You're all looking at this the wrong way. China is intent on becoming the sole superpower of the world. They are poised to do just that, with Russia
in tow. How do you defeat the US and it's allies if you can't fight them conventionally?
Bleed them dry.
Old enemies unite - The Middle East, radical Muslim world in league with China, Russia, NK and other threats in order to orchestrate a clandestine
China will sew discontent between the EU and the US, forcing them into situations like this that are either detrimental financially, or detrimental to
foreign policy between the two. There was no right answer here for the USG, at least not one they would have survived making.
Pakistan is being worked by China, and though it's a sweet deal to get stealth helicopter technology, the real goal is to stop the Trans-Afghanistan
pipeline and begin to squeeze off and starve the US of combustible fuel.
NK has been a distraction at key points, and when the time is right, will invade the South. The US and it's other allies will not be able to respond,
and according to the agreements made between the US and SK, they will have to. Another hard choice where either answer is the wrong one. We will have
to let our ally fall, and that is why there has been military tension as of late.
Syria has been working on a clandestine nuke program for some time now, and is recieving support up to and possibly exceeding ICBM's from Russia.
While Iran has been the center of the nuclear threat on television, Syria has been allowed to operate with almost carte blanche, only being
investigated by the IAEA marginally.
Iran has poised itself to go to war, has made clear intent to let it be known, and even released the prime target - Israel. It has been caught in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and most of the other unstable countries in the region. Proclaiming that the Muslim World will fall under the Caliphate,
allowing him to wipe Israel off the map, is not an idle threat. In fact, it is my personal conlusion from years of research that Iran will fall, or
partially fall, and it is all part of the plan.
Iraq was part of the plan, too. It is stupid to assume that Muslims will sacrifice themselves for jihad, but not a country, at least in part. Iraq
bought time, was a glaring advertisement for jihad, a sore spot for the US and it's allies for over a decade now. Most of the people I fought were
foreigners during my tours, and the country is decimated with little left to bomb worth the actual bomb. It is a distraction, nothing more. If there
ever was any credible intel as to weapons of mass destruction, I would guartunee an investigation would lead to the informant seeding disinfo.
Afghanistan is another lose-lose situation for the US and it's allies. The military is forced to admit it grows opium, it is forced to admit that
conventional warfare will not succeed, and that casualties will not be light even against a small and mobile, though technologicially unequal force.
It halts the construction of a vast pipeline that would be a black vein to the US. It has been the source, along with Iraq, for much embarassment and
humbling of the US Military and USG.
Russia has waged a psyop against the US for some time now. Media outlets like RT and 'Alternative Media' that lacks journalistic integrity have been
the outlet for anti-American sentiment, embarassing leaks, and other socioeconomical veiled warfare. It has supplied unstable countries with weapons
and then put a smile on in front of cameras.
Finally, at least for this thread, I'll leave you with the words of "Bin Laden" himself. Aside from his original statements being to the effect
that he would engage the US in (not verbatim) "so many Vietnams that they will have to respond, even though they are incapable."
I leave you with this article from November 1, 2004 - CNN Reports:
Bin Laden: Goal is to bankrupt U.S.
"We are continuing this policy in bleeding America to the point of bankruptcy. Allah willing, and nothing is too great for Allah," bin Laden said in
"All that we have to do is to send two mujahedeen to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written al Qaeda, in order to make
generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic and political losses without their achieving anything of note other than some benefits
for their private corporations," bin Laden said.
As part of the "bleed-until-bankruptcy plan," bin Laden cited a British estimate that it cost al Qaeda about $500,000 to carry out the attacks of
September 11, 2001, an amount that he said paled in comparison with the costs incurred by the United States.
"Every dollar of al Qaeda defeated a million dollars, by the permission of Allah, besides the loss of a huge number of jobs," he said. "As for the
economic deficit, it has reached record astronomical numbers estimated to total more than a trillion dollars.