Another South Pacific War Front?

AFP Photo / HO / US Navy / Chief Mass Communication Specialist Ty SwartzIt is beginning to look like there are going to be multiple fronts on the war path the US seems to be on. Israel is reportedly preparing for a war on multiple fronts, and it seems the US is preparing in the same manner by sending warships to the Asia-Pacific.
There has been an ongoing dispute with China (and other Asian countries) regarding the ownership of the South China Sea, and the tensions keep growing while the US seems to add more fuel to the fire, even going so far as to send decommissioned warships that direction.
What would cause the US government to act this way? Wouldn’t we want good relationships with China considering the potential economic ramifications alone of a major dispute? The answer, in my opinion is here:

That’s because the area may hold oil riches that rival Saudi Arabia’s, a prospect that is stoking tensions in one of the world’s busiest shipping lanes

I still think there is more behind the issue than oil or staggering profits from shipping lane control. China and Russia have been the most vocal opponents of sanctions on Iran. Both Russia and China also have strategic interests in the stability of the Iranian leadership and don’t want to have their national or economic interests upset. I think the US is stoking the flames in preparation for what is coming (war with Iran); although for the life of me I can’t figure out why!Chinas Ancient Mariners Stoke Modern Conflict in S. China Sea
I do know that the Chinese leadership is seeing what is coming and it looks like they are enabling North Korea more than in the past. Could this be any part of the situation? I hope not. I do know that when the conflicts begin, watch the South Pacific again as there will be action on that end also. So far, much of this has stayed under the radar, but keep an eye on the news coming out of this part of the world; I really think we’ll see another combat theater over there.
I really think the US needs to tread very carefully here…can we really afford all of the costs of a conflict (of any size) with China?

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