…by F. William Engdahl, … with New Eastern Outlook, Moscow
[ Editor’s note: William Engdahl gives us an update on another American foreign policy disaster, as it boomerangs like most of the others have been doing. While Washington thought it had a net on India to use it as a Ukrainian-style cannon fodder in a multi-threat offense on China, the new Indian leadership changed all that.
Prime Minister Modi’s predecessor did not have the crimes against humanity in Syria or those going on in SE Ukraine as a examples of America’s version of spreading freedom and democracy. And economic sanctions had not yet become the quick-draw Billy-the-Kid foreign policy weapon it has become.
It would not take genius in Eurasian capitals to see that the gangsters and banksters in the West have looted their constituents of most of their holdings, to the point of potential collapse. They have now focused their “black hole” vacuum cleaner on the emerging Eurasian economies to keep their Ponzi scheme going for another generation.
The NeoCons are all aboard this freight train, while Obama seems to flip the “Am I On or Off?” coin each morning. Those making the money on global threats and regime change are looking more and more to multi-decade conflicts, which will be bloodsucking annuities for their coffers at the expense of future American generations.
By that I mean the current one has been effectively reduced to indentured servitude. Think about the F-35 disaster as a warm up, bridge financing until they could find something bigger and better. The War on Terror is being morphed into a War on Us, by our own leaders.
Even if Obama tries to tack the American sloop away from the rocky shoals of misguided foreign intervention, the Republicans will just crow “weakness” and make increased aggression part of their 2016 party plank. Hillary would try to outdo them on this tactic.
But those targeted in Eurasia have read the tea leaves and are wisely coordinating their defense. We all need to pay attention to this for our own domestic challenges.
They are showing us they can step up to the plate and put the old divide-and-conquer issues aside to focus on more immediate threats.
And by that I mean what VT stated at the Syrian Counter-Terrorism Conference in Damascus in early December. This new aggression against Syria does not politically emanate from representative Western governments, but from the international criminal organizations that have more and more control over their pre-bought legislatures and executive offices.
This off-the-books control affords them not only the wealth of these countries, but the ability to protect themselves from prosecution, with immunity at the top of the list. But the biggest threat is they can use our various armed forces when needed to close the deal on whatever foreign asset theft they are working on.
Yes, Rome burned while Nero fiddled — and America sat on its behind while the finishing touches were put on removing everything our Founding Fathers had left us. But special shame goes to the main line veterans orgs, plus our senior military and Intelligence branches, who have refused to move on this criminal threat — the biggest that we face.
On the contrary, the list of those standing in line to join the subversionists continues to grow. The bad guys pay well — more than anyone else. Those who will not betray their country are viewed as losers, naïve dream world Americans, who don’t have the wisdom to go with the flow.
We have some major challenges to face in defeating this combined operations attack, so aptly described in our oath of allegiance… “and to defend the country from all threats, foreign and domestic.” And that we will do here at VT… accept the challenge that we are in a two-front war, take no prisoners. If we are hated for doing that, we will say “Thank you”… Jim W. Dean ]
– First published March 5, 2015 –
No sooner did US President Barack Obama leave New Delhi with many warm hugs from India’s newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but with essentially empty hands, than China opened the door in an uncharacteristic manner.
It signals China’s desire to strengthen cooperation with her traditional foe during the Cold War, India.
The geopolitical implications, following only weeks after Putin’s high-level talks with Modi in India further strengthen the idea that a new geopolitical center of gravity binding Russia with China and now India, is solidifying across the vast Eurasian expanse.
That is the one event Washington and their neo-conservative hawks like Susan Rice and Ashton Carter are apoplectic about. China’s President Xi Jinping made a rare gesture toward the new Modi government by making a private meeting in Beijing with India’s Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj. In my experience in China with a variety of Chinese from all levels, Chinese place great store on proper procedure.
Normal procedure would be for Xi to meet only with Modi as head of India’s government, not with a mere minister. Rather China’s foreign minister should be the proper speaking counterparty.
Xi’s decision to meet Swaraj underscores the growing effort of Beijing to develop deeper cooperative ties with her historic rival in the Indian subcontinent. During and after the Cold War, China’s main ally in that region has been not India but Pakistan, India’s bitter foe.
Now, since Modi embraced the creation of the new BRICS infrastructure development bank of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, and with the escalating US military pressures of Obama’s ill-conceived “Asia Pivot,” China is looking to firm closer ties to Modi’s India.
Xi told the Indian minister that he wanted China and India to grasp the “opportunity of the century” to combine their development strategies, and push ahead with their strategic cooperation on railways and industrial parks to benefit the 2.5 billion people of the two countries as well as the global economic development.
India is considering joining Beijing’s vast New Silk Road. Xi arranged a special visit for the Indian Foreign Minister to Kunming in China’s south near the Laos border. Kunming is the starting point for China’s New Silk Road high-speed rail project.
The Indian minister’s discussion with President XI was part of preparation for a state visit to China by Modi following the visit of Xi to New Delhi last September.
Modi, who took office only in May, 2014, has already had three personal meetings with China’s Xi.
In a personal gesture of the high priority China now attaches to cementing strong Indian relations, Xi will invite Modi to Xi’s hometown in Shaanxi province.
Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj was in Beijing for the third annual meeting of foreign ministers of Russia, China and India.
At that meeting, the three countries of the BRICS issued a joint communique which among other points, “agreed that Russia, India and China should enhance their cooperation in think-tanks, business, agriculture, disaster mitigation and relief, medical services and public health.
The Ministers explored potential for cooperation in oil and natural gas production and transportation, as well as in other fields of energy, high tech, environmental protection and connectivity.”
They also declared that the three nations were “determined to build a more just, fair and stable international political and economic order in accordance with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter, the Five Principles of Peaceful Co-Existence and other basic norms of international law,” a clear reference to the lawless disregard of Washington for the UN Charter in either Syria or Ukraine.
Washington gets nervous
On top of the very successful visit of Russian President Putin to India in December, where the two signed economic deals worth some $100 billion, what is emerging is a stark contrast to the Washington-influenced regime of Modi’s predecessor, Manmohan Singh.
He signed an agreement with the Bush Administration for military and security cooperation with Washington, a move aimed at giving the Pentagon an ally in Asia against China. Washington is clearly getting nervous.
Susan Rice, Obama’s bellicose Security Adviser announced on February 6 that President Obama has invited Chinese President Xi Jinping for a state visit this year. In contrast to his visits to India and his meetings with Putin, Xi’s last visit to the US was in June, 2013. Xi’s first foreign trip as new President was to Moscow to meet Putin.
Rice’s comment as to the aim of the Obama invitation to Xi spoke volumes about the fundamental divide between the two countries today. She said, “With China, we’re building a constructive relationship that expands practical cooperation across a wide spectrum of issues from global health to non-proliferation, even as we confront real differences over human rights, cyber-enabled economic espionage, and the use of coercion to advance territorial claims.”
The Chinese government daily, China Daily wrote articles last year identifying the role of the US government in creating the Hong Kong “Umbrella Revolution.” Xi is not impressed when Washington chides China on “human rights.”
A decisive turn for China India relations will come in this summer at the annual meeting of the China-Russia-dominated Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
India has long expressed interest in joining but hostilities and mistrust during the previous Singh government led Beijing to reject the idea. It will be interesting to see what Obama has to offer Xi beyond military encirclement and lectures on global warming.
F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, holding a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.