July 6, 2012
US military meddling
[I]t is widely perceived that the US strategic maneuvers in the Asia-Pacific
cater to its desire to counter the rise of a few regional powers, China
included. As US combat operations in Iraq have been brought to end and
it is pulling troops out of Afghanistan, the US is counting on such a
strategic shift to keep the vital region within the range of its gunpowder.
As ready proof of its strategic pivot to the Asia-Pacific, the United States
is leading two military exercises in the region right now.
While the largest-ever Rim of the Pacific naval exercises involving
the US and 21 Asia-Pacific countries are in full swing in Hawaii,
the US and the Philippines are also conducting naval exercises
in the Mindanao Sea.
Last month the US staged a drill with the Republic of Korea in waters
off the west coast of the Korean Peninsula. This came hard on the
heels of a drill with the ROK and Japan in the Yellow Sea.
Amid lingering tensions in Northeast Asia, people cannot help but
ask what is the real intention behind such brazen showboating of
military muscle in the region. By staging bilateral, trilateral and
multilateral military drills with allies and partners in the region,
it seems the US has a multiple agenda.
The displays of force help drive home the message that for all
its current woes the US remains the supreme military power. It
helps mitigate the concerns that the US global influence is waning
after fighting two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And by building
up a high-profile military presence in the Asia-Pacific, the US
also intends to deter its potential opponents and imaginary enemies.
Last but not least, it is widely perceived that the US strategic
maneuvers in the Asia-Pacific cater to its desire to counter the
rise of a few regional powers, China included. As US combat
operations in Iraq have been brought to end and it is pulling
troops out of Afghanistan, the US is counting on such a strategic
shift to keep the vital region within the range of its gunpowder.
As one of the world’s most economically dynamic regions,
the Asia-Pacific area is a land of opportunities. And the region
is willing to share those opportunities with the rest of the world,
including the US.
While benefiting from these economic dividends, the US
should behave responsibly and contribute to the region’s peace and stability.
However, with the US displaying its war machines and firing its
missiles in the region with increasing frequency, it is impossible
to believe that Washington means to play a positive and constructive
role in the Asia-Pacific. TAP – five Filipino fishermen were either killed
or disappeared in an incident connected with Scarborough Shoal last week.
This has stirred up the Filipino people for a confrontation with China.
The USA is encouraging this trend using connections within
Filipino TV and print media. The desire to create a flashpoint is obvious.