China has been experiencing a severe problem with high levels of smog, but always the optimists, a top Chinese military official decided to try and put a positive spin on China’s air quality woes by focusing on the military advantage it offers.

China’s Navy Rear Admiral Zhang Zhaozhong echoed a statement made by the state media in an interview that the smog in China is at least a hindrance to U.S. Navy’s laser weapons.

“Under conditions where there is no smog, a laser weapon can fire [at a range of] 10 kilometers. When there's smog, it's only one kilometer. What's the point of making this kind of weapon?" he asked.

Netizens were quick to fire back on the Sina Weibo social media site after hearing about the interview. Currently, the U.S. embassy air-quality monitor has recorded 405 micrograms per 1 cubic meter of dangerous particles in the air, which far surpasses the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s reading of 270. China has issued an "orange" pollution alert, which is the second highest alert.

The rear admiral defended his claims. "I just stated a laser weapon's weakness," Zhang said. "I don't support smog."

Perhaps, Zhang should have thought about the implications of his statements.