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Michael Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is listening to The Guns of August to gauge the risk of war between the US and China.
I think this is the most dangerous time since I was a kid in 1962, during the Cuban missile crisis, he told me.
Mullen believes that while the US should help Taiwan boost defenses, it should do so quietly without provoking or humiliating China.
Sometimes Americans loudly embrace Taiwan in ways that inflame tensions at times when we should be hoping to lower them.