31 May '18, 9pm

US Good at 'Taking Down' Small Islands, General Hints to China

If it came down to it, the U.S. military has a track record of "taking down" small islands such as the artificial and fortified ones China has created in the disputed South China Sea, a U.S. general said Thursday. "The United States military has a lot of experience in the Western Pacific taking down small islands," Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie said in response to an over-the-top hypothetical at a Pentagon news briefing. McKenzie, the Pentagon's Joint Staff director, said he was not making threats and his audience "shouldn't read anything more into that than a simple statement of historical fact. It's just a fact." "We have a lot of experience in the Second World War taking down small islands that are isolated. So, that's a core competency of the U.S. military," he said. McKenzie's statements were in the context of the long-running dispute between the U.S. and China ove...

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