Tom at Tom Dispatch introduces Michael Klare's summary of the Pentagon's new defense strategy by asking whether the Cold War will return with "a vengeance." The cold war, as John Batchelor and Stephen F. Cohen have been warning John's radio audience during the past four years, has already returned (to the extent it ever ended); it's just that the war has heated up during the last year to the point where even typists for the New York Times and Washington Post editorial pages can't miss it.
But this new cold war is piled on top of the Pentagon's evergreen Global War on Terror with the result, as Klare details, that the Pentagon is busy planning war on just about everyone who doesn't abide by the 'rules-based international order' established by the U.S. after World War Two.
The Pentagon has singled out Russia and China as the top threats to said rules-based international order while ignoring the fact it was just that very order which turned China into a slave plantation for Western businesses -- which then got hopping mad when the Chinese figured out non rules-based ways to profit from the situation.
As to Russia, the Pentagon's outrage completely ignores NATO's very obvious attempts since the end of the USSR to shrink Russia to the size of Moscow and St Petersburg. Now NATO and the Pentagon are mad because Russia took to playing by non-rules to defend itself.
Thusly from order, chaos.
Could the Cold War Return With a Vengeance?
The Pentagon Plans for a Perpetual Three-Front “Long War” Against China and Russia
By Michael T. Klare
April 3, 2018
In recent testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, CENTCOM commander Army General Joseph Votel concentrated on the status of U.S. operations against ISIS in Syria and against the Taliban in Afghanistan, but he also affirmed that the containment of China and Russia has become an integral part of CENTCOM’s future strategic mission: “The recently published National Defense Strategy rightly identifies the resurgence of great power competition as our principal national security challenge and we see the effects of that competition throughout the region.”
Through its support of the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad and its efforts to gain influence with other key actors in the region, Russia, Votel claimed, is playing an increasingly conspicuous role in CENTCOM’s AOR. China is also seeking to enhance its geopolitical clout both economically and through a small but growing military presence. Of particular concern, Votel asserted, is the Chinese-managed port at Gwadar in Pakistan on the Indian Ocean and a new Chinese base in Djibouti on the Red Sea, across from Yemen and Saudi Arabia. Such facilities, he claimed, contribute to China’s “military posture and force projection” in CENTCOM’s AOR and are signals of a challenging future for the U.S. military.