A good friend of mine sent an accurate and interesting email concerning inequality and the rigging of the American economic system by the financiers on Wall Street and the big banks. I completely agree with the writer. I wrote back I could not agree with you any more than I do. Inequality is a deplorable situation that needs urgent addressing. It may be the core of all our social, political, and domestic ills. But from my international perspective living in Asia as I do there are others that are ostensibly worse.
As Jack Kennedy once stated, and you my recall he had a very rocky 1000 days in office before his assassination. (Bay of Pigs, the Cuban Missile Crisis) ‘Domestic policies can hurt us, foreign policies can kill us.’
My point is this, the Elitists controlling the American power structure wish to spread uncertainty and frustration by keeping the average person, the general public, or the weak minded as my writer friend described, the ignorant non-thinker etc., in the dark as to where we are likely to be headed as a nation. Those high minded capitalist in New York and Washington directly and indirectly control our lives are a smug, egotistical, and dangerous group not just to us Americans, but to all of humanity. They believe they can play the future of the planet similar to their engineering of our rigged economic system. That is take just enough from the people or nation, but play the part of the benefactor to the hilt. They have so far subdued the thinking of the American public who do not realize the full extent nor the implications of internationally interventions. These current interventions against Russia and China are dangerous and will have a lesser chance for an equitable solution. The interference by force is a dangerous, chancy, and a risk to us as well as a threat to world peace. In other word it’s playing with fire in the nuclear age.
Herewith are a few words on the direction that I feel the game is heading: The top, the one percent of the one percent continues to gather grand sums of riches from within the economy, but greedily desire more by way of a One World Order System with one predominant nation, you guest it, the U.S. of A. This is appallingly catastrophic in nature, and will lead to confrontation, conflict, terror, and ultimately World War III.
Russia is at the mercy of the West. The Federation’s economy is a disaster, sanctions, the lowly priced oil, and the build up of NATO on its western boarder, the increase funding for U. S. NATO support, four military brigades deployed to the four Baltic countries last month, activated missile sites in Austria and Hungary are allegedly aimed at non- existent ICBMs, and a non-nuclear Iran, but in actuality it’s to counter the Russia Bear. This is an unnecessary provocation that could turn into a tinder box, although not likely as Russia pulls in its horns recognizing its weakness. The focus of all this is of course the Russian intervention in Crimea and the Ukraine which have been Russian dominated since the Ice Age and is a manufactured ploy by the West to energize the continued NATO buildup.
The aggressive stance taken against Russia when undergoing analysis is replete with holes, because the region is and has been under Russia’s influence for centuries, not ours or Europe’s. Naked aggression should be punished, and it has been with sanctions, but in this case the critical enhancement came largely from the frightened Europeans and an opportunistic Pentagon. Europe easily went along with the admonishments because they know which side of their bread has the American butter on it. Would we like it if a nation or group of nations deployed military forces on our border? Of course not.
Secondly, and equally important, is another unnecessary provocation occurring almost weekly in the South China Sea: On 10 May a U. S guided missile destroyer the William P. Lawrence approached within 12 nautical miles of the Fire Cross Reef to determine “freedom of approach’ to the sand and coral shoal that has been transformed into a weaponize 680 acre land mass. It is one of the seven artificial islands claimed by China. China called the vessel’s intrusion into its claimed waters and near a the built-up shoal illegal and soon scrambled fighter Jets. The U. S. countered it by informing it was an operation to determine ‘Freedom of Navigation’ in the area. As we know the South China Sea is one the five most important maritime choke points, but is it really? Is it the most important to our welfare and in the best interest of the U. S.? Is it more important than say the Suez Canal, the Panama Canal, the Straits of Hormuz, the Malacca Straits, to mention a few ? I think not. We have other routes and means to transport out cargo.
The body of water is however important to China, Taiwan, and Japan. Still somehow we are ordered to step up our patrols in the region to service the local dispute. We have to get it in our heads these are regional issues to be solved mostly by themselves. We should assist in negotiations but not actively become a participants of force. Our true position for deployment in the region is of course to counter and contain a thus far peaceful China that merely wants to harvest commerce for the growth of their economy. Viewing the matter realistically it is not our affair but regrettably we are committed, overly committed, committed by treaty to come to the military aid of 60 nations worldwide. They go to war, we must support them or go directly to war with them at our side, as they hold our coat while we so often do the fighting for them.
The U. S. forcefully showed the flag in the South China Sea earlier this month. A fleet consisting of the aircraft carrier, the Nimitz-class nuclear-powered U. S. S. John C Stennis and I am certain the warship considers itself a 4.5 acre sovereign piece of United States Territory with 300o sailors and marines aboard. Accompanied was she by a trio of missile guided destroyers and a cruiser. Jet aircraft carried out a warning by strafing and bombing the empty sea around the flotilla. If this is not a provocation, a prelude for conflict or a war, I don’t know what one is. Let us suppose this exercise took place off the Florida coast by Chinese vessels. Would we stand for it? Absolutely not. Some day the Chinese may not stand for it either.
Obama with the support of Congress and the Pentagon committed the U. S. to the pivot, re-balancing of our forces from the Middle East to the region to counter a growing competitive China. Obama and the Pentagon maintain the deployments ‘are not all based on China.’ Observers disagree, says retired four star Marine General Anthony Zinni, always upright in telling it like it is during the Bush administration while assigned to combat in Iraq II… He repeatedly states ‘It’s all about China.’
All the Best.