I could give numerous such cases but let’s look at something current – a very long running saga, the US relationship with Asia. The tune of that relationship, such as it is, such as it ever was (and there is only one single tune – though numerous variations), can be played on a one string banjo.
‘US at ASEAN Summit Looks to Turn Region Against Itself’ – Brian Berletic for New Eastern Outlook
Whether it is West-Asia, Central-Asia, Southern-Asia, East-Asia, or South-East-Asia, the US one-track mindset always follows the same song-sheet. Even though capabilities never match expectations or designs. Also, equally ubiquitously, results are always lacking in material or influential gain, but more resembling shooting oneself in the foot while somehow claiming that as a victory. I am not well-versed in psychopathy, but surely there must be a number of well documented behavioural markers revealed by such repetitive and delusional actions, wouldn’t you say?
Anyway, I think it undismissible that this is what the US does best. Nor that this is the path of delusion they have followed, not just in Asia but the world over and even internally for the whole of their 250+ years of existence. Moreover, the delusion has been spread to other western life-streams who may be persuaded to follow (in subordinate roles of course) to appear to gain a share in the ‘benefits’ – at least for as long as they are considered to be ‘useful idiots’. The program also unbelievably extending to gaining assistance from those who would be considered by rational folk to be undesirable elements of humanity – on more or less the same terms but with the added ‘benefit’ of being shot to pieces (when opportunity permits) on expiry of their ‘useful idiot’ card. There should not be any necessity for me to explain this further in less opaque terms. There are no ‘one-offs’ in this scheme. Always the same basic plan. Always the same basic result. It is not difficult to follow the steps.
The West has been trying for decades to turn Asian states against themselves and particularly against China and not least within SE Asia but, as I have said before, neither China nor the other ancient Asian cultures need to act rashly. They can well afford to allow the apocalyptic clock to run down toward a weakening of the West. They will not anyway turn away from China, no matter what. Time is not, however, a luxury the West has in its list of options for implementation of its ‘international order’. Those opportunities are fast running out.
Enough of my waffling. Please read the story linked above. That is the object of my writing.