Although the U.S. has never officially been at war with China or Russia, it is not too long ago that U.S. forces were fighting the Chinese in Korea and Vietnam. It has also been only a couple decades since the Cold War ended, and Russia withdrew from Afghanistan, who the U.S. provided weapons for in order to repel the Soviets. It feels nice to think of the U.S. as immune to invasion, but unfortunately the threat from China and Russia is not gone. In fact over the next few weeks China and Russia will be participating in the largest joint military drill in each nation’s history.
China has long been a key customer for Russian military hardware, but only in the last decade have their militaries begun taking part in joint exercises.
China’s defence ministry said on Tuesday that its navy would send four destroyers, two guided missile frigates and a support ship for the exercises, which start on Friday in the Sea of Japan and run until 12 July.
“The joint drill conducted by the two militaries of China and Russia do not target any third parties. Their aim is to deepen co-operation between the two militaries in the training field, boost capacity in co-ordinating military activities, and serve the purpose of safeguarding regional security and stability,” Fang said.
Many countries conduct military drills, so there is nothing necessarily sinister about this one. Something that is of concern however, is the way Russia talks about the U.S. as an adversary, essentially in a “Cold War” context.
According to the Russian official, military reaction times are much shorter than in the past, and the United States “adversary” has shown its capabilities against foreign militaries with precision strike weapons.
“Russia is analyzing the situation,” he said. “We are creating a weapon that could be called a superweapon. This is a weapon that will allow us to see the enemy sooner than he will see us and to inflict a blow on him, in retaliatory measures, that will be irreversible for him.” He did not elaborate.
That same article from the Washington Times talks about a joint venture by China and Russia to make a space weapon for “space defense tasks”. The Chief of the NSA has already publicly stated that China is the most aggressive world power in terms of stealing U.S. cyber security and cyber military secrets, as well as participating in other forms of cyber-espionage. So while America cuts back its defenses, and suggests disarmament, Russia and China appear to be pretty serious about capabilities which could dominate the world. But the Cold War of cyber-weapons appears to be just heating up.
And another threat from Russia, brought on by our own officials, is that Russian forces will be providing security at U.S. events in the future, which could even include the Superbowl. Russian Emergency Situations Military has teamed up with FEMA to agree to assist each other in emergency situations, and at large events. It is a violation of our Posse Comitatus law to allow U.S. military to conduct policing activities on U.S. soil, let alone a foreign military. And the ominous suggestion from this is that the U.S. wants Russian troops to do things that U.S. troops would not be willing to do.
As Mac Slavo writes, “Rumors have circulated for years about the possibility of foreign troops being deployedon U.S. soil in the event of a widespread declaration of a national emergency. For quite some time there have been anecdotal reports to support the claim that the U.N., Russia and other nations would be used in a policing capacity should some critical event befall our nation.”
“The fear should such a scenario take place has been that these soldiers would act under the banner of their own flags, ignoring the fundamental protections afforded to our citizens, leaving Americans under the jurisdiction of people who don’t speak our language or respect our fundamental rights to self defense, to be secure in our homes, and to be presumed innocent in the eyes of the law.”
Concerns about foreign troops being used on US soil have lingered ever since the release of State Department Publication 7277, which is a blueprint for the harmonization of US and Russian forces under a framework of United Nations-led global government.
It is a very scary thing which threatens innocent civilians if the police state continues to ramp up, especially if foreign troops will be used. The fact that the NDAA includes language “allowing” the U.S. to indefinitely detain citizens “suspected of terrorism” is another reason for us to reject the idea of foreign troops operating on U.S. soil. I still don’t think American troops would be willing to kill or imprison innocent Americans, I cannot be so sure about foreign troops. But how has it even gotten this far?
America as a whole needs to stop supplying countries with the means to murder and imprison innocent civilians. According to Diana West in her book “American Betrayal”, the U.S. provided a staggering amount of military support and financial aide to the Soviet Union in the years leading up to, and after WWII. That means America provided the means for millions of civilian murders by the USSR. This brings to mind aide that we supply all over the world today to the tune of about $37 billion annually, including military assistance. Egypt has gotten jets recently, Syrian rebels were gifted with arms, and even China still gets some foreign aide, despite their hostility towards America, and forced labor camps for their civilians. We need to end all foreign aide. The conditions in many parts of the world that receive aide are not conducive to the production of necessities, therefore America is allowing them to continue their destructive practices, while still staying afloat. The freedom to produce and turn profits in the west has been allowing foreign nations to oppress their people for too long–if America stopped giving its wealth away, then countries would be forced to adopt models of government that allow the production and retention of wealth.
And America would be safer because it would not be funding its aggressors, or a government which one day may prove a serious military threat to America. I found it unbelievable that in the early years of the Cold War, America was giving entire pre-fab factories to Russia. Wealth has been leaving the U.S. for too long, only to be aimed back at us in the form of missiles and guns. Governments still want to start wars, just because we are half a century removed from the last “major” one does not mean another more catastrophic one couldn’t occur. China and Russia would be quite interested in expanding their power still, and we would be wise to recognize the threat for what it is.