Thursday, December 8, 2016

Picking a War with China | Thinking the Unthinkable

Today, more than 400 American military bases encircle 
China with missiles, bombers, warships and nukes (
HERE)
John Pilger (Dec 6, 2016) - How many people are aware that a world war has begun? At present, it is a war of propaganda, of lies and distraction, but this can change instantaneously with the first mistaken order, the first missile.

In 2009, President Obama stood before an adoring crowd in the centre of Prague, in the heart of Europe. He pledged himself to make "the world free from nuclear weapons". People cheered and some cried. A torrent of platitudes flowed from the media. Obama was subsequently awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

It was all fake. He was lying.
The Obama
The world's greatest military power,
and the world's soon greatest economic power
are on the road to war
(HERE)
administration has built more nuclear weapons, more nuclear warheads, more nuclear delivery systems, more nuclear factories. Nuclear warhead spending alone rose higher under Obama than under any American president. The cost over thirty years is more than $1 trillion. 

A study by the RAND Corporation – which, since Vietnam, has planned America’s wars – is entitled War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable. Commissioned by the US Army, the authors evoke the Cold War when RAND made notorious the catch cry of its chief strategist, Herman Kahn – ‘thinking the unthinkable’. Kahn’s book, On Thermonuclear War, elaborated a plan for a ‘winnable’
War with China: Thinking Through the Unthinkable (HERE)
nuclear war against the Soviet Union.  

In 2015, in high secrecy, the US staged its biggest single military exercise since the Cold War. This was Talisman Sabre; an armada of ships and long-range bombers rehearsed an ‘Air-Sea Battle Concept for China’ – ASB – blocking sea lanes in the Straits of Malacca and cutting off China’s access to oil, gas and other raw materials from the Middle East and Africa. 

It is such a provocation, and the fear of a US Navy blockade, that has seen China feverishly building strategic airstrips on disputed reefs and islets in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Last July, the UN Permanent Court of Arbitration ruled against China’s claim of sovereignty over these islands. Although the action was brought by the Philippines, it was presented by leading American and British lawyers and can be traced to then US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

The world's attention and fortunes are shifting east, and America's dominance is ending [HERE]. Once subjugated, scorned and impoverished, China is rising inexorably as the world's banker, manufacturer and builder. 

Will all this be allowed to happen peacefully? "We need to make America strong again," says President-elect Trump. "We need to make America great again... and we need victories.

See also HERE + HERE