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May 14, 2012 By Joseph P. Farrell

Paul Craig Roberts has an intriguing article on Washington's latest moves in the Western Pacific:

Brewing a Conflict with China

Roberts gets it right:

"What this is all about is provoking a long-term cold war conflict with China that will keep profits and power flowing into Washington’s military-security complex. Large profits flow to armaments companies. A portion of the profits reflow into campaign contributions to “the people’s representatives” in DC and to presidential candidates who openly sell out their country to private interests."

But I suspect that there may be more to it than merely keeping the good times rolling for the Pentagram and the military-industrial-bankster-security-intelligence-surveillance-police-state complex. Planning wars against this or that enemy, no matter how unlikely, is always a favorite pass-time of general staffs. After all, the U.S. Department of War had war plans in the 1920s and 1930s against the British Empire, against Russia, against France, even though the likelihood of a war between the U.K. and U.S.A. at that time was next to none. The British, the French, the Russians, all had similar plans against unlikely enemies, including the U.S.A. No surprise there. We may be assured that plans exist in Beijing and the Kremlin and New Dehli for war against each other...also unlikely....

But China is different. We may remark that there is a historical lesson, perhaps, to be learned here: an over-confident, technologically and tactically superior power, versus a newly industrialized power in the midst of social and military reorganization, reliant upon vast numbers for its military security.... that little lesson turned out to be the largest military campaign in history, a campaign to the death that lasted four years and cost nearly half of all the casualties of the world's largest war-to-date. The over-confident power went down to ignominious defeat.

But the war planning for China is different for another reason, and that is geopolitical inevitability: What Roberts is suggesting here is that there is more going on than merely keeping the American war machine rolling in cash; China and the West, or rather, the BRICS nations, with China and Russia at their core, are headed for a clash over the energy resources of central Asia, which the USA, Russia, and China, all intend to dominate...

...or perhaps that's just what we're being led to believe, for such a clash is inevitable only if there are no energy alternatives. The elites assure us there are not, that we have reached and passed not only "peak oil" but "peak civilization."... There's a scientist in Italy named Rossi that might have a thing or two to say about that....