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  •  one example of that is in the Pacific (2+ / 0-)
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    Pluto, Ender

    One of PNAC's "recommendations" back in 1996 was that the US Navy transfer a large portion of its assets to the western Pacific, especially in the area near the Malacca Straits. PNAC noted correctly that China gets most of its oil from the Middle east (the US, as an aside, gets virtually none), and ALL of that oil has to pass through the very narrow choking point of the Malacca Straits to reach China. And that gives the US an opportunity to place a strategic boot on China's throat. By building up an overwhelming military presence in that area, we maintain the option of shutting off the flow of oil to China, nearly completely, any time we want.

    And beginning with the Dubya Adminstration and continuing into the Obama Administration, we have done exactly that. (And conveniently enough, both administrations were able to use the fig leaf of "fighting Islamic terrorists in Indonesia" to do it.)

    Of course, China took notice of that, and took steps to counter it.  Directly as a result of the American move into the Malaccan Straits area, China began working to produce new anti-ship missiles and also developed and deployed its own aircraft carrier. Both of those new weapon systems are intended to keep the Straits open in the event of an American naval blockade.

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