VMI Prof Warns: U.S. Asian Pivot Could Lead to War
U.S. efforts to surround Eurasia with the Asian Pivot create a dangerous war environment between America and China. That’s the warning from Dr. Clifford A. Kiracofe, veteran academic and former Senate Foreign Relations Committee senior staff member.
Kiracofe now teaches world history, U.S. and European history, and American foreign relations at the Virginia Military Institute. He was interviewed June 6 on the program “Dialogue” which re-aired Monday, June 20, on China America Television (CCTV). He expressed wariness over U.S. aggression in the South China Sea area, saying:
A lot of concerned specialists in China and the US. are worried some incident could lead to some form of military confrontation…The U.S. since 2010 has pushed aggressively in the region…and even torpedoed negotiations.
The interview was primarily to cover the U.S.-China dispute over the South China Sea, but Kiracofe called for a broader worldview, recommending the vital need for negotiations “at a higher power level” between Beijing and Washington, and to include the area’s larger nations like Japan and Russia. He said that could only really occur after a regime change in Washington, explaining that the “dominant foreign-policy elite in Washington, not the American people” are still trying to control Eurasia through the old Cold War ideology.
The problem is the United States is impatient, thinking short term, pressing allies and engaging in provocative patrols and intelligence gathering. We don’t need to do that.
This grandiose idea that we’ll pivot into the Pacific region, that geopolitical, geostrategic idea to rally smaller countries against China…it’s a political game. I’d like to see the game stopped. But it won’t be stopped until we get a new administration in Washington with a multipolar world vision.
Kiracofe predicted that President Barack Obama’s policy would continue if Hillary Clinton were elected president, noting that as Secretary of State, she had helped initiate the Asia Pivot, through which the U.S. has concentrated 60% of its military in a position to surround Eurasia.
We explained the U.S. effort to control Eurasia, and dominate as the world’s lone superpower, in our column “Obama Expands Carter’s, Bush’s Global-Rule Policies”.
Kiracofe expressed doubts about the soundness of a Donald Trump administration, calling him “flamboyant”; but he conceded that Trump had said he would move away from America’s Asian Pivot, becoming more open to negotiating with China and Russia rather than challenging them.
Oil is the major reason for the U.S. challenging China on the oceans next to China, Kiracofe stressed. The VMI scholar suggested that the U.S. should work with the region’s nations to negotiate over territory in the South China Sea much as European nations had negotiated over oil territories in the North Sea: “with patience”.
Kiracofe added that fishing rights were also of great importance, because as the world’s population increased, protein from the oceans would become vital to sustaining humans.
He stressed that, while Washington’s political elite are pro-war, “the American public is fed up with war, with confrontation. [Bernie] Sanders and Trump brought a revolution against that elite form of thinking. The U.S. policy under the current administration is to beef up, beef up NATO, and old alliance structures. It’s rather embarrassing — a 19th Century gunboat mentality of the British.”