Our nation has not always lived up to its ideals, yet those ideals have never ceased to guide us. They expose our flaws, and lead us to mend them. We are the beneficiaries of the work of the generations before us and it is each generation's responsibility to continue that work. - Laura Bush
And still champion of the world.
Wow, so many armchair military analysts with such keen insight.
That was sarcasm for anyone that didn't pick up on it.
If you still haven't picked up on the level of sarcasm intended let's just say that if you could see what I thought of your analysis of this topic you'd see me making the mock stroking the male genitalia gesture.
That being said, a war between two nations such as ours and China would produce no winners but rather two regretful nations.
Cuban Missile Crisis (1962) - The New York TimesIn addition to the U-2 shot down over Cuba, another American U-2 on a routine air sampling mission to the North Pole blundered into Soviet air space. The Soviets sent up MIG fighters to try to shoot the intruder down; the Alaska Air Defense Command responded by scrambling nuclear-armed F-102 interceptors. In the Caribbean, a frazzled Soviet submarine commander considered firing his nuclear torpedo against United States destroyers attempting to bring him to the surface.
In the meantime, Soviet troops brought nuclear-tipped cruise missiles to the periphery of the Guantánamo naval base, and transported nuclear warheads to the medium-range missile sites at Sagua La Grande in central Cuba. Convinced that an attack by the United States was imminent, Castro urged Khrushchev to consider a nuclear first strike against the United States.