Brett Decker: China ‘Neutralizing Warning Systems’ Possibly Caused U.S. Navy Accidents

U.S. Navy file photo of USS Chafee (DDG 90), Feb. 2012
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Brett Decker, author of the 2011 book Bowing to Beijing: How Barack Obama Is Hastening America’s Decline and Ushering a Century of Chinese Domination, warned on Breitbart News Sunday that recent U.S. Navy mishaps could be the result of China or other adversaries testing new weapons designed to interfere with advanced electronic systems.

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Decker recalled how Chinese President Xi Jinping, who now possesses essentially dictatorial powers and an unlimited term in office, announced last year that China’s military focus “is now on force projection of the navy.”

“Their army, they basically think is okay,” he explained. “They want to be able to go far on the high seas. That’s very dangerous.”

SiriusXM host Amanda House noted that China’s first naval base in Africa was recently the scene of laser attacks on U.S. pilots operating from the American base in Djibouti. Decker said such exploratory sabotage is occurring everywhere China sees the potential for future conflict with the United States and its allies.

“If we really knew what was going on, and what the Pentagon is keeping secret, we’d be a lot more worried,” he said.

“For a long time, we basically controlled the Horn of Africa with our base down there. China now is on the Horn of Africa. It’s sort of a big entree point around the world. They have bases on both ends of the Panama Canal. That’s our own sphere of influence here in the Americas,” he explained.

“They’re also talking to Malaysia about building trillions of dollars, I think $3 trillion, in infrastructure for Malaysia—if they let them build a navy base on the Malacca Strait,” he continued. “That’s the biggest seaport in the world. If you have the Malacca Strait and they can jam that up, they have the Horn of Africa and Panama Canal, you’re looking at an ability to really shape things and really have an effect on not only global trade but also military things.”

“When Japan bombed Pearl Harbor, the only way we could beat Japan is we had to send our Atlantic fleet through the Panama Canal to Asia,” Decker pointed out. “What if something like that happened today? Well, China can lock up the Panama Canal, lock up the Malacca Straits. I think it’s very dangerous, and I think this laser story, I think it’s connected.”

“China is trying to skip a few stages of military technology,” he said. “Their plan isn’t to be able to take us on head-to-head, like aircraft carrier to aircraft carrier, battleship on battleship, ship to ship or plane to plane. Their idea is to skip a few stages and then go to these kinds of new technologies, like lasers and pulse bombs that can take out our electronics, so we can’t launch planes from aircraft carriers.”

“One thing I think is a huge curiosity: Remember over the last year we had all these U.S. Navy vessels bumping into stuff, like they’re running into other ships and running aground? It’s very mysterious. This is all in the Western Pacific. It’s not like we have incompetent captains and commanders and admirals running these ships,” Decker noted.

“One of them was in the Malacca Strait. Everything is GPS guided. You have all kinds of alarm systems that go off if you get too close to something. How do we run aground, or how do we run into another ship? To me, I think the obvious answer is China or someone else is testing out some of these weapons and neutralizing some of the warning systems,” he proposed.

“It’s technologically unlikely that we’d have multiple ships run into stuff in the same region,” Decker contended. “I’m not a big believer in coincidences. When something happens multiple times I think it’s an ‘aha!’ moment.”

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