Now then, I don't believe anyone in the intelligence community or our military bought that line for a second.
Although I did recently meet someone who was formerly with the Rand Think Tank, former Air Force colonel who had bought their story.
Indeed, I just laughed, that's the most ridiculous thing in the world.
No one buys an old aircraft carrier for scrap metal, unless they are buying all sorts of other ships at the same time.
Some thought that China would look at how it was built, and use those designs to build their own.
But why bother building a new aircraft carrier which could cost a few billion dollars, when they could merely refurbished one and make it seaworthy, and bring it back up to speed.
It is obvious that the Chinese Red Army's Navy was in need of an aircraft carrier, as they have now the largest naval fleet in the world (more ships and vessels, not strength) but no aircraft carrier; until now.
Still, owning an aircraft carrier requires protection of that asset.
In the United States has a number of ships in each fleet to sustain their floating cities and squadrons of planes aboard each of those carriers.
In other words it's great to see that China has a new aircraft carrier, but how on earth do they propose on protecting it.
After all, it only takes one submarine and perhaps a few torpedoes to sink into the bottom of the sea.
And lately China has been making more maritime enemies than any other Navy on the planet.
There was an interesting article recently in Defense Daily Online News titled; "China's Aircraft Carrier is a Highly Vulnerable Extravagance - China's worst-kept defense project will be a 'big fat target' for the U.
Navy," published on June 28, 2011 and written by Daniel Goure, Ph.
(Early Warning Blog, Lexington Institute).
You can tell by the article's title that the author is along my line of thinking, and I do believe he is correct.
It's nice to have a great big aircraft carrier to show off, to project power, but it is also the world's largest target.
And if it has let's say 3 to 4000 sailors aboard, and a squadron of the latest carrier-based jet aircraft, then that would be a sizable an unacceptable loss for the Chinese military.
It might be wise to keep that aircraft carrier close to its own coast, and leave it in the harbor as much as possible, rather than risking such an important military asset.
Indeed I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.