PARIS -- The irony of recent U.S. foreign interventions is that despite Uncle Sam's best efforts, the ultimate benefactor ends up being America's primary economic rival in the area in question. It should come as no surprise that the two economic rivals who usually benefit are China and Russia, both absolute masters of subversion.
According to ancient Chinese military expert Sun Tzu: "Fighting on a battlefield is the most primitive way of making war. There is no art higher than to destroy your enemy without a fight by subverting anything of value in your enemy's country."
Despite America having invested billions in Iraq, the ultimate beneficiary of Iraqi oil contracts is now China. U.S. President Barack Obama is even sending Special Forces "advisers" back into Iraq in an effort to quell a jihadi insurgency -- all while China kicks back and American taxpayers foot the bill for Chinese asset protection.
To quote Vladimir Lenin on subversion: "They [the capitalists] will furnish credits which will serve us for the support of the Communist Party in their countries and, by supplying us materials and technical equipment which we lack, will restore our military industry necessary for our future attacks against our suppliers. To put it in other words, they will work on the preparation of their own suicide."
"Putinomics" have since replaced the communist ideology of the old Soviet Union, but we've recently witnessed Russian President Vladimir Putin, a former intelligence chief, subvert Western-orchestrated unrest in Ukraine to annex that country's resource-rich eastern section.
So, now what? What kind of efforts will America now exert, only to have them exploited by its Eurasian rivals? Look no further than Obama's so-called "pivot" to Asia.
Why do we rarely hear about the fact that China has secured Iraq's oil contracts? Because China didn't flaunt it. By contrast, in promoting a pivot to Asia, Obama not only showed his cards, but he effectively announced an incursion into China and Russia's backyard. He then backed it up by striking an agreement with Australia to build U.S. military facilities and station 2,500 troops there. Just imagine how U.S. officials might react if Russia or China declared this kind of "pivot" to, say, Canada or Mexico. Obviously, it would be interpreted as a threat.
One of the primary focal points for East vs. West economic warfare in Asia is Indonesia, home to the resource-rich but endlessly conflict-plagued Grasberg gold and copper mine -- it's the world's largest gold mine -- in which America's Freeport-McMoRan and the British-Australian Rio Tinto hold joint interests.