by Pepe Escobar (cross-posted with Strategic Culture) by special agreement with the author)
Chinese nuclear bombers. Chinese hypersonic missiles. Chinese carrier killer missiles. Chinese cyberattacks. Chinese anti-satellite weaponry. Chinese militarization of the South China Sea. Chinese Huawei spying.
So many Chinese “malign intentions”. And we’re not even talking about Russia.
Few people around the world are aware that the Pentagon for the moment is led by a mere “acting” Defense Secretary, Patrick Shanahan.
That did not prevent “acting” Secretary to shine in the red carpet when presenting the Trump administration’s 2020 Pentagon budget proposal – at $718 billion – to the Senate Armed Services Committee: the top US national security threat is, in his own (repeated) words, “China, China, China”.
“Acting” Shanahan has been in charge since Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis – the original butcher of Fallujah in 2004 – resigned last December. His former employer happened to be Boeing. The Pentagon’s inspector general is still investigating whether Shanahan was in fact acting as a no holds barred Boeing commercial asset whenever he met the Pentagon top brass.
That, of course, fits the classic Beltway “revolving door” pattern. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics, a Washington-based group, actually filed a complaint around the fact that “acting” Shanahan blasted Lockheed Martin, Boeing’s competitor, in every top-level Pentagon meeting.
Shanahan told the Senate, “China is aggressively modernizing its military, systematically stealing science and technology, and seeking military advantage through a strategy of military-civil fusion.”
That includes Beijing’s development of a nuclear-capable long-range bomber that, according to Shanahan, will put it on the same level as the US and Russia as the only global powers controlling air-, sea- and land-based nuclear weapons.
It’s essential to remember that Mattis and Shanahan are the main authors of the National Defense Strategy adopted by the Trump administration which accuses China of striving for “Indo-Pacific regional hegemony in the near-term and displacement of the United States to achieve global pre-eminence in the future.”
Now compare it with
Col. Larry Wilkerson’s view; the whole Pentagon show is all about offense while Russia and China are always emphasizing defense.
Fighting the Trojan Horse
Even more enlightening is to directly compare the Pentagon approach with the General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces under its chief, Gen. Valeriy Gerasimov.
Gerasimov identified “the US and its allies” as engaged in permanent war of all types, including “preparation for ‘global strike’, ‘multi-domain battle’, [and the] use of the technology of ‘color revolutions’ and ‘soft power’. Their goal is the elimination of the statehood of undesirable countries, undermining their sovereignty, changing the legitimately elected public authorities. Thus it was in Iraq, in Libya and in Ukraine. Now similar actions are observed in Venezuela.”
So there it is, graphically explained: Venezuela, geostrategically, is as important to Moscow as Syria and Ukraine.
Gerasimov also detailed how, “the Pentagon has begun to develop a fundamentally new strategy of warfare, which has been dubbed the ‘Trojan Horse’. Its essence lies in the active use of the ‘protest potential of the fifth column’ in order to destabilize the situation with simultaneous strikes by precision-guided weapons on the most important targets.”
Then the clincher; “The Russian Federation is ready to oppose every one of these strategies. In recent years, military scientists, together with the General Staff, have developed conceptual approaches to neutralize the aggressive actions of potential opponents. The field of research of military strategy is armed struggle, its strategic level. With the emergence of new areas of confrontation in modern conflicts, methods of struggle are increasingly shifting towards the integrated application of political, economic, information and other non-military measures, implemented with the support of military force.”
Call it Russia’s response to Made in USA Hybrid War. With the major incentive of being a value for money operation; after all the Russian General Staff, unlike the Pentagon, is not in the business, for all practical purposes, of stealing trillions of dollars from taxpayers for several decades.
There’s no question the Chinese leadership, not exactly adept at state of the art Hybrid War techniques, is studying the Russian military strategies in excruciating detail.
Of course this is all intrinsically linked to Putin’s leadership. Last month, in Moscow, Rostislav Ishchenko, arguably the top Russian analyst of the Ukraine saga, explained it to me in detail:
“Putin does not ‘take over the elites’ or ‘guide the nation.’ His genius lies in an acute intuitive sense of the strategic needs of the nation (which creates a strong feedback and causes absolute trust of the absolute majority of the people), but most importantly, he is a master of political compromise, understanding the importance of maintaining peace between different social, economic, and political groups within the country, to ensure its stability, prosperity, and international authority. Given that foreign policy is always a continuation of domestic policy, we can clearly trace his desire for compromise in Russian international activity.”
“Putin, Ishchenko added, “does not try to suppress the opponents even in those cases when Russia is unconditionally stronger and the result of the confrontation will clearly be in her favor. Putin understands that both the loser and the winner lose in the confrontation. Therefore, he always offers a compromise for a long time, almost to the last opportunity, even to those who clearly do not deserve it, moving to other solutions only after the opponent has clearly crossed all possible red lines and can pose a threat to the vital interests of Russia. An agreement based on consideration of each other’s interests is always stronger than any short-term ‘victories’, which tomorrow will result in the need to reaffirm their status of the winner again and again. It seems to me that Putin understands this well. Hence the effectiveness of his actions. You can also take a look at his team. These are professionals who adhere to a variety of ideological views (or do not adhere to any). The main thing is that they perform their work qualitatively. The ability to manage such a team is another of its undoubted advantages. After all, these are all ambitious people who are aware of their professionalism and are able to defend their opinion, which is not always the same for everyone. Nevertheless, they work as a single mechanism and achieve really great results.”
Watch out for Yoda’s hordes
To expect the same from the US industrial-military-surveillance complex would be idle.
In fact, “acting” Shanahan’s deputy, Under Secretary David Trachtenberg, doubled down when addressing the Senate Armed Services Committee; he said that Washington will not relinquish its self-attributed right for a nuclear first strike.
In his own words; “A ‘no-first use’ policy would erode US allies’ belief that they are protected.” As if all US allies were begging in unison to be “defended” by US nuclear bombs. In true “war is peace” mode, this Orwellian state of affairs is justified under the Pentagonese notion of “constructive ambiguity”.
The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) exhibits a long list of causes that may detonate a US nuclear first strike – including a worryingly vague attack on “allied or partner civilian infrastructure”. Even a clumsy false flag, for instance in the South China Sea, could lead to such a stand off.
All of the above is in fact directly linked to the death of Yoda.
Yoda is of course RAND asset Andrew Marshall, who was the director of the nefarious Office of Net Assessment at the Pentagon from 1973 to 2015.
Predictably, scores of Atlanticist think tanks are celebrating Yoda as the winner in devising the new rollback US “strategy” against China.
Yoda did groom scores of analysts across the whole spectrum of the industrial-military-surveilance complex – including think tanks, universities and mainstream media.
So in the end Yoda did body-slam Bismarckian Henry Kissinger – who remains alive, sort of (if Marshall was Yoda, would Kissinger be Darth Vader?) Kissinger always advised containment in relation to China, disguised as what he termed “co-evolution”.
Yoda finished off not only Kissinger but also the Obama administration’s wobbly and ill-defined “pivot to Asia”. Yoda preached hardcore confrontation with China. There’s no question that even beyond the grave, he’ll continue to rule over his warmongering Beltway hordes.
”Shanahan told the Senate, ’China is aggressively modernizing its military, systematically stealing science and technology, and seeking military advantage through a strategy of military-civil fusion.’ ”
Ergo: Time to pass a beautifully phrased law such as ”Chinese Rottenness And Piracy Prevention Act” (CRAPPA). Ideological confirmation and corroboration are the oxygen of any regimes worth their salt.
As is usual with the Exceptionalist psychopaths, Shanahan’s accusations are all simply pathopsychological projection of Thanatopia’s own ills onto the victim du jour.
Yep…if it’s not China, China, China then it is Russia, Russia, Russia!!!
It doesn’t bear thinking about where the MIC and Uncle Sam would be financially without all these despicable ‘enemies’…no, actually it does…down the tubes.
Cheers from across the ditch
Apologies this was from Col…’the farmer from NZ’…forgot to put that in so it appeared as Anonymous.
”Gerasimov identified ’the US and its allies’ as engaged in permanent war of all types, including ’preparation for >> global strike >>, >> multi-domain battle >>, [and the] use of the technology of >> color revolutions >> and >> soft power >>.’ Their goal is the elimination of the statehood of undesirable countries, undermining their sovereignty, changing the legitimately elected public authorities.”
Gerasimov outlines Western imperialism’s MO with scientific accuracy.
The Neo-Askenazi-Cons, Project for a New Judeo American Century has the perfect strategy to expend an infinite amount of resources to achieve nothing.
Unless you consider financial and moral bankruptcy to be an achievement.
The US MIC scam doesn’t have the “right stuff” to prevent Russia & China from de-dollarizing global trade. ie It can’t protect Wall Street US dollar hegemony scam.
The new Yoda rollback back scam against China is more of the same old BS.
Thanatopia requires constant aggression (more or less unbroken since 1776) because it possesses the twisted soul of the serial killer, that archetypal Thanatopian folk hero. Thanatopia is the Empire of Death. Death obsesses its Evil ‘elites’, who, apart from their forays into diabolism, child abuse and other private perversions, see the inflicting of Death and destruction on others as a sort of quasi-mystical defence against their own deaths and annihilation. They do adhere to vulgar, debased, forms of ‘religion’, quasi-Talmudic and Wahhabist in their basis in genocidal hatred of the Other, but they also seek to use their mastery over Death, and willingness to inflict it without mercy, as a sort of talisman to protect them from the End, at least in their twisted psyches. Hence, also, their utterly barbaric and omnicidal day-dreams of End Times where their diabolical ‘God’, you-know-who (ie their very own ego-projection) in not very convincing disguise, drowns the world in blood and suffering.
The Pentagon has one obsession. That is to grab as much money as it can each year, and keep on grabbing more and more and more. The most important battle each year is their battle on Congress to grab all the money. And with a new Congress sitting, action is certain to heat up on that front.
The time honored way for the Pentagon to grab all the money is to cry in fear of some fearsome enemy that is about to come and destroy all of democracy, freedom, and the American way. For decades, the Pentagon had a sure-fire enemy to justify grabbing lots of money …. the Soviet Union. But, then, horror of horrors, they lost this enemy and peace was threatening to break out. We then saw in the Clinton years a desperate search for new enemies to justify the Generals, Admirals and Merchants of Death grabbing more money. The main artifact of that time is now a bunch of bad Chuck Norris movies and Tom Clancy novels each about some new enemy against which America must be defended or else we are all doomed, doomed, doomed.
The Cheney regime was already ramping up hostility against China in their first year before the events of 9-11 gave them the enemy they had been so desperately seeking. One reason of course that there is sceptism about 9-11 is the obvious fact that it has been so very, very profitable for those who make their fortunes from war, death and destruction. The obvious money to be made selling the army the tools of the trade to fight those evil terrorists pushed the Chinese threat to the background.
But, using million dollar missiles fired from planes costing tens of millions of dollars to destroy stone huts and some caves could only go on for so long. And besides, the Navy boys were feeling left out and wanted that money that had gone to counter-terrror goon squads armed with hi-tech gadgets to flow back in their direction. Thus was born the Pivot to China as the Obama regime replaced the Cheney regime.
It is of course no surprise at all that now with defense bills being debated in Congress that, OMG, the Chinese are so, so, so very scary and if we don’t instantly hand over all the money to the military then we are doomed, doomed I say.
The Chinese have cruise missiles inside shipping containers. The South China Sea is home to 150,000 Chinese fishing vessels. The Chinese have thousands of container ships. China has hypersonic missiles that can take apart carrier task forces (usually 19 vessels).
The US Navy thinks it can win in the South China Sea.
I think the US is delusional. It imagines supremacy because it has a better navy. (True, its navy is superior.) However, China would not fight a naval battle like the Japanese did. China would use asymmetrical warfare. There would be thousands of drones and thousands of vessels. The US navy would lose. Very inexpensive weapons would annihilate very expensive ships, boats and thousands of sailors would die.
The US Navy is itching to destroy the Chinese man-made islands, maybe even capture some of them with Marines. The Chinese will then capture the Marines or incinerate them with missiles the US cannot stop.
It’s 1943 inside the Pentagon. But out here, it’s 2019.
Last time I checked the US had more than 200 times the number of overseas military bases compared to China, and yet Washington had the gall to complain about them commissioning one more…what monumentally farcical hyprocracy!
Col, forgive my pedantry, but Thanatopia has over 1,000 foreign bases, including scores of golf courses beloved of the ‘top brass’, and China has ONE, in Djibouti, right near the US base there. No golf course, as far as I know.
Feels like 1941 to me, because the neo-askeNazis leadership skills are running a hegemon into a 3rd world $#!+hole.
Sayonara “gentile” suckers!
“The 2018 Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) exhibits a long list of causes that may detonate a US nuclear first strike – including a worryingly vague attack on “allied or partner civilian infrastructure”.”
So, if someone did to America what Uncle Sam is currently doing to Venezuela, then the USA would respond by destroying human civilization.
I don’t remember any villain in a James Bond flick being so insane.
The revolving door … it started with Hamilton and Washington … and has been alive and well ever since.
As usual, Pepe hit the nail right on the thumb with this one. (Hitting the nail on the thumb makes you pay attention, doncha know?)
The current US military budget is not $718 billion, it is $1,134 billion (true figure.)
$21 trillion has officially “gone missing” from this budget.
This I do not understand, dear Escobar:
“So in the end Yoda did body-slam Bismarckian Henry Kissinger…”
I always thought Heinz Georg Kissinger was a Masserschmidt/Metternicht-adherent, espousing a ‘balance of power’ åolicy that left the Brits and Yanks to do just what they were pursuing any time as you like it.
Bismark, on the other hand, thaught the main thing was to maintain good terms between Prussia (Gormany) and The Russian empire (today You might have added China), for otherwise, as he stated: “just any little conflict on the Balcans migt erupt into a major conflagration”!
The efforts by the United States to contain China go back to the 1990s, in what Washington sees as preventing Chinese hegemony in the Indo-Pacific. But China’s influence continues to grow, challenging the US. History is all we have to go on, and it shows that when two powers struggle for dominance the result is always war. A Sino-American war will be a world war; a world war will almost certainly be a nuclear war. The pattern of history clearly shows humanity on the path to nuclear holocaust.
peter, you have one power, Thanatopia, that has invaded, sabotaged, subverted and sanctioned scores of countries around the world, always in order to destroy any attempt at independent nationalism, and most particularly, any attempt to create a society not based on inequality, elite greed and blood-sucking and groveling, boot-licking, loyalty to Thanatopia and, latterly, Israel, as we see in the threats to those who dare oppose the ongoing Holocaust being mercilessly inflicted on the imprisoned Palestinians. This power, the most malevolent by far in human history, has caused the deaths of tens of millions directly, and hundreds of millions indirectly, through the ruthless imposition of the ‘Washington Consensus’ of neo-liberal capitalism.
It has dropped the only nuclear weapons ever inflicted on human populations. It waged the greatest chemical war ever, in the ecocidal attack on Indochina. It waged bacteriological war in Korea, and has plainly been engaged in decades of ‘research’ for future bio-warfare. And it has torn up the ABM and INF Treaties and the JCPOA agreement, plainly in preparation for thermo-nuclear war. Furthermore it operates over 1,000 foreign bases, which almost never leave ‘host’ countries, where its raping and bullying troops operate under the extra-territoriality of Status of Forces ‘Agreements’.
Since the MOSSAD, sayanim and Sabbat Goyim false-flag operation of 9/11, this power has been engaged in genocidal destruction and aggression for its own geo-political ends, and those of the Zionazi Oded Yinon Plan and its reiterations, in the Islamic world. This aggression has also now been focused on Russia, Iran, China and Venezuela, with almost certain future disastrous, probably terminal, repercussions.
Furthermore Thanatopia has been the centre for Rightwing denial of the global ecological Holocaust, particularly the horror of anthropogenic climate destabilisation. It has sabotaged all efforts at global co-operation in this critical field, from Obama’s sabotage of Copenhagen to Trump’s leaving the Paris Accord.
Moreover, Thanatopia itself, despite its incredible natural advantages and the benefit of decades of blood-sucking exploitation of the global economic order through the Washington Consensus, has created a ‘society’ marked by massive and growing inequality, burgeoning poverty even among those holding more than one job, grotesque levels of homelessness, an epidemic of opioid ‘deaths of despair’, falling living standards, wages stagnant for decades, crumbling infrastructure and collapsing, and more and more privatised, education, horrific health expenses and inequities, junk-food diet and an epidemic of morbid obesity, debased mass culture and massive indebtedness. Its one remaining trump card is military force and the love of using it to inflict death and destruction on the untermenschen.
In contrast China has one overseas base, in Djibouti, right near the obligatory US base. It itself is surrounded by US bases. It trades with everyone to mutual benefit. It has attacked no-one since the stupid war on Vietnam in 1979. It is rapidly becoming the world’s paramount scientific and technological power, to the chagrin of Thanatopian racist and civilizational supremacists who hallucinate, in their habitual race hatred, that the Chinese ‘can only copy, not innovate’, and ‘steal Western scientific advances’, crafted by those superior Western minds, don’t you know. And it has hauled hundreds of millions of its people out of poverty over the last 70 years.
China has achieved all this despite being under constant subverting Thanatopian attack, in filthy Western, Sinophobic, racist, hate propaganda and through billions, every year, spent on supporting subversive forces in China, from the Uighur terrorists seen in action in Syria, the Dalai clique, CIA assets since the 1950s, and various other detritus seeking to sunder Hong Kong, Taiwan, Inner Mongolia, even ‘Manchuria’ (Manchukuo, surely?)and, latterly, Guangdong and Guangxi, from China. If China prosecuted such an effort against Thanatopia or any Western country, we would have had thermo-nuclear war years ago. So, all in all, the contest between the decaying West led by Thanatopia, and China, is a story of one-side, fear-driven, racist aggression from the West, and a calm and stoic defiance from China, which is no Panama City, Grenada or even Iraq.
“Washington Consensus, has created a ‘society’ marked by massive and growing inequality, burgeoning poverty even among those holding more than one job, grotesque levels of homelessness, an epidemic of opioid ‘deaths of despair’, falling living standards, wages stagnant for decades, crumbling infrastructure and collapsing, and more and more privatised, education, horrific health expenses and inequities, junk-food diet and an epidemic of morbid obesity, debased mass culture and massive indebtedness. Its one remaining trump card is military force and the love of using it to inflict death and destruction on the untermenschen.”
Yes, hard to see how this country can even survive the next 10 years, let alone control/defeat 2-3 billion people. Nuclear oblivion is their only “trump” card!
Well said Mulga. I would add to those grievances the diabolical Thanatonian white-anting of the three great religions of the book: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.