Whitney sees signs that the Empire is getting very worried about China and its evolving role as a major player in the world. Empire directors have tried containment, but that doesn't seem to work. He sees a major new aggressive Empire policy unfolding which risks a nuclear war.
US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is willing to risk a war with China in order to defend “freedom of navigation” in the South China Sea. Speaking in Honolulu, Hawaii on Wednesday, Carter issued his “most forceful” warning yet, demanding “an immediate and lasting halt to land reclamation” by China in the disputed Spratly Islands.You may also be interested in Pepe Escobar's take on this growing dangerous situation by reading his satire/humor laden article entitled "Patrolling the Hood From (China) Sea to Shining Sea".
.... In order to show Chinese leaders “who’s the boss”, Carter has threatened to deploy US warships and surveillance aircraft to within twelve miles of the islands that China claims are within their territorial waters. Not surprisingly, the US is challenging China under the provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea, a document the US has stubbornly refused to ratify. But that’s neither here nor there for the bellicose Carter whose insatiable appetite for confrontation makes him the most reckless Sec-Def since Donald Rumsfeld.
So what’s this really all about?