I mean, ever since O hit the reset button, the ChiComs are our friends and any suggestion to the contrary, well, let’s just say them what thinks like that should get fitted for a white jacket, right?
Terceira, however, has one big attraction for Beijing: Air Base No. 4. Better known as Lajes Field, the facility where Premier Wen’s 747 landed in June is jointly operated by the U.S. Air Force and its Portuguese counterpart. If China controlled the base, the Atlantic would no longer be secure. From the 10,865-foot runway on the northeast edge of the island, Chinese planes could patrol the northern and central portions of the Atlantic and thereby cut air and sea traffic between the U.S. and Europe. Beijing would also be able to deny access to the nearby Mediterranean Sea.
And China could target the American homeland. Lajes is less than 2,300 miles from New York, shorter than the distance between Pearl Harbor and Los Angeles.
It’s as implausible as the plot of Red Storm Rising, where the vital Atlantic strategic chokepoint of Iceland is captured by filthy commies, and we know stuff like that doesn’t happen in real life.
I mean honestly, suicide missions flying planes into buildings. What a load of rubbish.
Anyway, I’m sure our CIC is aware of the situation and is taking the necessary steps to ensure the continued security of the Atlantic.