American Mainstream Expert Calls For Global War In Three Continents

American Mainstream Expert Calls For Global War In Three Continents

Thomas G. Mahnken

Written by Uriel Araujo, researcher with a focus on international and ethnic conflicts

Is a “Three-Theater” war scenario both feasible and desirable for the US? Some think so. American analysts within the Establishment are in fact calling for war “in Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.” This is what Thomas G. Mahnken (both a Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies professor and the CEO of  the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments) is urging Washington to do, in his most recent piece.

For Mahnken, Washington is “currently involved in two wars—Ukraine’s in Europe and Israel’s in the Middle East”, while also “facing the prospect of a third over Taiwan or South Korea in East Asia.” Moreover, “all three theaters are vital to US interests, and they are all intertwined.” Deprioritizing Europe and disengaging from the Middle East can only weaken American security, he argues: “The U.S. military drawdown in the Middle East, for instance, has created a vacuum that Tehran has filled eagerly.” Of course, such reasoning can only make sense if American “security” is equated with Washington’s unipolarity.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, during his recent speech at Shangri-la Dialogue (in Singapore), made it a point to stress that “despite historic clashes in Europe and the Middle East… the Indo-Pacific has remained our priority theater of operations.” According to Austin, the US is a Pacific nation (with a capital P, and with no pun intended, presumably), and added that “the US can be secure only if Asia is secure. That’s why… [we have] long maintained our presence in this region. And that’s why we continue to make the investments necessary to meet our commitments to our allies and partners.” As for the relationship with China, the Secretary was more ambiguous, claiming that “a fight with China is neither imminent nor unavoidable.”

While Lloyd Austin seems to differ from Mahnken (on emphasis), there is not necessarily a dilemma there. I’ve often described Washington’s ambitions as being all about having the cake and eating it too. Jerry Hendrix (retired Navy captain, formerly an adviser to Pentagon senior officials, and currently a senior fellow with the Sagamore Institute) has written that, in Mackinder terms (classic Geopolitics), the US has embarked on a quest for the “Heartland”, and this contradicts its true “sea power” nature. This is so because Washington, in recent times, has been “burdened” by mostly “land-based actions in Iraq and Afghanistan fought primarily by a large standing army operating far from home”.

Rather than doing that, Hendrix urges the Atlantic superpower to, once again, “think and act like a seapower state”, that is, with a focus on deriving its might from “seaborne trade”, employing “instruments of sea power” to advance its interests. The expert describes the post-World War II period as an exceptional “free sea” period, marked by a “secure environment” which has supposedly allowed free trade to flourish in a globalized planet – this being the rather gleeful manner in which he describes the US-led world order, in spite of the fact that Washington has always weaponized protectionism.

In any case, as Hendrix notes, the American superpower acts both as a “continental power” and as a “sea power”. I’ve described its foreign policy as resembling  the swing of a pendulum. Give or take, all Great Powers engage to some extent in proxy conflicts amid their geoeconomic and geopolitical disputes with other powers. In terms of regional disputes, whether one likes or not Moscow’s foreign policy today, one can at least concede that historically Russia and neighboring Ukraine have an intertwined and complicated shared history, and the same applies to China-Taiwan relations. But America is something quite different. To keep things in perspective, one should keep in mind, for example, that, amazingly, the only place in the entire world China has an overseas military base is Djibouti, in the Horn of Africa. In contrast, depending on how one counts it, Washington, in 2015, had about 800 military bases in over 70 countries.

Moreover, the US has in fact invaded 84 out of the 194 nation-states recognized by the United Nations, and has been militarily involved with no less than 191 of those, according to  Christopher Kelly and Stuart Laycock, the authors of “America Invades: How We’ve Invaded or been Militarily Involved with almost Every Country on Earth”. The hard truth is that the United States of America is the only nation today (and arguably ever) to potentially engage in warfare across three continents – a scenario, keep in mind, that is cheered by prominent mainstream American commentators and scholars.

Other analysts, such as Andrea Rizzi, writing for El Pais, have described the possibility of war fronts in the Middle East, Europe and the Asia-Pacific becoming connected as a “nightmare” scenario – although not so convincingly, in Rizzi’s case, who seems to believe the political West has necessarily something to do with “democracy”, a historically controversial premise to say the least. Rizzi, however, makes the very valid point that “in geopolitics — and in life — high-stress situations lead to a greater margin for unforeseen events, errors in calculation and communication, uncontrolled actions by minority factions and escalations that are unintended, at least by the key players.” Even the main actors have an interest in keeping stability, at some point someone (or one’s proxies) may indeed make “a daring movie”, in Rizzi’s words, and thus bring about an escalation and unpredictable outcomes.

A series of Ukrainian and Western actions arguably represented precisely such a red-line crossing, in Moscow’s perspective. While some worry about the same thing happening in the Pacific, thus inadvertently igniting yet another war, others call for and crave for precisely such a war – not just in the Indo-Pacific region, but also in Europe and the Middle East, simultaneously. It is hard to describe such a call in any way other than as a will to set the world on fire – after all, one cannot literally desire war between Great Powers in three continents and not expect everything else that often comes with it (call it apocalypse in disguise, if you will).

Unbelievably, such bellicose calls, rather than being confined to the hate speech of extreme and fringe individuals and organizations, pass as reasonable and mainstream discourse, produced as it is, by respectable experts with impeccable credentials. And, mind you, Foreign Affairs will even publish it. It is no wonder: Washington foreign policy itself is, after all, largely built on the premise of American unipolarity and global war if need be.

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Conan M

because when you’re ready to default completely to the bis because your money is no longer good at the “ca$in0” you would rather die for all of your worst choices after using one casus belli after another that went unresolved by the un since the biggest epoch in the event of 9/11….

by the way… that is one ugly mf

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Conan M

are we allowed to mention the guy who he’s probably best friends with that gave the u.$. and the world a “new pearl harbor” idea prior to 3 buildings 2 planes?

thewhiterose

2 holographic planes fcol

Conan M

indeed! the 3rd building that collapsed 8 hours after the towers fell with not enough curiosity in the un security council to muster a vote to demand an investigation 6 years later through hundreds of foia and subpoena(s) of the evidence… and after taking 3 years to provide the u.$. taxpayer and the world a fraud “official” 9/11 commission report” 3 years after it happened!

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_TomSawyer_

we will do anything to keep the dollar on top, and you eurotards better swallow it up!
🤡 😆😆😆

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jens holm

its not like that. we are xonnedted and insurred. byt that we let the the dollars grew and dicline. none want the usa dollar go as it think i wish.

that goes china as well.

it anytime is better usa reduce it death and goes into less inflation.

thats better for internal prices, creates more jobs and also can save usa in electrity, and heating-warming. the whole house sector is infected with low quality with plundering prices and even millions homeless and socalled trail parks.

jens holm

we in europe dont need to swallow anything. we producere own money and wealht.

we are equal partners in western economics and trade with china as well.

as i recall it eu is bigger in usa in gdp. the diffrence is we use dollars as well as euros

Amarillo Armadillo

what does china buy from denmark, porn flicks?

jens holm

in april 2024, china exported $754m and imported $472m from denmark, resulting in a positive trade balance of $282m.

main products: hormones ($1.17b), packaged medicaments ($772m), and pig meat

Hieronymus Bosch

that’s a negative trade balance, moron.

Kyivian Cesspit

for jens, a plus is a minus and a minus is a plus. that’s why he supports our burgeoning ukrainian economy and government.

jens holm

not at all.

it seemes you have not been able to understand my many lines for several years, dont want to . is born yesterday or is a senile.

it might help you not reading my stuff or ask unicef for help – help – help🧑‍🦽🦽👩‍🦽

jens holm

so what. we have the money.

our trade to the world i superplus and between the best in the world. we import people to vacant jobs.

all our ukrainan incommers has descent full or halftime jobs. they has homes, food, clothe.

all has free healthcare. free hospital and almost free medicine, free school and a few now take eduation.

jens holm

and all families pays tax. the tax is low. its low paid jobs apart from teachers, which educate in ukrianian language and culture at their home language.

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in 2022, united states exported $2.16b to denmark. the main products that united states exported to denmark were crude petroleum ($1.69b), refined petroleum ($219m), and planes, helicopters, and/or spacecraft ($143m).

jens holm

in 2022, denmark exported $7.76b to united states. the main products that denmark exported to united states were packaged medicaments ($6.29b), vaccines, blood, antisera, toxins and cultures ($304m), and medical instruments ($288m).

Amarillo Armadillo

i thought they locked you up for attacking your pm. does your libtard country let such people go that easily?

jens holm

the traditions are we wait and elect new ones.

power also is very vertical and in busines as well. by that we dont collapse even we get bad leaders here and there.

Kyivian Cesspit

you didn’t understand a word he said, did you? that’s why we like people like you and biden to help our thieves in law prosper.

jens holm

– you didn’t understand a word he said, did you? that’s why we like people like you and biden to help our thieves in law prosper –

about what.

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Kyivian Cesspit

we didn’t understand a word that this jens fool uttered but he’s on our side, and we count on fools to support us, so bravo, mr. jens. we’re with you 100%

jens holm

it might be over you level. no one here says you are forced to. not every can make a camel fly even it want to.

tim

the recent conference of the non western nations moved forwards with discussing their common currency and how it can be introduced. this is the reason for the ukraine war, of course, just as it was the reason for the attack on ns germany in 1939. jews are always behind wars – all wars.

jens holm

🐑🐏🐑🐏🐑🐏🐑

Kyivian Cesspit

one us$ = 50 eurocents and one ua hryvnia by 2026. that’s the goal we’ve been instructed to parrot by our american consigliere.

jens holm

no its not.👩‍🦽🦽🧑‍🦽👨‍🦽👩‍🦽

Wallter

the idiots come to the surface from time to time. a lamppost and a suitable piece of rope is the best countermeasure to the idiocy.

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jens holm

speak for yourselg

Massa John

the swamp is losing everywhere and all they come up with is a jaywalk to hell.

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Amarillo Armadillo

apparently, this hillbilly is as stupid as he looks.

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Democracy at Work

westerners should all fight and die in wars of aggression for the globalism scheme so they are not killed by globalist’s bio-weapons if the scheme succeeds. wonder if mahnken is paid by the word or level of stupidity.

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tim

replace “american” with “jewish” and you will understand the apocalyptic nature of the policy.
the religion these satanic people adhere to does call for apocalypse, which they think must happen before their fake “messiah” returns.
you cannot argue with the deranged; you must do as hitler did with them, or all will be lost.

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jens holm

you are just a dancing queen and not in the abba version.

Kyivian Cesspit

we enjoy bamboozling dipsy doodle people like that guy. to be honest, it’s pretty easy. just tell them what they want to believe.

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