Shoving Match: Biden Pushes Around China and Russia

by | Dec 7, 2021

Shoving Match: Biden Pushes Around China and Russia

by | Dec 7, 2021

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After killing and displacing millions of people—and wasting trillions of dollars—in the Middle East our imperial apparatchiks picked concurrent fights with Russia and China. Joe Biden’s military budget is the highest Americans have ever seen and yet it is never enough to satisfy the imperial Congress. Biden has been heating up America’s Cold Wars, but now they may soon be getting hot. Biden and his hawks are playing with fire.

On Thanksgiving, eyeing Russia, the U.S. Navy’s Sixth Fleet sailed yet another warship, a guided missile destroyer, the USS Arleigh Burke into the Black Sea. At the beginning of November, the U.S. sent two warships to these waters—the destroyer USS Porter and the command and control ship USS Mount Whitney—they have only just exited the area. These warships are operating with America’s NATO allies, integrating their surface and air forces, running military exercises, and otherwise preparing for war on Russia’s very doorstep.

As Ron Paul has noted, these hostile provocations would be unthinkable if conversely Russia was drilling for war off the Texas coast or the Gulf of Mexico. However, this year there has been an almost constant presence of American warships in the Black Sea.

This month, U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Thunder exercise saw nuclear capable warplanes, strategic bombers, flying within 12.4 miles of the Russian border and simulating a nuclear attack. According to Russia’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu American bomber activity near his country’s borders has increased 2.5 times compared to last year. There have been 30 such flights this month.

The Biden administration is reportedly planning another large weapons transfer to America’s partner, Ukraine’s Nazi infested coup regime. It is also is engaged in a proxy war with Russia. In the Donbas, since the late Obama years, Kiev has been waging war against ethnic Russians in the who refused to be ruled by the anti-Russian, U.S. backed government. After Kiev deployed ultra-right, neo Nazi militias against these restive populations, Russia began supporting their resistance. The war has killed well over 10,000 people. Notably, in 2015, a referendum was held and the people of the Donbas voted to join the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin refused the request. Since the 2014 coup, U.S. military aid to Ukraine has greatly exceeded $2 billion. This newly proposed package apparently includes stinger missiles, mortars, and more Javelin anti-tank missiles. In addition to U.S. aid, Ankara has been selling Ukraine the Turkish Bayraktar combat drones. Along with the new weapons, the Americans may soon be deploying military “advisors” to Ukraine. The Russians say the Ukrainians are already working in conjunction with U.S. and NATO advisors. Washington has been accusing Russia of a military build-up near Ukraine with the intent to invade, Russia denies this and says the inflamed tensions are the fault of NATO and their aggressive actions. Now an American State Department official is saying “all options are on the table” for dealing with Russia, an unveiled threat of war.

Things are not much better with China. For the 11th time this year, the U.S. just sailed a warship through the Taiwan Strait. It has been revealed as well that, compared to the previous year, the U.S. has more than doubled the presence of spy planes surrounding China. There have been more than 2,000 such flights this year over the South China Sea, the East China Sea, and the Yellow Sea. Biden continues to say the U.S. is committed to defending Taiwan, which is directly contradictory to 40 plus years of Washington’s official “strategic ambiguity” policy. Tsai Ing-wen, the hawkish Taiwanese President, is boasting in major media about the island’s U.S. troop presence. China, along with much of the world, considers Taiwan a part of China. The U.S. still does not recognize Taiwan and officially adheres to the One China policy. This means Washington is deploying troops to Chinese territory to prepare the island’s armed forces for war with the mainland. Such a war would send the world economy into a tailspin, destabilize all of Asia, and surely go nuclear including possibly in continental American cities.

In addition to demanding more welfare for the Pentagon, the legislative branch is demanding the Constitution be formally eschewed, specifically Article 1, Section 8 which plainly states that it is Congress whom must declare war. Should Beijing attack Taiwan, lawmakers from both parties are demanding Biden assume illegal war powers to swoop in and defend the island “immediately.”

This is, in essence, a rubber stamp pre-authorization for a war that must never be fought.

The U.S. is further nuclearizing the Asia Pacific region with the AUKUS military pact, newly formed between Washington, London, and Canberra. The U.S. will provide nuclear submarine technology to Australia whose government is following America’s lead and wants to encircle China with attack submarines. These will be substantially more lethal, less detectable, and much faster than the French diesel-powered subs the Aussies were originally poised to purchase. These subs already seriously undermine the Non-Proliferation Treaty as they run on 90%+ enriched uranium, weapons grade levels. Australia’s Defense Minister says it is “inconceivable” that if Beijing moved against Taiwan they would not join the U.S. defense coalition.

These nuclear subs are officially not armed with nuclear weapons. However, China cannot simply trust that that is true just because the would be belligerents preparing for an attack say so.

As Professor Noam Chomsky recently warned,

One U.S. submarine can destroy almost 200 cities anywhere in the world with its nuclear weapons. The United States is sending a fleet of nuclear submarines to Australia, that’s the AUKUS deal…The right measure is not increasing provocation, increasing the threat of an accidental development, which could lead to devastating, even virtually terminal nuclear war. But that’s the direction the Biden administration is following.

With all life hanging in the balance, Americans are not paying attention to how often their criminal ruling class militarily goads Moscow and Beijing. Quite the contrary, the American people are usually eager to parrot dumbed down, fearmongering talking points about the Russians and the Chinese. Tragically, when it comes to foreign affairs propaganda, even the element in the U.S. populace that rightfully distrusts and despises government tyranny at home, is all too inclined to give this same lying and murderous institution the benefit of the doubt.

As a result of disastrous economic policies largely put in place to support the endless war establishment, America is in decline. As we move rapidly into a multipolar world, the U.S. Empire is being continually disabused of its neoconservative “unipolar moment” fantasies. America is picking drunken closing time brawls it cannot possibly win.

In September, Pat Buchanan issued his own dire warning,

And, regularly now, U.S. planes stationed in Alaska scramble to intercept Russian military aircraft. This year, the number of intercepts, 14, is on pace to set a record since the Cold War. In the most recent case, two Russian bombers and two fighters came within 30 miles of the Alaskan coast.

This summer, Russian naval vessels came within 34 miles of Hawaii.

Russian ships and planes off Alaska are perhaps responding to US warships and planes in the Black Sea.

World War II began in Europe when the British, Sept. 3, 1939, declared war on Germany over its invasion of Poland to retrieve what Berlin claimed were its territories, including Danzig, taken from Germany at Versailles against the will of the people of Danzig and in violation of their right of self-determination.

If World War III breaks out between China and the U.S., it is likely to be over islands of Asia claimed by China, with the U.S. fighting not for its own territory but for the island territory of allies, probably islands in no way vital to the security of the United States.

Which is how world powers often end their days as world powers, fighting unnecessary wars on behalf of other nations.

As a result of the ramped up culture war—as the American Empire’s war pigs dance on the edges of Russia and China’s red lines—our people are divided, indeed committed to attacking, killing, beating, locking down, force vaccinating, robbing, and hating each other. In our lifetimes, we may well see the return of conscription, millions upon millions of unnecessary deaths, as well as the use of nuclear weapons.

It’s not too late to stop this, but rational people must demand no wars with Russia and China.

Enough already, we need to get our military to return home and stay there now.

About Connor Freeman

Connor Freeman is the assistant editor and a writer at the Libertarian Institute, primarily covering foreign policy. He is a co-host on Conflicts of Interest. His writing has been featured in media outlets such as Antiwar.com and Counterpunch, as well as the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity. He has also appeared on Liberty Weekly, Around the Empire, and Parallax Views. You can follow him on Twitter @FreemansMind96

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