Waging wars on humanity reflect it. Doing so spurns rule of law principles. Democratic values don't matter. They never did and don't now.
Obama's pivot escalated regional tensions. Challenging China and Russia pose enormous challenges.
Asia's on the boil. Japan's a virtual US colony. It serves US imperial interests. Washington treats Asian areas like its own. It has no right to do so.
Administrations and Congress believe America has sovereign rights over East Asian waters and territory. It wants to dominate and exploit them.
Strengthening America's regional presence is part of its new imperial strategy. It's going head-to-head with China and Russia. It aims to undermine and isolate Beijing and Moscow regionally. It's a recipe for heightened tensions and eventual confrontation.
Washington has been rebalancing East Asia for years. Strategy calls for strengthening military, economic, and political ties with Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, Myanmar, Singapore and Vietnam.
It involves undermining Chinese and Russian influence, isolating them from neighbors, and asserting Washington's dominance over territories and waters not its own.
Echoes of WW I and II remain audible. Never again is possible. Flashpoints have a way of igniting them. Small disputes lead to greater ones.
Obama's Asia pivot encourages them. Military alliances, strategic partnerships, and expanding bases make them more likely.
Cold War politics is back. Soviet Russia's dissolution reignited old rivalries. Scrambling for vital resources followed. Marginalizing Beijing's influence is prioritized. So is challenging Moscow the same way.
Both countries are rising world powers. America's been declining for years. Its military might is used to offset it. Waging war on humanity is a losing game.
Walden Bello calls Obama's Asia pivot "flawed." Critics denounce transgressing areas of traditional Chinese influence.
Obama continues the worst of Bush administration policies. His pivot strategy is more than meets the eye.
It's "a faint," says Bellow, "a maneuver to cover up a strategic retreat from America's disastrous two-decades-long engagement in the Middle East and Southwest Asia."
It's Washington attempt "to retreat to an area for imperial power projection that it sees as more manageable than a Middle East that is running out of control."