As the dysfunction in Washington rose to new heights over the weekend, China took the opportunity to fire a clear shot across the bow at America’s reckless economic and geopolitical trajectory.
In an explosive piece entitled, U.S. fiscal failure warrants a de-Americanized world, China’s Xinhua News Agency scolds the U.S. over what it perceives to be America’s numerous economic and geopolitical blunders. Note, however, that Xinhua describes itself as an “important information organ” of the Chinese government.
Translation: Xinhua is a state-run propaganda platform masquerading as an authoritative news outlet. This makes the editorial that much more weighty as it represents a direct hit from China.
Despite what some Americans may think about Red China, the Asian behemoth remains America’s chief foreign creditor with trillions invested into the American experiment. And as such, their opinion of our defunct government matters.
I suggest you begin by reading the entire editorial here.
Now, let’s briefly examine four of the bold claims made in this scathing piece and compare them to reality.
Claim #1 – Since World War II, the U.S. has been bent on building a global empire
“Emerging from the bloodshed of the Second World War as the world’s most powerful nation, the United States has since then been trying to build a global empire by imposing a postwar world order, fueling recovery in Europe, and encouraging regime-change in nations that it deems hardly Washington-friendly… the United States has declared that it has vital national interests to protect in nearly every corner of the globe… and has a history of “meddling in the business of other countries and regions far away from its shores.”
The Facts: Since becoming the world’s dominant economic and political power in the wake of World War II, it is a fact that the U.S. has spread its military forces to over 130 nations. Why? To protect America’s “vital interests,” namely, the U.S. dollar.
It is a fact that through the Marshall Plan, the U.S. aided Europe’s recovery from World War II. And as for the claim that America has “encouraged” regime change in foreign countries that it deemed “unfriendly” to Western ideals, the list is embarrassingly long.
Iran, 1953: The CIA overthrows Iran’s democratically elected Prime Minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh, after Iran opts to nationalize its oil industry, making the rather audacious claim that Iranian oil belonged to the Iranian people. British oil companies disagree and immediately appeal to Washington for help to regain control over Iran’s oil fields. Washington complies in what is officially known as Operation AJAX.
Guatemala, 1954: While the U.S. initially supported Guatemalan President Jacobo Árbenz, his land reform policies soon threatened U.S. corporate interests in the country, namely, the U.S.-owned United Fruit Company. The U.S. responded by leading a coup against Árbenz through a covert operation dubbed Operation PBSUCCESS.
Chile, 1973 – In 1973, the U.S. was involved in the overthrow of Chilean President Salvador Allende. In his place, the U.S. recognized and promoted a new president, Augusto Pinochet. Despite butchering and torturing thousands of his own people, Pinochet received strong support from the U.S. and other Western powers.
Sadly, these are just a few examples among dozens. U.S. foreign policy critic, William Blum, has created a master list of successful U.S. overthrows including:
China (1949 to early 1960s); Albania (1949-53); East Germany (1950s); Iran (1953); Guatemala (1954); British Guiana (1953-64); Iraq (1963); Cambodia (1955-70); Laos (1958-60); Ecuador (1960-63); Congo (1960); Brazil (1962-64); Dominican Republic (1963); Bolivia (1964); Indonesia (1965); Ghana (1966); Chile (1964-73); Greece (1967); Bolivia (1971); Australia (1973-75); Portugal (1974-76); Jamaica (1976-80); Chad (1981-82); Grenada (1983); Fiji (1987); Nicaragua (1981-90); Panama (1989); Bulgaria (1990); Albania (1991); Afghanistan (1980s); Yugoslavia (1999-2000); Ecuador (2000); Afghanistan (2001); Venezuela (2002); Iraq (2003); Haiti (2004); Somalia (2007 to present); Libya (2011)
And this is just a list of the nations that the U.S. succeeded in overthrowing. There are dozens of others, including Yemen, Cuba, and Syria, where U.S. covert operations failed.
Claim #2 – The U.S. has been hypocritical by “torturing prisoners of war” while publicly accusing other countries of “torture”
“Meanwhile, the U.S. government has gone to all lengths to appear before the world as the one that claims the moral high ground, yet covertly doing things that are as audacious as torturing prisoners of war…”
The Facts: The world was appalled when the shockingly grotesque images of U.S. military forces torturing unarmed prisoners at Abu Ghraib Confinement Facility made their way into the evening news. After numerous attempts by human rights organizations for a full investigation into the alleged prisoner abuse, an official report was ordered. The report found several examples of torture and prisoner abuse at Abu Gharib and accused U.S. troops of numerous violations, including:
- Breaking of chemical lights and pouring the phosphoric liquid on detainees
- Threatening male detainees with rape
- Sodomizing a detainee with a chemical light and perhaps a broom stick
- Videotaping and photographing naked male and female detainees
- Forcibly arranging detainees in various sexually explicit positions for photographing
- Forcing naked male detainees to wear women’s underwear
- Forcing groups of male detainees to masturbate themselves while being photographed and videotaped
- Positioning a naked detainee on a MRE Box, with a sandbag on his head, and attaching wires to his fingers, toes, and groin to simulate electric torture
These horrific accusations rank up there with some of the world’s most sadistic regimes, including the Nazis. Unfortunately, the sickening events at Abu Gharib prison were not an isolated incident.
There’s the prisoner abuse scandal at the Bagram Internment Facility, where detainees were faced with sleep deprivation for weeks, forced nudity, constant beatings, and being forced to lie down naked on the frozen ground.
And of course, there are the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, most of which have never even been charged with a crime. Many of these detainees have suffered solitary confinement for periods exceeding a year, sleep deprivation for months at a time, exposure to prolonged temperature extremes, along with sexual harassment, and even rape.
Of course, the use of torture (also known as “enhanced interrogation techniques”) has been a contentious point of debate in America since the War on Terror was launched in the wake of the tragic events of 9/11.
It is rather telling of our current state of global affairs that China, with its horrific human rights record, has the nerve to lecture the U.S. on its prisoner abuse scandals.
But, China doesn’t make ridiculous public statements like this either:
“The U.S. is committed to the worldwide elimination of torture and we are leading this fight by example. I call on all governments to join with the U.S. and the community of law abiding nations in prohibiting, investigating and prosecuting all acts of torture.” — George W. Bush, U.N. Torture Victims Recognition Day, June 26, 2003
Claim #3 – The U.S. kills innocent civilians in drone attacks
“Meanwhile, the U.S. government has gone to all lengths to appear before the world as the one that claims the moral high ground, yet covertly doing things that are as audacious as… slaying civilians in drone attacks.”
The Facts: The rise of drone warfare, which was originally thought to simplify attacks against strategic targets, has actually complicated matters.
In addition to Washington’s use of drones against American citizens on U.S. soil, a large and growing number of foreign civilians have been killed by U.S. drone attacks.
This year, a confidential 12-page summary paper, entitled Details of Attacks by Nato Forces/Predators in FATA was leaked with details of the numbers of casualties from CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. According to the report, a total of 746 people were killed as a result of several years of drone strikes with “at least 147 of the dead clearly stated to be civilian victims, 94 of those said to be children.”
Another report showed the CIA has deliberately targeted first responders and mourners who show up after an attack as a part of a “double-tap” strategy. This is a repulsive military strategy that comes right out of the playbook of terrorist groups, like Hamas.
Sadly, the U.S. military refers to the death of innocent civilians, including children, as “collateral damage.”
Unfortunately, China’s assertion that the U.S. is killing innocent civilians through its drone attacks cannot be challenged. It is a fact.
Claim #4 – The U.S. is “spying on world leaders”
“Meanwhile, the U.S. government has gone to all lengths to appear before the world as the one that claims the moral high ground, yet covertly doing things that are as audacious as… spying on world leaders.”
The Facts: There is little to say here. It is now a matter of public record that the U.S. is heavily engaged in spying on world leaders. Former NSA contractor, Edward Snowden, cracked this one wide open by downloading massive numbers of incriminating files that exposed America’s massive global spying operation and handing them off to the press.
But it doesn’t stop there. The U.S., and other Western powers, have apparently developed a sophisticated spying operation against foreign corporate competitors. And according to the Guardian newspaper, one of the leading sources on the ever-widening NSA spying scandal, there are many more incriminating documents still to come that will shock the world.
China’s Solution: A New World Order, New World Currency
After several more jabs at America’s past and present, China proposes a set of solutions for the future.
These solutions include:
1) “A new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing.”
- China is once again recommending a “new world order” to replace the old American world order as described in this editorial. Under this proposed new world order, all nations, regardless of their size or wealth, would be “respected and protected on an equal footing.”
2) “All nations need to hew to the basic principles of the international law, including respect for sovereignty, and keeping hands off domestic affairs of others.”
- It is the height of irony that communist China must scold the U.S. for violating the sovereignty of other nations.
3) “No one has the right to wage any form of military action against others without a UN mandate.”
- China’s only reason for including this is because of its permanent seat on the UN Security Council, which grants them veto power over any war resolution.
4) “The developing and emerging market economies need to have more say in major international financial institutions including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund.”
- The World Bank and the IMF have long been Western-dominated institutions. Even though China is busy launching its own competitor to the World Bank — known as the BRICS bank — they still long for a greater seat of power within these institutions.
5) “The introduction of a new international reserve currency that is to be created to replace the dominant U.S. dollar, so that the international community could permanently stay away from the spillover of the intensifying domestic political turmoil in the United States.”
- Here’s the zinger: A direct hit on the U.S. currency. China has long called for a replacement of the U.S. dollar as the world’s reserve currency. While that day is coming, it’s not here yet.
In the final analysis, China’s temper tantrum is rooted in many things, including the country’s over-leverage on the U.S. economy. After all, China holds an estimated $3.57 trillion in U.S. Treasury debt. With that much money on the line, I am surprised this recent lecture from the Chinese was so tame.
The latest survey, conducted this month after the shutdown started, showed 37 out of 46 economists now expecting a Fed pullback on the bond-buying program to begin in December or January.
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“They said to Him, “Caesar’s.” Then He said to them, “Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s; and to God the things that are God’s.”