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NBC Prepares Americans for Direct U.S. War with China

May 16, 2022 (EIRNS)—NBC’s “Meet the Press” has just released a terrifying segment of a war game conducted by the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) simulated a direct U.S. hot war with China. “The year is 2027,” opens the show’s teaser. “China is poised to attack Taiwan. Which side would prevail? Would China attack the U.S. mainland? Could nuclear war break out?”

CNAS is funded by the Pentagon and top military contractors such as Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin, as well as the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office. CNAS co-founder Michèle Flournoy, who now serves as the Chair of its Board of Directors, argued in 2020 that the U.S. needed to develop “the capacity to credibly threaten to sink all of China’s military vessels, submarines, and merchant ships in the South China Sea within 72 hours,” reports Caitlin Johnstone.

The CEO of CNAS, Richard Fontaine, has enthused about how a prolonged conflict in Ukraine would serve long-term interests vis-à-vis China: “The war in Ukraine could end up being bad for the pivot [to Asia] in the short-term, but good in the long-term,” he said. “If Russia emerges from this conflict as a weakened version of itself, and Germany makes good on its defense spending pledges, both trends could allow the U.S. to focus more on the Indo-Pacific in the long run.”

The war game shown by NBC includes the “Red Team” (China) following up on Taiwanese islands and Taipei itself with strikes on U.S. forces in Japan, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. The U.S. “Blue Team” envisioned U.S. forces from the Philippines engaging in an air battle with Chinese air force planes.

A mass media company has partnered with a Pentagon-funded think tank to normalize the idea of direct military conflict between the U.S. and China.

“This is headed somewhere very, very bad,” concludes Johnstone, in her coverage of the TV program. “Hopefully humanity wakes up in time to stop these lunatics from driving us off a precipice from which there is no return.”

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