Is America Really 'Up' For A Second Cold War?

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via,

After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order.

By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth.

Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the 19th and 20th centuries will have become hated but ancient history.

America will have been pushed out of Asia and the western Pacific back beyond the second chain of islands.

Taiwan will have been returned to the motherland, South Korea and the Philippines neutralized, Japan contained. China’s claim to all the rocks, reefs and islets in the South China Sea will have been recognized by all current claimants.

Xi’s “One Belt, One Road” strategy will have brought South and Central Asia into Beijing’s orbit, and he will be in the Pantheon beside the Founding Father of Communist China, Mao Zedong.

Democracy has been rejected by China in favor of one-party rule of all political, economic, cultural and social life.

And as one views Europe, depopulating, riven by secessionism, fearful of a Third World migrant invasion, and America tearing herself apart over politics and ideology, China must appear to ambitious and rising powers as the model to emulate.

Indeed, has not China shown the world that authoritarianism can be compatible with national growth that outstrips a democratic West?

Over the last quarter century, China, thanks to economic nationalism and $4 trillion in trade surpluses with the United States, has exhibited growth unseen since 19th-century America.

Whatever we may think of Xi’s methods, this vision must attract vast numbers of China’s young — they see their country displace America as first power, becoming the dominant people on earth.

What is America’s vision? What is America’s cause in the 21st century? What is the mission and goal that unites, inspires and drives us on?

After World War II, America’s foreign policy was imposed upon her by the terrible realities the war produced: brutalitarian Stalinist domination of Eastern and Central Europe and much of Asia.

Under nine presidents, containment of the Soviet empire, while avoiding a war that would destroy civilization, was our policy. In Korea and Vietnam, Americans died in the thousands to sustain that policy.

But with the collapse of the Soviet Empire and the breakup of the USSR, it seemed that by 1992 our great work was done. Now democracy would flourish and be embraced by all advanced peoples and nations.

But it did not happen. The “end of history” never came. The New World Order of Bush I did not last. Bush II’s democracy crusade to end tyranny in our world produced disasters from Libya to Afghanistan.

Authoritarianism is now ascendant and democracy is in retreat.

Is the United States prepared to accept a world in which China, growing at twice our rate, more united and purposeful, emerges as the dominant power? Are we willing to acquiesce in a Chinese Century?

Or will we adopt a policy to ensure that America remains the world’s preeminent power?

Do we have what is required in wealth, power, stamina and will to pursue a Second Cold War to contain China, which, strategic weapons aside, is more powerful and has greater potential than the Soviet Union ever did?

On his Asia tour, President Trump spoke of the “Indo-Pacific,” shorthand for the proposition that the U.S., Japan, Australia and India form the core of a coalition to maintain the balance of power in Asia and contain the expansion of China.

Yet, before we create some Asia-Pacific NATO to corral and contain China in this century, as we did the USSR in the 20th century, we need to ask ourselves why.

Does China, even if she rises to surpass the U.S. in manufacturing, technology and economic output, and is a comparable military power, truly threaten us as the USSR did, to where we should consider war to prevent its expansion in places like the South China Sea that are not vital to America?

While China is a great power, she has great problems.

She is feared and disliked by her neighbors. She has territorial quarrels with Russia, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, Japan. She has separatists in Tibet and Xinjiang. Christianity is growing while Communism, the state religion, is a dead faith. Moreover, the monopoly of power now enjoyed by the Communist Party and Xi Jinping mean that if things go wrong, there is no one else to blame.

Finally, why is the containment of China in Asia the responsibility of a United States 12 time zones away?

For while China seeks to dominate Eurasia, she appears to have no desire to threaten the vital interests of the United States. China’s Communism appears to be an ideology disbelieved by her own people, that she does not intend to impose it on Asia or the world.

Again, are we Americans up for a Second Cold War, and, if so, why?


JRobby Nobody For President Fri, 11/17/2017 - 12:57 Permalink

Did the USSR ever threaten the US?Cuba was retaliation for US missles placed in Europe no?Eisenhower: "Beware the Military Industrial Complex"Gen'rals gathered in their masses,Just like witches at black massesEvil minds that plot destruction,Sorcerer of death's constructionIn the fields the bodies burning,As the war machine keeps turningDeath and hatred to mankind,Poisoning their brainwashed mindsOh Lord yeahPoliticians hide themselves awayThey only started the warWhy should they go out to fight?They leave that role for the poor, yeahTime will tell on their power minds,Making war just for funTreating people just like pawns in chess,Wait 'till their judgement day comes, yeahNow in darkness world stops turning,Ashes where the bodies burningNo more War Pigs have the power,Hand of God has struck the hourDay of judgement, God is callingOn their knees the war pigs crawling,Begging mercies for their sinsSatan, laughing, spreads his wingsOh Lord yeahSongwriters: Michael "Geezer" Butler / Ozzy Osbourne / Tony Iommi / William Ward

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Slomotrainwreck JRobby Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:30 Permalink

We're on the eve of destructionThe eastern world it is exploding Violence flarin', bullets loadin' You're old enough to kill but not for votin' You don't believe in war but whats that gun you're totin'? And even the Jordan River has bodies floatin' But you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction Don't you understand what I'm tryin' to say Can't you feel the fears I'm feelin' today? If the button is pushed, there's no runnin' away There'll be no one to save with the world in a grave Take a look around you boy, it's bound to scare you boy And you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction Yeah my blood's so mad feels like coagulating I'm sitting here just contemplatin' I can't twist the truth it knows no regulation Handful of senators don't pass legislation And marches alone can't bring integration When human respect is disintegratin' This whole crazy world is just too frustratin' And you tell me Over and over and over again my friend Ah, you don't believe We're on the eve of destruction Think of all the hate there is in Red China Then take a look around to Selma, Alabama You may leave here for four days in space But when you return it's the same old place The pounding of the drums, the pride and disgrace You can bury your dead but don't leave a trace Hate your next door neighbor but don't forget to say grace And tell me Over and over and over and over again my friend You don't believe We're on the eve of destruction Mmm, no, no, you don't believe We're on the eve of destructionP F Sloan 1964, Barry McGuire vocals.

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a Smudge by an… YUNOSELL Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:54 Permalink

The overall question as put by this piece is adequately answered with a big fat NO. It doesn't matter if Americans either don't care or have given up caring, the fact is we're on our own, government doesn't represent us and government has no reason to listen to us. That's a done deal. The question is ironic given our rulers handed our IP, manufacturing capability and freaking General Motors itself to China. This isn't lost on anybody who ever wore Carhartts to work instead of a business suit.

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davinci7_gis NoDebt Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:25 Permalink

I agree there will be war, but the US doesn't have a "greatest" generation to fight for it like we had in WW2.  My gut feeling is that the national pride the Chinese people have will overtake the apathatic attitute of our young people today and the US will not win a war with China.  I hope I am wrong.

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Son of Captain Nemo Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:21 Permalink

Speaking of wars of choice and the "debts" they incur given the last 16 years alone...

Hope this helps (…)

Wouldn't want to be an active duty American jumping from one cauldron in the South China Sea to one in Eastern Europe to one in the Middle East.

At this stage you know you'll die in combat in one of the first of the 3 places they send you to, so you might as well cut your losses and exact your revenge by burning down your "own House" in Washington D.C. that made your abject failure everywhere else "possible" in order to save you the trouble!

Just sayin.

Son of Captain Nemo Son of Captain Nemo Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:07 Permalink

Is America Really 'Up' For A Second Cold War?

By the way Patrick the "Cold War" left the station after the coup in Ukraine during Russia's Sochi Winter Games and the total defeat of the U.S. military in Syria!

With $24 trillion in debt + $155 trillion in unfunded liability behind it It's "HOT" from here on out should we choose to up the ante anymore than we already have!

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Son of Captain Nemo BigJim Fri, 11/17/2017 - 17:37 Permalink


That's the problem it's all coming to a very "ABRUPT END"!

In case you hadn't read this one yet -…

It's a "club" that includes the PRC, Russian Federation and Iran that holds the "energy card" and the United States and it's ever worthless $$$ failing miserably in it's attempt to control that "energy" AIN'T IN IT!!!

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Agent P Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:24 Permalink

"By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth."They'll become #1 and lots of people from other countries will try to immigrate there, and they'll have to build a huge wall to keep them out....

Akzed Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:33 Permalink

May 11, 2017 06:53 AM The Kushner family could have avoided the controversy they find themselves in over courting rich Chinese investors if they had only talked to Idaho Gov. Butch Otter. Nicole Meyer is the sister of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and special adviser. Meyer pitched rich Chinese on investing in a New Jersey luxury development by the family-owned Kushner Cos. last week, and referred to her brother in making her appeal. The sales job came hours after Trump who campaigned criticizing China and promising to get tough on immigration signed the budget bill that reauthorized the program that gives foreign investors green cards if they invest a minimum $500,000 in projects that create jobs in the U.S.~This kinda thing pops up organically all the time, a perfectly natural development, woulda happened regardless of who Jared Kushner's father-in-law was.Read more here:… 

falak pema Fri, 11/17/2017 - 10:36 Permalink

In this age of Doctor Strangelove's legacy and its antidotal cry of "never again", war is not the solution.Hubris killed Pax Americana it has lost its vision. The last fifty years are ample testimony to the corruption of the American dream and as consequence the loss of its political preeminence.We now enter an age of multipolarity; riven  by tectonic divides of human construct between three land masses :Asia where China will dominate; Europe/Africa where North controls South but for how long and how will the ethnic/cultural divide play out?; and the Americas which are far from being a common legacy; where North moves to multiracial-multicultural diversity in two decades and the SOuth trails like a multicultural relic lost in surrogate games of despotic bent. Will the North be able to refind its democratic flame. I don't see why not but after a period of painful reappraisal to refind the fire of its inception in a new mixed breed environment.What binds humanity if anything? Will it be the eternal war of Troy repeated; glory to victor and humiliation to defeated?If so, we head for perpetual Mordor. As the timeline of mythology says Man is not fit to be image of perfection; just a passing from reptile to mammal; evolution will move on to something more cyborgian.If not we have resilience and can still be the best type of living organism, but we still have to find a new way out; based on the lessons of the past; of which "never again" has to be a paramount ethical and survivalist red line.If we forget the past we repeat it. That is a given.