Retired General J. Mattis is sixty-six years old. This bachelor in military service was not only the nickname of “Monk Warrior”, but also a terrible nickname “Mad Dog.” Mattis does not burn with love either for Russia or for China. Both states, in his opinion, have created a terrible threat in the world, which is comparable only with the Second World War.
US senators allowed this retired general to be promoted to civilian defense minister. The fact is that there are quite strict rules to this effect: US citizens who retired from military service less than seven years ago are not eligible to hold the post of head of the Pentagon. Mattis will be promoted to bypass the existing rules.
Why would such deviations from the rules? Why do senators want to see Mattis the secretary of defense?
The casket just opened: speaking to the senators, Mr. Mattis said that he considered Russia to be the main threat to the United States. Putin "is trying to destroy NATO," the retiree believes. Washington, therefore, needs to take action, including the military. He also noted that Russia's military dominance in the Arctic should not be allowed.
Another super round is China.
"The modern world order is now under the greatest threat since the Second World War, and the reason for this is the Russians, the terrorists and China and its actions in the South China Sea," the channel quotes Mattis "NTV".
“China’s behavior is forcing countries in the region to seek stronger US leadership,” Mattis said. TASS.
Finally, a retired warrior called for new star wars. This was also liked by the senators.
Speaking about the problems of "military space", the future defense minister sounded the alarm: the threat to American satellites is growing. There are also Chinese and Russians here: "Both China and Russia have developed and tested various anti-satellite weapons capable of destroying or incapacitating satellites."
In order to resist Moscow and Beijing, Mr. Mattis considers it appropriate to explore the issue of developing offensive US space capabilities: “Consideration should be given to (creating) offensive space control capabilities to ensure the viability and sustainability of space operations necessary for the implementation of military plans.” He also said that he intends to seek the elimination of the Pentagon’s dependence on the supplies used by the American launches of Russian rocket engines for the 2023 year, or even earlier.
“After solidifying” the dangers posed by the Russians and the Chinese, the Mad Dog stated that any nation that intimidates its neighbors is a “threat”.
"We need to consider as a threat in general any nation that intimidates its neighbors", - quotes him "Military Review".
Mr. Mattis has forgotten, however, that the United States, acting as a world gendarme, is often intimidated and beaten by sanctions from one state or another. And sometimes they unleash a war against him, either alone or in NATO. Probably, if you intimidate the whole world, this is not a threat, but a normal political state: one commands, the rest obey or die.
With regard to the “threats”, much later the intended US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went further. He especially criticized Beijing. This Mr. stated publicly that the Chinese must be removed from the artificial islands in the sea. After a series of statements by Tillerson, military experts began to fear even a declaration of war to China.
Rex Tillerson, Donald Trump's candidate for the post of secretary of state, “set the stage" for a potential clash with China, saying that the Chinese should be removed from those artificial islands that they built in the South China Sea.
Tillerson's statements are analyzed by Benjamin Haas, correspondent «The Guardian» in Hong Kong.
According to Tillerson, the construction of artificial islands by China in sea waters and the control of adjacent territories, about which a number of countries argue, are “akin to Russia's adoption of the Crimea.”
Today, China claims its "sovereignty" almost over the entire South China Sea: on the reefs and rocks, the Chinese have created seven artificial islands and supplied them with military runways and anti-aircraft guns. “We insist on sending a clear signal to the Chinese,” noted Tillerson. - First, you should stop island construction; secondly, you will not be allowed to access these islands either. ”
In the opinion of the future diplomat, the Chinese have already “taken control of the territories” or “declare control over the territories” that they rightfully do not belong to.
Experts believe that this kind of strategy will cause a storm in China. Beijing has always taken a tough stance in response to criticism of island claims. Criticism was considered an "attempt on sovereignty." Last year, the International Tribunal ruled that it recognized most of China’s territorial claims as “invalid.” However, the Chinese government ignored the verdict.
Bonnie Glazer, senior adviser for Asia from the Center for Strategic and International Studies, believes that Xi Jinping does not want to look like a soft-bodied weakling under pressure from the United States. The expert fears the beginning of a real crisis in US relations with China. China will not tolerate instructions from the United States. In addition, the Chinese people find the island territories “their own”.
So far, the Chinese are showing relative restraint, but a moment will come, says Glazer, the Xi Jinping code, may have to show what he is capable of. He cannot present himself as a weak leader: it “can damage his ability to consolidate power”.
By the way, the newspaper reminds, Mr. Tillerson did not specify how the United States would ban China from operating on islands in the South China Sea.
Experts agree: this is only possible through the deployment of military forces.
Ashley Townshend, a research associate at the University of the United States Research Center in Sydney, told a reporter: “Presumably, US warships can block access to China. This will provoke a crisis and a military clash. " Such an operation would be illegal, if at all, to recall the rules that the United States itself established with respect to its own current policy in the South China Sea.
If Barack Obama maintained a neutral position on Chinese claims of "sovereignty", then Tillerson and his boss Trump will apparently take a "much more militant position" on China in the South China Sea, believes Townsend. And the very statements about this can provoke even more tension. Comrade Xi said last year that none of the foreign countries should expect China to suffer infringements of sovereignty and security, as well as interests related to "development."
Presumably, we add that neither Tillerson nor Trump will do anything of this kind of “stressful”. The future secretary of state needs to enlist the support of Republican senators, nothing more. In the senatorial environment there are militant "hawks", whose career is built on the approval and generous financing of their candidacies by the military-industrial complex (McCain alone is worth something), and therefore everything associated with the likely "containment" and "military deployment" is welcomed by these uncles . Trying to force the Chinese in the sea, “block” them there - the right way to a military confrontation. Is Washington planning a world war?
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