Pompeo in Vietnam

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by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.orgHome – Stephen Lendman)

Most living Americans have no knowledge or memories about how the US raped and destroyed Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos in the 1960s and 70s.

Throughout the period, preemptive war without mercy raged, causing mass slaughter and destruction of three nonbelligerent nations.

What began with the August 1964 Gulf of Tonkin false flag raged in Southeast Asia until end of April 1975.

Throughout most of the period, around eight million tons of US bombs were dropped, threefold WW II tonnage, around 300 tons for every Vietnamese man, woman, and child.

Napalm was used along with other incendiary devices – terror weapons.

So were anti-personnel cluster bombs, spewing thousands of metal pellets, striking everything in their path. Concealed land mines claim victims to this day.

In Laos alone, around a third of its 6.5 million people were killed, injured or displaced.

US aggression in Southeast Asia slaughtered about four million combatants and civilians.

Use of dioxin-containing defoliant Agent Orange over vast areas — one of the deadliest known substances — contaminated over five million acres.

To this day, scars of US aggression remain in Vietnam, other countries attacked, and survivors of the war in all three countries.

Last July in trying to erase one of history’s greatest high crimes, Pompeo attempted to reinvent reality, saying:

“Over the last quarter century, our two countries (the US and Vietnam) have built a partnership and friendship founded on shared interests, mutual respect, and people-to-people ties (sic).”

“(W)e have strengthened and expanded our comprehensive partnership, based on a shared vision of a stable and peaceful Indo-Pacific region, as well as respect for each other’s independence, sovereignty, territorial integrity, and political systems (sic).”

In Vietnam on October 29 and 30,   he met with Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, and Minister for Public Security To Lam. 

His now concluded Asian tour was all about enlisting support as part of US war on China by other means.

His statement before heading home about “enormous (US) respect for the Vietnamese people and your country’s sovereignty” is polar opposite its hegemonic rage to dominate other nations by whatever it takes to achieve its imperial aims.

In Vietnam, he ignored that China is its largest trading partner despite maritime disputes between both countries.

Overall, his five-nation tour failed to impress. Days earlier, Inonesia’s Jakata Post called what he sought to accomplish “an impossible mission.”

Calling China a “predator” and other pejoratives didn’t go down well on most of his stops.

Regional countries heavily depend on Beijing for mutually beneficial trade.

China is the region’s largest investor. Pompeo’s aim to enlist support from Asian nations for a “little (anti-China) NATO” failed.

His flawed arguments impressed no one. After meeting with Sri Lankan officials in Colombo, its President Gotabaya Rajapaksa tweeted:

“Sri Lanka will always maintain a neutral stand in foreign policy and will not get entangled in struggles between power blocs.”

Other Asian nations have similar views. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi stressed that his country seeks “inclusive cooperation (with other nations) amidst this challenging time,” adding:

His country does not want to “get trapped” by Washington’s anti-China policies.

Former Indonesian envoy to the US Dino Patti Djalal minced no words saying:

“We don’t want to be duped into an anti-China campaign” by the US.

It’s well-known worldwide that the US can never be trusted — time and again pledging one thing then doing something entirely different.

It has interests worldwide, not allies.

China uses carrots in dealings with other nations in stark contrast to US sticks — the former a winning strategy longterm, the latter just the opposite.

Beijing is a valued political, economic, and trade partner.

Longstanding US policy is all about exploiting other nations for its own benefit at their expense.

Despite disagreement on some issues, most ASEAN countries view China as the region’s most important nation.

They seek mutually beneficial cooperative relations with both superpowers, wanting no involvement in a Sino/US clash of civilizations.

They want peace, not war between two nuclear powers that could devastate the region if full-blown conflict erupts.

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Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman
Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.