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Posted: Jul 18, 2023 - 10:29am

Ukraine and the great revival of American empire
Kyiv’s fate has always been an afterthought. The real goal is reinvigorating NATO and, by extension, US primacy.
Andrew J. Bacevich
Amidst the dross that clutters the New York Times op-ed page on most days, glimmers of enlightenment occasionally appear. A recent guest column by Grey Anderson and Thomas Meaney offers a case in point.

“NATO Isn’t What It Says It Is,” declares the headline. Contrary to the claims of its architects and defenders, Anderson and Meaney argue persuasively that the central purpose of the alliance from its founding was not to deter aggression from the East and certainly not to promote democracy, but to “bind Western Europe to a far vaster project of a U.S.-led world order.” In return for Cold War-era security guarantees, America’s European allies offered deference and concessions on issues like trade and monetary policy. “In that mission,” they write, NATO “has proved remarkably successful.” A plot of real estate especially valued by members of the American elite, Europe thereby became the centerpiece of the postwar American imperium.

The end of the Cold War called these arrangements into question. Desperate to preserve NATO’s viability, proponents claimed that the alliance needed to go “out of area or out of business.” NATO embraced an activist posture, leading to reckless state building interventions in Libya and Afghanistan. The results were not favorable. Acceding to U.S. pressure to venture out of area proved to be costly and served chiefly to undermine NATO’s credibility as a militarily capable enterprise.

Enter Vladimir Putin to save the day. Just as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine provided the U.S. with an excuse to forget its own post-9/11 military failures, so too it has enabled NATO to once more constitute itself as the chief instrument for defending the West—and, crucially, to do so without actually exacting a blood sacrifice from either Americans or Europeans.

In this context, the actual fate of Ukraine itself figures as something of an afterthought. The real issue centers on reviving damaged aspirations of American global primacy. With something like unanimity, the U.S. national security establishment is devoted to the proposition that the United States must remain the world’s sole superpower, even if this requires ignoring a vast accumulation of contrary evidence suggesting the emergence of a multipolar order. On that score, Putin’s recklessness came as an impeccably timed gift. (...)

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Posted: Jul 14, 2023 - 1:12pm

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You never refer to a rules-based order without ironic quotes. Is that because you dismiss the concept; i.e. you think a rules-based order s a bad idea, or something else?

I think internationalism is a good idea when approached in a genuine manner.

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Posted: Jul 14, 2023 - 9:06am

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3,000 Army reservists to Europe.  If incompetence is to rule the day then war will certainly rue the night.

Don't panic.
 
Lol. You're trying to trick me. I'm not panicked. It's not my thing. I'm just bored. I'm more the type to ease into the discomforts of straight line futility in the shape of the murder merry-go-round. I was a '70s soldier in Europe. Sure, it was a different time and situation, or was it? I learned about the warm blanket of justification in the cold war. After all, a little hot blood goes a long way. Ask any low ranking battlefield veteran who ever stared into the eyes of death. Redundancy is all the rage these days. Witness the advancing knowledge of experience. I'm also a realist in the form of an idealist. I know we're always moving in the wrong direction and I can accept the reasons even if I can't accept the rationale. I resolve to do better next time. {#Wink}
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Posted: Jul 14, 2023 - 8:02am

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3,000 Army reservists to Europe.

 If incompetence is to rule the day then war will certainly rue the night.

Don't panic.
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Posted: Jul 14, 2023 - 7:57am

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The US and its faux ‘rules-based order’
A recent UN meeting about the Iran nuclear deal showed how Washington doesn’t live up to the standards it’s constantly preaching.

You never refer to a rules-based order without ironic quotes. Is that because you dismiss the concept; i.e. you think a rules-based order s a bad idea, or something else?
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Posted: Jul 14, 2023 - 6:34am

3,000 Army reservists to Europe.

 If incompetence is to rule the day then war will certainly rue the night.

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Posted: Jul 13, 2023 - 8:19pm

The US and its faux ‘rules-based order’
A recent UN meeting about the Iran nuclear deal showed how Washington doesn’t live up to the standards it’s constantly preaching.
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Posted: Jul 10, 2023 - 4:39pm


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Posted: Jul 10, 2023 - 4:24pm

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I just had a long read through Nury's Tweeter timeline. 

Consistent themes in his posts are:  anti-USA; an apologist for China, including the 2019 HK riots.

Now we understand why you would post his thots here.

Thanks for coming to my Ted Talk.


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Posted: Jul 8, 2023 - 9:33pm

It’s Hard for Americans to Engage in China-Bashing Without Tripping on Contradictions
The contradictions of China-bashing in the United States begin with how often it is flat-out untrue. The Wall Street Journal reports that the “Chinese spy” balloon that President Joe Biden shot down with immense patriotic fanfare in February 2023 did not in fact transmit pictures or anything else to China. White House economists have been trying to excuse persistent U.S. inflation saying it is a global problem and inflation is worse elsewhere in the world. China’s inflation rate is 0.7 percent year-on-year. Financial media outlets stress how China’s GDP growth rate is lower than it used to be. China now estimates that its 2023 GDP growth will be 5 to 5.5 percent. Estimates for the U.S. GDP growth rate in 2023, meanwhile, vacillate around 1 to 2 percent.

China-bashing has intensified into denial and self-delusion—it is akin to pretending that the United States did not lose wars in Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq, and more. The BRICS coalition (China and its allies) now has a significantly larger global economic footprint (higher total GDP) than the G7 (the United States and its allies). China is outgrowing the rest of the world in research and development expenditures. The American empire (like its foundation, American capitalism) is not the dominating global force it once was right after World War II. The empire and the economy have shrunk in size, power, and influence considerably since then. And they continue to do so. Putting that genie back into the bottle is a battle against history that the United States is not likely to win.

Denial and self-delusion about the changing world economy have led to major strategic mistakes. United States leaders predicted before and shortly after February 2022—when the Ukraine war began—for example, that Russia’s economy would crash from the effects of the “greatest of all sanctions,” led by the United States. Some U.S. leaders still believe that the crash will take place (publicly, if not privately) despite there being no such indication. Such predictions badly miscalculated the economic strength and potential of Russia’s allies in the BRICS. Led by China and India, the BRICS nations responded to Russia’s need for buyers of its oil and gas. The United States made its European allies cut off purchasing Russian oil and gas as part of the sanctions war against the Kremlin over Ukraine. However, U.S. pressure tactics used on China, India, and many other nations (inside and outside BRICS) to likewise stop buying Russian exports failed. They not only purchased oil and gas from Russia but then also reexported some of it to European nations. World power configurations had followed the changes in the world economy at the expense of the U.S. position.

War games with allies, threats from U.S. officials, and U.S. warships off China’s coast may delude some to imagine that these moves intimidate China. The reality is that the military disparity between China and the United States is smaller now than it has ever been in modern China’s history. China’s military alliances are the strongest they have ever been. Intimidation that did not work from the time of the Korean War and since then, will certainly not be effective now. Former President Donald Trump’s tariff and trade wars were aimed, U.S. officials said, to persuade China to change its “authoritarian” economic system. If so, that aim was not achieved. The United States simply lacks the power to force the matter.

American polls suggest that media outlets have been successful in a) portraying China’s advances economically and technologically as a threat, and b) using that threat to lobby against regulations of U.S. high-tech industries. Of course, business opposition to government regulation predates China’s emergence. However, encouraging hostility toward China provides convenient additional cover for all sorts of business interests. China’s technological challenge flows from and depends upon a massive educational effort based on training far more STEM scientists than the United States does. Yet, U.S. business does not support paying taxes to fund education equivalently. The reporting by the media on this issue rarely covers that obvious contradiction and politicians mostly avoid it as dangerous to their electoral prospects. (...)
Irony: government-funded bashing.

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Posted: Jul 6, 2023 - 1:50pm

He who pays the piper...

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Posted: Jul 5, 2023 - 1:29pm

Very fine people
‘Totally Indefensible’: Biden Nominates Death Squad Backer Elliott Abrams to Diplomacy Panel
President Joe Biden on Monday quietly nominated Elliott Abrams to serve on a bipartisan diplomacy commission, a move that human rights advocates condemned as outrageous given the longtime Republican official’s past as a defender of Latin American death squads and cheerleader for murderous U.S. foreign policy interventions. (...)

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Posted: Jun 30, 2023 - 11:24am

Easily excited

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Posted: Jun 29, 2023 - 3:20pm

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The West loves dictators; but only those they can control. Ever has it been so.

The US state loves all kinds of dictators that it does not control particularly well.  

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Posted: Jun 28, 2023 - 8:23pm

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The West loves dictators; but only those they can control. Ever has it been so.


"He may be a sonofabitch but he's our sonofabitch." — Harry Truman 
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Posted: Jun 28, 2023 - 7:04pm

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The West loves dictators; but only those they can control. Ever has it been so.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2023 - 6:52pm

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For fun, check out Morocco's human rights record.



For a good time, join Amnesty International.
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Posted: Jun 28, 2023 - 6:31pm

For fun, check out Morocco's human rights record.
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Posted: Jun 26, 2023 - 9:53am

Rules-based dictators.
He’s a Brutal Dictator, and One of the West’s Best Friends


Or.
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