Friday, May 06, 2005

Why the NYT Can't Understand Geopolitics

As Culture of Life News shows daily, our media covers international affairs in a rather haphazard and even willfully blind fashion. So it is no wonder that they can't figure out what is going on. In today's top editorial, the collective minds of the NYT struggle to comprehend China's future path:

China's rapid economic growth and steady military modernization are transforming power relations across Asia. In recent weeks, Beijing has reached out to its old rival, New Delhi, courted Taiwanese opposition parties and fanned old grievances against Japan. This comes on top of the long-term deals that Chinese diplomats have been signing to give Beijing special access to the raw materials of Southeast Asia and Australia.

It's time for the United States to take more notice. America may still be Asia's dominant military power, but its economic role is receding as China advances. Unfortunately, Asian policy, long a stepchild for the Bush administration, has been further marginalized, thanks to the exit of the State Department's most respected Asia hands, Richard Armitage and Mitchell Reiss. Paul Wolfowitz's move to the World Bank leaves a similar void at the Pentagon.

So many errors in two paragraphs!

First, America noticed long ago what is going on. But America is ruled by a group of predatory capitalists who I think are outright traitors. They conspire to corrupt our government, over turn elections, foist corrupted voting machines on us, they run propaganda campaigns against paying taxes or public health care. They send our jobs overseas and then tell us the earth is flat!

Secondly, Bush has been on top of the China stuff from day one. This is why many members of his family work for the Chinese! Duh!

Thirdly, Wolfowitz, another man in cahoots with a foreign power, is now in charge of the IMF. The Chinese will use him to enforce IMF rules on us and he will happily execute them and these rules will eliminate Social Security and other remaining safety net programs and Wolfie and his co conspiritors will laugh at us and tell us, this is how we pay back everyone for the trillions and trillions we ran up during the Bush years.

By working out clear understandings with Beijing on regional issues today, Washington could help avoid unnecessary and highly destructive future conflicts. Here's what Washington should be focusing on right now:

Japan For years, the United States has urged Tokyo to cast off its postwar pacifism and play a larger role in regional defense. Japan's current prime minister, Junichiro Koizumi, is happy to oblige. But he has combined a more assertive military stance with an embrace of right-wing nationalism that offends and alarms the Asian nations that suffered wartime Japanese aggression and atrocities. His repeated visits to the Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo have been particularly provocative; the shrine is where top Japanese war criminals are among the honored and the country's Asian conquests are celebrated.

Washington can "avoid ...future conflicts" by surrendering power. We are in the middle of this process. This is because we owe too much money to everyone. The reason why we are now ceding military power to the Japanese is because they hold a trillion + in our debt. So they basically own us. Only the Chinese own us, too. So when the Japanese openly unflurled their rising sun flag, all of Asia revolted, this empowered the Chinese who basically slapped them down again. Score another point to the Chinese.

In this context, it was a mistake for Washington to encourage Japan recently to declare a security interest in matters concerning Taiwan, a former Japanese colony. Beijing seized on this declaration, along with Japan's bid for a permanent United Nations Security Council seat, as a pretext for permitting three weekends of anti-Japanese violence last month. Beijing achieved its purpose of throwing Tokyo onto the defensive, but is wrong to oppose Japan's Security Council bid and reckless to stir up past grievances. China and Japan, Asia's two biggest economic powers, need to work out a healthier relationship, and Washington should be actively looking for ways to help them.

Note how Germany isn't being asked to join the Security Council. Also, China and Russia both will veto Japan joining not to mention the French. If we want to push all our trading partners and allies into a counter American alliance, this is the route to take.

The "healthier relationship" of Japan and China involves China dominating Asia as a super power. Period. The Chinese intend to do this and this is their perogative. Washington's help will be to "butt out". Namely, we will be expelled. The Japanese owners want us to stay but we won't be able to afford this and the Japanese can't give us a trillion a year to maintain our entire military structure.

Taiwan Beijing finally seems to be learning that honey works better than vinegar in winning over Taiwanese opinion. The warm welcome China gave last week to Taiwan's main opposition leader has now forced the island's independence-minded president, Chen Shui-bian, to send an emissary of his own. While Beijing's clear goal is to undermine Mr. Chen's party and help the opposition Nationalists, it has nevertheless set in motion a constructive dynamic that contrasts sharply with the negative response its menacing antisecession law elicited in March. The Bush administration should strongly support any initiative by either side that can help preserve an acceptable, if ambiguous, status quo.

This is the most insane part of the editorial. Readers of our news service know that China has zero desire to "preserve....ambiguous status quo". Indeed, they are sharply motivated to move swiftly to end this charade. They use classic carrot/stick diplomacy which will include a very sharp stick poked into USA eyes if we interfere.

India China's prime minister visited India last month and signed a series of agreements intended to increase bilateral trade and end a long-festering set of border disputes that once brought the two countries to war. An improved relationship between these rapidly developing countries, which are home to about 40 percent of the world's population, can only be welcomed. But it signals an enormous shift in the Asian power equation.

Washington must adjust to a rising China. The future peace and prosperity of Asia depend on it.

Geeze, the NYT is yelling about news they themselves buried on back pages! I noted in the "Diplomacy for Dummies" series how the top American media played down the historic trips of Hu and Wen as they globe trotted all over the place signing treaties and trade agreements! Russia and Japan STILL have no peace treaty from WWII. Japan is still in dispute with not only China but the Koreas over WWII issues! The USA never pressured the Japanese to settle these matters because they own us and we can't tell them anything.

Alas for us, other entities own us, too. Everyone but us owns America now. This is thanks to our gigantic trade deficit with the world. All we have now is the stick. We have no more carrots.

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