by Eric Zuesse for The Saker Blog
Right now, we live in a monopolar world. Here is how U.S. President Barack Obama proudly, even imperially, described it when delivering the Commencement address to America’s future generals, at West Point Military Academy, on 28 May 2014:
The United States is and remains the one indispensable nation. [Every other nation is therefore ‘dispensable’; we therefore now have “Amerika, Amerika über alles, über alles in der Welt”.] That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come. … America must always lead on the world stage. If we don’t, no one else will. … Russia’s aggression toward former Soviet states unnerves capitals in Europe, while China’s economic rise and military reach worries its neighbors. From Brazil to India, rising middle classes compete with us. [He was here telling these future U.S. military leaders that they are to fight for the U.S. aristocracy, to help them defeat any nation that resists.] … In Ukraine, Russia’s recent actions recall the days when Soviet tanks rolled into Eastern Europe. But this isn’t the Cold War. Our ability to shape world opinion helped isolate Russia right away. [He was proud of the U.S. Government’s effectiveness at propaganda, just as Hitler was proud of the German Government’s propaganda-effectiveness under Joseph Goebbels.] Because of American leadership, the world immediately condemned Russian actions; Europe and the G7 joined us to impose sanctions; NATO reinforced our commitment to Eastern European allies; the IMF is helping to stabilize Ukraine’s economy; OSCE monitors brought the eyes of the world to unstable parts of Ukraine.
Actually, his — Obama’s — regime, had conquered Ukraine in February 2014 by a very bloody coup, and installed a racist-fascist anti-Russian Government there next door to Russia, a stooge-regime to this day, which instituted a racial-cleansing campaign to eliminate enough pro-Russia voters so as to be able to hold onto power there. It has destroyed Ukraine and so alienated the regions of Ukraine that had voted more than 75% for the democratically elected Ukrainian President whom Obama overthrew, so that those pro-Russia regions quit Ukraine. What remains of Ukraine after the U.S. conquest is a nazi mess and a destroyed nation in hock to Western taxpayers and banks.
Furthermore, Obama insisted upon (to use Bush’s term about Saddam Hussein) “regime-change” in Syria. Twice in one day the Secretary General of the U.N. asserted that only the Syrian people have any right to do that, no outside nation has any right to impose it. Obama ignored him and kept on trying. Obama actually protected Al Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate against bombing by Syria’s Government and by Syria’s ally Russia, while the U.S. bombed Syria’s army, which was trying to prevent those jihadists from overthrowing the Government. Obama bombed Libya in order to “regime-change” Muammar Gaddafi, and he bombed Syria in order to “regime-change” Bashar al-Assad; and, so, while the “U.S. Drops Bombs; EU Gets Refugees & Blame. This Is Insane.” And Obama’s successor Trump continues Obama’s policies in this regard. And, of course, the U.S. and its ally UK invaded Iraq in 2003, likewise on the basis of lies to the effect that Iraq was the aggressor. (Even Germany called Poland the aggressor when invading Poland in 1939.)
No other nation regularly invades other nations that never had invaded it. This is international aggression. It is the international crime of “War of Aggression”; and the only nations which do it nowadays are America and its allies, such as the Sauds, Israel, France, and UK, which often join in America’s aggressions (or, in the case of the Sauds’ invasion of Yemen, the ally initiates an invasion, which the U.S. then joins). America’s generals are taught this aggression, and not only by Obama. Ever since at least George W. Bush, it has been solid U.S. policy. (Bush even kicked out the U.N.’s weapons-inspectors, so as to bomb Iraq in 2003.)
In other words: a mono-polar world is a world in which one nation stands above international law, and that nation’s participation in an invasion immunizes also each of its allies who join in the invasion, protecting it too from prosecution, so that a mono-polar world is one in which the United Nations can’t even possibly impose international law impartially, but can impose it only against nations that aren’t allied with the mono-polar power, which in this case is the United States. Furthermore, because the U.S. regime reigns supreme over the entire world, as it does, any nations — such as Russia, China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Cuba, and Ecuador — that the U.S. regime (which has itself been scientifically proven to be a dictatorship) chooses to treat as an enemy, is especially disadvantaged internationally. Russia and China, however, are among the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council and therefore possess a degree of international protection that America’s other chosen enemies do not. And the people who choose which nations to identify as America’s ‘enemies’ are America’s super-rich and not the entire American population, because the U.S. Government is controlled by the super-rich and not by the public.
So, that’s the existing mono-polar world: it is a world that’s controlled by one nation, and this one nation is, in turn, controlled by its aristocracy, its super-rich.
If one of the five permanent members of the Security Council would table at the U.N. a proposal to eliminate the immunity that the U.S. regime has, from investigation and prosecution for any future War of Aggression that it might perpetrate, then, of course, the U.S. and any of its allies on the Security Council would veto that, but if the proposing nation would then constantly call to the international public’s attention that the U.S. and its allies had blocked passage of such a crucially needed “procedure to amend the UN charter”, and that this fact means that the U.S. and its allies constitute fascist regimes as was understood and applied against Germany’s fascist regime, at the Nuremberg Tribunal in 1945, then possibly some members of the U.S.-led gang (the NATO portion of it, at least) would quit that gang, and the U.S. global dictatorship might end, so that there would then become a multi-polar world, in which democracy could actually thrive.
Democracy can only shrivel in a mono-polar world, because all other nations then are simply vassal nations, which accept Obama’s often-repeated dictum that all other nations are “dispensable” and that only the U.S. is not. Even the UK would actually gain in freedom, and in democracy, by breaking away from the U.S., because it would no longer be under the U.S. thumb — the thumb of the global aggressor-nation.
Only one global poll has ever been taken of the question “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in the world today?” and it found that, overwhelmingly, by a three-to-one ratio above the second-most-often named country, the United States was identified as being precisely that, the top threat to world-peace. But then, a few years later, another (though less-comprehensive) poll was taken on a similar question, and it produced similar results. Apparently, despite the effectiveness of America’s propagandists, people in other lands recognize quite well that today’s America is a more successful and longer-reigning version of Hitler’s Germany. Although modern America’s propaganda-operation is far more sophisticated than Nazi Germany’s was, it’s not entirely successful. America’s invasions are now too common, all based on lies, just like Hitler’s were.
On November 9th, Russian Television headlined “‘Very insulting’: Trump bashes Macron’s idea of European army for protection from Russia, China & US” and reported that “US President Donald Trump has unloaded on his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, calling the French president’s idea of a ‘real European army,’ independent from Washington, an insult.” On the one hand, Trump constantly criticizes France and other European nations for allegedly not paying enough for America’s NATO military alliance, but he now is denigrating France for proposing to other NATO members a decreasing reliance upon NATO, and increasing reliance, instead, upon the Permanent Structured Cooperation (or PESCO) European military alliance, which was begun on 11 December 2017, and which currently has “25 EU Member States participating: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Croatia, Cyprus, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain and Sweden.” Those are the European nations that are now on the path to eventually quitting NATO.
Once NATO is ended, the U.S. regime will find far more difficult any invasions such as of Iraq 2003, Libya 2011, Syria 2012-, Yemen 2016-, and maybe even such as America’s bloody coup that overthrew the democratically elected Government of Ukraine and installed a racist-fascist or nazi anti-Russian regime there in 2014. All of these U.S. invasions (and coup) brought to Europe millions of refugees and enormously increased burdens upon European taxpayers. Plus, America’s economic sanctions against both Russia and Iran have hurt European companies (and the U.S. does almost no business with either country, so is immune to that, also). Consequently, today’s America is clearly Europe’s actual main enemy. The continuation of NATO is actually toxic to the peoples of Europe. Communism and the Soviet Union and its NATO-mirroring Warsaw Pact military alliance, all ended peacefully in 1991, but the U.S. regime has secretly continued the Cold War, now against Russia, and is increasingly focusing its “regime-change” propaganda against Russia’s popular democratic leader, Vladimir Putin, even though this U.S. aggression against Russia could mean a world-annihilating nuclear war.
On November 11th, RT bannered “‘Good for multipolar world’: Putin positive on Macron’s ‘European army’ plan bashed by Trump (VIDEO)”, and opened:
Europe’s desire to create its own army and stop relying on Washington for defense is not only understandable, but would be “positive” for the multipolar world, Vladimir Putin said days after Donald Trump ripped into it.
“Europe is … a powerful economic union and it is only natural that they want to be independent and … sovereign in the field of defense and security,” Putin told RT in Paris where world leader gathered to mark the centenary of the end of WWI.
He also described the potential creation of a European army “a positive process,” adding that it would “strengthen the multipolar world.” The Russian leader even expressed his support to French President Emmanuel Macron, who recently championed this idea by saying that Russia’s stance on the issue “is aligned with that of France” to some extent.
Macron recently revived the ambitious plans of creating a combined EU military force by saying that it is essential for the security of Europe. He also said that the EU must become independent from its key ally on the other side of the Atlantic, provoking an angry reaction from Washington.
Once NATO has shrunk to include only the pro-aggression and outright nazi European nations, such as Ukraine (after the U.S. gang accepts Ukraine into NATO, as it almost certainly then would do), the EU will have a degree of freedom and of democracy that it can only dream of today, and there will then be a multi-polar world, in which the leaders of the U.S. will no longer enjoy the type of immunity from investigation and possible prosecution, for their invasions, that they do today. The result of this will, however, be catastrophic for the top 100 U.S. ‘defense’ contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, because then all of those firms’ foreign sales except to the Sauds, Israel and a few other feudal and fascist regimes, will greatly decline. Donald Trump is doing everything he can to keep the Sauds to the agreements he reached with them back in 2017 to buy $404 billion of U.S. weaonry over the following 10 years. If, in addition, those firms lose some of their European sales, then the U.S. economic boom thus far in Trump’s Presidency will be seriously endangered. So, the U.S. regime, which is run by the owners of its ‘defense’-contractors, will do all it can to prevent this from happening.
Investigative historian Eric Zuesse is the author, most recently, of They’re Not Even Close: The Democratic vs. Republican Economic Records, 1910-2010, and of CHRIST’S VENTRILOQUISTS: The Event that Created Christianity.
“That has been true for the century passed and it will be true for the century to come”
At the beginning of the 20th Century, America was a wannabe world power. Teddy Roosevelt strutting on the world stage with his Great White Fleet sailing the world. But notice how different his slogan was from today’s posturings… “Speak Softly, but Carry a Big Stick”. Speak softly, because despite your boasting about your big stick because there are other, bigger sticks out there.
America coming to save France’s and Britain’s rear-ends during WW1 did establish America as a world power for the first time. But, at that time, it was only one among several world powers. Not a mightier than all, indispensable nation. Simply one of the world powers who would sit and negotiate things like a Five-Power naval arms limitation treaty that set US and British naval power at equal limits. And the American people were not happy with even this status for America, and instead demanded that America withdraw home and take care of its own business and prosperity. They built the ships they were allowed under the treaty, but had a small peacetime army and never joined the League of Nations.
It was only after WW2, when America was the last industrial country not ravaged by that horrible war that America was the supreme power in the world. And any sensible person would look at that as a temporary result of that war knowing that nature abhors a vacuum and that other powers would rise to challenge them. And of course, the Soviet Union and China both did that. It was only with the fall of the Soviet Union and Fukayama’s silly notion of The End of History that America became so arrogant to declare that it was indispensable to the rest of the world. Then America leaders adopted the insane James Bond Super-Villan strategy of trying to defeat any nation who might rise to challenge it on even a regional basis.
So, as usual, Barrack was full of it. The America had not been indispensable for the whole of the last century, and America’s madman policy of fighting and challenging the rest of the world would guarantee that it would not be so for the century to come.
Many thanks Mr Zuesse for another thoughtful article.If the EU survives in 1 piece ….or breaks up into factions….if Poland stays closer to USA like an errant Turkey is still part of NATO on some kind of leash…..what is Turkeys future role as relations with Germany are pretty rickety…someone said Serbia has more right to be an Eu member but is going its own way due to Kosovo and increasing Albanian activities like EU permitting development of its own army which is not compliant with UN Resolutions….the 100m that EU funds Georgia means what exactly, what would Russia and EU feel like if it became more agressive against Russia and Ossetia Abkhazia……so many ifs….would Putin insist on recognition of Crimea as an invitation to be a “member participant of kinds”?
The proposal I would like to see introduced at the United Nations would be one to remove a nation that systematically violates the UN Charter. If not totally remove them, then at least bar them from being on the Security Council, and of course thus removing their veto.
The UN Charter is the treaty that any nation must adopt to join the United Nations. The very purpose of the UN when it was formed after WW2 was to prevent war. Thus, the UN charter has clauses that say a nation can only attack another nation under the authority of the UN Security Council. It has a clause that says that it violates the UN Charter to even mass forces on another nation’s borders and to then threaten to attack in order to coerce another nation.
The USA has of course frequently been in violation of the UN Charter. Certainly what it has been doing in Syria is in violation of the UN Charter. The US has been in violation of the UN Charter for some time. At least back as far as when Clinton couldn’t get the UN Security Council to support his attack on Serbia and he went ahead and did it anyways. There is of course a long list of such violations. Israel is of course also in violation of the UN Charter with its constant attacks on its neighbors.
From there, the course would follow basically what Mr. Zuesse says. America’s poodle, the UK would certainly veto a resolution seeking to discipline the USA for breaking the very core notion of the UN, which is to prevent another worldwide catastrophe like what the world experienced during WW2. It was a world that was horrified by what had occurred during WW2 that formed the UN to prevent that from happening again.
To me, its hard to see how the UN accepts the leadership of a nation that violates the Charter that every nation had to agree to in order to join the organization. Of course, mob bosses have their own ways of breaking the rules of civilized society. Still, it seems like a place to try to rally the world about.
Dear “Anonymous”: Your comment is extremely well-informed and relevant, but the U.N. has been highly dependent upon the U.S. financially, and therefore the initiative cannot come from the U.N. itself, but only from particular nations. What I was summarily describing in concern to the U.N. as it actually exists (not to the U.N. as it should exist, which maybe we’ll get to some day) is an ongoing PR stunt, to be staged at the U.N., to draw the public’s attention to the fact that the U.S. Government has been functioning blatantly, for many years, as a fascist power. This truth needs to be rubbed constantly into the face of today’s America’s Government so as to isolate that Government internationally to become the pariah-Government that the people who founded the U.N. would puke to see. What won WW II was physically the Allies, but what has since taken over in spirit is Hitler’s spirit, but with different priorities of whom the ‘enemies’ are, not Jews especially but this time Russians especially. Instead of the ‘vast Jewish conspiracy’, we’ve got the ‘cunning Russian conspiracy’ now having supposedly chosen the evil Trump and made him become America’s President, etc, and it’s based on lies now just as it was based on lies in Hitler’s time. But it’s now the American aristocracy, instead of the German aristocracy. I was proposing there a PR campaign, to expose them as what they are.
So sad that UN seems to not follow up any requests from Syrian government for investigations….actions …against the usa coalition……
The wealthy owners of America were always in favor of Hitler’s idea of world domination, butt hey wanted to be in charge of it instead of the Germans. After WWII they saw their chance to take the lead and have been working to enslave the world ever since. Of course they hate the UN, or anyone who does not bow to their will to power.
Thank you for this important article. I do not see the development of PESCO or any homegrown European military as something positive. I think this is simply a re-branding exercise on behalf of those who control NATO. These ” new” proxy militaries will continue to buy US military equipment as NATO did before. My fear is that the re-branding effort may result in a revised military doctrine which may actually be more aggressive than NATO..
Laugh if you will, but I think the Eurocrats want to attempt to (re)take the North American continent (probably with DC’s blessing.) Did you see Putin and Trudeau huddle together at the WWI commemoration meeting?
(And another thing…) We (the people of the West) should remember that the European, English and American aristocracies (as Zuesse refers to them) keep a boot to each others throats, and if one lets up, the other grabs a knife from the back pocket and goes for the jugular. Because they are like that.
Food scarcity and malnutrition of children under the age of 5, places the Ukraine in percentage terms lower than Pakistan, Ethiopia, Libya, Iraq….the Ukraine welcomes the Cookie Monster (stats National Geographic)
May I ever so slightly differ from one of your points?
You stated; “The result of this will, however, be catastrophic for the top 100 U.S. ‘defense’ contractors, such as Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, and Raytheon, because then all of those firms’ foreign sales except to the Sauds, Israel and a few other feudal and fascist regimes, will greatly decline.”
I would suggest that these top US defense contractors sales will decline for the simple reason that they would then have to compete with the rest of the world. One of these US defense strategies had been to sell their products, or rather say force their products on NATO no matter how inferior they were. If my memory serves me correctly the UK had a good fighter jet in the Lightning, but the US forced NATO to buy the vastly inferior American product which had many crashes and killed quite a few pilots.
But in the situation of a multi-polar world the US would have to really compete with the likes of Russia and China, which as we know are already producing superior products and the US has never really been able to compete in such an atmosphere.
There is one other statement which I would also like to differ upon: ” a mono-polar world is a world in which one nation stands above international law” and this statement is flawed.
A mono-polar world’ has never given the right for one nation to be above international law. America did though start calling itself the International ‘policeman’, modelling itself on something similar to a New York policeman stealing apples from a greengrocer’s stand. Once the US realised that there were no voices to be heard, they automatically progressed from the uniform policeman to the likes of ‘Al Capone’, which I’ve noted many bent policemen do.
The trick for such policemen is to know when to retire and get out of the game, but the US has never been able to retire, and now its fruits are coming back to haunt them.
Anything that Zuesse writes, publishes, must be read, passed on! Since the US, known well, has become so toxic to it’s own former belief in the truthful intellectual examination of facts, destroys intellect where ever it finds it, one assumes Eric protects himself well. Hopefully Zuesse will not find it necessary to live only in East Asia as does Andre Vltchek, another powerful, brave, intellect .
“Furthermore, because the U.S. regime reigns supreme over the entire world, as it does…”
You think, Eric? Doesn’t look at all like supreme reign over the entire world to me. Wishes it did, sure. But actually? And also, doesn’t it at all seem to you to be an empire in inevitable decline; a fate that has engulfed every empire in history so far.
Also, it might help you to have a larger take on the US empire’s prospects if you looked into the Synergising Global Crises currently growing steadily: human-driven climate shift, peak everything (especially the crucial, central issue of peak energy), the sixth extinction, population overshoot, universal deadly pollution found in all living things literally everywhere on Earth now, and so on. Do you really think that these crises, along with Amerika’s hopeless, never-to-be-repaid debt problem, won’t have some bearing on the continued viability of the Anglozionist world-domination project? I think it has no chance at all of staggering on for much longer, before being eclipsed by its two rising imperial rivals – before they too are stymied by the SGCs, and the Long Descent (qv) into a geophysically-mandated upcoming new dark age.
Looking at the whole planet, with a Yeatsian ‘cold eye’, that seems to me to be a much more credible foreseeing. Do what’s necessary to resist the comprehensive criminality of the AZ empire, sure. But don’t frighten ourselves with the illusion that it has much time left before its collapse. Whatever we-all do or don’t do at the UN, it’s only a matter of a shortish time before eco-geophysical forces-majeures slap down US world-imperial pretensions comprehensively; as also those of the rising Russian and Chinese empires, very shortly afterwards.
That Obomber was a real duplicitous piece of shi…er, work. They give that con artist the Nobel Peace Prize as a reward for his glib platitudes and deceits promising a more peaceful, egalitarian and prosperous world, and without a hesitation or apology he turns around and initiates four or five new wars in addition to the two he had inherited from Dubya. He re-ignites the Cold War, threatens Russia militarily at several staging areas along its Western frontier, and doubles or triples down in expenditures on the American nuclear arsenal. No price is too high for the American taxpayer when it comes to guaranteed American hegemony over the planet. Nuclear brinksmanship is preferable to any modicum of peaceful co-existence. The other sides (defined as enemies solely by Washington, not themselves) are treated with disdain and disrespect, as Barry flaunts his trash talking skills, obviously learned in his self-admitted days of street hustling and tripping on the drug du jour. Trump has also been a master of insults, but it was Obama who unilaterally unveiled the skill as a favored American diplomatic tactic. I’m sure it has Putin, Xi, Kim and Rouhani shivering and willing to swallow any insult to avoid unbridled Neocon wrath [sarc.]. Fools like the guys the American aristocracy routinely put in the White House are gonna get us all killed one of these days.
In other words: a mono-polar world is a world in which one nation stands above international law, and that nation’s participation in an invasion immunizes also each of its allies who join in the invasion, protecting it too from prosecution, so that a mono-polar world is one in which the United Nations can’t even possibly impose international law impartially, but can impose it only against nations that aren’t allied with the mono-polar power, which in this case is the United States.
Might I suggest a viewing and listening to a Dr. Navarro speech:
Economic Security is National Security
“This is a must watch video – now you will understand the Chinese implosion & why China stocks & economy are not coming back for probably decades!”
America is not only the true “evil empire,” but it is also a very sick and deluded evil empire.
The Trump Regime is unhinged, as it desperately tries to Make the American Empire Great Again by attacking its opponents such as Russia, China, or Iran; waging financial and economic wars on the world; and projecting its own imperial insanity onto others one twitter tweet at a time.
But this is true of America in general, regardless of whatever malign regime is in Washington DC.
The more that America lashes out and seeks to maintain its pretensions as the Exceptionalist nation, the more it only accelerates its own decline and destruction, as well as its Day of Financial Reckoning with the collapse of the Ponzi Scheme US economy and Wall Street.
Indeed, it’s not a secret that another Wall Street implosion is coming, one that will make the 2008 version triggered by the Lehman Brothers bankruptcy seem like a tea party in comparison.
Given Donald Trump’s own record of multiple business bankruptcies, perhaps it’s only appropriate that he is the current ruler of America. LOL.
The real issue is when America itself will shatter into a several separate nation states. Indeed, the prospect of a Second American Civil War is increasingly on the minds of US foreign policy experts and even the American masses themselves.
According to Dmitry Orlov, America is fast closing the “collapse gap” with its former Cold War nemesis, the USSR.
Reinventing Collapse: The Soviet Experience and American Prospects
US Collapse – the Spectacle of Our Time
The cause of the majority of the world’s catastrophes is the cancerous Wolfowitz Doctrine. One way to get rid of cancer is radiation treatment. Sad to say, the treatment of this doctrine may be radiation from an atomic bomb.
America is in its death throws being tired, strained and riddled with internal problems and expended most of its national credit on weapons the past century, and Im wondering who will replace it ?
Could Britain and its former colonies unite to form a coalition and rule the waves again ?
If so it could be a more peaceful and reasonable world like it was before the 1940s.
Europe has too many tribes and conflicts to be the united force the EU planners wanted it to be.
It is likely to get into trouble if its has its own army.