NBC Just Simulated A War With China: Here’s What Happened

by James Corbett
May 29, 2022

NBC News’ Meet The Press offered their viewers a special treat earlier this month. Under the snappy title “War Games: The Battle For Taiwan,” the “news” channel staged a simulation gaming out what would happen in a full-scale military confrontation between the US and China.

Want to know what happened? Let’s answer the Five Ws of NBC’s war with China.

WHO Staged the Simulation?

The simulation took place at NBC News’ Washington Bureau, but it was staged by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).

The CNAS is a Washington think tank that describes itself as a “independent, bipartisan, nonprofit organization that develops strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies.” As usual, though, if you want to know what the think tank is really about, you’ll have to follow the money. In this case, you’ll find its top two funders are Northrop Grumman and the US Department of Defense (with Palantir, Raytheon, Honeywell, Booz Allen Hamilton and all the usual suspects not far behind), which might explain why it recommends “strengthening nuclear deterrence“; cheerleads the Department of Homeland Security‘s efforts against “domestic terrorism”; ponders how AI and other future technologies can be effectively weaponized; advocates for “enhancing” NATO and bolstering America’s Transatlantic security ties; and fearmongers about China and other bogeymen of the American empire.


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