Obama’s Imperial Agenda Reflects Madness

Thursday, May 1, 2014
By Paul Martin

By Stephen Lendman

Washington’s imperial agenda reflects madness. Overreach may be its undoing. Potential global war threatens everyone.

On Tuesday, Obama ended his Asian trip. Confronting China was prioritized. On April 28, Stars and Stripes headlined “Obama’s Asia trip yields better military ties but no trade concessions,” saying:

He returned home “partly successful.” In Japan and South Korea, he reaffirmed post-WW II ties.

“In Malaysia, he made strategic inroads in a country that’s long been one of China’s closest friends in Southeast Asia.”

He firmed up Washington’s chokehold colonization over the Philippines. A new 10 year military agreement solidified it. More on it below.

He bragged about stronger than ever US/Asian military alliances. It challenges China provocatively.

Beijing responded diplomatically. Its Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Washington and China should promote regional peace, stability and security.

He expressed concern about America’s Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA). It returns US military forces to the Philippines.

It does so since Washington’s Subic Bay naval base and Clark air force base 1992 closure. It invigorates longstanding US/Filipino military ties.

At the same time, it angers China. Obama’s claim about not trying to contain Beijing rings hollow. Doing so is official US policy.

China isn’t fooled. It intends close monitoring of US words and deeds, said Qin. According to Austrailian-based Southeast Asia expert Aaron Connelly:

“There are aspects of (Obama’s Asia) pivot that are clearly being done with an eye toward China.”

He was surprised at Beijing’s “mild” reaction. At the same time, he knows diplomatic language disguises real concerns.

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