The Pentagon is drawing up new plans to prepare for an air and sea war in Asia, presumably against China, in the Obama administration’s most belligerent manifestation yet of the so-called pivot to Asia-Pacific.
Fighting counterinsurgency campaigns and building up institutions over long periods of military occupations would be a thing of the past in this new theater of war. New war strategies called “Air-Sea Battle” reveal Washington’s broader goals in the region and illustrate how a war with China – which the US apparently yearns for – would play out.
“Stealthy American bombers and submarines would knock out China’s long-range surveillance radar and precision missile systems located deep inside the country,” reports the Washington Post. “The initial ‘blinding campaign’ would be followed by a larger air and naval assault.”
The Obama administration has been ramping up the pressure on China with an increasingly antagonistic foreign policy. The so-called ‘Asia pivot’ is an aggressive policy that involves surging American military presence throughout the region – in the Philippines, Japan, Australia, Guam, South Korea, Singapore, etc. – in an unprovoked scheme to contain rising Chinese economic and military influence.
“As part of the Air-Sea Battle concept,” reports Military.com, the US is refurbishing old WWII bases, looking “to disperse its air forces stationed at its handful of major bases in the western Pacific in the event of a major conflict with China.”
The idea is to have enough US bases peppered throughout the region so that China would be too surrounded to safely attack. “Doing so would make it more difficult for China to wipe out entire squadrons sitting on the ground with surprise attacks from its long range ballistic missiles.”
Chinese officials have not appreciated this unprovoked bellicosity. In May the Chinese Defense Ministry accused the Pentagon of hyping a Chinese military threat out of thin air. Others have said these Pentagon moves could start an arms race.
“If the U.S. military develops Air-Sea Battle to deal with the [People’s Liberation Army], the PLA will be forced to develop anti-Air-Sea Battle,” one officer, Col. Gaoyue Fan, said last year in a debate sponsored by the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a defense think tank.
“Some Asia analysts worry that conventional strikes aimed at China could spark a nuclear war,” according to the Washington Post. Other “critics see a dangerous tendency toward alarmism that is exaggerating the China threat to drive up defense spending.”
Such increased tensions were a predictable result of America’s needlessly aggressive postures. A recent report from the Center for Strategic International Studies predicted that next year “could see a shift in Chinese foreign policy based on the new leadership’s judgment that it must respond to a US strategy that seeks to prevent China’s reemergence as a great power.”
“Signs of a potential harsh reaction are already detectable,” the report said. “The US Asia pivot has triggered an outpouring of anti-American sentiment in China that will increase pressure on China’s incoming leadership to stand up to the United States. Nationalistic voices are calling for military countermeasures to the bolstering of America’s military posture in the region and the new US defense strategic guidelines.”
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Things are not looking good for the future of humanity. First, we send all of our jobs to China, which inevitably led to their economy getting stronger. Now, we're pissed that they're economy is getting too strong and they have too much influence in the region. WTF did they expect when they gave every single manufacturing job the US has ever had to them. Now instead of trying to get those jobs back to make our country stronger and theirs weaker, we do what Americans do best, we move to surround them with military bases, and plan on attacking them. WTF is wrong with our leaders. If they didn't want the Chinese to become a super power, why the hell did they send all of our jobs over there. It's irrational. This is going to start a cold war part II. I can't wait to see the anti-chinese propaganda Fox News puts out if this amounts to anything. I could just hear George W. now if he were stil pres "The Chinese are anti-democratic. They're anti-freedom. They's a bunch of commies like Obama. S'port tha troops"
You mean "all" of the jobs have gone to China and everyone in the United States is unemployed? Some jobs have gone to China which has resulted in lower inflation and cost of living raises in the United States. I'm not jumping on the anti-China, trade union bandwagon. If it wasn't for China's consumerism and China leading the world in purchase of GM vehicles, that company, for one, would have went belly up years ago. I agree with Henry Kissinger in that we should realize we can't dominate the world.
Alright I was exaggerating. A lot of our manufacturing jobs went to China. Just go to Walmart and randomly pick up 10 items. I guarantee 9 out of 10 of them will have been made in China.
I am almost beginning to become a cultural and political nihilist. Is there any real meaning to things like the noble peace prize anymore. The most prestigious award for the person who best exemplifies peace and virtue. Obama, being the recipient of course, has been president of our country while we have been involved in, either directly or indirectly, wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya, and he is still permitting torture in Guantanamo Bay. Now, under the Obama Administration, we are taking an aggressive stance towards China that could provoke a war. And if there's a nuclear war that could potentially lead to the annihilation of the human race. And he won the Nobel PEACE Prize??????????? It's stranger than fiction, it really is.
Internacional Zionism and its "peace mission" around the globe. Time to openly Unite against this "destruction force" represented by US/Israel and some client states. Mr. Putin, its your move now!
Iran, China and Russia and its military allience is really needed. At least People of 4 corners could now what to expect. What is really bloocking this move? Game became very, very dangerous….peter czech
This is out of control…where's the reset button??
Lol. I guess dreaming doesn't cost anything. Hey America, first defeat those ragtag magnificent Afghan warriors… if you can
This gem from David Rothkopf:
The United States is a bit like a 375-pound, middle-aged man with a heart condition walking down a city street at night eating a Big Mac. He's sweating profusely because he's afraid he might get mugged. But the thing that's going to kill him is the burger.
Since the end of the Cold War, America has been on a relentless search for enemies. I don't mean a search in the sense of ferreting them out and defeating them. I mean that America seems to have a visceral need for them.
Many in the United States have a rampant, untreated case of enemy dependency. Politicians love enemies because bashing them helps stir up public sentiment and distract attention from problems at home. The defense industry loves enemies because enemies help them make money. Pundits and their publications love enemies because enemies sell papers and lead eyeballs to cable-news food fights.
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