Listen to a reading of this article: Punchbowl News reports that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy is planning a trip to Taiwan, which will be yet another incendiary provocation against Beijing if it occurs. The previous House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi, sparked a significant escalation in hostilities with her visit last year, the consequences of which are still reverberating today.
I continue to observe all this with disgust from the other side of the pond but I have to say first that I am not referring to the good people of your nation when I say it is just yet another instance of the United States of Arseholes going round rubbing salt in the wounds they have inflicted across our beautiful planet - may this iniquitous Western Imperial Project continue to disintegrate before our eyes.
Justification for the $100's of billions wasted on defense spending. Strange that the Pentagon has $100's of billions it can't account for. US aggression will lead to WWIII if we aren't there already.
Am I the only one to notice that the NY Times wrote an obituary on David Crosby and failed to mention the Vietnam War and songs of protest against that war?
The elites sure don't want the kids to know of and emulate that history! And it just might stir feelings of guilt with their current war mongering and expose their own hypocrisy.
So, it's all down Orwell's Memory Hole.
I wonder how people in the district of criminals would react if DRC's foreign minister, or for that matter Sergei Lavrov were to pay a visit to Hawaii? Just asking.
The irony being that China, after the Biden Administration moved to cut off Chinese access to the latest microchips (which was far more aggressive than anything Trump's bluster accomplished) has been making new advances in chip design, far more quickly than anyone would have predicted.
How many bases does China have in the West?
I presume the Billions of dollars that the US owe China has been halted. I believe they could not even afford the interests on the loans. So going to war takes care of that.
The moneymaker for the bankrupt USA is the American Defense Complex. Another motivation for their aggressive action.
Imagine if this was taking place in the American back waters, Mexico, Hawai or Cuba. Would they show the tolerance of the Chinese?
Well written & bang on target. Thanks.
The USofA Swamp Monsters are looking for & even begging for trouble. The rest of us on the planet should therefore take them along with their malevolent ilk in other countries to a safe place for treatment designed for the criminally insane, prestissimo.
America needs blood to survive. Everyone else's blood, preferably.
Excellent article. It reminds me of the "Left Wing" aka "The West Wing" where CJ Craig seeks to make changes to "alleviate" violence in Sudan. There she goes to the Chinese, to make changes... and when that happens, she thanks the Chinese Ambassador, and the Chinese Ambassador says, "Thank you. You have been an excellent teacher"....
I mention this given the fact that the United States is "Do as I say, not as I do" mentality. In fact, the United States must maintain its military presence overseas in order to distract the American population from what is happening at home. And fact remains that what has been happening at home was predicted by George Orwell in his seminal book "1984." Do not forget that we are seeing it happen in real-time... in fact, it has been happening for decades...
The United States has never forgiven the Chinese people for rejecting Chiang Kai Shek, when Mao's Chinese Communist Party prevailed in their Civil War in 1949. The "Who Lost China Crowd" really was asking "Who lost our god given right to own China?!?" Fundamentally, that remains at the core of US and Western foreign policy.
call me a silly optimist but this may resolve itself quite organically. economic blowback can hit the USA so hard it learns its place in the new multipolar framework, particularly when the petrodollar is no more. Europe Japan and Australia excluded, look what the world is choosing - to be neutral or even siding with China
Chinese are very dangerous people.
Do you see how they surround our military bases in Asia with their country?
Kevin, we need $250billion to teach them a lesson.
They should withdraw their country from East Asia!
All this is nothing new. It's just like the yapping about a "missile gap" fifty years ago to justify endless ramping up of weapons purchases. That's the primary purpose today too, along with hysteria on the part of some at observing that China is soon to supersede the US economically, while offering a better deal to the third world so they don't have to go deep in debt to the IMF enforcers. Pu it together with the loss of the petrodollar, and the changed attitude in Saudi Arabia, and the empire managers must be feeling desperate. But they still have control of the narrative!
The US thinks it should have as much access to and rights in the South China Sea as does China, but, it goes without saying, the equivalent off the N or S Atlantic or Pacific bordering N or S American would bring on a catatonic fit. The Plan probably is to get China to spend as much of its GDP on war and weaponry as does the West, at the expense of social programs: that would constitute an even playing field, because as it is, the natives - in the US that is, are starting to rumble.
>It is now no longer permissible for you to talk about the aggressions that led up to a nation going to war; we must all pretend that history began the day their troops crossed the border.
Acceptance of abuse is a necessary condition for complex society to exist. Only by abuse can hierarchy be established and reproduced. Remember that every time some middle-class boomer screeches a demand for empathy.
Talk about showing your true colors right away! Kevin Pelosi! When it comes to war these filthy Warmongering Whores are all the same!