Since we are easily amused by conspiracy theory, LP felt it was time to address one that has been getting a little more screen time these days: the impending Chinese attack on US soil via bases in Northern Mexico. Let's look at what we can establish.
The claim: the Chines are staging an invasion from massive bases constructed roughly 80 miles south of Laredo, Texas. Putting into the Google search bar with the "Chinese army + Mexico" combination will yield several results with articles dating back over a decade. In fact, some of the first encounters with Chinese came originally from our own Border Patrol agents back in the late 1990s. However, for your quick review, here are a few links to chose from:
Border patrol shootings
Chinese movement in Mexico
Recent truck driver testimony
And here is the obvious youtube video with map coordinates
In order to float this theory, there first has to be a reason that China would invade the US. We'll stick with the most obvious one, which is the money we owe China. In the last 20 years, China has become the world's biggest creditor. Meanwhile, the US has become the world's biggest debtor. The official numbers fluctuate month to month, but we owe China between $850 billion to $1.1 trillion dollars. For simplicity, we'll just stipulate to $1 trillion hereafter, even though the real amount could be much higher.
For the US, the good news is that all this debt is tied strictly to the Federal Reserve Note, or US Dollar. That is to say, if we default on our debt payments, China (et alii) cannot acquisition Hawaii in return, they can only accept our dollars to pay off the debt we owe them. We were able to do this because we have never defaulted on loan payments, the dollar was a stable investment, and its backed by OPEC (sometimes called the "Petro dollar" outside the US).
Now imagine having loaned out $1 trillion dollars, and now you are witnessing the debtor playing fast and dirty with the money to repay you. Through some insane economic policies, they are either going to default or inflate their debt away to being nearly valueless. And no, you cannot have their fictional gold reserves in lieu of cash, or any other resource. In fact, you could probably kiss that money good bye forever. Would that be grounds for war? The largest monetary debt in the history of mankind?
Another possible reason is that China's economy is slowly grinding down which will displace a lot of workers. This is through some poor economic planning on their end as well as the global recession and lack of product demand. However, what better way to control the masses than thrusting into a new war, boosting domestic productivity while getting rid of an excess of 32 million men who will never marry based on demographics alone. Plus, if you have the world's largest army, might as well use it.
We know that China has been building up their military. It has made plenty of headlines recently with their nearly completed aircraft carrier, new anti-aircraft carrier missiles, and even stealth jet. LP made a post earlier this week that cited an article about that missile launch off the coast of California. Russia claims that the event was actually a Chinese sub roughly 200 kilometers from the shore, and that the missile itself was a special EMP version which actually disabled a target; the cruise ship Carnival Splendor. Carnival claimed it was a "fire" that somehow knocked out all six engines, water pumps, circuit grids, and so forth. The ship was towed in to port by the US Navy.
This was the veritable "shot across the bow" by the Chinese. We have no idea how the US military responded, but we do know they went to great lengths to convince us that it was a jet contrail. It is also no surprise that the Chinese routinely infiltrate our defense network as well. Thus we see some reason that the Chinese could possibly rationalize an invasion into the US, and there is certainly some war posterizing by China also, but, the US is guilty of such acts too.
The next logical step would be probability. There is an often misattributed quote of Admiral Yamamoto about not invading the US as there would be "a rifle behind every blade of grass." And it is true, freedom lovers adore their Second Amendment rights. And that makes a land invasion a colossal challenge. If you looked into some of the links provided once you query "Chinese army + Mexico" you will note that the guesstimates range about 100,000 Chinese troops in these bases in Mexico. Let's be totally honest here, that is nothing when invading the US. LP supposes these 100k soldiers could take over New Mexico (no loss there), but there is no way they stand a chance against +20 million drunk Texans. In fact, a rite of passage into manhood in Texas is to kill a minority. And Arizona doesn't need another reason to expel illegal immigrants. But let's broaden the horizon on this matter.
If there are Chinese subs lurking off the beaches of the US with EMP missiles, this will help the Chinese invasion just a little more, especially if they launch said missiles, waited for a month and let the people of America devour each other before marching in. After all, once our electric grid goes down, everything stops. Power flow, military, gas, food, banking, water pumps, even communication. Without modern coordination, we would be an easy target. Perhaps people should learn to shoot without red dot attachments, but even still, 100,000 soldiers on foreign ground (i.e., no home turf advantage) will be hard pressed to make a sizable dent. If China announced they were shipping over goods, but instead loaded up tens of thousands of soldiers into their big collection of freighters, and then took over all the ports, well now we are getting somewhere. Previously they would need to permanently disable NORAD and our nuclear missile sites in Montana, Dakotas, etc.
All this would still need huge coordination, and maybe even include other countries such as Russia and Iran. Not entirely implausible as the US has racked up quite a few enemies as of late. But can LP sustain the conspiracy theory? Well, here's the best we can do:
25 55' 42.73 N 100 11' 03.04 W
Paste that into Google and see what comes up. Zoom out and you'll note several bases (lower left, biggest). Curious, but the size is something to behold. Zoom in and look for whatever details you can distinguish. Is this a smoking gun? Well, sadly, LP falls short in identifying Chinese military base design, but having been in Mexico several times, driven the entire country from California down to Guatemala and back up the Veracruz side to Texas, nothing like it has ever been identified there before. And without definitive photo evidence from the ground, we have to call this plausible (as a base) but unsubstantiated as a probable attack. The casus bellum is highly indicative of a war, however, as LP is not above killing for a trillion dollars either (if we had a trillion dollars...). We just need more intel, honestly. We will remain open-minded until the facts are settled. Meanwhile, if you live on the border, buy some more ammo and MREs. (Meh, you were going to do that anyway...)
LP will admit that a lot of our high school educations were wasted on imaginary scenes from Red Dawn happening around us. We were pleased to see that a remake is coming out in the next few months. However, the producers saw fit to go ahead and remove the Chinese as the new bad guys and replace them digitally with North Korean troops. Time will tell whether there was a coincidence or irony with that fateful decision.
Post script: Now if all this was happening in conjunction with these tid bits:
Using Law Enforcement against citizens
Department of Homeland Security going Evil
Now that would be a real cause for concern. It's called tyranny.