Washington’s “strategic ambiguity” towards China and its breakaway territory of Taiwan seems to be more mercurial and menacing. Ironically, that mixed signalling from the US is only making China more determined to take control of Taiwan – by force if necessary.
How to best describe the behavior and attitude of the United States in foreign relations? There are several villainous genres that could apply. A mafia don who runs protection rackets is one of them. So too is the psycho boyfriend who throws a fit of rage over any perceived sign of disloyalty.
Raytheon is the 4th largest weapons contractor in the world. Recently, a former Raytheon board member and retired four star general, was appointed as the Secretary of War under the Biden Administration, further highlighting the revolving door between the Pentagon, the war industry and Congress.
NATO and various columnists employed by major U.S. newspapers and “think” tanks believe that military spending levels should be measured in comparison to nations’ financial economies. If you have more money, you should spend more money on wars and war preparations. I’m not sure if this is based on opinion polls in Afghanistan and Libya expressing gratitude for war as a public service or some other source of data less imaginary.
1. Victories that are only partial are not fictional.
When a ruler, like Biden, finally announces the end of a war, like the war on Yemen, it is as important to recognize what it does mean as what it doesn’t. It doesn’t mean the U.S. military and U.S.-made weapons will vanish from the region or be replaced by actual aid or reparations (as opposed to “lethal aid” — a product that’s usually high on people’s Christmas lists only for other people). It does not mean we’ll see U.S. support for the rule of law and the prosecution of the worst crimes on earth, or encouragement for nonviolent movements for democracy. It apparently does not mean an end to providing information to the Saudi military on whom to kill where. It apparently does not mean the immediate lifting of the blockade on Yemen.
The Empire Update for Nov. 16 covering new US weapons sales to UAE for Yemen war, accelerated Iran sanctions, Pompeo’s UN “human rights” speech, and if the firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper indicates an end to the Afghanistan War.
In a reckless provocation to China, the Trump administration has given notice of three major arms deals with Taiwan. The rocket launcher and missiles on offer are advanced attack systems. Beijing is infuriated and vows to respond.
“We’re number one!” The United States famously fails to actually lead the world in anything desirable, but it does lead the world in many things, and one of them turns out to be the poisoning of the Pacific and its islands. And by the United States, I mean the United States military.