U.S. POST WW2 STRATEGY FOR SECURING ITS FULL SPECTRUM GLOBAL DOMINANCE:
"Prevent the Reemergence of a New Rival"
New York Times March 8, 1992 excerpt from recent Department of Defense release of February 18, 1992 draft Defense Planning Guidance
Declassified document http://nsarchive.gwu.edu/nukevault/ebb245/doc03_extract_nytedit.pdf
http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9E0CE1D7173AF93BA35750C0A... Washington, D.C., February 26, 2008 - "prevent the reemergence of a new rival" either on former Soviet territory or elsewhere”
MERS: GEOPOLITICAL STRATEGIC CONTEXT
"China will be a persistent U.S. competitor. A stable and powerful China will be constantly challenging the status quo in East Asia.. An Asia it dominates but does not conquer or occupy is China's goal"
ASIA 2025 Vision: A China Bent On Asian Dominance
Text source: Robert J. Kaiser, Washington Post, March 17, 2000
Imagine a booming China of 1.5 billion people that has intimidated Taiwan into effective submission, persuaded Korea and Japan to close the U.S. bases on their territory, and made a deal with New Delhi to divide Asia into spheres of Chinese and Indian influence at America's expense. What sort of China is that? One imagined last summer - long before current tensions between China and Taiwan - by a group of academics, former government officials and current Defense Department officials...
The Pentagon’s new China war plan
China Says US 'Pacific Pivot' Destabilizes Region
4/16/13 AP http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/04/16/china-says-us-pacific-pivo...
BEIJING - In its latest account of national defense efforts, China said Tuesday the United States is destabilizing the Asia-Pacific region by strengthening its military alliances and sending more ships, planes, and troops to the area. The U.S. policy known as the "pivot" to Asia runs counter to regional trends and "frequently makes the situation tenser," the Defense Ministry said in its report on the state of China's defense posture and armed forces. "Certain efforts made to highlight the military agenda, enhance military deployment and also strengthen alliances are not in line with the calling of the times and are not conducive to the upholding of peace and stability in the region," spokesman Yang Yujun told reporters at a news conference marking the report's release. "We hope that the relevant parties would do more to enhance the mutual trust between countries in the region and contribute to peace and stability," Yang said.
China has consistently criticized Washington's deployment of additional ships and personnel to Asia, along with increasing cooperation both with treaty partners, including Japan, South Korea, and the Philippines, as well other countries such as Vietnam that aren't traditional allies.
Beijing sees it as designed to contain China's diplomatic, military, and economic rise, and sought to reassure Asian nations that China poses no threat to them. Despite that, China's fast-growing military and increasingly firm assertions of its territorial claims have concerned many countries, pushing them to seek stronger relations with the U.S., the region's traditional military superpower. The pivot will see 60 percent of the Navy's fleet be deployed to the Pacific by 2020. Singapore will be home to four new U.S. Littoral Combat Ships designed to fight close to shorelines, while Indonesia is looking to buy a broad range of American hardware and take part in joint maneuvers. The Philippines is seeking to host more U.S. troops on a rotating basis and Australia has agreed to allow up to 2,500 Marines to deploy to the northern city of Darwin...."'We will not attack unless we are attacked, but we will surely counterattack if attacked. Following this principle, China will resolutely take all necessary measures to safeguard its national sovereignty and territorial integrity," the report said.
"In geostrategic sense, containing China in the Asia-Pacific region is the basic content of the U.S. policy toward China."
Truth behind frequent U.S. military exercises in Asia-Pacific region
By Zhen Zehao, associate professor of the National Defense University (NDU) of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA, China Military Online)
April 10, 2013, http://english.peopledaily.com.cn/90786/8201921.html
Since U.S. President Barack Obama proposed the high-keyed "return to the Asia-Pacific" at the end of 2011, the U.S. has frequently organized joint military exercises in the Asia-Pacific region. For those U.S. exercises conducted in 2012 in the Western Pacific region alone, there were as many as 17 code names. Why is the U.S. so interested in Asia-Pacific region? Why does it frequently conduct such "exercises" In geostrategic sense, containing China in the Asia-Pacific region is the basic content of the U.S. policy toward China.
There are three major means for the U.S. to conduct deep involvement in the Asia-Pacific region: first, wide alliance to win over various countries in the Asia-Pacific region; second, military forward deployment to realize strategic "re-balancing"; and third, occupy a "leading" position in the region to play "pro-active role".The U.S. believes the time span from the end of the Cold War to 2015 is a period of "strategic opportunity", during which the rise and development of such major regional countries as China and Russia will pose serious challenges to the U.S. around 2015. Among the two, China "is more likely to become the challenger" Therefore, U. S. began putting more pressure on China over Asia-Pacific issues...
The U.S. attempts to scramble the Asia-Pacific making full use of military exercises as a kind of multilateral counterbalance against China, seeking more rights and interests in the Asia-Pacific, to enhance U.S. influence on the region...the ultimate U.S. intention...it chose the Asia-Pacific not only as a "trump card" to suppress China's "regional hegemony", but as an opportunity to demonstrate its strength and to reshape its image as a superpower to fulfill its profound intentions.
SOCIAL MEDIA INFORMATION WARFARE
International Journal of Communication 7 (2013), 1162–1184
http://ijoc.org/index.php/ijoc/article/viewFile/1658/919 submitted: 2012–05–14
This article discusses the role of social media in information conflict, where information conflict is considered to be an application of information warfare concepts in both military and civilian contexts. Information warfare is defined as “all actions taken to defend the military’s information-based processes, information systems and communications networks and to destroy, neutralize or exploit the enemy’s similar capabilities within the physical, information and cognitive domains” (Brazzoli, 2007, p. 219). Although information warfare is traditionally a military concept, as this definition indicates, Cronin and Crawford (1999) and Schwartau (1996) have shown it to be relevant to social, corporate, and personal spheres. Information warfare can be seen to encompass various other concepts; for the purposes of this article, the following concepts are considered (Brazolli, 2007):
Network warfare (or cyberwarfare)—offensive and defensive actions in relation to information, communications, and computer networks and infrastructure.
Command and control warfare—actions taken to manage, direct, and coordinate the movement and actions of various forces; seeks to protect this ability in friendly forces and disrupt the ability for an adversary.
Intelligence-based warfare—actions to degrade an adversary’s intelligence cycle while protecting one’s own.
Psychological operations— intended to alter the perceptions of a target audience to be favorable to one’s objectives. Information warfare may be applicable to nonmilitary environments; in this case, the term information conflict will be used to encompass both military and nonmilitary applications of information warfare tactics. For the purposes of this article, information conflict will include strategic information security and influence operations....social media’s significant role initiating large-scale civil disturbances is a form of psychological operations/influence operations[...]
WHO Says South Korea Outbreak will spread
MERS is caused by a coronavirus and belongs to the same family as the common cold or Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which caused a deadly international outbreak in 2003... MERS is a new disease, (it was first identified in humans in Saudi Arabia in 2012) doctors know very little about it and there is no cure or vaccine. There have been at least 1,170 lab-confirmed cases of the disease worldwide since 2012 and 480 deaths—a 37 %mortality rate.
The WHO is hopeful current investigations in South Korea will help further scientists’ understanding of the virus... the country’s speed reporting new developments to international authorities has allowed “almost real-time insight into the dynamics of the outbreak.” [USA Today]
MERS Outbreak Exposes Weaknesses in South Korean Health Care
6/10/15 VOA www.voanews.com/ content/ south-korea-cuts-in
SEOUL—South Korean health officials acknowledged Thursday changes need to be made in the country’s health care system in the wake of the outbreak of the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS)..President Park Geun-hye postponed a visit to the United States to deal with the continued MERS outbreak at home....
Dr. John Linton, Director of the * International Health Care Center at Yonsei University’s Severance Hospital in Seoul, said the MERS crisis has already made doctors more aware of the need to respond quickly to isolate any possible cases of serious infectious diseases. But he also said South Korea needs medical facilities that are ready to deal with these types of outbreaks...Choi Chang-woo, head of the civil society Citizens’ Solidarity for Safe Society, criticized the government for being slow to react, not being forthcoming with information and is responsible for increasing public anxiety. Linton agreed providing more good information is a lesson from this outbreak...said the public also needs to be more forthcoming with health authorities. Linton said he is cautiously optimistic that the number of new MERS cases will plateau in the next few days then start coming down.
In addition to the increasing number of people infected with the deadly virus, the MERS outbreak has caused South Korea significant economic damage.To help companies cope during this crisis South Korea's central bank Thursday slashed borrowing costs to a record low.
*World Health Organization RS/2013/GE/20(PHC) ENGLISH ONLY
March 2014 Manilla, Philippines
U.S. will send rocket artillery systems to South Korea to counter ... 20th Field Artillery, expected to deploy in June to join 210th Field ...
3/20/15 www.military.com/ daily-news/ 2015/ 03/ 20/ fort-hood-troops-and-rocket-artillery-headed-to-south-korea.html
...to bolster counter-battery defenses against the threat posed by North Korea's massive artillery emplacements on the De-Militarized Zone, the Pentagon said Friday...the Army said the deployment was not in response to any specific North Korea actions but part of an "Army-wide reorganization that will raise the number of MLRS battalions in all field artillery brigades from two to three."...The Fort Hood unit deployment came after South Korea and the U.S. agreed last year to keep the 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Camp Casey until at least 2020, when South Korea expects to have their own counter-battery fire plan.
.The 400 troops from the 2nd Battalion, 20th Field Artillery, expected to deploy in June to join the 210th Field Artillery Brigade at Camp Casey in South Korea. Multiple Launch Rocket Systems (MLRS) will arrive "at the highest level of readiness," the Army said in the announcement. Lt. Col. Donald Peters, an Army spokesman, said the troops were deploying for a nine-month rotation but the rocket systems will remain in South Korea. ...Seoul, about 25 miles south of the DMZ, is believed to be within range of the hardened positions of North Korea's 170mm artillery pieces and 240mm rockets.The Fort Hood troops will boost the U.S. troop strength on the peninsula to about 28,900....
US Seeks to Keep Artillery Brigade Near Korean DMZ
6/4/15 www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/19/us-seeks-to-keep-artillery-brigad... - 77k - 2015-06-04
WHO urges South Korea to reopen schools as more close in MERS crisis
6/10/15 SEOUL, (Reuters) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/wires/reuters/article-3117658/South-Korea-rep...
The outbreak, the largest outside Saudi Arabia, has fuelled public anxiety and hit spending, with thousands in quarantine and the number of schools closing rising to 2,474, including 22 universities. Many people on the streets are wearing face masks, public transport is being disinfected and attendance at movies and games has tumbled.
Just as school boards recommended more schools be shut, a joint South Korean-World Health Organization mission... Recommended schools all be reopened as they were unlikely to spread the disease...
South Korea's Health Ministry said Wednesday two more people died from MERS and announced 13 new cases...prompting President Park Geun-hye to postpone her U.S. Visit. Park had been due to leave Sunday for the United States, her country's closest ally
The number of people who may have been in contact with MERS patients now in quarantine rose to 3,439, and quarantine was lifted for 641 people...
the finance minister, announced a 400 billion won ($357 million) financial package for businesses and regions affected by MERS... South Korea's central bank is expected to cut interest rates Thursday to dampen the outbreak’s economic impact, according to a Reuters poll of analysts Tuesday.
US undoubtedly cancelled to stay in the shade as it tests & tightens screws on a key Asian proxy
Park postpones US trip as South Korea MERS death toll rises
"We asked for understanding from the US government and both nations agreed to reschedule the trip at the earliest convenience."
The decision to delay the June 14-18 visit came after Park's administration came under fire for what critics say has been an inadequate response to the crisis."President Park decided to postpone the US trip in order to help end the outbreak of MERS and take care of public safety," her senior press secretary Kim Sung-Woo told reporters...A survey by polling agency Realmeter on Wednesday showed more than half of South Koreans opposed her planned trip to the US, a major ally..
After a joint investigation with local experts, a WHO team said in a statement Wednesday the pattern of the South Korean outbreak is probably similar to previous ones at Middle East healthcare facilities. "However, the situation is rapidly evolving," it said, calling for strengthened infection prevention and control measures at all facilities across the country...officials launched a nationwide screening for persons with pneumonia since MERS patients often develop pneumonia....
‘EBOLA’ /’PANDEMIC REDUX: PRETEXTS FOR EXPANDING U.S. REGIONAL MOVES
[digest pandemic reports include http://www.burbankdigest.com/node/478 ]
US, South Korea Reaffirm Alliance After Summit Cancellation
6/12/15 VOA http://www.voanews.com/content/united-states-south-korea-reaffirm-allian...
...The MERS outbreak ignited a political dilemma for Park when her government came under fire for mishandling the crisis....
USFK Urges Troops to Take Precautions as MERS Outbreak Korean public health authorities and US military leadership in the continental US to monitor and contain the outbreak in South Korea. Five MERS ... 6/3/15 www.military.com/.../2015/06/03/usfk-urges-troops-take-precautions-mers-... - 78k - 2015-06-03
US SK Ambassador Attacked by Razor-Wielding ... The attacker's comments on Korean reunification seem linked to lingering,deep divisions in South Korea stem from Korean War. ... www.military.com/.../2015/03/04/us-ambassador-to-south-korea-attacked-by...
US, SKorea to Form Combined Division Next Year ...problems, including sentiment and language, between US and SK troops," spokesman for South Korea's Ministry of ...
6/4/15 www.military.com/daily-news/2014/09/05/us-south-korea-to-form-combined-d... - 77k - 2015-06-04
US, South Korea Activate First-Ever Combined Division ...... under US 8th Army includes US 2ID forces and South Korea's 16th Brigade. headed by 2ID Commander Maj. Gen. Theodore Martin with a South Korean one-star ... 6/8/15 www.military.com/daily-news/2015/06/03/us-south-korea-active-first-ever-... - 77k - 2015-06-04
WHO's "false pandemic" Swine Flu
Swine fluH1N1 influenza virus popped up publically in Mexico in March, 2009. By June, the World Health Organization (WHO) had announced a Level 6 global alert – the highest – for the first time in 40 years. It was intended to help the world prepare for an imminent lethal viral attack not seen in decades and required the mobilization of immense resources. By August, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology was projecting that H1N1 could kill as many as 90,000 Americans in the 2009/2010 flu season, two and a half times the number killed in a typical flu season.
"We are witnessing a roll-out of the largest, most expensive mass vaccination campaign in the history of our nation, a rollout that is bigger than even the polio vaccine campaigns of the 1950's," said Barbara Loe Fisher, President of the National Vaccine Information Center. "There is no funded government vaccine injury compensation program for swine flu vaccine."
(detailed history omitted [...]
The WHO's "false pandemic" flu campaign is "one of the greatest medicine scandals of the century," according to Dr. Wolfgang Wodarg, Chairman of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. "The definition of an alarming pandemic must not be under the influence of drug-sellers," he adds.
Wodarg, a doctor and former SPD member of the German Bundestag, said the "false pandemic" campaign began last May in Mexico City, when a hundred or so "normal" reported influenza cases were declared to be the beginning of a threatening new pandemic, although there was little scientific evidence for this. Nevertheless the WHO, "in cooperation with some big pharmaceutical companies and their scientists, re-defined pandemics," removing the statement that "an enormous amount of people have contracted the illness or died" from its existing definition and replacing it by stating simply that there has to be a virus, spreading beyond borders to which people have no immunity.