Obama's Asia Pivot
Washington targets China and Russia.
by Stephen Lendman
In late 2011, Obama prioritized reasserting America's Pacific presence. His Asia pivot was announced.
It involves advancing America's military footprint. Doing so aggressively is planned. China's growing economic might and military strength are targeted. So is checking Russia at the same time.
Containment is policy. Cold war politics is back. Unchallenged global dominance is prioritized. Anything goes intends to maintain it.
War in a part of the world hostile to invaders is possible. Vietnam echoes remain audible. So are Afghanistan ones today. China's a far more formidable adversary. So is Russia.
It's hard imagining any country challenging them militarily. Fools rush in where angels fear to tread. America hasn't won a war since WW II. Lessons weren't learned.
Permanent war remains policy. War profiteers demand it. In January 2012, Obama expanded the Bush doctrine. Dick Cheney explained it. In June 2003, he said:
"If there is anyone in the world today who doubts the seriousness of the Bush Doctrine, I would urge that person to consider the fate of the Taliban in Afghanistan, and of Saddam Hussein's regime in Iraq."
Bush put it his way, saying "You're either with us or against us." Neutrality's not an option. Neither are equity, justice, rule of law principles, democratic values and peace.
Supporters thought Obama was different. He exceeds the worst of Bush. He does so at home and abroad. He hardened homeland tyranny. He asserts America's right to replace independent governments with client ones.
Doing so prioritizes global aggression. It violates international law. Washington operates with impunity. Its interests matter most.
Obama's biting off a mouthful targeting China and Russia. He rules out no options. Bush addressed "wars of the 21st century."
Obama continues them. Tactics include creating instability, chaos and violence. North Africa, the Middle East, and Eurasia are targeted. It's done to justify America's intervention and presence.
Obama prioritizes global belligerence. He's cold-blooded about America's interests. He's mindless of whatever it takes to achieve them. Realpolitik continues Washington's odious tradition.