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Post time 2010-12-1 07:44:35 |Display all floors
Obama's Korea: Desperation on the Cusp of Madness!

Michael Rivero

By now it should be clear that the United States, already hopelessly mired in military operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Somalia, Yemen, etc., et. al.
and having failed to win support for an invasion of Iran despite the failed coup attempt of 2009, has decided to provoke war with China via the proxy of South Korea.
The US has many reasons to want this new war.

First, in the wake of the G20 meeting in Seoul, South Korea, it became obvious that China was refusing to harm their own economy in order to accommodate the United States' desire for debt reduction, in particular a reduction of the trade imbalance between the two nations.
Of course, from the point of view of Wall Street, refusal to starve the people to fatten the bankers is tantamount to an act of war and the China bashing started before the Seoul G20 even finished.
Somehow, the US financial stresses were all China's fault, ignoring the fact that nobody forced the US to grant tax exemptions to large US corporations to offshore manufacturing, nor did anyone force the US to continue borrowing money from China past the point of prudence..

The harsh reality is that under the present set of international rules of economics, the United States Government is too deep in debt to ever pay it all off, either to China or even to the privately owned Federal Reserve. History tells us the next step for the United States. In order to deal with the financial crash of 1907, the United States entered World War 1. To deal with the great Depression caused by the crash of 1929, the United States entered World War 2 and in that one at least, provably used lies and deceptions to trick the American people into supporting that war.

Today we are in the throes of the crash of 2007, exacerbated by the massive Wall Street financial frauds. Unable to extract significantly more taxes from a population whose jobs were sent to other nations,
The United States Government finds itself with only two possible courses of action. Either go out of business, or start a new World War and murder everyone the government owes money to.

It would seem that the choice of action has been made.

This is not without precedent. The French King Philip the Fourth tried to exterminate the Knights Templar to evade the debts he owed these earliest of international bankers.

But in $elling a new war to an already war-weary population,
Obama needs this to be a "clean" war. That is, Obama needs the illusion of a war with a simple sense of moral right and wrong.
The present wars are known to have been started with lies and deceptions. Obama needs the illusion of a war whose purpose and objective are crystal clear, beyond question, and most importantly able to mask the primarily financial motive. In short, Obama needs to make it look like North Korea, and by extension China are unequivocally in the wrong by appearing to attack the United States. Hence the "Gulf of Tonkin" style tactic of putting US ships in close proximity to the enemy in hopes the enemy will oblige with a strike, or failing that, contriving such an attack upon oneself to justify the war. Hitler did exactly that at Gleiwitz, and it should be obvious that the US is following Hitler's playbook very closely, down to the scapegoat ethnic group and the use of confessions extracted under torture.

Obama also needs a war with North Korea because he needs a war with anyone not obviously an enemy of Israel, because all the wars the US is currently engaged in are with Israel's enemies, a serious impediment when trying to  the desired war with Iran. But once North Korea and China are attacked, the US can proceed with Iran and dismiss criticism that Iran is just another war for Israel.

In short, given the lack of traction the North Korea and China bashing are getting to date, I expect the US to try a repeat of the USS Maine or USS Maddox or Pearl Harbor hoaxes, to manufacture an illusion of an "unjustified" attack on the United States, and the UNited States morally obligated to wage unrestricted warfare on North Korea and China.

This is, of course, a really bad idea. The United States won World War 1 and 2 primarily because the USA was a manufacturing powerhouse. Sadly, that is no longer true. The mighty steelworks and factories that provided the material support for the allied armies are rusted ghosts of their former glory, not easy to resurrect.
For that reason and the current economic reality that no nation will loan the US Government more money to fight a losing war, I forecast, I warn, that the United States will lose the next World War it will create. Before the final surrender, the US will use their nuclear arsenal.

If the US starts a war with China, nuclear weapons are inevitable. China has a huge army, but no way to transport it across the Pacific to physically invade the US mainland. The US has ships and transport aircraft, but nowhere near enough manpower to physically invade the Chinese mainland. You can see where such a war must go when the conventional forces amount to a blind mongoose striking at a paralyzed cobra. Sooner or later nuclear weapons must be used, and again, if the US can make it appear that North Korea or China have attacked the US with a nuclear weapon, then the US has political cover to employ its nuclear arsenal in "retaliation."

These are very dark times. We are hostage to a government that views its own survival as the highest national priority, politically corndered, economically ruined, and armed with nuclear weapons.

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Post time 2010-12-3 03:44:31 |Display all floors
USS Washington comes upsetting Northeast Asia

16:22, November 29, 2010

By Li Hongmei

The past months have witnessed a succession of intensive military exercises in the Pacific Ocean and Northeast and Southeast Asia between US and its Asian allies near and off China's coasts; some scheduled, and some just hastily arranged, mostly conducted under the lead of the U.S.

And this weekend's presence of a U.S. aircraft carrier in the strategic Yellow Sea again poses a test for Beijing:
Should China shrilly warned against it as what happened four months ago and further aggravate the already tattered ties with Washington, or quietly accept the key symbol of American military preeminence off Chinese shores? After all, it is a time when the public concerns can no longer afford to be neglected. Any affront to China's interests or intrusion into Chinese territorial waters would probably inflame the public and require a government response.

Even if Beijing may hold its reticence this time, partially for the sake of the heightened tensions between two Koreas following the artillery shelling last Tuesday, the U.S. gunboat diplomacy can hardly gain ground in the region where China's influence is growing to challenge the traditional American prestigious position.

Besides, Pentagon's toughness can never rein in the "defiant" North Korea as expected.
North Korea, by contrast, warned Friday that the U.S.-South Korean military drills were pushing the peninsula to the "brink of war."
The deployment of USS Washington just adds fuel to the flames, breeding brinkmanship.

Perhaps, it is true that the US is good at playing games. And US politicians are sweet-mouthed but then stab you in the back when you are not looking, much the way they are doing now---to pressure China to pick sides.
The US has been, for the duration of the year, testing China's resolve over issues ranging from China's offshore ocean sovereignty, to China's core interests, to the Chinese yuan, to trade.
Each time it ends up with mutual ties damaged.

This time, it is North Korea, which the West tends to describe as China's "close ally", that
the U.S. would like to take as a good chance to pounce on to "hit three birds with one stone"----driving a wedge between Beijing and Pyongyang, or at best, Beijing will abandon its wayward "close ally", otherwise China's international image could be tarnished;
cornering North Korea, and out of despair, it will play a destructive role to be visible, say, conducting nuclear tests. Thus, US will readily catch the handle to clampdown its "belligerence".
And meanwhile, its jittery Ally-- South Korea will never have the courage to break away from its protective embrace.

On the one hand, the U.S. will never give up its saber-rattling behavior when it comes to handling North Korea issues, while on the other, it lays down the terms for talks forcing N Korea to stop any nuclear activities, which may be seen as the only bargaining chip by the reclusive country in return for what it needs---recognition as well as food. China is therefore caught in between as an active mediator for "six-party" talks.

The U.S. have actually sowed discord between two Koreas, as the U.S. is reluctant to see a unified Korea, which, viewed from geopolitical prism, can not necessarily serve as a puppet to the super power.

In a similar vein, sovereign unity and national resurgence are two missions China must accomplish. But the biggest obstacle to fulfilling those missions also comes from the US, especially from the Pentagon.

The U.S. is also ready to topple the fledgling interactive mechanism among China, North Korea and South Korea.
As a matter of fact, the three parties are already on the sound track toward interactions. China and South Korea have upgraded their relations to strategic and cooperative partnership; and North and South Korea also launched "Presidential Dialogue". Besides, both China and South Korea have respectively set up "economic zones" in North Korea. Without the U.S. meddling in, the Northeast Asia would hopefully achieve stability, if not harmony.

But it comes again, also in "good time" to mess up the situation. Under the plausible pretext of South Korea's outrage over the shelling, the warship is coming.

As the world's superpower with an unchallenged navy, no single nation in the world can stop the US from conducting such activity, but Washington will inevitably pay a costly price for its stinking decision.

The articles in this column represent the author's views only. They do not represent opinions of People's Daily or People's Daily Online.

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Post time 2010-12-3 08:03:10 |Display all floors
The problem is, the US cannot benefit from war with China. You can nuke China but the winds will blow radioactive fallout all over Europe and the USA! The Europeans will never forgive the US for this. Besides, Germany's economy is booming, thanks to China. Greece's economy is out of ICU, again thanks to China.

Plus, if attacked, China can dump the US dollar. That's not going to be pretty.

The US is basically out of options. Uncle Sam should just eat humble pie and become a normal country like everybody else.

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Post time 2010-12-3 13:32:57 |Display all floors
Originally posted by nebula1 at 2010-12-2 17:03
 ... The US is basically out of options. Uncle Sam should just eat humble pie and become a normal country like everybody else.

I would love to see that happen.

I think there is another option though. Uncle Sam can inflate it's currency to decrease the value of it's debts. That wouldn't be a happy solution for Americans near/at retirement age. It would decrease the value of their life savings.

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Post time 2010-12-3 13:51:35 |Display all floors

Reply #3 nebula1's post

Good salient points. There would be no winner if there is a WW III. Period.

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