July 10, 2006

MALEVOLENT INCOMPETENCE?

The destabilization game (Tom Englehardt, 8 July 2006, Asia Times)

... In The New American Cold War, the cover story of the most recent Nation magazine, Russia specialist Stephen F Cohen finally catches the essence of that ever degrading relationship. What Cohen points out is that, after the USSR unraveled, the Cold War never actually ended, not on the American side anyway...
This was to be accomplished by:

- Ensuring that the former challenging superpower, once rolled back to something like its pre-imperial boundaries, would never arise in any significant new form from the rubble of its failed empire.
- Ensuring that no new superpower would arise in economically resurgent Asia; in this regard, the Chinese would be essentially hemmed in, if not encircled, by American (and Japanese) power; a potentially independent Taiwan supported; and the Japanese and Chinese set at each others throats.
- Ensuring that the oil heartlands of the planet in what was by then being called an "arc of instability" running from the Central Asian borderlands of Russia and China through the Middle East, North Africa (later, much of the rest of Africa), all the way to Latin America would be dotted with American military bases, anchored in the Middle East by an emboldened Israel and new more pro-American and subservient regimes in formerly enemy states like Iraq, Iran, and Syria, and that the planet's oil flows (hence the fate of the industrialized and industrializing parts of the planet) would remain under American control.
I call it benevolent genius. Posted by Pepys at July 10, 2006 9:17 PM
Comments

As Ralph Peters wrotein the Winter of 2001, stability is our enemy:

www.carlisle.army.mil/usawc/parameters/01winter/peters.htm

Posted by: oj at July 10, 2006 9:56 PM
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