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China gets its way on North Korea despite resistance in Washington

Posted by seumasach on August 7, 2017

Alexander Mercuris

The Duran

7th august, 2017

The latest UN Security Council resolution on the North Korea crisis shows that it is China’s approach which is prevailing.

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How China can gain after Trump muddies the waters with Australia

Posted by seumasach on March 21, 2017

“With the US and Europe now retreating, China should seek to draw Australia closer and build a [political] partnership with Australia,”

South China Morning Post

21st March, 2017

Australia is likely to tread an increasingly delicate path in balancing its relations with China and its traditional ally the United States amid sometimes erratic behaviour and unclear policy direction under US President Donald Trump, according to analysts.

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Taking the long view

Posted by seumasach on January 25, 2017

Justin Raimundo

Antiwar.com

24th January, 2017

The other day on Twitter someone tweeted me the news of the latest drone strike in Yemen, with the taunting message: “Congrats, @JustinRaimondo.” I had to laugh, and bemoan my fate: “I am now to be held responsible for everything the Trump administration does, especially their failure to go full pacifist!” Of course, you don’t have to be a pacifist to oppose our drone campaign, in Yemen or elsewhere, as I do, but the comment and my response underscore a basic flaw in the thinking of Trump’s anti-interventionist critics.

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What would an ‘America First’ foreign policy look like?

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

23rd November, 2016

As Donald Trump takes the reins and we all prepare for the next four years, the need to translate rhetoric into reality comes to the fore. Trump spent the campaign repeating a phrase that horrified the elites – especially the foreign policy Establishment – even adopting it as his official campaign theme: “America first.”

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Flynn, Pompeo, and the paradox of the New Nationalism

Posted by seumasach on December 3, 2016

Justin Raimundo

antiwar.com

21st November, 2016

These two appointments underscore the contradictions at the heart of Trumpism

Life is full of contradictions: that’s what ideologues of all persuasions don’t get. And politics – with its inevitable vagaries, compromises, and unforeseen events – exemplifies this reality. You can multiply that principle by at least ten when analyzing President-elect Donald J. Trump and his nationalist supporters.

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The Broken Chessboard: Brzezinski Gives Up on Empire

Posted by seumasach on August 27, 2016

The loss of the Turkey “vassal” secures the failure of the state Department’s Syria policy. At the same time, China has made a bold move in supporting Damascus militarily showing that they cannot be “contained” in the Asia-Pacific. The writing is on the wall for US hegemony as it has been for some time: the question really is can the USA abandon exceptionalism and enter into power sharing agreements with it’s rivals. Such leadership is badly needed but as the USA fragments into a chaos of interest groups, lobbies and identities where can it come from? Both Clinton’s neoconservative revival and Trump’s anti-China isolationism look like the pure fantasy of a nation unable to realistically assess it’s own status.

Mike Whitney

UNZ

25th August, 2016

The main architect of Washington’s plan to rule the world has abandoned the scheme and called for the forging of ties with Russia and China. While Zbigniew Brzezinski’s article in The American Interest titled “Towards a Global Realignment” has largely been ignored by the media, it shows that powerful members of the policymaking establishment no longer believe that Washington will prevail in its quest to extent US hegemony across the Middle East and Asia. Brzezinski, who was the main proponent of this idea and who drew up the blueprint for imperial expansion in his 1997 book The Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives, has done an about-face and called for a dramatic revising of the strategy. Here’s an excerpt from the article in the AI:

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Trump’s ideas on a new ‘reset’ with Russia alarm allies

Posted by seumasach on July 30, 2016

Japan Times

30th July, 2016

Donald Trump’s flurry of offhand remarks and abrupt zingers on Russia — praising Vladimir Putin, dismissing NATO — have jolted the world, not to mention the U.S. presidential campaign.

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Where competing interests converge for US, China

Posted by seumasach on February 8, 2016

American policy toward Central Asia should be based on the premise that it is a region of convergent rather than competitive interests… Thus, wherever possible and appropriate, Washington should better harness…(the) Chinese presence in the region to its favor… Similarly, Washington should not try to impede China’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative. It is not necessary and will prove ineffective for Washington to take an overly competitive approach to challenging Chinese… political, economic, and security engagement in the region”.

M.K.Bhadrakumar

Indian Punchline

8th February, 2016

The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace brought out a paper recently on the United States’ policy options toward the Central Asian region in the period ahead following the drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan. Three pundits rooted in the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Carnegie co-authored the paper and what distinguishes them is also their long stints in the US state department and National Security Council, and/or the intelligence community.

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Polish military police raid Nato centre in Warsaw

Posted by seumasach on January 3, 2016

As Obama’s retreat from empire becomes more evident the revolt on the imperial periphery gains momentum : Turkey, Saudi and now Poland- it’s everyone for himself.

Guardian

18th December, 2015

Polish military police have raided a Nato-affiliated counterintelligence centre in Warsaw in the latest of a series of moves by the country’s new rightwing government to consolidate its hold on power.

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Biden calls on Turkey to withdraw from Iraq

Posted by seumasach on December 17, 2015

“The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity and called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces from Iraqi territory that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government.”

Readout of Vice President Biden’s Call With Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi

The White House

Office of the Vice-President

16th December, 2015

The Vice President spoke with Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi yesterday following his December 14 call with Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu. The Vice President noted the recent deployment of Turkish forces into northern Iraq had occurred without the prior consent of the Iraqi government. Both leaders welcomed initial indications of the withdrawal of some Turkish forces and agreed this should continue, reiterating that any foreign forces can only be present in Iraq with the coordination and permission of the Iraqi government. The Vice President reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to Iraqi sovereignty and territorial integrity and called on Turkey to do the same by withdrawing any military forces from Iraqi territory that have not been authorized by the Iraqi government. The Vice President encouraged continued dialogue between Iraq and Turkey to address any outstanding grievances in the spirit of mutual cooperation. Both leaders reaffirmed their continued commitment to the fight against ISIL in Iraq.

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Time Is running out for Pax Americana’s apologists

Posted by seumasach on November 15, 2015

Oriental Review

11th November, 2015

The paradox of the current global crisis is that for the last five years, all relatively responsible and independent nations have made tremendous efforts to save the United States from the financial, economic, military, and political disaster that looms ahead. And this is all despite Washington’s equally systematic moves to destabilize the world order, rightly known as the Pax Americana.

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