The art of war – the strategy of playing to imaginary fears

August 22, 2017

The strategy of playing to imaginary fears is one of the most effective tools of waging war. If deployed expertly, it can spread fear thru the ranks like wildfire and cause widespread confusion, panic to mass disorientation.

The failing common to this strategy is while it is possible for the strategist to enable the strategy. Frequently it is ONLY possible to exercise control over the outcome to a very limited degree. The lack of controlling features is one reason why this strategy is seldom ever used by practioners of war as it is considered highly volatile and can at times turn against the interest of the strategist.

As a consequence this strategy should never be deployed casually and should be STRICTLY regarded as a weapon of last resort.

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‘One reason why Trump was able to garner such a significant support from such a broad spectrum of US voters was precisely because there was so much widespread opposition sorrounding the roll out the TPP.

Paradoxically, the trade agreement was central to securing long-term U.S. interests around the world. It was a significant step in engineering a supranational free trade architecture that combined the economies of North America, South America, and most economies in Southeast and North Asia.

Had the TPP been realised. It would certainly have dominated the field of business for international trade and commerce and would have certainly encouraged firms to place their bets on the world’s single largest trading zone, one that would have been dominated by the U.S., the largest and most developed economy in it.

By imposing a single supranational legal construct on trade and commerce. The TPP would have offered both incentives to firms to partner with others in the region.

Since the dominant party in the pact, the U.S. would have controlled future access to that zone. The US would have been able to set both the directional and instructional agenda for a new set of standards ranging from intellectual property rights to labor and work conditions right down to environmental protection guidelines on trading partners. For the poorer countries, especially Vietnam, these would have meant real advances for workers and the environment.

The zone would have all but outflanked China both geo economically and geo politically, which was specifically excluded from part the pact, and would have served to preserve the primacy of Pax Americana as blunt all attempts by the Chinese to dominate trade and commerce in the Pacific region.

This should prompt many to ask – if the TPP was able to confer so many goodies to the US….why did so many Americans vote against it?

One reason that led to the TPP being still born was the iron curtain of secrecy and elitism that sorrounded it’s conceptualization. Ordinary people were not even consulted nor were they in a position to get any information concerning the TPP. To amplify the suspicion that the TPP was just a rich man’s club. Only corporations were privy to the highly secretive and close door negotiations.

This created ideal conditions for Chinese agents embedded in the internet to forment fear concerning the scope of the TPP – since the public were specifically excluded from the conceptualization of the TPP and virtually no information existed. Fear was able to spread efficiently like wild fire…soon all sorts of imagined fears ranging from people losing factory jobs, particularly in the Rust Belt to how the TPP was just a sell out of America took hold in the public consciousness.

In reality estimates today suggest the negative effects of the TPP were highly exaggerated. For one it wouldn’t have had much direct impact on American industries or blue collar workers. The global shift away from tariffs and other trade barriers predated the advent of the TPP and had began in 1964 and was, largely, completed by the time the TPP would have rolled out. There were no real issues concerning trade involving finance, entertainment, and pharmaceuticals. As the real beneficiaries was still US firms and workers. Neither would the TPP have presaged a great US manufacturing diaspora. As that had already occurred in earnest during the late nineties and by every conversative estimations the ferocity of the trend has began to taper of significantly by the time the TPP was anticipated to come on line.

Today the US and their allies find themselves in a quandary with China that is fast supplanting the US as the preeminent power broker in Asia.

Trump wants very badly to bring back the TPP. But since he was the primary instigator of fear for the TPP. It is unlikely that he can ever effect a U turn without compromising his ratings. Hence the US is trapped.

As for the shadowy sites that once broadcasted negative news concerning the TPP
From Belarus. They have all disappeared mysteriously.

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