Obama Plans More War - by Stephen Lendman
Obama plans permanent war.
On January 5, Obama held a first ever administration Pentagon news conference . Its thinly veiled hawkishness explained his 2012 military agenda.
Its Asia/Pacific region policy challenges China and Russia. Its Middle East presence stresses confrontation and belligerency. Globally it plans relying increasingly on naval and air power. It also stresses destabilization, confrontation, and war when other methods don't turn independent states into client ones.
He stressed counterbalancing China and Iran. Undeclared strategy includes confrontation and belligerency. Mindful of Republican opposition to defense cuts, he said America will "avoid repeating the mistakes of the past when our military was left ill-prepared for the future. As commander-in-chief, I will not let that happen again. Not on my watch."
Claiming nuclear weapons proliferation, he pointed fingers at Iran. In response, he said "(w)e're going to stay vigilant.....In addition, investments in counterterrorism, intelligence, and cyberwarfare" will be emphasized.- Advertisement -
He told reporters that America's "military will be leaner, but the world must know - the United States is going to maintain our military superiority with armed forces that are agile, flexible and ready for the full range of contingencies and threats."
He effectively declared war against rivals. He duplicitously called America "the greatest force for freedom and security that the world has ever known."
In fact, it's an out-of-control menace facing eroding influence because growing numbers of countries are tired of being bullied.
In a recent article, Immanuel Wallerstei n headlined, "The United States versus Everybody," saying:
America once had many friends. "These days, it seems to have nothing but adversaries, of all political colorations." Moreover, it's less effective confronting them. Saying no to America's getting more common.
In November and December, China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Iran, Germany and Latin America showed assertiveness.
Pakistan recognizes its toxic relationship with Washington. Perhaps an Afghan border incident killing 24 of its soldiers and injuring 13 others was the last straw. General Athar Abbas called the attack "unprovoked and indiscriminate." America's explanation was rejected.
China's uneasy about Washington escalating an Asia/Pacific arms race and seeking anti-Beijing partners to enhance its regional strength. Key is establishing military superiority over vital shipping lanes, regional waters, and area resources.
China's growth depends on accessing greater amounts, especially oil and gas. Getting them puts them in direct competition with America wanting unchallenged global control.