but a horrifically bloody one,” Politico reported Friday.
Should China invade Taiwan and the United States engage in the war, as President Joe Biden has vowed to defend the democratic island, the United States would drain its “key munitions” in “a matter of days,” lose “thousands of servicemembers, dozens of ships, and hundreds of aircraft,” and Taiwan’s economy would be “devastated,” multiple war game reports show.
Defense experts fear that the Biden administration is not doing enough to build a better deterrent for China—like increasing and modernizing U.S. munitions. U.S. Navy intelligence chief, Rear Adm. Mike Studeman, called the problem “China blindness,” saying, “It’s very unsettling to see how much the U.S. is not connecting the dots on our number one challenge.”
In an April war simulation organized by the House Select Committee on China, U.S. forces were insufficient to help Taiwan fend off a Chinese invasion, prompting lawmakers to urge Biden to better arm Taiwan, the Washington Free Beacon reported.