Monday, May 06, 2019

State Department preparing for clash of civilizations with China....

via Washington Examiner...
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s team is developing a strategy for China based on the idea of “a fight with a really different civilization” for the first time in American history.

“This is a fight with a really different civilization and a different ideology and the United States hasn't had that before,” Kiron Skinner, the director of policy planning at the State Department, said Monday evening at a security forum in Washington, D.C.

Skinner is leading an effort to develop a concept of U.S.-China relations on the scale of what she called “Letter X” — the unsigned essay by George Kennan, who assessed “the sources of Soviet conduct” in 1947 and outlined the containment strategy that guided American strategists for the rest of the Cold War. China poses a unique challenge, she said, because the regime in Beijing isn’t a child of Western philosophy and history.
 “The Soviet Union and that competition, in a way it was a fight within the Western family,” Skinner said, noting Karl Marx’s indebtedness to Western political ideas. “It’s the first time that we will have a great power competitor that is not Caucasian.”
Story here. 

That last line that I highlighted is the terrible truth here.

Think back to every fight the US has been involved in.  Think about the wars that we've been undeniably successful in fighting.

Then think about where we've failed...or at least not achieved total victory as outlined by strategist that planned these wars.

It's all about Asia.

For some reason the US has had a terrible time when fighting in Asia.  I never considered the racial dynamic but I think we need to put it on the table.

For most Americans the region is a mystery.  For me?  I admire it and respect it.  That's why I KNOW we need to get hard, determined and act with a sense of urgency with regard to China.

They won't quit.

They WILL fight till the last man.

They WILL sacrifice entire divisions to achieve their goals.

Even worse for us?

For some reason the Asian people will rally around their country in a way we haven't seen since WW2 or more recently just after the 9/11 attack.

Don't believe me?  Check out the roll call since WW2.  Korean War.  Stalemate. Vietnam.  Stalemate then total defeat of the nation we were propping up.  Desert Storm.  Total victory!  Desert Storm 2.  Inconclusive, but cannot be categorized as a victory due to the nation we installed now firmly in the camp of the Iranians.  Afghanistan.  Squandered victory and now utter defeat is staring us in the face.

Our strategist need to wrap their heads around the China threat.  This will be a fight for the very survival of our nation.

Chinese thinking will not allow for anything but total victory.  Check out their forums if you don't believe me.

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