Steve Bannon's Legacy of Disorder

   It was the chief strategist of the Trump administration, Steve Bannon, that mentioned an apocalyptic war between China and the US is inevitable within the next 5 to 10 years. The psychological makeup for the Chinese central command is that words mean everything, especially if threats are made by senior officials of a given government. This sets the tone of China allocating enough resources to strengthen their military in accordance to the response.

 

            What Steve Bannon inadvertently did was provide a self-fulfilling prophecy that has its roots entrenched in the Peloponnesian War. It was Sparta that declared war against Athens; they felt that democracy was becoming too dominant in their own sphere of influence.

 

            If George Orwell was alive today he may have seen an entirely different mechanism working towards the same sequence of the Peloponnesian war. The only difference this time is that the most dominant country in the world is the United States. However, Orwell was intuitive enough to analyze communism and all its frailties that are inherent and circumvent the economic wellbeing of the vast population that believe that their labor is based on the resources that they gather.

 

            In the global order, the Thucydides trap does have a genetic map that adjusts attitudes producing competition between a dominant power and a rising power. In the historical perspective, if the Gods gave Sparta the cultural shock of Athens’ rise, then the dominant power couldn’t circumvent their fear of a competitor in the arena. The singularity of fear is not proportional to the stage that these nations live in. There is no God that can choose between a dominant power and a rising power; that is left to man and the social order to settle the score to what is favorable and what is unacceptable.  

 

            If the Greek Gods were unable to choose between Sparta and Athens, then perhaps geopolitical scholars need to assert a relevant thesis that may have to do with familiarity breeding contempt. In regards to China, the commission of America’s national interests stated, “A dive of such proportion can not enter the stage without effect.”

 

            I need to know what Gods they’re talking about or what Gods will has upon China. We all need to know what God’s will towards China is. If Sparta was wrong towards Athens as a rising democracy then why should democracy be absolved from being wrong in this millennium?

 

            The South China Sea involves approximately 200 mid-ocean islets; most being coral outcroppings without any significant material value. In view of the fact that many nations go to markets to purchase natural resources, it allows for the stability and equilibrium between all nations involved in the South China Sea region. This sequence allowed many Asian Pacific nations not to fire a single shot.

 

            The issue arises when nationalism brings forth the expectation and entitlement of whatever natural resources a nation can develop from these offshore waters of the islets. In January 1974 a two day clash of arms occurred between China and Vietnam resulting in the Paracel region of the South China Sea coming into the hands of the Chinese, while the Sprailties region of the South China Sea partially being split up among the Philippines, Vietnam, and Taiwan.

 

            China does understand how provocative democracy is at times because of Japan’s solicitation of the US to get involved in the rebalancing of the Asia-Pacific region by using freedom of navigation, international law, and human rights. China decides to call out the US human rights issues into question as a device to propagate its own interests and cement its dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.

 

            The model the US is using is the freedom of navigation and human rights to legitimize their maneuvering in the Asia-Pacific region. It solidifies the bilateral relationship between Japan and the US to influence the region without having China breathing down their necks. Japan feels the Russian jet incident sends a clear message in the geopolitical world: if the US can not contain Russia, then how the hell are they going to contain China? That means Japan has to rely on the US to contain China and Russia in order to feel secure. For Japan, it is a game of mathematics. Their collective organization can not accept the #3 position in economic power while China creeps into the #2 spot.

 

            The US military is already quite advanced and strong. It seems that the US is becoming less confident and more sensitive. It seems that the US will never feel at ease until it has absolute military predominance over China. This explains that Washington’s China strategy lacks justification. The US is using the South China Sea disputes as an excuse to intervene in the region. Washington’s posture in the region is much more aggressive than the South China Sea policy it claims.”

           

            According to Thucydides, “It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta that made war inevitable.” The rise and fear seems to be a mechanism in the psychological makeup of a dominant nation. China’s economic clout has excelled in ranking amongst the trade partnerships they’ve constructed. The US is now inclined to tell the world that Trump should be the one making the rules. Again, the question comes to the forefront on the global stage, why are their rules more exceptional than others? 

 

            This lesson frequently makes a return to the Peloponnesian War and the Thucydides Trap. Instead of having the autocratic Sparta, you now have democracy. It was Steve Bannon’s position and proclivity that led to the establishment of a statement proclaiming an inevitable war with China in the next 5 to 10 years. However Steve’s mind is playing tricks on itself.

 

            Bannon warned, “There’s rot at the center of the Judeo-Christian West, Secularism has sapped the strength of the Judeo-Christian West to defend its ideals,” he argued at the Vatican conference. The “aristocratic Washington class” and the media, he has claimed, are in league with the entire religion of Islam and an expansionist China to undermine Judeo-Christian America.

            It is my understanding that the dominant religion in China is Buddhism and Taoism. Now this miscreant strategist of the Trump administration believes in the deepening imbroglio of religious war with China. We did not state this position, it was Steve Bannon. He wants to put Catholics against Evangelicals and use religion as a dominating force to contain China. It was Trump that held up the Bible that his mom gave him. But these are not the type of religious wars that Trump’s mother believes in. There is repentance with both Catholics and Evangelicals who believe Jesus died for them on the cross. This man wants to undermine the Catholic Church and Evangelicals while putting China into his grisly world of stupidity.

 

Comments

Ryan Messano Added Feb 16, 2017 - 9:24pm
China is the biggest atheist nation on earth.  Their military might does need to be checked. Bannon is right.  
Mike Haluska Added Feb 17, 2017 - 2:33pm
Communist China is already collapsing under the weight of its own evil and won't even be around in its present form in 10 years.  Sooner or later a sane military officer in North Korea will put a permanent end to ruthless insanity of Kim Jung Un and the West will help resurrect a starving nation and restore a peaceful government there as well.
 
Iran is the wild card in World Affairs.  Our ridiculous Iran Treaty allows and encourages them to become a nuclear threat.  It's too bad because most of the people in Iran like America but are forced to live under the rule of a psychopathic religious nutjob.  I am certain that the other nations of the region will grow a spine before its too late and deal with this themselves. 
George N Romey Added Feb 17, 2017 - 3:18pm
I agree with Mike on China.  With the collapse of western demand (covered up by deflation, financial gimmicks and central bank games) China has had no choice but to put its people to work building big white elephant projects.  Even at that I've talked to people that visit the big cities regularly and homelessness has become a big problem over the past ten years.
 
North Korea?  I think more of a wildcard. It's people are brainwashed and very ignorant but of course young people with a curiosity and desire to reach out could soon change that.
 
Iran while run by crazy religious nut jobs has a vibrant middle class and while they pay token homage to their pathetic leaders they are quite rational themselves.  My guess is that Iran might one day soon see revolution, which of course the US will get involved in.
Fiorenzo Arcadi Added Feb 17, 2017 - 7:58pm
Think again Ryan, China is strong. 
Xi called on people working for overseas Chinese affairs to make the most of the strength of returned overseas Chinese and those still residing abroad, in a bid to make greater contribution to realizing the country's "two centenary goals" and the Chinese dream of great national renewal. XI is stronger than Trump. This is the era of XI   Jinping the great. The news came out today.
 
 
Fiorenzo Arcadi Added Feb 17, 2017 - 8:10pm
If I was XI Jinping I will not capitulate to Donald Trump. If Donald Trump wants war, I will give it to him including Mr Bannon.
Mircea Negres Added Feb 18, 2017 - 6:26am
Welcome back, Mr. Arcadi! I've heard only a little about Steve Bannon, so I can't really comment on what he's thinking. However, the Chinese are a lot alike other communists, in that to them words mean a lot more than they would to an American. On the other hand, I reckon China is heading for a hard time with its economy about to implode due to a massive internal debt bubble and the corruption in its government, as well as its two or three decades-long growth spurt having pretty much come to an end. This may very well lead to the Chinese communist party losing power, but also to a period of chaos within the country which has quite a large nuclear arsenal and enough internal tensions to give its neighbors and those who come within ICBM range quite a few nightmares.
 
North Korea is another potential flash point, especially if a revolution happens there while the Chinese communists are still in power, while Iran is turning into a bigger regional and potentially global problem than Iraq was under Saddam. Still, you're right- it's the fears and insecurity of an established power being confronted by a rising one that can cause wars and a possible conflict between the U.S. and P.R.C. is nothing to take lightly as you pointed out. Well, let's hope the Chinese learn to be a little less sensitive and Americans less gregarious, then we may enjoy peace and quiet for a little longer...
Fiorenzo Arcadi Added Feb 21, 2017 - 4:08pm
Thanks Mircea. I never left WriterBeat, I was always looking from the sidelines. You're right about North Korea, it does present a problem for Donald Trump. It is the physicality that the missile landed on Japanese water that solicited Shinzo Abe to go to Washington to visit Trump. Unfortunately there's not much Trump can do with North Korea, of course unless he's willing to wage war with them. Aside from China and Russia, very few countries are dealing with North Korea. These are significant plays in the geopolitical world whereby combatants are testing Mr. Trump's patience, including Putin. We may enjoy a certain degree of peace as long as Mr. Trump believes that the American media is against him. Think of it this way: it's a beauty pageant with respect to popularity. It's odd that Trump continues to campaign even though he's the President of the United States in order to win the affection of the public. It really shows how weak Trump is as countries are exerting their masculinity against him. Trump has been encapsulated by vanity, gold, and glitter for too long. It's tough to change a 70-year old man to do the right thing for America and lead a nation. It's time to muscle into the geopolitical world.  
Fiorenzo Arcadi Added Feb 21, 2017 - 4:14pm
In respect to what George N Romey indicated, the real pivot in the Middle East is to win the Iranian affection. Both China ad Russia are muscling in with Iran. Russia recently agreed to install a missile defense system in Iran. Russia continues to sell armaments to the Saudis, Iranians, and even Egypt. Whoever wins Iran wins the Middle East. Russian and Chinese intelligence know that, Trump is simply clueless in his endeavors. If he continues to raise the Trump card against Iran, then Britain, Germany, and France will unleash their disfavor against what America is doing. The drama continues. 

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