Monday, June 15, 2009

The American Empire Is Bankrupt

Other than financing personnel, supplies, and armament, all major international military writing is replete with the importance of economics in winning future conflicts. Much of it expresses the need to get a handle on information technology with a concentration on the ability to disable economic infrastructures as a viable winning strategy of engaging conflict by non-military means.

Under the new conditions of our times, safeguarding peace is in accord with the fundamental interests of our country. History has shown that mankind can not solve every dispute by going to war. Based on years of observation and study of the international situation of social struggle, Deng Xiaoping creatively put forward new ideas on international dispute solving through peaceful means. He has said that we need to have new ways to solve the various disputes in the world today. New problems need to find new ways. He pointed out that we should use peaceful means and not war to solve problems. It would be most proper to solve international disputes through peaceful means. For example, on the question of Nansha islands, we have proposed that on the condition of their recognizing Chinese sovereignty, we could have joint development with relevant countries. With regard to the political and economic problems in the world, we propose that a new international political and economic order be established. Creating new ways to solve problems-which normally are pursued but not necessarily solved through war-by using nonviolent means is, in Deng Xiaoping's words, quite unconventional and requires one to have strategic courage to make the suggestions. -- It will be possible to destroy important military and economic facilities of the enemy without contact with the enemy at the front, and make the enemy lose its ability to resist. [i.e. destabilizing economic infrastructures] Chinese Views of Future Wars by Michael Pillsbury. 1997 (1)

Chris Hedges article, The American Empire Is Bankrupt, predicting doom and gloom, may or may not be in the cards, but it should act as a wake-up-call for action. Logically, it certainly is plausible.

(1) Michael Pillsbury's biography can be viewed at