I, at first, thought that Bush was going way too soft on the Chinese, as did many of my fellow conservatives. But now that this is over, my eyes, and the eyes of many other conservatives, have been opened on this issue. Read on.
"'Remember Sun Tzu, the great Chinese military general / strategist? He says that in war, spies are very important...and 'if you are stronger than your enemy, make yourself appear weak to them.'"
You would be amazed, my friends, at the number of high-powered CEOs that have The Art of War by Sun Tzu in their offices. It's amazing. And the book does say " if you're stronger than your enemy, make yourself appear weak." Since the U.S. spy network, military, NSA, CIA, drone planes, Secret Service, satellite, et cetera, is huge, it instills fears in the Chinese military and other militaries of the world. Therefore, we should make ourselves appear weaker and do something to make us appear weak - like issue a public statement of regret.
In this way, our enemy will then think we are weak, have no resolve, and not consider all the military and economic assets we have. The Chinese have lost their bargaining chips when they lost the 24 airmen, because they gave them away. Conclusion: Bush did the right thing by appearing weak. We know we can beat them using our conventional warfare and our nuke warfare. We have the economy and markets to beat them also.
Dub Snookered 'Em!
We know this more than they do. Even everyday shoppers at Kmart and Wal-Mart are getting mad and boycotting all the Chinese-made products. I would only disagree with one contention here, and that is that Bush appeared weak in the process did the right thing. But he did, according to Sun Tzu, he did undersell our capabilities. He did sandbag the Chinese.
I believe Bush knowingly put his more left-center people (SecState Powell, for example) up in front to look like we were genuinely regretful. He was right in holding back his more rightist people (SecDef Rumsfeld) and the military in general.
Yes, he snookered 'em.
And after our people were back on American soil, he said what we've been wanting to say to the Chinese for a long time... stick it.
Another good job by our underestimated (even by me, I admit) President of the United States.