The Common Sense Show
by Dave Hodges
After publishing yesterday’s article, I felt I had provided the readers with a lot of information to consider with regard to the growing South China Sea controversy. It is a controversy that will soon see American warships entering into the region. A few hours after publishing the previous article, I had an epiphany. I was mentally replaying the geographic area of contention in my mind and in my “Ah ha” moment, I began to wonder if the aggressiveness on display by the Chinese might have something to do with unhinging the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
While appearing as a guest on the Hagmann and Hagmann Report last night, at the end of the interview, I speculated as to whether China’s building of militarized, artificial Islands could possibly have anything to do with disrupting the TPP in favor of the newer BRICS hegemony? In the paragraphs below lies the analysis of this hypothesis.
The Nature of the TPP
One look at the TPP and on can see the fingerprints of the Federal Reserve Board all over it. The TPP does what the Federal Reserve Board has been doing covertly for decades. It erases national sovereignty and civil liberties. However, instead of using the Trilateral Commission and the Council on Foreign Relations to accomplish this goal, the TPP is the creation of an illegal treaty which has unconstitutionally bypassed the US Senate and has not obtained the requisite tw0-thirds majority approval vote. In short, the TPP is a corporate dictatorship which obliterates any idea of representative government and civil liberties.
The TPP has formally announced it is actively securing more partners (i.e. nations which seek to renounce their national sovereignty). But also, take a long look at the geographic area that most of the TPP participants are from. The majority, tw0-thirds of the members, inhabit the South China Sea region.
The conclusion is obvious, the Chinese are constructing militarized Islands and laying false claims of ownership to a series of disputed Islands and are deliberately putting themselves in conflict with TPP members. In short, China is doing its best to disrupt the TPP. This is a major blow to what is left of the US economy.
Please examine two items which lie below. First, please examine the following map of the South China Sea region which depicts many members of the TPP. Just out of view of the map, lies other nations that are signatories to the TPP (e.g. New Zealand).
Second, please look at statement from the White House regarding the large economic impact from the TPP on the American economy. It will become clear to the reader that any attack upon the TPP by China, is a direct attack upon the economy of the United States. What China is doing in the South China Sea is an act of war. However, China would argue that the US is undermining China’s influence in its own backyard and that, too, is an act of war on its face. It is a kind of Cuban Missile Crisis in reverse, but instead of the US planting missiles in China’s backyard, the US is undermining the Chinese economy with this provocative trade agreement which undercuts Chinese regional influence in East Asia.
FROM THE WHITE HOUSE: AN ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE TPP ON THE US
“The United States is negotiating the TPP with 11 other like-minded countries (Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, and Vietnam) that share a commitment to concluding a high-standard, ambitious agreement and to expanding the initial group to include additional countries throughout the Asia-Pacific region…:
Seven of the 11 TPP nations are connected to the South China Sea.
AMERICAN COMPETITIVENESS IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
“The TPP is the cornerstone of the Obama Administration’s economic policy in the Asia Pacific. The large and growing markets of the Asia-Pacific already are key destinations for U.S. manufactured goods, agricultural products, and services suppliers, and the TPP will further deepen this trade and investment. As a group, the TPP countries are the largest goods and services export market of the United States. U.S. goods exports to TPP countries totaled $698 billion in 2013, representing 44 percent of total U.S. goods exports. U.S. exports of agricultural products to TPP countries totaled $63 billion in 2013, 42 percent of total U.S. agricultural exports. U.S. private services exports totaled $172 billion in 2012 (latest data available), 27 percent of total U.S. private services exports to the world. America’s small- and medium-sized enterprises alone exported $247 billion to the Asia-Pacific in 2011 (latest data available)…”
The facts speak for themselves as the economic impact of the TPP on the American economy is significant.
Which Came First, The Chicken of the Egg
It is the age-old question of what came first the chicken (the BRICS) or the egg (the TPP). This is a very easy question to answer.
The following words were written in very early 2013 on the Daily Kos. These words, as it turned out, were highly prophetic.
“Right now, the US Dollar makes up 2/3rds of the worlds global reserve currency. This is because nearly every oil-exporting country in the world exclusively sells their oil in dollars, so nations are forced to hoard large amounts of the dollar.
“There are two countries that don’t sell their oil in the dollar: Syria, and Iran.
If these two countries joined forces, got Venezuela on their side, maybe a few other countries, and then made an economic treaty with the BRICS nations, an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, to buy their oil in a currency other than the US dollar, the economy would collapse.”
As I stated in yesterday’s article, this has always been about the Petrodollar and the Federal Reserve keeping its Federal Reserve Notes afloat by remaining the World’s reserve currency. The Russians and the Chinese and a whole lot of other people have very different ideas.
The BRICS were born in 2012 when Iran began to sell its oil for gold to Russia, China, and India. The TPP, according to the White House was formally conceived in 2009. Therefore, the egg preceded the proverbial chicken. Subsequently, China’s foreign policy in the South China Sea is a reaction to the undermining of the Chinese regional economic influence being taken away by the TPP.
In the near future, look for China to blockade TPP’s open seas shipping in the region. And what about Taiwan? If the TPP is disrupted by a Chinese naval blockade, the economic impact will be felt in Taiwan.
Rods From God
Now I fully understand why the US unleashed the Rods from God. It was not just because the Chinese decoupled their currency from the dollar. The United States attacked China in a demonstration of force, as a deterrent to the increasing militarization of the South China Sea by the Chinese Navy.
And if I am incorrect about China being willing to go to war over the implementation of the TPP in their backyard, then why is the globalist mouthpiece,The Brookings Institute calling for China to join the TPP? The article was written last week.
The Rest of Story
What is good for the goose (China) is good for the gander (Russia). While China is employing a strategy of intimidation and possible blockade in response to the TPP, the Russians are doing the exact same thing on the other side of the world. This will be the topic of the next part of this series.