The Pentagon is moving strategic bombers to Guam and aircraft carriers and submarines to the Pacific as part of a new "hedge" strategy aimed at preparing for conflict with China, the article quotes Pentagon officials saying yesterday.
James Thomas, deputy assistant defense secretary for plans, said the "hedging" policy is aimed at China and Russia.
"In part of the hedging strategy, we're looking at the deployments of bomber elements to Guam on a more routine basis," he said.
"We're also looking at making adjustments in our naval posture globally, shifting to six carrier battle groups in the Pacific region, given the shift in global transport and trade, as well as over the next several years shifting approximately 60 percent of our attack submarine fleet to the Pacific.
This has to be seen as part of the White Hose strategy to pressure China, Russia, and others who may not be inclined to go along with action in the U.N. against Iran, and who also are engaged in lucrative oil and nuclear deals with their nemesis.
All of their militarism assumes that everyone outside Bush's bubble believes his delusional rhetoric about spreading democracy and defeating terrorists. Anyone with eyes can see that America is bogged down in a political quagmire in Iraq, as Bush's only validating claim to any mantle of military leadership is in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Despite overthrowing ruling authorities in both countries, and after installing and facilitating new, compliant authorities Bush still can't bring himself to understand or appreciate how much he and America is hated by the citizens in these countries, in the region, and around the world.
He still sees himself as some sort of conquering hero. His handlers and lackeys perpetuate the myth with their mindless pursuits of jingoistic Narnia, and they've convinced themselves that Jesus would understand why they slaughter women and children in their zeal to make Iraqis and the rest of the world cower before them.
They can't see the laughter behind them, or, perhaps they sense it and are desperately striking out, arms flailing, slapfighting with their eyes closed. One roundhouse from China could flatten us, but our own leaders are punch-drunk and dancing around them, taunting them. If there was a real confrontation, with Bush at the helm, there would be no mystery about the Chimp and his chimp handler's reactions and responses.
There is one absolutely transparent reality about the state of America's defenses that is unassailable, we are overstretched and the nation is battle-weary. That jelly-in-the-pocket is exaggerated by a leadership in Washington which has not shown any ability or willingness to restrain this administration's manufactured mandate to conquer. There is presumably no one positioned to step in between Bush and the potentially dangerous forces he antagonizes with his bull and swagger. His cabal's egging him on.
Bush's whole game is made up of hedges and wedges, abroad and in America. He's got a bevy of real and imagined antagonists that he parries with. Their animosity toward him, his scorn right back at 'em, defines his view of our nation's security needs. He's sucking a billion dollars a week out of our Treasury to keep this going. Over forty-percent of that debt is foreign-owned, by China and others. I'm sure they're more than content to let him blow his top so long as he's weakening our country from within, a wedge against us.
All of this is taking place in the midst of a campaign by our president to boost his record low approval ratings with a series of speeches and a renewed focus on Iraq. It follows an assault by our military forces there that was described as the largest exercise of force since the initial invasion three years ago this month. It should be increasingly evident that the only ones who appear to have been intimidated in all of this are Bush himself and the members of the sorry cabal that round off their reflexive regime.