"The United States Should First Abandon Its Cold War Mentality and Bias" by Peng Kuang Jiefangjun

Bao Online Beijing 18 Sep 09 p 4 The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released its quadrennial 2009 National Intelligence Strategy on 15 September as a document guiding the work of 16 US intelligence agencies. This is the first intelligence strategy report released by the Obama administration. Although the report may not fully reflect the views of the Obama administration, it will affect its formulation of intelligence strategies in the next four years. The biggest difference between the present report and the one released four years ago is that it directly names China, Russia, Iran and the DPRK as four major countries challenging US national interests. From this practice of taking one's neighbors as the worst enemies and making enemies everywhere, which is full of cold war mentality and bias, we can see that in spite of the change of government and a series of major strategic events, strengthening its own hegemony and guarding against the rise of all new forces remains the national strategic objective and mode of behavior of the United States since the "9.11" incident. As mutual dependence between the United States and the outside world deepens, so does the country's suspicion and bias against the outside world. In the words of this report, anti-terrorism, non-proliferation and cyber security will be the key areas of US intelligence work in future, but these also happen to be tasks that the United States cannot accomplish on its own. The United States has been engaged in the fight against terrorism for eight years but ends up more and more "terrified." The Iraqi situation has yet to see a fundamental change and 72% of Afghan territory remains under al-Qa'ida control. There is no fundamental change in the soil breeding terrorism. In nuclear non-proliferation, President Obama put forward the concept of a "nuclear-free world" shortly after taking office. However, the cooperation of all countries is required to attain the objective of global nuclear disarmament. In particular, the United States and Russia must hold talks on the reduction of their respective nuclear arsenals to slash 96% of the total stockpile of nuclear weapons. On cyber security, the report claims that many countries have the ability to challenge US national interests through tradition means as well as new means such as cyber war. The United States is in fact the only country in the present-day world to consider cyber war as an act of war. It is the first country in the world to establish a cyber command, and its real objective is to achieve supreme hegemony in the cyber world. On these issues, the major adjustments made by the United States on its own security thinking and security strategy are of decisive significance. However, in the just released 2009 National Intelligence Strategy report of the United States, we do not see any positive sign of US adjustments of its strategic thinking. The report is still full of inopportune arrogance and bias, which reflects that the United States has not yet found an effective means to cope with the new security situation after the disappearance of the cold war adversaries and must continue to look for "enemies" and keep extending the cold war mentality and power politics thinking. It is precisely under this mode of thinking that China, Russia, Iran and the DPRK are seen as "major countries challenging US national interests." Along this line of thinking, the United States will never consider itself safe and will ultimately see all other countries as "enemies." The way of thinking reflected in the US 2009 National Intelligence Strategy report

not only does not accord with the reality of contemporary international politics, as it poisons the atmosphere of countries around the world, which are still deep in the grip of the global financial crisis, in extensively unfolding international cooperation to overcome the difficult times together, but is also not in the longterm fundamental interests of the United States. In artificially taking other countries as its imaginary enemies, it may ultimately fulfill these words from the Dream of the Red Chamber, "truth becomes fiction when the fiction's true, real becomes not-real where unreal's real." One who always treats others as enemies will one day discover that the only person accused by a thousand pointing fingers is none other than he himself.

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