Vince Dhimos answered a question on Quora.
Q: While the USA fought so hard and went to many wars to stop the spread of communism around the world, why it allowed China to continue the path of communism and let it grow economically?
Vince Dhimos, Editor-in-Chief at New Silk Strategies (2016-present)
Answered 3m ago
Vince: This is an excellent question and Richard Nixon is a perfect illustration for the real motivation — ulterior motive — behind US wars in the first 3 decades after WW II.
The pretext for the wars in N Korea and Vietnam was “to stop the spread of communism.” But Nixon, for example, who is reputed to be perhaps the most anti-communist president of all, while initially supporting the Vietnam war, later advocated for the potentially disastrous and absurd idea of granting communist China Most Favoured Nation status (his secretary of state Henry Kissinger may have been the brains behind this idea). He left office before his administration could successfully initiate the legislation toward this end, but the Carter administration went on to fulfil this Nixon dream with the passage of a law in Congress granting MFN status to China.
So if “stopping the spread of communism” was not the real motive for the bloody failed Korean and Vietman wars foisted on the public by adept US propagandists in msm and government, what could have been the real motive for all the carnage inflicted on both US service men and helpless villagers in Asia?
By the process of elimination, two possible motives stands out:
1—to weaken Russia
2—to drive a wedge between Russia and China.
In fact, at least one legislator did mention, during the debate over the granting of MFN status, that separating the two partners USSR and China would be one of the advantages of this new relationship with China — although that point was generally kept away from public view.
The other main argument was equally absurd: free trade with China would open up a vast new market. It was obvious to mentally competent people back then that this vast new market was a buyer's market, not a seller's market for the US, and that it would create a massive trade deficit with China, but that was hardly ever mentioned in the frenzy to get this disastrous legislation passed.
At any rate, there is no reason to swallow the government position that the Korean and Vietnamese wars had something to do with stopping communism.
It seems now in retrospect that Russophobia, which had infected the West – starting in England – for almost 2 centuries, was the real motive for the campaign for rapprochement with China. The desire to drive a wedge between Russia and China is still very much a motive of US foreign policy makers. This would potentially weaken both countries, and that is still the main goal of the incompetent US policy makers. The harder they struggle to reach the goal, the farther from their grasp it slips, because both countries can see the truth and are working harder than ever to move toward an alliance for defence and for economic survival.
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