The Washington Post's Neocons are Beating Cold War Drums...Again - CounterPunch.org

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Published: May 06, 2020
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81% Liberal


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97% "There will be a time to discuss the initial handling of the pandemic as well as the deceit of both Donald Trump and Xi ..."
96% "Pompeo prevented a communique at a recent G-7 meeting because he couldn't get any of the European representatives to support his polemical accusations.""
95% "Trump needs no encouragement; his deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and his leading economic adviser Peter Navarro are extremely bellicose toward China.""
89% "In view of the continued uncertainty in North Korea, it is essential that Washington and Beijing have programmatic diplomatic discussions.""
88% "Haspel's intelligence analysts could inform Pompeo that it is counterproductive to maintain that the United States and its allies must keep China in its ..."
84% " On the other hand, the Defense Intelligence Agency, well known for its willingness to politicize intelligence, recently changed its analytical position in order ..."
83% "Chinese cruise missile technology already has made it certain that U.S. naval ships, including aircraft carriers, will not be able to get close enough ..."
79% "Unfortunately, the confrontational approach of Trump and deputy national security adviser Pottinger has garnered bipartisan endorsement, and it will be difficult to reverse the ..."
77% "President Harry S. Truman recognized the island-hopping success of the Marines in the Second World War, but he was right for wanting to abolish ..."

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97% : There will be a time to discuss the initial handling of the pandemic as well as the deceit of both Donald Trump and Xi Jinping, but now isn't that time.
96% : Pompeo prevented a communique at a recent G-7 meeting because he couldn't get any of the European representatives to support his polemical accusations.
95% : Trump needs no encouragement; his deputy national security adviser Matthew Pottinger and his leading economic adviser Peter Navarro are extremely bellicose toward China.
89% : It aims to displace the United States as the world's preeminent economic and military power.
89% : In view of the continued uncertainty in North Korea, it is essential that Washington and Beijing have programmatic diplomatic discussions.
88% : Haspel's intelligence analysts could inform Pompeo that it is counterproductive to maintain that the United States and its allies must keep China in "its proper place.
84% : " On the other hand, the Defense Intelligence Agency, well known for its willingness to politicize intelligence, recently changed its analytical position in order to accommodate the view that a research lab in Wuhan was the origin of the new pathogen.
83% : Chinese cruise missile technology already has made it certain that U.S. naval ships, including aircraft carriers, will not be able to get close enough to the Chinese Mainland to be effective, and the idea of island-hopping against China is pure fantasy.
79% : Unfortunately, the confrontational approach of Trump and deputy national security adviser Pottinger has garnered bipartisan endorsement, and it will be difficult to reverse the current direction.
77% : President Harry S. Truman recognized the island-hopping success of the Marines in the Second World War, but he was right for wanting to abolish the Marine Corps at war's end.
76% : Washington and Beijing are compatible on important strategic issues that deal with the Korean peninsula; the importance of North Korean denuclearization; and the necessity of toning down the risk-taking proclivities of Kim Jong On.
75% : He believes that Biden would do well to recruit unnamed defense and foreign policy advisers from the Bush administration.
74% : (During my years at the National War College, China prevailed in every war game that revolved around Taiwan.)
72% : The Washington Post is particularly supportive of a more militarized national security policy, including a possible confrontation with China.
72% : On April 30, the Washington Post carried two additional opeds that endorsed an aggressive policy toward China, pointing to "superior force" as the "surest road to peace."
72% : Nikki Haley, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations in 2017-2018, argued that "superior Western economic, diplomatic, and military power" defeated the Soviet Union, and that the current challenge from the "Chinese Communists must be seen the same way.
71% : Cotton, the Cold War warrior, wrote in the Post on May 3 that the "Chinese Communist Party is our enemy.
71% : Trump's scapegoating of China also serves to deflect responsibility for his pathetic response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
70% : At a time when the Sino-American relationship is central to stabilizing the international arena, we are getting no discussion of the importance of mutual military disengagement in the area of the South China Sea and the need for smart diplomacy.
68% : It's too serious a matter."
67% : In the past week, we have been treated to a series of oped essays that are supportive of expanded American military power and a political, if not military, confrontation with China.
67% : A diplomatic dialogue between Washington and Beijing on Korean issues could lead to possibilities for stabilizing the naval rivalry in the South China Sea as well as creating less friction over the issue of Taiwan.
65% : U.S. national media generally have been lazy in their treatment of our military -- pandering to the military itself and resorting to retired general officers, such as Generals David Petraeus and Jack Keane, as spokesmen.
65% : There is a reason why the Marines have not resorted to an amphibious landing since the first months of the Korean War, and that is the high risk and great difficulty of such operations.
65% : Unfortunately, Donald Trump and Joe Biden are already making the issue of a hardline toward China a central issue of the campaign.
64% : The Biden campaign is attacking Trump for being insufficiently tough on China.
61% : Gates was, in fact, a captive of the uniformed military.
60% : George Will wants a modernized and more lethal Marine Corps at a time when our most dangerous adversaries have developed "high volume, extended-range missile warfare" to deal with threats from the sea.
60% : Even a modest improvement in Sino-American relations would be advantageous, making the strengthened Sino-Russian relationship less threatening to the United States.
59% : Leading Democrats such as Senator Charles Schumer are calling on Trump to be more aggressive toward China.
55% : Gerson even believes that Biden "should be actively persuading...respected military and intelligence figures who served in the Trump administration to publicly support him.
54% : In an oped on May 1, Rogin falsely credited Pompeo with calling for "depoliticizing" the issue of China's handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
53% : Does this mean Biden should bring back Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Bob Gates, and Condi Rice who are responsible for policies that have brought the longest period of continuous U.S. war fighting in our history?
51% : Haspel has even protected the job and personal security of the CIA whistleblower whose report led directly to the impeachment process.
48% : A group of their oped writers, particularly Michael Gerson, David Ignatius, and George Will, argue that the United States needs to increase defense spending to "protect the country from a full range of global disasters."
45% : BY 2.0 The Washington Post has a reputation as liberal and even left-of-center, although its editorial pages are dominated by neoconservatives who support the idea of American exceptionalism and the extreme operational tempo of America's military.
44% : War in space would be a catastrophe, and even Air Force chief of staff General David Goldfein concedes that in every war game that involves space, we "never come out winning."
43% : Ignatius, a long-time apologist for the Central Intelligence Agency, conceded the need for restoring the "right civilian-military alignment," but offered former secretary of defense Robert Gates as his model because Gates "could be ruthless" with aides to Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
43% : Gerson's usual suspects are not the answer.
40% : Another Washington Post oped writer, Josh Rogin is ignoring efforts of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to link the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic to the Wuhan laboratory.
40% : However, there is evidence to suggest that Haspel will not accommodate her old boss.
40% : It is important not to gainsay China's handling of the viral outbreak, which contributed to the international impact of the pandemic, but the global crisis currently demands dialogue and cooperation between the United States and China in order to save lives.
34% : No country is as dependent economically as the United States on access to space.
30% : Gerson, the leading speechwriter for President George W. Bush's "axis of evil" speech in 2002 that prepared the way for the invasion of Iraq, regularly refers to an "increasingly belligerent China."
30% : It makes no sense for the editorial pages of the Washington Post to assist the efforts of the military-industrial complex to strengthen its case for greater defense spending by exaggerating the so-called threat from China.
29% : Image Source: F Delventhal - CC
29% : The media typically defend bloated defense budgets and fail to challenge the dangerous militarization of national security decision making.
28% : Pompeo, the leading cheerleader in this campaign, has charged his hand-picked director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, with finding evidence implicating the research lab, according to the New York Times,.
27% : Every American president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama has endorsed a policy of engagement toward China, but Trump's obsession with trade deficits has created the worst political and economic friction between Washington and Beijing since the first years of the Vietnam War.
24% : This year's defense budget appropriates more than $15 billion for space systems, when we should be looking for ways to demilitarize the space frontier -- and not promoting another arms race.
24% : George Will believes that Joe Biden should be the next president because he is willing to "stand up to China, and encourages Biden to "associate himself" with Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), who endorses the conspiratorial theory regarding the responsibility of the research laboratory in Wuhan for the viral outbreak there.
24% : Haspel has stood up to the White House on sensitive issues such as the role of Saudi Arabia's Mohammed bin Salman in the sadistic killing of a dissident journalist; Russian hacking in the U.S. electoral process; and the origin of the Covid-19 virus.
20% : This is reminiscent of gratuitous anti-Soviet posturing during presidential campaigns in the worst days of the Cold War.
19% : Nevertheless, Rogin cited Pompeo's specious urgings that the issue of Beijing's handling of the virus should not become "partisan.
17% : We could send fewer guided-missile cruisers into the South China Sea; China could stop its provocative circumnavigation of Taiwan with fighters and strategic bombers.
13% : Ignatius beats the drums for the just created U.S. Space Force, which inherits 86 space warriors graduating from the Air Force Academy.

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