CARRY-OVER FROM PREVIOUS STRIP I want to point out, before the GoComics switches to the next day’s strip, that I asked the question: What if China invaded Taiwan, would we ask to borrow money from China in order to fight China? I got a number of answers, all of them saying, in effect, that it wouldn’t / couldn’t happen because of one contingency or another. One said the existence of a nuclear North Korea’s would prevent it. Another said the existence of the U.S. 7th fleet would prevent it. Another said the existence of a trillion $$ debt that WE owe to China would prevent it. But not a single responder answered the question, which was WHAT IF IT DID happen? My response to three of these non-answers is this: • A nuclear N. Korea is so dependent on China that it would probably applaud the invasion, rather than prevent it. • The President would not allow U.S. 7th fleet to fight China for a number of reasons (we’re too tied up in Iraq-Iran, for one) any more than that we would intervene with boots on the ground in Libya (China being many many times more fearsome than Libya). • The trillion dollar debt WE owe to China doesn’t compare with the value in multiple trillions of dollars Taiwan represents to China. (China would waive the debt for possession of the economic powerhouse that Taiwan represents.) All right, “slings and arrows of outrageous fortune”, let fly!
May 3, 2017