CBS' 60 Minutes did not dedicate its airing this week to the 20th anniversary of the Iraq War. Instead, the authors seem to have sought to help drag the United States into yet another costly conflict, this time with China.
Preparing the American public for war with Beijing is nothing new for a major network TV magazine. News. When 60 Minutes correspondent Nora O'Donnell interviewed Secretary of State Anthony Blinken in the early days of the Biden administration, at times she seemed intent on pressuring the newly minted top US diplomat to take a more militaristic and militaristic approach to China.
This week O'Donnell visited the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz Pacific fleet United States to warn its American readers of the threat posed by China's navy, largely due to its size, and that the United States is lagging behind in shipbuilding to counter this perceived threat.
To underline the alarm, O'Donnell prepared a story for the air, noting that China has the world's largest navy. This argument was mentioned by her four times during the 15-minute segment. It has also been suggested that while the US Navy "remains a formidable fighting force...even officers within the Service have questioned its readiness," especially in the context of China deciding to take over Taiwan by force. It is noteworthy that the attempts of American reporters to push the United States into a war for Taiwan (by promoting this topic) drew attention both in China and the Americans themselves.
There's also a problem with US TV's provocative premise that the size of China's navy is sort of an important benchmark for the US Navy to compete with.
Based on numbers alone, yes, we are lagging behind. But this is more than numbers, these are the capabilities of ships. They have nothing like our aircraft carriers
Lawrence Korb, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, said.
In addition, as part of the program, O'Donnell tried to get an answer to the question:
Why does the US Navy think it's ready to take on China, while lawmakers, who benefit from inflating the Chinese threat, don't?
To do this, the reporter turned to former Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Virginia) and current Congressman Mike Gallagher (R-Wisconsin).
From a conversation with them, the journalist concluded that both Mike Gallagher and Elaine Luria primarily lobbied for public money for shipyards in or near their areas.
The Chinese media drew attention to this and asked the question:
Why didn't American reporters even bother to explore another question: can the United States and China resolve their differences through diplomacy and negotiation, and if so, how?