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US foreign policy isn't American at all. China and Russia should be major allies, but in the realm of geopolitics they're threats to the empire of London and lower Manhattan.
In 1990, while my husband was stationed there, I lived in South Korea for 10 months. Whenever S Korean forces held military exercises, either singly or jointly with the US forces, N Korea would protest, make claims of attack plots against them. It was explained to us that it was a "show" repeated every time, with no forward movement toward actual aggression. Most bullies do act that way--huff and puff and shake a fist trying to instil fear. However, how a bully's target reacts has a lot to do with what happens next. Running in fear or showing some sort of weakness can make the bully either laugh and stay in place or laugh and seize the opportunity to give someone a good pummeling. If the target stands too strongly, leaning forward toward the bully too far, the bully may have to lash out in defense of pride, whether he really wanted to throw the punch or not. It's a crazy dance of strategy and psychology...and guessing. And when the bully is of questionable mental health, the dance is all the more unpredictable.
I am one arguing against an "everything is a conspiracy" mentality. It isn't necessary to employ conspiracy theories in order to study and sort out what is happening with North Korea.
What's a conspiracy theory? Anything that doesn't appear in an American newspaper? Are Russia Today and Press TV evil because they're not American?
That's right.When people don't understand something,they call it a conspiracy and write it off,or label you as crazy.
Yep...awareness of the real issues is greater outside the US. Americans live in a hermetically-sealed container.
China and Russia should be first-rate world powers and partners of the US. But the foreign policy of the US is largely that of the Anglo-American financial empire, which is determined to take down China and Russia because those nations are daring to show independence. Large nation-states are the main threat to the world empire of finance capitalism. No doubt in my mind that the economic rise of China has been sabotaged as much as possible, a project that has involved the offshoring of much manufacturing capacity from the US and Europe to China in order to exploit slave labor. With the US and the euro project going down the tubes, China's export markets are drying up. Meanwhile, Nato and the West are cutting off China's sources of raw materials in Africa. That's the real problem of globalization: once you get in, you can't get out. It's like a cult really.