What’s important to note here is the article’s spin, which paints the Trump administration as the war mongering administration, when in fact it’s the opposite. The Trump administration realizes the danger emanating out of China and how it was allowed to rise the last 24 years under the Clinton, Bush Jr. and Obama administrations. Clintons gave them the tech via the U.S. Department of Commerce to modernize the PLA, Bush went to war and both depleted and overstretched the U.S. military while Obama almost finished it off with budget cuts and military purges.
The U.S. military is seriously weak and Trump is doing what he can to bring it back to its once-powerful status. In the meantime, he’s also working with what he was left: A fatigued military in shambles that still might have to go to war with China and in the Middle East yet again. Trump is clearly being set up to be the fall guy.
If you think that America is the aggressor in this case, you couldn’t be more than wrong. It was indeed China who said in 2010 that there will be hand-to-hand combat with America in 10 – 15 years. They, along with Russia, are the ones who want war with America. It was indeed China who said they wanted to exterminate the U.S population. What’s alarming is that they now have the capability to do so, and America now likely doesn’t.
So what you read out of this article, and what you hear from the selective soundbites that don’t give you the whole story, is that the military buildup and tension throughout the last three administrations has reached its peak. America has to prepare for war in defense, not out of war mongering.
What you read here is a deliberate attempt to distort the facts with the goal of undermining the national security of the United States as it turns people with very little discernment into pawns of opposition. The media thinks you are dumb and is preying on you.
The media is indeed the political opposition.
Only months ago US President Donald Trump’s chief strategist predicted military involvement in east Asia and the Middle East in Breitbart radio shows
The United States and China will fight a war within the next ten years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.
Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.
In the first weeks of Trump’s presidency, Bannon has emerged as a central figure. He was appointed to the “principals committee” of the National Security Council in a highly unusual move and was influential in the recent travel ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries, overruling Department of Homeland Security officials who felt the order did not apply to green card holders.
While many in Trump’s team are outspoken critics of China, in radio shows Bannon hosted for Breitbart he makes plain the two largest threats to America: China and Islam.
“We’re going to war in the South China Sea in five to 10 years,” he said in March 2016.
“There’s no doubt about that. They’re taking their sandbars and making basically stationary aircraft carriers and putting missiles on those. They come here to the United States in front of our face – and you understand how important face is – and say it’s an ancient territorial sea.”
Listen: Steve Bannon on Breitbart News Daily, March 2016 (listen at 05:32)
“You have an expansionist Islam and you have an expansionist China. Right? They are motivated. They’re arrogant. They’re on the march. And they think the Judeo-Christian west is on the retreat,” Bannon said during a February 2016 radio show.
Listen: Steve Bannon on Breitbart News Daily, February 2016 (listen at 05:58)
On the day Trump was inaugurated, China’s military warned that war between the two countries was a real possibility.
“A ‘war within the president’s term’ or ‘war breaking out tonight’ are not just slogans, they are becoming a practical reality,” an official wrote on the website of the People’s Liberation Army.
Aside from conflict between armies, Bannon repeatedly focused on his perception that Christianity around the world is under threat.
But China is not the only hotspot Bannon sees, and forecasts another ground war for American troops in the Middle East.
“Some of these situations may get a little unpleasant,” Bannon said in November 2015.
“But you know what, we’re in a war. We’re clearly going into, I think, a major shooting war in the Middle East again.”
He also branded Islam as “the most radical”religion in the world, and moved swiftly since entering the White House to enact policies hostile to Muslims. Some have called Trump’s central doctrine a “war on Islam”.
Full article: Steve Bannon: ‘we’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt’ (South China Morning Post)