Category Archives: U.S.

The ‘Inevitable War’ Between the U.S. and China | Newsweek

Though little talked about in the West, many Chinese officials have long felt that war between Washington and Beijing is inevitable. A rising power, the thinking goes, will always challenge a dominant one. Of course, some analysts dismiss this idea; the costs of such a conflict would be too high, and the U.S., which is far stronger militarily, would almost certainly win. Yet history is riddled with wars that appeared to make no sense.

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… And at a time when China’s economy is slowing, Xi is under increased pressure at home to find other ways to demonstrate China’s advances under his leadership. A clear reassertion of Beijing’s control over the South China Sea after more than a century of foreign domination would do just that. Failure to do so, however, analysts say, could threaten Xi’s grip on power.

The ‘Inevitable War’ Between the U.S. and China

A “Readiness Crisis”: Would America Lose a War to Russia or China? [Yes] | The National Interest Blog

“We lack the capacity and capability that we need to effectively deter on the high-end [Russia and China].”

We’re in a dramatic crisis now. There is no question that we’re capable against the threats on the counter-terrorism side, but we’ve reached a point where we’re in fact—not heading towards—but we’re already hollow against a high-end threat,” said House Armed Services Committee majority staff director Bob Simmons speaking before an audience at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on June 21. “We lack the capacity and capability that we need to effectively deter on the high-end.”

Ultimately, the Congress has to act—the nation simply does not have a choice given the gravity of the situation. “It is truly a crisis. The Department of Defense—on the civilian leadership side—says there is no readiness problem, but there is no getting around the data,” Simmons said. “The data is unmistakable, you can’t debate it, those are the facts, and the facts are pesky things.”

A “Readiness Crisis”: Would America Lose a War to Russia or China? | The National Interest Blog

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Is Scarier Than Trump’s | The National Interest

Clinton’s belligerent interventionism makes war—even nuclear war—more likely.

Clinton’s biting attack on Trump got high marks from many in the media. Yet, ironically, Trump’s foreign policy views, if you think about it, are less scary, even in their implications for possible nuclear war, than Clinton’s belligerent interventionism—sold as “American world leadership.”

Even if one fervently opposes nuclear proliferation, a strong case can be made that the United States should spend more time worrying about the radical or unstable countries that either have nuclear weapons or are seeking them—such as Iran, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Pakistan and North Korea—than worrying about Japan and South Korea.

Hillary’s Foreign Policy Is Scarier Than Trump’s | The National Interest

‘At the limit,’ Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S. | Reuters

Mexico is struggling to stem the flow of Central American migrants traveling to the United States ahead of the U.S. presidential election, causing major concern in Washington, which is weighing sending more agents to help.

In 2014, Mexico moved to strengthen its southern border when a surge in child migrants from Central America sparked a political crisis in the United States.

Last year, Mexico detained over 190,000 migrants, more than double the number in 2012.

But official data examined by Reuters shows that fewer migrants have been captured in Mexico this year even as the number caught on the U.S. border has soared.

‘At the limit,’ Mexico buckles under migrant surge to U.S. | Reuters

Warning Order: China’s Unrestricted Warfare Against America – YouTube

Kevin Freeman exposes China’s Unrestricted Warfare Against America in his chapter in the book Warning Order, produced by the Center for Security Policy. Warning Order is a call to action by the Pentagon and White House to fully acknowledge the growing Chinese threat and respond accordingly. Visit http://crouchingtiger.net for further details.

Warning Order: China’s Unrestricted Warfare Against America – YouTube

U.S. ‘dangerously’ miscalculating China’s military goals and capabilities, analysts warn – Washington Times

As Washington and Beijing spar in a dangerous game of one-upmanship to determine who will control the strategically critical waterways of the South China Sea, some defense observers and regional analysts worry that the U.S. effort will prove an exercise in futility in the long term against the full weight of China’s growing military and economic prowess.

China’s strategy of slowly but methodically building up military installations in the Spratly Islands, the Scarborough Shoal, the Fiery Cross Reef and other strategic points within the sea, coupled with Beijing’s increasingly assertive territorial claims, has elevated tensions in Washington and unsettled U.S. allies in the region.

U.S. ‘dangerously’ miscalculating China’s military goals and capabilities, analysts warn – Washington Times

Revealed: How President Carter supported the Iranian Revolution

New information has come to light, showing how former US President Jimmy Carter blindly accepted false promises and helped Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini carry out the Iranian Revolution.

From 1941 to 1979, Iran was ruled by Mohammad Reza Shah Pahlavi, better known as the Shah (meaning “king”). Pahlavi’s modernization and anti-Communist policies won the backing of many Western countries, which saw oil-rich Iran as a valuable ally in a tumultuous region. At the same time, though, his secularism and suppression of political opponents left him strongly disliked domestically.

Pahlavi’s regime was ultimately overthrown in the 1979 revolution, led by Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah M?savi Khomeini.

Revealed: How President Carter supported the Iranian Revolution

Tomorrow Never Comes: Neglecting the Nuclear Force

In 2014, following several high-level embarrassments, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel ordered two enterprise-level reviews of nuclear forces. Remarking on their findings, Hagel said, “The internal and external reviews I ordered show that a consistent lack of investment and support for our nuclear forces —over far too many years — has left us with too little margin to cope with mounting stresses.” Until now, documented problems with America’s nuclear enterprise have focused primarily on personnel issues— a lack of focus by the missile crews, pilots, technicians, or the leaders of those charged with handling America’s most powerful weapons. However, the persistent lack of investment in the nuclear enterprise suggests that the reasons for lapsed focus are actually structural, and thus require structural solutions. The findings of the 2014 nuclear enterprise reviews were not new. In 2008, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates fired Air Force Secretary Michael Wynne and Chief of Staff General Michael Moseley for their “drifted focus” away from the nuclear mission. New Air Force leaders spent the next six years refocusing the service on the nuclear mission. The nuclear enterprise’s structural problems require urgent attention, most of all how resources are allocated for nuclear forces.

Tomorrow Never Comes: Neglecting the Nuclear Force

America is tired of being the world’s protector. We have been warned

All this poses an awkward question for Britain, and Europe: do we let our military run threadbare and hope that Russia behaves? Or do we reinvest in defence at the expense of welfare? It’s an issue that no government wants to address, so we all go on pretending that nothing is happening. The second President Clinton would probably humour us and talk sweetly about special relationships as she builds what she calls “America’s Pacific century”. The first President Trump would be ready to dance on Nato’s grave.

Does that all sound too crazy? Trump loves crazy. It’s not clear why, if elected, he would not follow through on what he proposes. He has given clear notice: that he thinks America “can’t afford to protect the world any more” and is looking for excuses to withdraw. So a man who stands a terrifyingly high chance of being the next American president is ready for the quick end of Nato. The question is: are we?

America is tired of being the world’s protector. We have been warned