It is not often I dare on this site to disagree with a man whose views, lucidity, and rationality I deeply respect, but today I must do so with Lew Rockwell. The article I have in mind, which apparently is not by Mr. Rockwell but by Mr Michael S Rozleff, is here:
Mr. Rozleff is, of course, correct, the US Asian bases cost a great deal to maintain, and the implicit implication is that it would make good political (and fiscal) sense to shut some of them down and scale back others.
But this, of course, won't be allowed to happen, for the power elite in this country will insist that it is necessary not only to maintain these bases, but to expand our military presence in the region as a response to the growing projections of power - economic, military, and otherwise - of China and Russia into the region, and to counter the threat of regimes such as North Korea.
At the deeper level, of course, the financial and military-industrial complex reap huge profits from maintaining such bases. But there is, I would argue, avery deep level of geopolitical reasoning operating here, and that has to do with the realignment taking place that I have commented on here and elsewhere over the past few months: in my opinion the "Wallashinglondonton" elite are pushing hard for their unipolar global new world order, using the economic and military power of the USA as the front for their activities. As a result, they have managed to alienate long term allies and friends, particularly in Latin America. But the pillar of that elite's system of power has always been the "trilateral" interlocked arrangements between Europe, North America, and, in the Pacific, Australia, the Philippines, and Japan.
When the Japanese government two years ago changed from the party that had ruled Japan for decades as a client state of the West, to a party that began to float trial balloons of a rapprochement with China - planned state visits of the Japanese Emperor to Beijing, requests for the USA to close its military base on Okinawa - it was hit with a tsunami and an earthquake, the effects of which we are still living with, and that after then US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates delivered a stern warning to Japan that this course of action was unacceptable. (In other words, yes, I still entertain the possibility that the Fukushima disaster was the result of a deliberate action). Add to this the suggestive - though certainly not conclusive - evidence that Japan may have been pursuing a secret nuclear weapons program, doubtless in aid of precisely that agenda of Asian rapprochement, and one gets the picture. In the end, this isn't even about sustaining the American empire in the face of increasing fissures within the post-World War Two structures and coalitions of power. This is about expanding that base of control. As in Europe, where the debt crisis is in part - and in my opinion - being engineered to keep Germany locked within the Western orbit and to forestall any greater Russo-German cooperation, the same cane be said of Japan (and, since we're talking about American debt in this context), China.
See you on the flip side...