U.S. Congressman taking readers’ questions
June 26th, 2013
03:02 PM ET

U.S. Congressman taking readers’ questions

What should the U.S. and its allies make of China’s rise? What military challenges does it pose? And what kind of shape is America’s military anyway in to respond to changing realities in the Asia-Pacific and elsewhere?

U.S. Congressman J. Randy Forbes (R-Va), chairman of the House Armed Services Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee and co-chair of the China Caucus, will be taking GPS readers’ questions on these and other issues. Please leave your questions in the comment section below.

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  1. Sean B.

    Does we have sufficient countermeasures to defend against Chinese missiles capable of taking out our satellites?

    June 26, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  2. Sean B.

    Woops, *Do...

    June 26, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  3. Sean B.

    Does the United States have sufficient countermeasures to protect against Chinese missiles capable of taking out our satellites?

    June 26, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Reply
  4. JAL

    Why wont the federal government begin to develop a plan for providing ways/means for US companies to significantly build new economic partnerships in Libya?

    June 26, 2013 at 5:21 pm | Reply
    • JAL

      And, are you aware of any US-based companies with a global strategy that may include Libya?

      June 26, 2013 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  5. Joseph McCarthy

    My question to Rep. Randy Forbes is: Why do you feel that the U.S. needs to won the Pacific and why not share it with China? And secondly, why not turn our military bases over to our allies like Australia and New Zealand or even Russia in the North Pacific? And finally, if J apan is son adamant on having foreign troops on it's soil, then why not let the Chinese, Russians, Australians or New Zealanders station their troops their?

    June 26, 2013 at 7:22 pm | Reply
    • Joseph McCarthy

      Sorry Mr. Forbes about the above misprints. I meant "there", not "their". Also further above, I meant "own", not "won".

      June 26, 2013 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  6. Susan B. WALKER

    Congressman Forbes, Greetings Sir: when will the USA accede to the 1997 AP Mine Ban Convention and the 2008 Convention on Cluster Munitions? And why has it taken so long? We don't need these weapons, as the most powerful country In the world. Personally, I am proud of my country's leadership in humanitarian matters, having worked with refugees in SE Asia for 15 years, including tens of thousands of landmine and cluster munition survivors. As you know AP mines and cluster munitions are indiscriminate weapons that cause extensive loss of lives and limbs, primarily to civilians, for decades after wars have ended. The USA has not used AP mines since the first Gulf War, nor has it produced APMs since 1997, etc.etc., as you know. The limited military utility of both weapons is FAR OUTWEIGHED by their long-term humanitarian consequences and, as such, both weapons have been banned by 161 and 112 countries, respectively. Even my amazing father (a staunch Republican) who "flew the hump" in China with the 14th Air Force and flew for most of his career in SE Asia during the Vietnam War (including the last flight out for his company on 29 April 1975...) was in favor of banning AP mines. As are most of the military men & women with whom I have worked over the past 3+ decades. Please get my country to join the right side of history and lead with the principles and actions that are worthy of a Leader in the free world. Respectfully, Susan B. Walker, Humanitarian Affairs & Disarmament Advisor

    June 27, 2013 at 5:25 am | Reply
  7. j. von hettlingen

    Mr. Forbes, your Virginia district includes Smithfield Foods Inc, which had been acquired by Chinese meat company Shuanghai International. How would you like the US to handle China for letting Snowden leave Hong Kong?

    June 27, 2013 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Maersk

      Who the phuck told you that China let Snowden leave Hong Kong? Did your uncle tell you so?

      June 29, 2013 at 12:13 am | Reply
  8. The GOP Solution

    Why is the GOP Solution always: Turn the Old, Sick, Poor, Non-white, Non-christian, and Gay people into slaves. Then whip them until they are Young, Healthy, Rich, White, Christian, and Straight. Or until they are dead. Then turn them into Soylent Green to feed the military? Why?

    June 27, 2013 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  9. Timmy Suckle

    I kissed my way up to VP at a health insurance company. Now I take over $600,000 of your health care dollars for NO VALUE ADDED to your health care. And that’s just me. Now think about how many other VPs, Directors, Managers, etc. are at my company alone. Now multiply that by thousands of others at hundreds of other health insurance companies. From 10 to 25% of your health care dollars go towards administration that adds NO VALUE to your health care. But my company’s PAC dollars will continue to fool you little people into thinking that a single payer system will be bad. Little people like you are so easy to fool. Little people also don’t realize that a single payer system is the ONLY system that would allow little people (as an entire country) to negotiate better health care prices. Little people don’t realize that the Medical Cartels already know that. And that is the reason why the Medical Cartels spend so much PAC money from the hospitals and doctors lobbying against a single payer system. Some little people say that a single payer system would cost you little people more. But if that were true, then wouldn’t the hospitals and doctors WANT that extra money? Yes they would. So why do the Medical Cartels lobby against a single payer system? It’s because the Medical Cartels know it would allow little people to negotiate better health care prices. And that’s what the Medical Cartels are afraid of. Period.
    But us big wigs at insurance companies, hospitals, and pharmacy companies don’t ever need to worry about health care no matter what it costs. We get our health care paid for one way or another by you little people. And we get the little people that work at our companies to contribute to our PACs. And us big wigs say it’s to protect the little peoples’ jobs. But in reality it would be in the little peoples’ best interest to NOT contribute to the PAC. Again, little people are so easy to be fooled. I won’t ever have to worry about losing my job with so many little people being brain washed by the Medical Cartels’ PAC money. Not only that, the Medical Cartels’ PAC money is used to elect so many republicans that will never allow a single payer system. Republicans have always fought against any meaningful health care reform. But that’s what our Medical Cartels’ PACs pay them for. Politicians can be bought so easily.
    Pretty soon the only people that will be able to afford health care is us big wigs. And that’s the way it should be. We don’t want you little people using up the resources when we need them. And once again, I thank you little people for capping my SS tax at the $113,700 level. Now I only pay 1.2% SS tax and you little people pay 6.2%. Also, thank you for extending my tax breaks. I’m using the extra money on my vacation houses.

    June 27, 2013 at 3:59 pm | Reply
  10. 100 % ETHIO

    How much did the US contributed for the rise of China, in both Militarily and Financially??

    Since the last Half-Century, the Spy vs Spy on West vs East are increased. America's Militarily hardware components were stolen.

    Mind you, the fast-food and electronics materials are not trusted, currently.

    The Candle-light food becomes, unsafe.

    Who do we trust? Do we really have TRUE Alliances?

    June 30, 2013 at 6:03 am | Reply
  11. Frank

    A couple of quick questions that I'm sure are being asked a lot lately... Why hasn't Congress reacted as strongly to James Clapper's perjury under oath, especially given its reactions to others who have lied to Congress before? Also, what is Congress gong to do about the NSA's willful violations of the fourth amendment rights of hundreds of millions of Americans?

    June 30, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  12. DR STEVE RAMSEY- CANADA

    ALOOO USA SHOULD STRIKE LONG TIME AGO YOU DONT GO AND TELL YOUR ENEMY YOU GONE STRIKE THIS DATE IT IS STUPID WHERE IS THE TACTICS AND SURPRISING ELEMENTS THAT ARMY TEACHES YOU...SYRIA ALREADY MOVE ALL THE WEAPONS AND CHEMICAL BOMBS HIDING IT IN LEBANON WITH HEZBOLLAH SAFE HOUSES, AND ALSO HIDING THEM WITH THE SHIIA MOSQUES SAFE HOUSES CALLED HUSSAINIA PLACE AND ALSO IN THE OFFICERS HOUSES AND HOMES , SOME OF THE JETS ALREADY HIDDEN AND SOME WENT TO IRAQ AND LEBANON SOME TO RUSSIAN SHIPS....SO USA WILL ATTACK EMPTY BUILDINGS AND SOME ARMS AND CAMPS.....USA SHOULD ATTACK HEZBOLLAH BASES IN LEBANON IF THEY WANT TO DESTROY SYRIA EVIL ARMY AND IF IRAN WANT TO INVOLVE IT IS BETTER TO HIT 3 BIRDS IN ONE STONE ONCE AFTER ALL THOSE EVIL MUST GO...,

    September 8, 2013 at 10:45 pm | Reply

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