KrishnaK wrote:Either the US actually believed that there were powerful threats that required the MIC that was built up or they made it up knowing full well that the threats did not justify the size of their MIC. The thinking of the people that have wielded power in the US is not like the protocols of the elders of Zion. It is openly available - for example there's a treasure trove of archives of what Nixon and Kissinger said during the 1971 crisis with India. It was recorded verbatim and declassified. Across 70 years and 16 different governments it should be fairly easy to come up with proof that these people made up enemies for power, no ? Why resort to movie quotes ? There's a more believable explanation - military power is built up to hedge against insecurity. For a while now the US has been asking Europe to contribute more, so its own spending can go down. Europe just does not have the political will required to do that at this point.
Insecurity on the part of the Americans who claim that they are suddenly feeling threatened in the Pacific Region from the Chinese. Play up that card in front of gullible elected officials in the US Armed Services Committee in Washington and then billions of dollars miracously flow into the coffers of the American military.
An insecurity that did not exist from 1947 to the early 1990s. Then the Soviet Union collapsed and America then needed a new enemy, which China was ever eager to play.
Then rope in countries in the region (India, Japan, Australia, etc) and make them believe that the evil Chinese are out to annnihilate them. At least in India's case, the China threat existed well before the 1962 Indo-China War. We lost that war due to Nehru's foolishness and not for anything else.
And then make the claim that if you join a US-led alliance, we will help you in a future conflict against China. Whether they actually will, is very much in doubt. And with regards to the bolded part below, now we are being told to reduce our oil imports from Iran.
Countries Don’t Have Friends; Just Interests
http://dish.andrewsullivan.com/2013/10/ ... riendship/
India and the United States have common interests in fighting Islamist terrorism and in providing a strategic counterweight to China. But India has a fruitful relationship with Iran that they see no reason to sever. Should we “punish” them for that? How would we do that without also “punishing” them for being our allies against the Taliban? Should we have “punished” our ally, France, for not supporting our war in Iraq by not supporting their war in Libya? Or should we have supported our ally Britain for its staunch support in Iraq by joining the very same war against Libya? Should we have rewarded Russia for its support for our war in Afghanistan by dropping our support for Georgian membership in NATO? Or should we have rewarded Georgian support for the Iraq war by pushing harder for their membership in NATO?
This is how unreliable and untrustworthy the Americans really are.
Obama: Leaving Iran deal 'misguided'
https://www.cnn.com/2018/05/08/politics ... index.html
"In a democracy, there will always be changes in policies and priorities from one Administration to the next," Obama's statement continued. "But the consistent flouting of agreements that our country is a party to risks eroding America's credibility, and puts us at odds with the world's major powers."