Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Puppet and His Master by Erick San Juan

The Puppet and His Master by Erick San Juan

Two important elections are in the offing – the United States and China. Both will happen sometime this November. As the heated debates between President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney intensify, many analysts think that both US presidentiables are using the China – bashing tactic to win some votes.
US Presidential debate (Round 2) last October 17, 2012 in New York - the debate metamorphosed into blame game on policy breach and failures. Both President Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney claimed that one of them is soft with China and secretly doing business deals with China.

As the debate moves on, the skeleton in the closet of both candidates were exposed. Breitbart.com obtained an advance copy of a bombshell report which reveals that the Obama.com website is not owned by the president's campaign but rather by Obama bundler Robert Roche, a US citizen living in Shanghai, China. Roche is the chairman of a chinese infomercial company, Acorn International, with ties to state-controlled banks in China that allow it to gain revenue through credit card transactions with Chinese banks. If you will type Obama.com, it will redirect to contribute.barackobama.com/donation/index-ovf.html. While Romney is being exposed to have also business ties with China, with Chinese banks, industrialists who have senior positions in the Chinese government. The buzzword is, Romney even visited a factory in China when Bain bought it. A factory that have barbed wire on the fences, sniper towers which was reportedly a slave labor camp. Both wanted to please their audience, the American people and the world’s televiewers. The puppet masters, of course, are watching, evaluating and grading them on who will they put to power come November. Such puppet masters hold the future of the rest of the world as the United States’ next president will be as powerful when it comes to its foreign policy. We are now living in very exciting times, both economically and the world’s security. We have witnessed on the latter part of President Obama’s term on how his administration’s foreign defense policy shifted to what they call Air-Sea Battle and turned to the Asia-Pacific region as its next focus when it comes to its fight against terrorism among others.

And these ‘others’ – one the encirclement (a.k.a. containment) of China and the  so-called nuclear threat from North Korea. Many believe that these two candidates are both the same and equally bad for the American people and the world.

Washington announced plans last spring to expand its missile defense shield and install its components not only in Europe but also in Asia and the Middle East. US Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Issues Madelyn Creedon said that locations in Australia, Japan and South Korea could be selected. It was also reported in August that missile defense components – early warning radars would appear in Japan and the Philippines. The strategic locations of the countries mentioned here all points to the area of significance to China and North Korea.

With the establishment of military base in Australia and the return of US troops and warships in Subic, it is clear that ‘actions speak louder than words.’ The White House has made no secret of the fact that it sees China as the main regional threat. As the American leader Barack Obama put it back then, the United States and small Asian countries had long been concerned about Beijing’s territorial claims to islands in the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea). Washington considers this region to be of great strategic importance because up to US$1.2 billion in commercial shipping passes through it annually on the way to American shores.

The perceived danger posed by both China and North Korea in the region has actually increased the desire of every nation, especially claimants in the disputed areas of the SCS, to purchase more war materiel in the process. Such move only increased the possibility of a regional conflict and in the end it’s only the military industrial complex who got all the profits through the arms race fanned by their surrogates in Pentagon. And, in this way the goal of Pentagon’s full spectrum dominance in the region was achieved.

The provocations, as perceived by China, by Uncle Sam through its allies has developed into a bigger rift in the relationship among the countries in the region. The US may not be headed for a direct military confrontation with China at the moment but the Pentagon wants to contain China, wants to encircle China and keep its subservience to US dictates. And, Philippines can become a hostage to the strategic plans of Washington in the region.

And for as long as we kowtow to Washington’s every whim without even a 'quid pro quo', we cannot remove ourselves from the stigma that we are Uncle Sam’s military outpost and doormat in the region. And from my previous article – The Shield that Will Endanger Us, this same shield will put every Filipino life in danger if we will not get our act together and change the course of history and stop being Uncle Sam’s pawn in their game of war.

 Wake up!

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