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Introduction: US Empire building on a world-scale began during and shortly after WWII. Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war (providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese), backed France’s re-colonization war against the Viet Minh in Indo-China and installed Japanese imperial collaborator-puppet regimes in South Korea, Taiwan and Japan.

While empire building took place with starts and stops, advances and defeats, the strategic goal remained the same: to prevent the establishment of independent communist or secular-nationalist governments and to impose vassal regimes compliant to US interests.

Bloody wars and coups (’regime changes’) were the weapons of choice. Defeated European colonial regimes were replaced and incorporated as subordinate US allies.

Where possible, Washington relied on armies of mercenaries trained, equipped and directed by US ‘advisors’ to advance imperial conquests. Where necessary, usually if the client regime and vassal troops were unable to defeat an armed people’s army, the US armed forces intervened directly.

Imperial strategists sought to intervene and brutally conquer the target nation. When they failed to achieve their ‘maximum’ goal, they dug in with a policy of encirclement to cut the links between revolutionary centers with adjoining movements. Where countries successfully resisted armed conquests, empire builders imposed economic sanctions and blockades to erode the economic basis of popular governments.

Empires, as the Roman sages long recognized, are not built in a day, or weeks and months. Temporary agreements and accords are signed and conveniently broken because imperial designs remain paramount.

Empires would foment internal cleavages among adversaries and coups in neighboring countries. Above all, they construct a worldwide network of military outposts, clandestine operatives and regional alliances on the borders of independent governments to curtail emerging military powers.

Following successful wars, imperial centers dominate production and markets, resources and labor. However, over time challenges would inevitably emerge from dependent and independent regimes. Rivals and competitors gained markets and increased military competence. While some vassal states sacrificed political-military sovereignty for independent economic development, others moved toward political independence.

Early and Late Contradictions of Expanding Imperialism

The dynamics of imperial states and systems contain contradictions that constantly challenge and change the contours of empire.

The US devoted immense resources to retain its military supremacy among vassals, but experienced a sharp decline in its share of world markets, especially with the rapid rise of new economic producers.

Economic competition forced the imperial centers to realign the focus of their economies – ‘rent’ (finance and speculation) displaced profits from trade and production. Imperial industries relocated abroad in search of cheap labor. Finance, insurance, real estate, communications, military and security industries came to dominate the domestic economy. A vicious cycle was created: with the erosion of its productive base, the Empire further increased its reliance on the military, finance capital and the import of cheap consumer goods.

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Just after World War II, Washington tested its military prowess through intervention . Because of the immense popular resistance and the proximity of the USSR, and later PRC, empire building in post-colonial Asia was contained or militarily defeated. US forces temporarily recognized a stalemate in Korea after killing millions. Its defeat in China led to the flight of the ‘Nationalists’ to the provincial island of Taiwan. The sustained popular resistance and material support from socialist superpowers led to its retreat from Indo-China. In response, it resorted to economic sanctions to strangle the revolutionary governments.

The Growth of the Unipolar Ideology

With the growing power of overseas economic competitors and its increasing reliance on direct military intervention, the US Empire took advantage of the internal disintegration of the USSR and China’s embrace of ’state capitalism’ in the early 1990’s and 1980s..The US expanded throughout the Baltic region, Eastern and Central Europe and the Balkans – with the forced breakup of Yugoslavia. Imperial strategists envisioned ‘a unipolar empire’ – an imperial state without rivals. The Empire builders were free to invade, occupy and pillage independent states on any continent – even bombing a European capital, Belgrade, with total impunity. Multiple wars were launched against designated ‘adversaries’, who lacked strong global allies.

Countries in South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa were targeted for destruction. South America was under the control of neo-liberal regimes. The former USSR was pillaged and disarmed by imperial vassals. Russia was ruled by gangster-kleptocrats allied to US stooges. China was envisioned as nothing more than a slave workshop producing cheap mass consumer goods for Americans and generating high profits for US multinational corporations and retailers like Walmart.

Unlike the Roman Empire, the 1990’s were not to be the prelude to an unchallenged US empire of long duration. Since the ‘unipolarists’ were pursuing multiple costly and destructive wars of conquest and they were unable to rely on the growth of satellites with emerging industrial economies for its profits. US global power eroded.

The Demise of Unipolarity: The 21st Century

Ten years into the 21st century, the imperial vision of an unchallenged unipolar empire was crumbling. China’s ‘primitive’ accumulation led to advanced domestic accumulation for the Chinese people and state. China’s power expanded overseas through investments, trade and acquisitions. China displaced the US as the leading trading partner in Asia and the largest importer of primary commodities from Latin America and Africa. China became the world’s leading manufacturer and exporter of consumer goods to North America and the EU.

The first decade of the 21st century witnessed the overthrow or defeat of US vassal states throughout Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Venezuela, Ecuador and Brazil) and the emergence of independent agro-mineral regimes poised to form regional trade pacts. This was a period of growing global demand for their natural resources and commodities- precisely when the US was de-industrializing and in the throes of costly disastrous wars in the Middle East.

In contrast to the growing independence of Latin America, the EU deepened its military participation in the brutal US-led overseas wars by expanding the ‘mandate’ of NATO. Brussels followed the unipolarist policy of systematically encircling Russia and weakening its independence via harsh sanctions. The EU’s outward expansion (financed with increasing domestic austerity) heightened internal cleavages, leading to popular discontent .The UK voted in favor of a referendum to secede from the EU.

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The domestic disasters of the US vassal regime in Russia, under Boris Yeltsin during the 1990″s, pushed the voters to elect a nationalist, Vladimir Putin. President Vladimir Putin’s government embarked on a program to regain Russian sovereignty and its position as a global power, countering US internal intervention and pushing back against external encirclement by NATO.

Unipolarists continued to launch multiple wars of conquest in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, costing trillions of dollars and leading to the loss of global markets and competitiveness. As the armies of the Empire expanded globally, the domestic economy (the ‘Republic’) contracted .The US became mired in recession and growing poverty. Unipolar politics created a growing multi-polar global economy, while rigidly imposing military priorities.

The Empire Strikes Back: The Nuclear Option

The second decade of the 21st century ushered in the demise of unipolarity to the dismay of many ‘experts’ and the blind denial by its political architects. The rise of a multi-polar world economy intensified the desperate imperial drive to restore unipolarity by military means, led by militarists incapable of adjusting or assessing their own policies.

Under the regime of the ‘first black’ US President Obama, elected on promises to ‘rein in’ the military, imperial policymakers intensified their pursuit of seven, new and continuing wars. To the policymakers and the propagandists in the US-EU corporate media, these were successful imperial wars, accompanied by premature declarations of victories in Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan. This triumphal delusion of success led the new Administration to launch new wars in Ukraine, Libya, Syria and Yemen.

As the new wave of wars and coups (’regime change’) to re-impose unipolarity failed, even greater militarist policies displaced economic strategies for global dominance. The unipolarists-militarists, who direct the permanent state apparatus, continued to sacrifice markets and investments with total immunity from the disastrous consequences of their failures on the domestic economy.

A Brief Revival of Unipolarity in Latin America

Coups and power grabs have overturned independent governments in Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Honduras and threatened progressive governments in Bolivia, Venezuela and Ecuador. However, the pro-imperial ‘roll-back’ in Latin America was neither politically nor economically sustainable and threatens to undermine any restoration of US unipolar dominance of the region.

The US has provided no economic aid or expanded access to markets to reward and support their newly acquired client regimes. Argentina’s new vassal, Mauricio Macri, transferred billions of dollars to predatory Wall Street bankers and handed over access to military bases and lucrative resources without receiving any reciprocal inflows of investment capital. Indeed the servile policies of President Macri created greater unemployment and depressed living standards, leading to mass popular discontent. The unipolar empire’s ‘new boy’ in its Buenos Aires fiefdom faces an early demise.

Likewise, widespread corruption, a deep economic depression and unprecedented double digit levels of unemployment in Brazil threaten the illicit vassal regime of Michel Temer with permanent crisis and rising class conflict.

Short-Lived Success in the Middle East

The revanchist unipolarist launch of a new wave of wars in the Middle East and North Africa seemed to succeed briefly with the devastating power of US-NATO aerial and naval bombardment .Then collapsed amidst grotesque destruction and chaos, flooding Europe with millions of refugees.

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Powerful surges of resistance to the US invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan hastened the retreat toward a multi-polar world. Islamist insurgents drove the US into fortress garrisons and took control of the countryside and encircled cities in Afghanistan; Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia and Libya drove US backed regimes and mercenaries into flight.

Unipolarists and the Permanent State: Re-Group and Attack

Faced with its failures, unipolarists regrouped and implemented the most dangerous military strategy yet: the build-up of nuclear ‘First-Strike’ capability targeting China and Russia.

Orchestrated by US State Department political appointees, Ukraine’s government was taken over by US vassals leading to the ongoing break-up of that country. Fearful of neo-fascists and Russophobes, the citizens of Crimea voted to rejoin Russia. Ethnic Russian majorities in Ukraine’s Donbass region have been at war with Kiev with thousands killed and millions fleeing their homes to take refuge in Russia. The unipolarists in Washington financed and directed the Kiev coup led by kleptocrats, fascists and street mobs, immune as always from the consequences.

Meanwhile the US is increasing its number of combat troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria to buttress its unreliable allies and mercenaries.

What is crucial to understanding the rise and demise of imperial power and the euphoric unipolar declarations of the 1990’s (especially during the heyday of President Clinton’s bloody reign), is that at no point have military and political advances been sustained by foundational economic building blocks.

The US defeated and subsequently occupied Iraq, but it also systematically destroyed Iraq’s civil society and its economy, creating fertile ground for massive ethnic cleansing, waves of refugees and the subsequent Islamist uprising that over ran vast territories. Indeed, deliberate US policies in Iraq and elsewhere created the refugee crisis that is overwhelming Europe.

A similar situation is occurring during the first two decades of this century: Military victories have installed ineffective imperial-backed unpopular leaders. Unipolarists increasingly rely on the most retrograde tribal rabble, Islamist extremists, overseas clients and paid mercenaries. The deliberate US-led assault on the very people capable of leading modern multicultural nations like Iraq, Libya, Syria and Ukraine, is a caricature of the notorious Pol Pot assaults on Cambodia’s educated classes. Of course, the US honed its special skills in ‘killing the school teachers’ when it trained and financed the mujahedin in Afghanistan in the 1980’s.

The second weakness, which led to the collapse of the unipolar illusion, has been their inability to rethink their assumptions and re-orient and rebalance their strategic militarist paradigm from the incredible global mess they created

They steadfastly refused to work with and promote the educated economic elites in the conquered countries. To do so would have required maintaining an intact social-economic-security system in the countries they had systematically shredded. It would mean rejecting their paradigm of total war, unconditional surrender and naked, brutal military occupation in order to allow the development of viable economic allies, instead of imposing pliable but grotesquely corrupt vassal regimes.

The deeply entrenched, heavily financed and vast military-intelligence-police apparatus, numbering many millions, has formed a parallel imperial state ruling over the elected and civilian regime within the US.

The so-called ‘deep state’, in reality, is a ruling state run by unipolarists. It is not some ‘faceless entity’: It has a class, ideological and economic identity.

Despite the severe cost of losing a series of catastrophic wars and the multi-billion-dollar thefts by kleptocratic vassal regimes, the unipolarists have remained intact, even increasing their efforts to score a conquest or temporary military victory.

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Let us say it, openly and clearly: The unipolarists are now engaged in blaming their terrible military and political failures on Russia and China. This is why they seek, directly and indirectly, to weaken Russia and China’s ‘allies abroad’ and at home. Indeed their savage campaign to ‘blame the Russians’ for President Trump’s election reflects their deep hostility to Russia and contempt for the working and lower middle class voters (the ‘basket of deplorables’) who voted for Trump. This elite’s inability to examine its own failures and the political system’s inability to remove these disastrous policymakers is a serious threat to the future of the world.

Unipolarists: Fabricating Pretexts for World War

While the unipolarist state suffered predictable military defeats and prolonged wars and reliance on unstable civilian regimes, the ideologues continue to deflect blame onto ‘Russia and China as the source of all their military defeats’. The unipolarists’ monomania has been transformed into a provocative large-scale offensive nuclear missile build-up in Europe and Asia, increasing the risk of a nuclear war by engaging in a deadly ‘game of chicken’.

The veteran nuclear physicists in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists published an important description of the unipolarists’ war plans. They revealed that the ‘current and ongoing US nuclear program has implemented revolutionary new technologies that will vastly increase the targeting capability of the US ballistic missile arsenal. These new technologies increase the overall US killing power of existing US ballistic missile forces threefold’. This is exactly what an objective observer would expect of a nuclear-armed US unipolar state planning to launch a war by disarming China and Russia with a ’surprise’ first strike.

The unipolar state has targeted several countries as pretexts for launching a war. The US government installed provocative missile bases in the Baltic countries and Poland. These are regimes chosen for their eagerness to violate Russia’s borders or airspace and insanely willing to invite the inevitable military response and chain reaction onto their own populations. Other sites for huge US military bases and NATO expansion include the Balkans, especially the former Yugoslav provinces of Kosovo and Montenegro. These are bankrupt ethno-fascist mafia states and potential tinderboxes for NATO-provoked conflicts leading to a US first strike. This explains why the most rabid US Senate militarists have been pushing for Kosovo and Montenegro’s integration into NATO.

Syria is where the unipolarists are creating a pretext for nuclear war. The US state has been sending more ‘Special Forces’ into highly conflictive areas to support their mercenery allies. This means US troops will operate (illegally) face-to-face with the advancing Syrian army, who are backed by Russian military air support (legally). The US plans to seize ISIS-controlled Raqqa in Northern Syria as its own base of operation with the intention of denying the Syrian government its victory over the jihadi-terrorists. The likelihood of armed ‘incidents’ between the US and Russia in Syria is growing to the rapturous applause of US unipolarists.

The US has financed and promoted Kurdish fighters as they seize Syrian territory from the jihadi-terrorists, especially in territories along the Turkish border. This is leading to an inevitable conflict between Turkey and the US-backed Kurds.

Another likely site for expanded war is Ukraine. After seizing power in Kiev, the klepto-fascists launched a shooting war and economic blockade against the bilingual ethnic Russian-Ukrainians of the Donbass region. Attacks by the Kiev junta, countless massacres of civilians (including the burning of scores of unarmed Russian-speaking protesters in Odessa) and the sabotage of Russian humanitarian aid shipments could provoke retaliation from Russia and invite a US military intervention via the Black Sea against Crimea.

The mostly likely site for starting World War III is the Korean peninsula. The unipolarists and their allies in the state apparatus have systematically built-up the conditions to trigger a war with China using the pretext of the North Korean defensive weapons program.

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The unipolarists’ state apparatus has gathered its allies in Congress and the mass media to create public hysteria. Congress and the administration of President Trump have fabricated the North Korean missile program as a ‘threat to the United States’. This has allowed the unipolarist state to implement an offensive military strategy to counter this phony ‘threat’.

The elite have discarded all previous diplomatic negotiations and agreements with North Korea in order to prepare for war – ultimately directed at China. This is because China is the most dynamic and successful global economic challenger to US world domination. The US has ’suffered’ peaceful, but humiliating, economic defeat at the hands of an emerging Asian power. China’s economy has grown more than three times faster than the US for the last two decades. And China’s infrastructure development bank has attracted scores of regional and European participants after a much promoted US trade agreement in Asia, developed by the Obama Administration, collapsed. Over the past decade, while salaries and wages have stagnated or regressed in the US and EU, they have tripled in China.

China’s economic growth is set to surpass the US into the near and distant future if trends continue. This will inevitably lead to China replacing the US s as the world’s most dynamic economic power…. barring a nuclear attack by the US. It is no wonder China is embarked on a program to modernize its defensive missile systems and border and maritime security.

As the unipolarists prepare for the ‘final decision’ to attack China, they are systematically installing their most advanced nuclear missile strike capacity in South Korea under the preposterous pretext of countering the regime in Pyongyang. To exacerbate tensions, the US High Command has embarked on cyber-attacks against North Korea’s missile program. It has been staging massive military exercises with Seoul, which provoked the North Korean military to ‘test’ four of its medium range ballistic missiles in the Sea of Japan. Washington has ignored the Chinese government’s efforts to calm the situation and persuade the North Koreans to resist US provocations on its borders and even scale down their nuclear weapons program.

The US war propaganda machine claims that Pyongyang’s nervous response to Washington’s provocative military exercises (dubbed “Foal Eagle’) on North Korea’s border are both a ‘threat’ to South Korea and ‘evidence of its leaders’ insanity.’ Ultimately, Washington intends to target China. It installed its (misnamed) Terminal High Altitude Area Defense System (THAAD) in South Korea .An offensive surveillance and attack system designed to target China’s major cities and complement the US maritime encirclement of China and Russia. Using North Korea as a pretext, THAAD was installed in South Korea, with the capacity to reach the Chinese heartland in minutes. Its range covers over 3,000 kilometers of China’s land mass. THAAD directed missiles are specifically designed to identify and destroy China’s defensive missile capacity.

With the THADD installation in South Korea, Russia’s Far East is now encircled by the US offensive missiles to complement the build-up in the West.

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The unipolar strategists are joined by the increasingly militaristic Japanese government – a most alarming development for the Koreans and Chinese given the history of Japanese brutality in the region. The Japanese Defense Minister has proposed acquiring the capacity for a ‘pre-emptive strike’, an imperial replay of its invasion and enslavement of Korea and Manchuria. Japan ‘points to’ North Korea but really aims at China.

South Korea’s deeply corrupt and blindly submissive regime immediately accepted the US/THADD system on their territory. Washington found the compliant South Korean ‘deep state’ willing to sacrifice its crucial economic links with Beijing: China is South Korea’s biggest trading partner. In exchange for serving as a platform for future US aggression against China, South Korea has suffered losses in trade, investments and employment. Even if a new South Korea government were to reverse this policy, the US will not move its THAAD installation. China, for its part, has largely cut its economic and investment ties with some of South Korea’s biggest conglomerates. Tourism, cultural and academic exchanges, commercial agreements and, most important, most of South Korean industrial exports face shut down.

In the midst of a major political scandal involving the Korean President (who faces impeachment and imprisonment), the US-Japanese military alliance has brutally sucked the hapless South Korean people into an offensive military build-up against China. In the process Seoul threatens its peaceful economic relations with China. The South Koreans are overwhelmingly ‘pro-peace’, but find themselves on the frontlines of a potential nuclear war.

China’s response to Washington’s threat is a massive buildup of its own defensive missile capacity. The Chinese now claim to have the capacity to rapidly demolish THAAD bases in South Korea if pushed by the US. China is retooling its factories to compensate for the loss of South Korean industrial imports.

Conclusion

The rise and fall of unipolar America has not displaced the permanent state apparatus as it continues to pursue its deluded strategies.

On the contrary, the unipolarists are accelerating their drive for global military conquest by targeting Russia and China, which they insist are the cause of their losing wars and global economic decline. They live on their delusions of a ‘Golden Age’ of the 1990’s when George Bush, Sr. could devastate Iraq and Bill Clinton could bomb Yugoslavia’s cities with impunity.

Gone are the days when the unipolarists could break up the USSR, finance violent breakaway former Soviet regimes in Asia and the Caucuses and run fraudulent elections for its drunken clients in Russia.

The disasters of US policies and its domestic economic decline has given way to rapid and profound changes in power relations over the last two decades, shattering any illusion of a unipolar ‘American Century’.

Unipolarity remains the ideology of the permanent state security apparatus and its elites in Washington. They believe that the marriage of militarism abroad and financial control at home will allow them to regain their lost unipolar ‘Garden of Eden’.

China and Russia are the essential new protagonists of a multipolar world. The dynamics of necessity and their own economic growth has pushed them to successfully nurture alternative, independent states and markets.

This obvious, irreversible reality has driven the unipolarists to the mania of preparing for a global nuclear war! The pretexts are infinite and absurd; the targets are clear and global; the destructive offensive military means are available; but so are the formidable defensive and retaliatory capacities of China and Russia.

The unipolarist state’s delusion of ‘winning a global nuclear war’ presents Americans with the critical challenge to resist or give in to an insanely dangerous empire in decline, which is willing to launch a globally destructive war.

(Republished from The James Petras Website by permission of author or representative)
 
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  1. “This means US troops will operate (illegally) face-to-face with the advancing Syrian army, who are backed by Russian military air support (legally).”

    You don’t seem to understand the definitions of legal and illegal in the current context: Anything the US declares legal and subject to its jurisdiction anywhere in the world is legal, otherwise it is still subject to US interpretation on its legality or not. In other words, US troops always operate legally, international law notwithstanding, and US laws have effect everywhere and at all times.

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    What an idiotic statement.


    The United States doesn't decide what is right and what is wrong.
    , @Anonymous White Male
    The difference between "legal", which is whatever the law says, and "lawful". De facto vs. de jure.
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  2. nsa says:

    What’s this “unipolarist” stuff…..some kind of trendy academic euphemism? A land war in Asia? Even the American public isn’t that stupid. There is zero chance of an attack on Korea….for a couple of reasons: 1) nothing in it for the jooies who need to conserve their satrap’s military for an attack on Iran, 2) if feasible, would have already happened, and lastly 3) the paper tiger would lose another one. Think about it….goodbye Seoul, goodbye 30,000 US troops, goodbye all those lucrative samsung-kia-hyundai franchises, kiss off a couple carriers from torpedos, goodbye lots of attack aircraft…..and that’s all before the Chinese enter the fray. Right now the biggest problem is how to let jooie butt boy Trumpstein and his ridiculous VFW geezer generals back down without losing face. Face is everything to westerners, you know…….

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    • Replies: @Realist
    " Even the American public isn’t that stupid."

    Oh yes they are. Their stupidity is boundless.
  3. Realist says:
    @nsa
    What's this "unipolarist" stuff.....some kind of trendy academic euphemism? A land war in Asia? Even the American public isn't that stupid. There is zero chance of an attack on Korea....for a couple of reasons: 1) nothing in it for the jooies who need to conserve their satrap's military for an attack on Iran, 2) if feasible, would have already happened, and lastly 3) the paper tiger would lose another one. Think about it....goodbye Seoul, goodbye 30,000 US troops, goodbye all those lucrative samsung-kia-hyundai franchises, kiss off a couple carriers from torpedos, goodbye lots of attack aircraft.....and that's all before the Chinese enter the fray. Right now the biggest problem is how to let jooie butt boy Trumpstein and his ridiculous VFW geezer generals back down without losing face. Face is everything to westerners, you know.......

    ” Even the American public isn’t that stupid.”

    Oh yes they are. Their stupidity is boundless.

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    • Agree: Astuteobservor II
    • Replies: @in the middle
    Once a jooe told me, 'Americans have the right to be stupid', darn it!!
  4. Anonymous says: • Disclaimer

    I kind of agree with you, I kind of don’t.

    No doubt the Zionists want to focus on Syria and Iran because there is a direct benefit to them there, but don’t forget their goal. Their goal is total control of the world, and China and Russia stand in their way.

    Using N Korea to threaten China and Russia is probably high on their to do list too.

    But I do agree with you. There is no way a N Korea war would be easy or fast for America. We would probably lose 30k soldiers and many ships at least. Wr would burn through a ton of money when we are flat broke. And I doubt we can be in a 2 front war right now anyway. So probably Middle East will take the priority.

    So the most plausible explanation to me is that Trump re-read one of the chapters he wrote on negotiation and tried to convince China to go to war for us. But the Chinese aren’t stupid and they didn’t take the bait.

    China talked tough to N Korea and suspended their coal exports to make it look like they would play game, and America sent ships to threaten N Korea. But that was all Trump negotiation tactics. And Trump would be stupid to go to war and have this define his presidency.

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  5. dearieme says:

    “providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese”

    Come off it! The Red Army assiduously avoided fighting the Japanese.

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    • Replies: @Maxim Amplikov
    Anyone who knows any 20th Century history started smirking after the first two sentences. The Red Army went on a very "Long March" to avoid fighting the Japanese. They hid in caves while Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists fought the Japanese. The Nationalists' funds were blocked by Communist party agents in the U.S. Government. Owen Lattimore and John Service were investigated for obstruction and for promoting Mao while slandering Chiang Kai Shek. General Marshall finished off the Nationalists by giving Japanese weapons to Mao after the war. (Marshall's supporters say it was unintentional.) In the 30's an American journalist named Edgar Snow wrote a glowing tribute to Mao called "Red Star Over China." I think he worked for Time magazine.

    This is silly stuff. Must be filler material.
    , @mp
    Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war (providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese)...

    Indeed. The Red Army and the KMT were worried more about each other than the Japanese, for whom the Americans were wrapping up. Fast forward to the present: my guess is that the current CCP leadership views Trump as a PT Barnum sort of buffoon, one easy to manipulate in the short-term, and also a man that definitely cannot to be trusted long-term.
  6. Tulip says:

    China is not happy with North Korea either.

    Speculation is that China is planning an invasion with a secret green light from Washington.

    Even if the US went in, it may be that if China were granted basing rights in the North, or if there was an agreement for a multinational peacekeeping force, with equal US/Chinese troops, there may be a way of providing assurance to China on the national security front while getting rid of a gangster regime that threatens the security of everyone.

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  7. China was envisioned as nothing more than a slave workshop producing cheap mass consumer goods for Americans and generating high profits for US multinational corporations and retailers like Walmart.

    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?

    The mostly likely site for starting World War III is the Korean peninsula. The unipolarists and their allies in the state apparatus have systematically built-up the conditions to trigger a war with China using the pretext of the North Korean defensive weapons program.

    What happened in New York on 9/11 totally unhinged America for a generation. One small nuke landing anywhere in the US would totally do us in. Russia and China could probably survive a dozen each and soldier on.

    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

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    • Replies: @Realist
    "What happened in New York on 9/11 totally unhinged America for a generation."

    The per cent of Americans killed on 9/11 was less than 0.000097

    The per cent of Japanese killed in the 2011 Tsunami was 0.0144 with nary a whimper.

    The Japanese total was 148 times the US total!

    The US would never survive a small nuclear attack

    , @mp
    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?

    Walmarts in China are not like the one's in America. I'm convinced the US stores are supported by welfare checks and food stamps. Without those, my guess is that the stores would have closed a long time ago. Also, in China you don't see half the store filled up with overweight diabetics on disability, riding around on motorized scooters, looking like land-locked Barron Harkonnens, etc.
  8. neutral says:

    One small nuke landing anywhere in the US would totally do us in.

    What do you mean by this ? Are you talking about most Americans leaving their cities and thus collapsing the entire economic system. Or are you saying that people will get so unhinged that it will launch all its missiles (without knowing who is responsible) and thus have more nuclear strikes hitting it ?

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  9. El Dato says:

    Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese

    This is COMPLETELY ass-backwards and there is not enough facepalm for such a statement.

    The Red Army kept itself well ensconced and recruited desperate peasants while Chiang Kai Check fought against the Japanese with not a lot of support from the US, then got the cold shoulder from Churchill. After that, the Nationalist Chinese were such an utter wreck that Mao could easily clean the floor.

    Any student of the Sino-Japanese war should have the basics right.

    Start reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10182755/Chinas-war-With-Japan-1937-1945-the-struggle-for-survival-by-Rana-Mitter-review.html

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    • Agree: Alden
    • Replies: @Astuteobservor II
    from what I have read. the first half of that statement is true, while the 2nd half is wrong. 45-49, ccp got the left overs of manchuria, while the kmt got hardware and training directly from the usa.
    , @Uebersetzer
    Neither the KMT nor the Communists concentrated their full efforts on the Japanese. They were mainly interested in conserving their strength for the fight with one another, reasoning that the Japanese would eventually lose the war.
    The KMT received a lot of US aid, much of it via the Burma Road. A good deal of the aid was wasted, however, because of KMT corruption and warlordism and because fighting the Japanese was not a top priority.
  10. Realist says:
    @Robert Magill

    China was envisioned as nothing more than a slave workshop producing cheap mass consumer goods for Americans and generating high profits for US multinational corporations and retailers like Walmart.
     
    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?


    The mostly likely site for starting World War III is the Korean peninsula. The unipolarists and their allies in the state apparatus have systematically built-up the conditions to trigger a war with China using the pretext of the North Korean defensive weapons program.
     
    What happened in New York on 9/11 totally unhinged America for a generation. One small nuke landing anywhere in the US would totally do us in. Russia and China could probably survive a dozen each and soldier on.
    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

    “What happened in New York on 9/11 totally unhinged America for a generation.”

    The per cent of Americans killed on 9/11 was less than 0.000097

    The per cent of Japanese killed in the 2011 Tsunami was 0.0144 with nary a whimper.

    The Japanese total was 148 times the US total!

    The US would never survive a small nuclear attack

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  11. @El Dato

    Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese
     
    This is COMPLETELY ass-backwards and there is not enough facepalm for such a statement.

    The Red Army kept itself well ensconced and recruited desperate peasants while Chiang Kai Check fought against the Japanese with not a lot of support from the US, then got the cold shoulder from Churchill. After that, the Nationalist Chinese were such an utter wreck that Mao could easily clean the floor.

    Any student of the Sino-Japanese war should have the basics right.

    Start reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10182755/Chinas-war-With-Japan-1937-1945-the-struggle-for-survival-by-Rana-Mitter-review.html

    from what I have read. the first half of that statement is true, while the 2nd half is wrong. 45-49, ccp got the left overs of manchuria, while the kmt got hardware and training directly from the usa.

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  12. There’s so much madness in this article and Comments that a mathematically capable software whiz like Ron Unz could usefully and profitably establish a betting site associated with all the names and pseudonymous pundits who infest UR with their crazy certainties. Money where mouth is and following the money are a good start.

    So clear are some of the doom laden predictions on this thread that surely someone will take me up if I offer for a minimum bet of $10,000 6 to 4 *against* any war between the US and either China or Russia before 2022.

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    • Replies: @Corvinus
    "So clear are some of the doom laden predictions on this thread that surely someone will take me up if I offer for a minimum bet of $10,000 6 to 4 *against* any war between the US and either China or Russia before 2022."

    Exactly. The doomsday prognosticators keep up with the Fake News about the impending end of the world scenarios and they fail to materialize...repeatedly.
    , @Vires
    Maybe some AI software able to detect the sheer idiocy and hubris in your comments that proceeds to automatically bin them before they ever get published would give the readership a far more useful service.
  13. Didn’t we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam? How did that war work for us? Of course we are stupid and our conscious memory is hardly good for 4 years. Our distant memory is as good as every election cycle and the Vietnam war happened centuries ago on the US memory calendar!

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    • Replies: @mp
    Didn’t we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam?

    It was a mixed bag. Primarily Vietnam was more a Soviet ally than Chinese. You must remember that during the '60s the Chinese and Soviets were at odds, and Chinese-Vietnamese relations were not good, either. After the Americans retreated (Nixon-Kissinger's "Peace with Honor"), China and Vietnam fought some skirmishes over Vietnam's Cambodian intrigue.

    Amazing, when you think about it, how Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean brothers and cousins can't get along. If they could, it would be very difficult for the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance in the region. Think about it. Chinese are as crafty as Jews, they are patient as hell (they think in long terms), they are every bit as tribal as Jews. Plus, unlike Jews, they have demonstrated an ability to create an indigenous (i.e., non parasitic) culture. Finally, Chinese don't feel any guilt over the Jew's Holocaust Six Million shekel religion, so they can't be whipped into a subservient paroxysm over it. Maybe that makes war with them inevitable.
    , @Fuzzy
    Yes, the Korean war and Vietnam were proxy wars. Remember the Red dominos?
  14. @El Dato

    Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese
     
    This is COMPLETELY ass-backwards and there is not enough facepalm for such a statement.

    The Red Army kept itself well ensconced and recruited desperate peasants while Chiang Kai Check fought against the Japanese with not a lot of support from the US, then got the cold shoulder from Churchill. After that, the Nationalist Chinese were such an utter wreck that Mao could easily clean the floor.

    Any student of the Sino-Japanese war should have the basics right.

    Start reading: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/books/10182755/Chinas-war-With-Japan-1937-1945-the-struggle-for-survival-by-Rana-Mitter-review.html

    Neither the KMT nor the Communists concentrated their full efforts on the Japanese. They were mainly interested in conserving their strength for the fight with one another, reasoning that the Japanese would eventually lose the war.
    The KMT received a lot of US aid, much of it via the Burma Road. A good deal of the aid was wasted, however, because of KMT corruption and warlordism and because fighting the Japanese was not a top priority.

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  15. @dearieme
    "providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese"

    Come off it! The Red Army assiduously avoided fighting the Japanese.

    Anyone who knows any 20th Century history started smirking after the first two sentences. The Red Army went on a very “Long March” to avoid fighting the Japanese. They hid in caves while Chiang Kai Shek’s Nationalists fought the Japanese. The Nationalists’ funds were blocked by Communist party agents in the U.S. Government. Owen Lattimore and John Service were investigated for obstruction and for promoting Mao while slandering Chiang Kai Shek. General Marshall finished off the Nationalists by giving Japanese weapons to Mao after the war. (Marshall’s supporters say it was unintentional.) In the 30′s an American journalist named Edgar Snow wrote a glowing tribute to Mao called “Red Star Over China.” I think he worked for Time magazine.

    This is silly stuff. Must be filler material.

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    • Replies: @Uebersetzer
    Mao received far more Japanese weapons from the Soviets after they overran Manchuria. The USA gave the KMT a lot of military aid, one figure I have heard quoted is that its value was about 100 million dollars, worth far more then than 100 million dollars now, but the KMT was quite corrupt, with funds being diverted and weapons frequently being sold on the black market rather than used to fight Japanese, KMT warlords often hoarded weapons such as US artillery pieces so as to show strength vis-a-vis other warlords rather than using them on the Japanese, and the KMT were themselves far from totally dedicated to fighting the Japanese, reasoning that the latter were bound to lose eventually after Pearl Harbor and the real struggle would come after the Japanese surrender.
    US military aid to other clients, like South Korea, South Vietnam, the post-Saddam Iraqi army etc. has also been wasted in huge amounts, with no Marshalls, Lattimores etc. in sight.
    , @Alden
    Very true
  16. mp says:
    @dearieme
    "providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese"

    Come off it! The Red Army assiduously avoided fighting the Japanese.

    Washington intervened directly in the Chinese civil war (providing arms to Chiang Kai Shek’s army while the Red Army battled the Japanese)

    Indeed. The Red Army and the KMT were worried more about each other than the Japanese, for whom the Americans were wrapping up. Fast forward to the present: my guess is that the current CCP leadership views Trump as a PT Barnum sort of buffoon, one easy to manipulate in the short-term, and also a man that definitely cannot to be trusted long-term.

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  17. @The Alarmist

    "This means US troops will operate (illegally) face-to-face with the advancing Syrian army, who are backed by Russian military air support (legally)."
     
    You don't seem to understand the definitions of legal and illegal in the current context: Anything the US declares legal and subject to its jurisdiction anywhere in the world is legal, otherwise it is still subject to US interpretation on its legality or not. In other words, US troops always operate legally, international law notwithstanding, and US laws have effect everywhere and at all times.

    What an idiotic statement.

    The United States doesn’t decide what is right and what is wrong.

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  18. mp says:
    @Monty Ahwazi
    Didn't we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam? How did that war work for us? Of course we are stupid and our conscious memory is hardly good for 4 years. Our distant memory is as good as every election cycle and the Vietnam war happened centuries ago on the US memory calendar!

    Didn’t we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam?

    It was a mixed bag. Primarily Vietnam was more a Soviet ally than Chinese. You must remember that during the ’60s the Chinese and Soviets were at odds, and Chinese-Vietnamese relations were not good, either. After the Americans retreated (Nixon-Kissinger’s “Peace with Honor”), China and Vietnam fought some skirmishes over Vietnam’s Cambodian intrigue.

    Amazing, when you think about it, how Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean brothers and cousins can’t get along. If they could, it would be very difficult for the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance in the region. Think about it. Chinese are as crafty as Jews, they are patient as hell (they think in long terms), they are every bit as tribal as Jews. Plus, unlike Jews, they have demonstrated an ability to create an indigenous (i.e., non parasitic) culture. Finally, Chinese don’t feel any guilt over the Jew’s Holocaust Six Million shekel religion, so they can’t be whipped into a subservient paroxysm over it. Maybe that makes war with them inevitable.

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    OK until you come to "the Chinese are every bit as tribal as Jews," Whatever you might say about some 12 million Jews who; if in Israel, learn to speak a version of their old tribal language makes little sense when applied to 1.3 billion people speaking many mutually incomprehensible languages (or dialects as some prefer if you think Russian and Polish are two dialects) and with a long history of warlordism and the barbarism of the Cultural Revolution less than two generations behind them. Still I guess that it is wise to protect your IP from a Mandarin speaking Chinese employee who only became an Amrrican citizen yesterday....
    , @Wizard of Oz
    OK until you come to "the Chinese are every bit as tribal as Jews," Whatever you might say about some 12 million Jews who; if in Israel, learn to speak a version of their old tribal language makes little sense when applied to 1.3 billion people speaking many mutually incomprehensible languages (or dialects as some prefer if you think Russian and Polish are two dialects) and with a long history of warlordism and the barbarism of the Cultural Revolution less than two generations behind them. Still I guess that it is wise to protect your IP from a Mandarin speaking Chinese employee who only became an American citizen yesterday....
  19. mp says:
    @Robert Magill

    China was envisioned as nothing more than a slave workshop producing cheap mass consumer goods for Americans and generating high profits for US multinational corporations and retailers like Walmart.
     
    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?


    The mostly likely site for starting World War III is the Korean peninsula. The unipolarists and their allies in the state apparatus have systematically built-up the conditions to trigger a war with China using the pretext of the North Korean defensive weapons program.
     
    What happened in New York on 9/11 totally unhinged America for a generation. One small nuke landing anywhere in the US would totally do us in. Russia and China could probably survive a dozen each and soldier on.
    http://robertmagill.wordpress.com

    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?

    Walmarts in China are not like the one’s in America. I’m convinced the US stores are supported by welfare checks and food stamps. Without those, my guess is that the stores would have closed a long time ago. Also, in China you don’t see half the store filled up with overweight diabetics on disability, riding around on motorized scooters, looking like land-locked Barron Harkonnens, etc.

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    @mp,
    Not so sure about it! Currently, at least until 2005 when I lived there, the Chinese market of "cheap" Chinese products was controlled by a French marketer named like "CARAFU"! Their stores were just like the Walmart stores in the US but much more modern! No matter what time of the day the store from which I was buying my groceries was packed with people and buying stuff like crazy! Walmart might be be a late comer to the Chinese market but it could be successful since the Chinese are having more cash and willing to spend it!
  20. Corvinus says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    There's so much madness in this article and Comments that a mathematically capable software whiz like Ron Unz could usefully and profitably establish a betting site associated with all the names and pseudonymous pundits who infest UR with their crazy certainties. Money where mouth is and following the money are a good start.

    So clear are some of the doom laden predictions on this thread that surely someone will take me up if I offer for a minimum bet of $10,000 6 to 4 *against* any war between the US and either China or Russia before 2022.

    “So clear are some of the doom laden predictions on this thread that surely someone will take me up if I offer for a minimum bet of $10,000 6 to 4 *against* any war between the US and either China or Russia before 2022.”

    Exactly. The doomsday prognosticators keep up with the Fake News about the impending end of the world scenarios and they fail to materialize…repeatedly.

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  21. Just my little thought : in fact China is not going to intervene in a conflict between US-SK-Japan versus NK. It will sit back and just wait until they all are exhausted and then collect… .

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  22. @Maxim Amplikov
    Anyone who knows any 20th Century history started smirking after the first two sentences. The Red Army went on a very "Long March" to avoid fighting the Japanese. They hid in caves while Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists fought the Japanese. The Nationalists' funds were blocked by Communist party agents in the U.S. Government. Owen Lattimore and John Service were investigated for obstruction and for promoting Mao while slandering Chiang Kai Shek. General Marshall finished off the Nationalists by giving Japanese weapons to Mao after the war. (Marshall's supporters say it was unintentional.) In the 30's an American journalist named Edgar Snow wrote a glowing tribute to Mao called "Red Star Over China." I think he worked for Time magazine.

    This is silly stuff. Must be filler material.

    Mao received far more Japanese weapons from the Soviets after they overran Manchuria. The USA gave the KMT a lot of military aid, one figure I have heard quoted is that its value was about 100 million dollars, worth far more then than 100 million dollars now, but the KMT was quite corrupt, with funds being diverted and weapons frequently being sold on the black market rather than used to fight Japanese, KMT warlords often hoarded weapons such as US artillery pieces so as to show strength vis-a-vis other warlords rather than using them on the Japanese, and the KMT were themselves far from totally dedicated to fighting the Japanese, reasoning that the latter were bound to lose eventually after Pearl Harbor and the real struggle would come after the Japanese surrender.
    US military aid to other clients, like South Korea, South Vietnam, the post-Saddam Iraqi army etc. has also been wasted in huge amounts, with no Marshalls, Lattimores etc. in sight.

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    • Replies: @Ram
    The Koreans fought to overthrow the vile Japanese colonialists with Russian help, and yet the Russians allowed the Americans (who had no direct role) a foothold in a divided Korean peninsula, leading to the problems we face today. Korea needs to be re-unified just as Germany was.
  23. Agent76 says:

    Mar 25, 2016 Is China Ready to Challenge the Dollar?

    Introduction to the report: Is China Ready to Challenge the Dollar? Internationalization of the Renminbi and Its Implications for the United States.

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  24. Agent76 says:

    Apr 12, 2017 China Russia Move For Gold Against Dollar Makes Them A Target By Trump

    In this video we talk about all the latest breaking news regarding the financial quite feud between Russia, China and U.S. Its important to note that this move against Donald Trump and the U.S petro dollar being the world reserve currency was made before Trumps aggressive actions against a mutual ally to Russia and China.

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  25. Ram says:
    @Uebersetzer
    Mao received far more Japanese weapons from the Soviets after they overran Manchuria. The USA gave the KMT a lot of military aid, one figure I have heard quoted is that its value was about 100 million dollars, worth far more then than 100 million dollars now, but the KMT was quite corrupt, with funds being diverted and weapons frequently being sold on the black market rather than used to fight Japanese, KMT warlords often hoarded weapons such as US artillery pieces so as to show strength vis-a-vis other warlords rather than using them on the Japanese, and the KMT were themselves far from totally dedicated to fighting the Japanese, reasoning that the latter were bound to lose eventually after Pearl Harbor and the real struggle would come after the Japanese surrender.
    US military aid to other clients, like South Korea, South Vietnam, the post-Saddam Iraqi army etc. has also been wasted in huge amounts, with no Marshalls, Lattimores etc. in sight.

    The Koreans fought to overthrow the vile Japanese colonialists with Russian help, and yet the Russians allowed the Americans (who had no direct role) a foothold in a divided Korean peninsula, leading to the problems we face today. Korea needs to be re-unified just as Germany was.

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  26. @mp
    Didn’t we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam?

    It was a mixed bag. Primarily Vietnam was more a Soviet ally than Chinese. You must remember that during the '60s the Chinese and Soviets were at odds, and Chinese-Vietnamese relations were not good, either. After the Americans retreated (Nixon-Kissinger's "Peace with Honor"), China and Vietnam fought some skirmishes over Vietnam's Cambodian intrigue.

    Amazing, when you think about it, how Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean brothers and cousins can't get along. If they could, it would be very difficult for the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance in the region. Think about it. Chinese are as crafty as Jews, they are patient as hell (they think in long terms), they are every bit as tribal as Jews. Plus, unlike Jews, they have demonstrated an ability to create an indigenous (i.e., non parasitic) culture. Finally, Chinese don't feel any guilt over the Jew's Holocaust Six Million shekel religion, so they can't be whipped into a subservient paroxysm over it. Maybe that makes war with them inevitable.

    OK until you come to “the Chinese are every bit as tribal as Jews,” Whatever you might say about some 12 million Jews who; if in Israel, learn to speak a version of their old tribal language makes little sense when applied to 1.3 billion people speaking many mutually incomprehensible languages (or dialects as some prefer if you think Russian and Polish are two dialects) and with a long history of warlordism and the barbarism of the Cultural Revolution less than two generations behind them. Still I guess that it is wise to protect your IP from a Mandarin speaking Chinese employee who only became an Amrrican citizen yesterday….

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  27. @mp
    Didn’t we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam?

    It was a mixed bag. Primarily Vietnam was more a Soviet ally than Chinese. You must remember that during the '60s the Chinese and Soviets were at odds, and Chinese-Vietnamese relations were not good, either. After the Americans retreated (Nixon-Kissinger's "Peace with Honor"), China and Vietnam fought some skirmishes over Vietnam's Cambodian intrigue.

    Amazing, when you think about it, how Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean brothers and cousins can't get along. If they could, it would be very difficult for the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance in the region. Think about it. Chinese are as crafty as Jews, they are patient as hell (they think in long terms), they are every bit as tribal as Jews. Plus, unlike Jews, they have demonstrated an ability to create an indigenous (i.e., non parasitic) culture. Finally, Chinese don't feel any guilt over the Jew's Holocaust Six Million shekel religion, so they can't be whipped into a subservient paroxysm over it. Maybe that makes war with them inevitable.

    OK until you come to “the Chinese are every bit as tribal as Jews,” Whatever you might say about some 12 million Jews who; if in Israel, learn to speak a version of their old tribal language makes little sense when applied to 1.3 billion people speaking many mutually incomprehensible languages (or dialects as some prefer if you think Russian and Polish are two dialects) and with a long history of warlordism and the barbarism of the Cultural Revolution less than two generations behind them. Still I guess that it is wise to protect your IP from a Mandarin speaking Chinese employee who only became an American citizen yesterday….

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  28. @mp
    Walmart announced this week the planned opening of 40 new stores in China by 2020. This adds to the nearly 500 Walmart stores already operating. Very cleaver of them to sell cheap mass consumer goods made in China to Chinese customers and still generate profit. Where is the disconnect here?

    Walmarts in China are not like the one's in America. I'm convinced the US stores are supported by welfare checks and food stamps. Without those, my guess is that the stores would have closed a long time ago. Also, in China you don't see half the store filled up with overweight diabetics on disability, riding around on motorized scooters, looking like land-locked Barron Harkonnens, etc.

    ,
    Not so sure about it! Currently, at least until 2005 when I lived there, the Chinese market of “cheap” Chinese products was controlled by a French marketer named like “CARAFU”! Their stores were just like the Walmart stores in the US but much more modern! No matter what time of the day the store from which I was buying my groceries was packed with people and buying stuff like crazy! Walmart might be be a late comer to the Chinese market but it could be successful since the Chinese are having more cash and willing to spend it!

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  29. This is an excellent piece, arguments among historians notwithstanding. Extrapolating the Imperial record while recognizing that the Zempire is in steep decline will arguably lead you to Petras’ conclusion. Saying something will not happen because it has not happened is the definition of normalcy bias. Expecting rational leadership is irrational. We are witnessing the death of an Empire from within it’s belly. Without a war the people and the land will remain.

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  30. denk says:

    Che Guevara

    “I envy you. You North Americans are very lucky. You are fighting the most important fight of all – you live in the heart of the beast.” -

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  31. Winifred says:

    I’m astounded by how cavalierly most respondents to this article dismiss its main thrust (that the US is actively preparing for a pre-emptive nuclear strike) and instead quibble about historical incidentals. Given the manic and hubristic mind-set that prevails in the Pentagon (particularly if they believe they can strike with impunity) then Professor Petras’ scenario seems highly plausible.
    Such an event could be seen as the last gasp of a rabid, dying dog.

    A further excellent article with an almost identical thesis is a recent post by Paul Craig Roberts that can be found at http://www.unz.com/proberts/washington-plans-to-nuke-russia-and-china/.

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  32. Miro23 says:

    Unlike the Roman Empire, the 1990’s were not to be the prelude to an unchallenged US empire of long duration. Since the ‘unipolarists’ were pursuing multiple costly and destructive wars of conquest and they were unable to rely on the growth of satellites with emerging industrial economies for its profits. US global power eroded.

    That’s a good point. The Romans administered their new Imperial territories with a view to gaining a stable long term return. US Imperial wars are a real loser in this respect – but having said that, it’s not really a surprise, since that they were only ever meant to benefit Israel.

    Unipolarists continued to launch multiple wars of conquest in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia, costing trillions of dollars and leading to the loss of global markets and competitiveness. As the armies of the Empire expanded globally, the domestic economy (the ‘Republic’) contracted .The US became mired in recession and growing poverty. Unipolar politics created a growing multi-polar global economy, while rigidly imposing military priorities.

    All the US can bring to the party is military strength, and like the article says, this will inevitably erode since the weak US economy is already having big problems meeting its domestic commitments.

    The deeply entrenched, heavily financed and vast military-intelligence-police apparatus, numbering many millions, has formed a parallel imperial state ruling over the elected and civilian regime within the US.

    There has to be a big temptation here because of the corrupt nature of the Deep State and its involvement in 9/11. It could reach a safe harbour by supporting another Zio-Glob coup attempt.

    Let us say it, openly and clearly: The unipolarists are now engaged in blaming their terrible military and political failures on Russia and China. This is why they seek, directly and indirectly, to weaken Russia and China’s ‘allies abroad’ and at home.

    Petras may be wrong here. It could be that the primary Zio-Glob need is an Emergency Regime in the US, and a threat of war would be an ideal justification to launch it. Their main target is surely the US “Deplorables” and once they have an absolute grip on power they can quickly make friends again with the Russians and Chinese.

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  33. Vires says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    There's so much madness in this article and Comments that a mathematically capable software whiz like Ron Unz could usefully and profitably establish a betting site associated with all the names and pseudonymous pundits who infest UR with their crazy certainties. Money where mouth is and following the money are a good start.

    So clear are some of the doom laden predictions on this thread that surely someone will take me up if I offer for a minimum bet of $10,000 6 to 4 *against* any war between the US and either China or Russia before 2022.

    Maybe some AI software able to detect the sheer idiocy and hubris in your comments that proceeds to automatically bin them before they ever get published would give the readership a far more useful service.

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    Rather than seek to have your pleading struck out by the very indulgent judge I'll settle for seeking "further and better particulars" of your claim. Actuslly *any* particulars would be a good start.
    , @Wizard of Oz
    Even shorter version: would you care to put your money where your mouth is?
  34. @The Alarmist

    "This means US troops will operate (illegally) face-to-face with the advancing Syrian army, who are backed by Russian military air support (legally)."
     
    You don't seem to understand the definitions of legal and illegal in the current context: Anything the US declares legal and subject to its jurisdiction anywhere in the world is legal, otherwise it is still subject to US interpretation on its legality or not. In other words, US troops always operate legally, international law notwithstanding, and US laws have effect everywhere and at all times.

    The difference between “legal”, which is whatever the law says, and “lawful”. De facto vs. de jure.

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    I don't profess to have a precise distinction in mind for "legal" v. " lawful" but I am sure the de jure/ de facto distinction is, well, a distinctly different one. "Lawful" is surely somewhat broader in its range of connotations. In particular it can be used metaphorically.
  35. Petras implies that the Chinese “miracle” was driven and achieved by China alone. It was actually driven by Western business and financial interests that wanted to cripple the West and also to decrease their cost of production. Chinese labor was essentially slave labor, so that cost was drastically reduced. The Chinese were a relatively passive, educated, and of a massive population. They had no unions, people could live for pennies a day, and the government provided land and incentives for Western oligarchs to move their manufacturing base to China.

    What will be interesting to watch is how the “workers” in China respond to their relatively poor condition. The genie is out of the bottle. They’ve had a taste of disposable income, modern amenities, and technology. Let’s see if the dragon can control them.

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    • Replies: @denk
    Any idea how many CIA/MI6 trouble makers are running amok in China ?
    , @Alden
    Senator Feinstein's husband Richard Blum was heavily involved in that years before the Nixon/Kissinger opening to China. His investments in the PRC made him and the Senator multi billionaires.
  36. @Vires
    Maybe some AI software able to detect the sheer idiocy and hubris in your comments that proceeds to automatically bin them before they ever get published would give the readership a far more useful service.

    Rather than seek to have your pleading struck out by the very indulgent judge I’ll settle for seeking “further and better particulars” of your claim. Actuslly *any* particulars would be a good start.

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  37. @Vires
    Maybe some AI software able to detect the sheer idiocy and hubris in your comments that proceeds to automatically bin them before they ever get published would give the readership a far more useful service.

    Even shorter version: would you care to put your money where your mouth is?

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  38. denk says:
    @Anonymous White Male
    Petras implies that the Chinese "miracle" was driven and achieved by China alone. It was actually driven by Western business and financial interests that wanted to cripple the West and also to decrease their cost of production. Chinese labor was essentially slave labor, so that cost was drastically reduced. The Chinese were a relatively passive, educated, and of a massive population. They had no unions, people could live for pennies a day, and the government provided land and incentives for Western oligarchs to move their manufacturing base to China.

    What will be interesting to watch is how the "workers" in China respond to their relatively poor condition. The genie is out of the bottle. They've had a taste of disposable income, modern amenities, and technology. Let's see if the dragon can control them.

    Any idea how many CIA/MI6 trouble makers are running amok in China ?

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  39. Vires says:
    @Wizard of Oz
    Rather than seek to have your pleading struck out by the very indulgent judge I'll settle for seeking "further and better particulars" of your claim. Actuslly *any* particulars would be a good start.

    I will take that as a touché.

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    • Replies: @Wizard of Oz
    No, but take yourself as having demonstrated that much is *ultra [tuos] vires*.
  40. @Anonymous White Male
    The difference between "legal", which is whatever the law says, and "lawful". De facto vs. de jure.

    I don’t profess to have a precise distinction in mind for “legal” v. ” lawful” but I am sure the de jure/ de facto distinction is, well, a distinctly different one. “Lawful” is surely somewhat broader in its range of connotations. In particular it can be used metaphorically.

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  41. # Vires
    No, but take yourself as having demonstrated that much is *ultra [tuos] vires*.

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  42. @Vires
    I will take that as a touché.

    No, but take yourself as having demonstrated that much is *ultra [tuos] vires*.

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  43. Fuzzy says:
    @Monty Ahwazi
    Didn't we fight China for many years in a place called Vietnam? How did that war work for us? Of course we are stupid and our conscious memory is hardly good for 4 years. Our distant memory is as good as every election cycle and the Vietnam war happened centuries ago on the US memory calendar!

    Yes, the Korean war and Vietnam were proxy wars. Remember the Red dominos?

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  44. Fuzzy says:

    The empire is in decline and looking to double down. I believe their original assumption was the China would not challenge them until 2050. China and Russia are in alliance and according to the Zbig Doctrine, this is the worse possibility. The wars in the Middle East are about taking Iran down, but they are total failures. The Russians have been the main target but for some reason, it is now the Chinese which must mean that they are considered the bigger threat.

    Meanwhile, the petrodollar is in dire straights:

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/petrodollar-faces-growing-threat-from-the-east-payments-in-gold-across-asia/5587799

    The petrodollar was destined to collapse with Saudi Arabia in ten years, but now it seems to be expedited by gold. Perhaps the reason for the shift to China.

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  45. Alden says:

    The communists fought the Japanese while the nationalists did nothing.

    Absolutely not, the naive and credulous Mr Petras learned his WW2 from C P Snow and Agnes Smedley*

    The communists hid out in the mountains near the Russian border training to seize power after the war. Seizing power is just a euphemism for killing everyone not a member of the party.

    The nationalists and the proles and peasants fought against the communists. I admire art, beauty and pre 20th century architecture more than anything. When the Japanese invaded the nationalists gathered as much of the museum pieces and treasures they could. All during the war they moved the treasures all over China keeping it safe from the Japanese.

    The nationalists moved the treasure to Taiwan and that is where much of the cultural and artistic treasures of ancient China are safe.

    During the cultural revolution the communists destroyed millions of museum pieces. The Taiwanese will never give the artistic heritage back to be destroyed in the next spasm of insanity

    * C P Snow and Agnes Smedley were American communist agents sent to China in the 1930s disguised as journalists. Smedley churned out newspaper articles and a few books. She was a commie liar like Walter Duranty. C P Snow is better known for his numerous books praising genocidal maniac murderers Mao and Chou en Lai as saviors of mankind

    1915 to 1950 Chinese history is taught from the C P Snow books. His books infest every college and public library in the country. Every college teacher bases 20th century Chinese history on C P Snow

    But it’s all lies, and Petras seems to believe the lies. I bet he has never talked to one person who lived in the PRC.

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    • Replies: @denk

    'peasants fought against the commies'
     
    Roflmao !

    the peasants were ccp's very base, without which the 'commies' would never prevailed over the murkkan armed kmt puppets, your so-called 'Chinese nationalists'.

    As for the kmt's 'heroic' struggle against the japs, I doubt you ever heard of marshall Zhang zueliang !

    Yeah your 'nationalist kmt' was so eager to fight the japs , so much so that Zhang had to kidnap Chiang Kai Shek to make a deal, cuz Zhang wanted his boss to turn the guns away from the 'commies' towards the japs !

    Chiang promised under dure, the overjoyed Zhang naively followed his boss back to Beijing. The first thing Chiang did was to put Zhang under house arrest, thats where the patriotic and courageous Zhang spent the rest of his life. !

    So much for your 'natonalist hero' Chiang Kai Shek !

    murkka , land of the silly old farts,
    every each day they keep surpassing their
    own stupidity.

    hehehehe
  46. Alden says:
    @Maxim Amplikov
    Anyone who knows any 20th Century history started smirking after the first two sentences. The Red Army went on a very "Long March" to avoid fighting the Japanese. They hid in caves while Chiang Kai Shek's Nationalists fought the Japanese. The Nationalists' funds were blocked by Communist party agents in the U.S. Government. Owen Lattimore and John Service were investigated for obstruction and for promoting Mao while slandering Chiang Kai Shek. General Marshall finished off the Nationalists by giving Japanese weapons to Mao after the war. (Marshall's supporters say it was unintentional.) In the 30's an American journalist named Edgar Snow wrote a glowing tribute to Mao called "Red Star Over China." I think he worked for Time magazine.

    This is silly stuff. Must be filler material.

    Very true

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  47. Alden says:
    @Anonymous White Male
    Petras implies that the Chinese "miracle" was driven and achieved by China alone. It was actually driven by Western business and financial interests that wanted to cripple the West and also to decrease their cost of production. Chinese labor was essentially slave labor, so that cost was drastically reduced. The Chinese were a relatively passive, educated, and of a massive population. They had no unions, people could live for pennies a day, and the government provided land and incentives for Western oligarchs to move their manufacturing base to China.

    What will be interesting to watch is how the "workers" in China respond to their relatively poor condition. The genie is out of the bottle. They've had a taste of disposable income, modern amenities, and technology. Let's see if the dragon can control them.

    Senator Feinstein’s husband Richard Blum was heavily involved in that years before the Nixon/Kissinger opening to China. His investments in the PRC made him and the Senator multi billionaires.

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  48. denk says:
    @Alden
    The communists fought the Japanese while the nationalists did nothing.

    Absolutely not, the naive and credulous Mr Petras learned his WW2 from C P Snow and Agnes Smedley*

    The communists hid out in the mountains near the Russian border training to seize power after the war. Seizing power is just a euphemism for killing everyone not a member of the party.

    The nationalists and the proles and peasants fought against the communists. I admire art, beauty and pre 20th century architecture more than anything. When the Japanese invaded the nationalists gathered as much of the museum pieces and treasures they could. All during the war they moved the treasures all over China keeping it safe from the Japanese.

    The nationalists moved the treasure to Taiwan and that is where much of the cultural and artistic treasures of ancient China are safe.

    During the cultural revolution the communists destroyed millions of museum pieces. The Taiwanese will never give the artistic heritage back to be destroyed in the next spasm of insanity

    * C P Snow and Agnes Smedley were American communist agents sent to China in the 1930s disguised as journalists. Smedley churned out newspaper articles and a few books. She was a commie liar like Walter Duranty. C P Snow is better known for his numerous books praising genocidal maniac murderers Mao and Chou en Lai as saviors of mankind

    1915 to 1950 Chinese history is taught from the C P Snow books. His books infest every college and public library in the country. Every college teacher bases 20th century Chinese history on C P Snow

    But it's all lies, and Petras seems to believe the lies. I bet he has never talked to one person who lived in the PRC.

    ‘peasants fought against the commies’

    Roflmao !

    the peasants were ccp’s very base, without which the ‘commies’ would never prevailed over the murkkan armed kmt puppets, your so-called ‘Chinese nationalists’.

    As for the kmt’s ‘heroic’ struggle against the japs, I doubt you ever heard of marshall Zhang zueliang !

    Yeah your ‘nationalist kmt’ was so eager to fight the japs , so much so that Zhang had to kidnap Chiang Kai Shek to make a deal, cuz Zhang wanted his boss to turn the guns away from the ‘commies’ towards the japs !

    Chiang promised under dure, the overjoyed Zhang naively followed his boss back to Beijing. The first thing Chiang did was to put Zhang under house arrest, thats where the patriotic and courageous Zhang spent the rest of his life. !

    So much for your ‘natonalist hero’ Chiang Kai Shek !

    murkka , land of the silly old farts,
    every each day they keep surpassing their
    own stupidity.

    hehehehe

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  49. @Realist
    " Even the American public isn’t that stupid."

    Oh yes they are. Their stupidity is boundless.

    Once a jooe told me, ‘Americans have the right to be stupid’, darn it!!

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