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    Ever more antiwar voices are clamoring for a Stop Hillary Clinton movement in the Democratic primaries – and with very good reason. There are many alarming, indeed frightening, indictments of her tenures as one-half president in the 90s and then as Senator and Secretary of State. Her estranged relationship with truth, her callousness toward human...
  • Jack Matlock obviously did not remember that Old Man Bush aka Bush 41 was a huge proponent of the “New World Order”. You remember, the policy where nations all lost their sovereignty and were forced to hew to a new world ethos ultimately leading to slavery under the “leadership” of the UN aka jew world order. No thanks, Jack. Read up and get back to us.

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  • China has stated its goals quite unambiguously. “A moderately prosperous society by 2020” is the first goal and “a strong socialist nation by 2049” as the second. But this may be simplified: China’s leadership wants its people to have a standard of living equal to that of the developed nations of the West. And that,...
  • […] A high standard of living for the Chinese people is incompatible with the US being number one – not with US prosperity, let us be clear, but with US as global hegemon. Hence the US Empire is out to “contain” China, that is, to keep it from getting any richer and, […]

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  • […] with the US being number one – not with U.S. prosperity, let us be clear, but with U.S. as global hegemon. Hence the US Empire is out to “contain” China, that is, to keep it from getting any richer and, […]

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  • […] with the US being number one – not with U.S. prosperity, let us be clear, but with U.S. as global hegemon.  Hence the US Empire is out to “contain” China, that is, to keep it from getting any richer […]

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  • […] incompatible with the US being number one not with U.S. prosperity, let us be clear, but with U.S. as global hegemon. Hence the US Empire is out to contain China, that is, to keep it from getting any richer and, if […]

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  • Ever more antiwar voices are clamoring for a Stop Hillary Clinton movement in the Democratic primaries – and with very good reason. There are many alarming, indeed frightening, indictments of her tenures as one-half president in the 90s and then as Senator and Secretary of State. Her estranged relationship with truth, her callousness toward human...
  • […] lives on forever.  And the “others” cited by Kennan who shared his disgust with the Clintons included Jack Matlock, the last ambassador to the Soviet Union.  Matlock, a Democrat, was Reagan’s ambassador to the […]

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  • China has stated its goals quite unambiguously. “A moderately prosperous society by 2020” is the first goal and “a strong socialist nation by 2049” as the second. But this may be simplified: China’s leadership wants its people to have a standard of living equal to that of the developed nations of the West. And that,...
  • […] A high standard of living for the Chinese people is incompatible with the US being number one – not with U.S. prosperity, let us be clear, but with U.S. as global hegemon.  Hence the US Empire is out to “contain” China, that is, to keep it from getting any richer […]

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  • @Raymond R.
    Not sure if neocolonialism is the right lens. Perhaps it would work for the backward left, but that doesn't make it "right".

    I don't see China and Russia as independent from the West. China is the world's greatest capitalist and has been the major beneficiary of globalization, this redistribution of wealth from the West's middle class to Chinese workers. If that's neocolonialism, then it sure isn't working as intended. That's why the concept of colonialism doesn't really apply to today. The West isn't exploiting "the colonies" emptying them of gold, water, or labor or some such thing. The West is gaining very little these days from it's actions.

    Some of those Latin American countries are learning the hard way that embracing China ain't all that great either. Just ask Ecuador, who rushed to make all sorts of deals with China (and irrelevant deals with Iran) only to find out the Chinese are worse than the IMF and WB; and now Ecuador is back to begging the West for money.


    But the West still possesses the greatest draw and influence--Western culture. And almost everybody on earth wants to be part of it. If there is an alternative it's not Russia, China, or Iran, it's some strains of Islam.

    This commentator failed to understand the article completely, a remarkable feat.
    That Russia and China (and Iran) are now market economies does not mean they are not independent of the West. Far from it. They can have some of the same economic arrangements as the US but be completely independent of it politically. They remain free and sovereign to pursue the interests of their own peoples.
    Their dependence is a thing of the past.
    US corporations made a bundle from cheap Chinese labor, but the Chinese also got an increase in wages over what they had before. This helped to build China’s new prosperity. But the Chinese entrepreneurs did more – making money in an export oriented economy and raising the wages of their workers over time. Now with wages higher American business looks to the giant Chinese market. None of this has been altruistic.

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    In addition to extending NATO east and bombing Serbia, Clinton also presided over the systematic looting of Russia’s patrimony by foreign-enabled carpetbaggers, not least among which are the infamous Marc Rich (pardoned by Clinton) and the Harvard Endowment. This third offense is at least equal in magnitude to the betrayal of NATO expansion. No wonder they came to hate us.

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  • @Anonymous
    Honest John, the leader of the Ukraine is Jewish, so what?
    You wouldn't be some sort of anti semite, would you?
    About that innocent plane, well, you're just going to ask the Russians about that since it's now clear either they or their stooges shot it down. Doubtless a tragic mistake, but the whacky conspiracy theorists are already churning alternative histories.

    “You wouldn’t be some sort of anti semite, would you?”

    BY GOD NO.

    Why would ANYONE, EVER be an “anti semite”.

    Drop dead.

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  • @Kiza
    John is right, the beginning of Russia's awakening from the propaganda induced stupor ("we all want to live like people in the Western TV shows") was the bombing of Serbia in 1999. The final wake up call came in the form of the bombing of Libya. It is just another irony that it was Hillary who recently called Putin a Hitler, whilst Putin was brought to power by Hillbillary. It is quite possible that without Clintons there would have been no Putin: action and reaction.

    Yet, I am not against Hillary becoming a US president. This is because I am not in favor of the US in its present form. Hillary substitutes intelligence with bellicosity and such 'leaders' are usually on the losing side, especially against someone like Putin who will ride circles around her and make her look even more stupid that she really is. I am sure that Hillary will dissipate the US global power even further.

    Hillary reminds me very much of Leonid Brezhnev. This 'leader'of USSR was similarly unintelligent but very versed in phraseology. To me, Brezhnev was an early warning of how sick USSR was, Gorbachev was the undertaker. Thus, George W and Hillbillary are signalling the same for the US empire.

    Many smart people in the US know that their country is not on the right path. They know that all regulatory and feedback mechanisms in their society, the purpose of which is self-correction have been destroyed. The US business is a jungle, in the name of 'freedom' all laws have been 'de-regulated', retail banks and investment banks can be the same, pensions are a fair game for the greedy CEOs etc. Yet, these smart people cannot do anything about it because the US socio-political system is osseous. If Hillary wins presidency at her second attempt, then I for one will not be disappointed.

    “Many smart people in the U.S. know that their country is not on
    the right path. . . .” Well (smart or not!), I’m one of them. Because the U.S Government is so far off course, I even favor nullification and, yes, secession. . . .

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  • What I remember from that era was the desperate search for a new enemy. People were talking about ‘the peace dividend’, in other words, what could we do in our society if we didn’t spend massive amounts of our money on the Cold War. The military-industrial complex of course wanted a new enemy to keep our money flowing to them. The Clintons came down firmly for the search for a new enemy, hyping everything from the Chinese to ‘narco-terrorists’ as the next great enemy of which we must all be so very afraid that we willingly hand over all we make to the generals to keep us safe from this horrible danger.

    It was clear which side of that fight the Clinton’s were on, and it was the side of the military-industrial complex. That’s been a constant through all the adventures of Hillary and Bill and how they give away our money.

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  • It is obvious that in the US, UK, Australia and Canada there is no doubt at all that the Russians shot down this passenger plane. Almost nobody even considers the opposite possibility. What a powerful, mind-blasting propaganda machine this is. Brainwashing par excellence of intellectual Zombies (a super-mini-minority excluded).

    Cutting out USUK propaganda, the online noise, the Ukrainian claims and rebel counter-claims, there are only two realistic possibilities:
    1) The plane was shot-down by Russian officers in Ukraine who arrived from Russia, by a terribly stupid mistake (the rebels have no capability to operate a sophisticated high-altitude system); there is only damage to Russia from such mistake, therefore it would be only stupidity rather then intent.
    2) A plane full of Europeans was routed by the Ukrainian air-traffic control over a small patch of contested land and then shot-down by Ukrainian missiles, the whole operation directed by the CIA or similar US agency in Ukraine; the motive is further EU sanctions on Russia because the US effort on this has stalled.

    What is going on in Ukraine is a proxy war and both the US and Russia have their people on the ground. Either could have done this.

    Therefore, depending on what your beliefs are, you can choose 1) or 2). If the EU imposes further sanctions on Russia, then the US wins regardless of who did it and why.

    The chance of finding out the truth is very low, especially since the USUK propaganda machine has already “decided” Who Done It and the zombies comment accordingly.

    Has anyone gone short on Malaysia Airlines before Thursday? This could be indication of a plot, similar to 911 shorting of US airlines involved. Maybe some super-secret US agency has a special “airlines” department.

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  • @Seamus Padraig
    "But in fact the latest bad turn in American imperial policies began with the Clintons."

    I completely LOATHE the Clintons, and would gladlier jump on a punja-stick than vote for Hillary. So for many years I would have accepted the above statement without question. But lately I've started to wonder if it all didn't really begin with Bush/Baker. They were the ones who made the (verbal) pledge to Gorbachev not to expand NATO in exchange for his allowing the re-unification of Germany and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. Yes, it was Billary who first violated that pledge. But the fact that Bush and Baker now seem very coy about admitting they made that pledge at all makes me wonder if this whole 'end of the Cold War' thing wasn't a ruse right from the start. Put that together with Desert Storm (first permanent bases in the Persian Gulf!) and Bush's creepy talk of a "new world order," and I sometimes think it really began with him. Or heck, maybe it all really began with Franklin Roosevelt...

    “Or heck, maybe it all really began with Franklin Roosevelt…”

    Naw, it all began with James Knox Polk. Give Texas back to the Mexicans! (Sorry, Ron, but you’ll have to move to Kentucky and move in with Rand.)

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  • @Anonymous
    Honest John, the leader of the Ukraine is Jewish, so what?
    You wouldn't be some sort of anti semite, would you?
    About that innocent plane, well, you're just going to ask the Russians about that since it's now clear either they or their stooges shot it down. Doubtless a tragic mistake, but the whacky conspiracy theorists are already churning alternative histories.

    The only “conspiracy theory” needed here is the one where European aviation authorities conspicuously failed in their [incredibly obvious] duty to shut down commercial flights over eastern Ukrainian airspace (for flights originating out of EU member states, such as The Netherlands, that is). It was almost inevitable that if they were so delinquent in their duties, that the Donetsk separatists would eventually shoot down an airliner, thus making Western intervention on behalf of the [illegitimate, criminal] junta in Kiev, a great deal more likely.

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  • “But in fact the latest bad turn in American imperial policies began with the Clintons.”

    I completely LOATHE the Clintons, and would gladlier jump on a punja-stick than vote for Hillary. So for many years I would have accepted the above statement without question. But lately I’ve started to wonder if it all didn’t really begin with Bush/Baker. They were the ones who made the (verbal) pledge to Gorbachev not to expand NATO in exchange for his allowing the re-unification of Germany and the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact. Yes, it was Billary who first violated that pledge. But the fact that Bush and Baker now seem very coy about admitting they made that pledge at all makes me wonder if this whole ‘end of the Cold War’ thing wasn’t a ruse right from the start. Put that together with Desert Storm (first permanent bases in the Persian Gulf!) and Bush’s creepy talk of a “new world order,” and I sometimes think it really began with him. Or heck, maybe it all really began with Franklin Roosevelt…

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    "Or heck, maybe it all really began with Franklin Roosevelt…"

    Naw, it all began with James Knox Polk. Give Texas back to the Mexicans! (Sorry, Ron, but you'll have to move to Kentucky and move in with Rand.)

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Honest John
    When it came to foreign policy the Clintons were country bumpkins - the real question is, who had their ear? Who was manipulating them? Who was pumping them with this divisiveness towards Russia, killing a real chance for a peaceful world?

    Was it the Israeli lobby - just as is going on today with Obama?

    Today Obama is asking for more sanctions against Russia - and the new leader of the Ukraine is Jewish - DA!

    p.s. Today an innocent plane was shot out of the sky - for what - for who?

    p.s. The cost to the world for all this is staggering.

    Honest John, the leader of the Ukraine is Jewish, so what?
    You wouldn’t be some sort of anti semite, would you?
    About that innocent plane, well, you’re just going to ask the Russians about that since it’s now clear either they or their stooges shot it down. Doubtless a tragic mistake, but the whacky conspiracy theorists are already churning alternative histories.

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    The only "conspiracy theory" needed here is the one where European aviation authorities conspicuously failed in their [incredibly obvious] duty to shut down commercial flights over eastern Ukrainian airspace (for flights originating out of EU member states, such as The Netherlands, that is). It was almost inevitable that if they were so delinquent in their duties, that the Donetsk separatists would eventually shoot down an airliner, thus making Western intervention on behalf of the [illegitimate, criminal] junta in Kiev, a great deal more likely.
    , @gz
    "You wouldn’t be some sort of anti semite, would you?"

    BY GOD NO.

    Why would ANYONE, EVER be an "anti semite".

    Drop dead.
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  • You cannot out-Clinton Clinton (neither out-Guardian the Guardian):

    http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/18/mh17-hillary-clinton-says-russian-backed-rebels-likely-shot-down-plane

    A series of remarks by Barack Obama, Joe Biden and John Kerry stopped short of directly blaming pro-Russia rebels for the missile attack on a civilian airliner that killed 298 people.

    But Hillary Clinton, the former US secretary of state, was more potent in her statements, saying in a television interview that indications pointed at the Russian-backed side and action was needed to “put [Vladimir] Putin on notice that he has gone too far and we are not going to stand idly by”.

    “And the Ukrainian government has been quick to blame it on terrorists, which is their name for the Russian insurgents. And there does seem to be some growing awareness that it probably had to be Russian insurgents.

    “Now, how we determine that will require some forensics, but then if there is evidence pointing in that direction, the equipment had to have come from Russia. What more the Russians may or may not have done, we don’t know.

    “Europeans have to be the ones to take the lead on this. It was a flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur over European territory. There should be outrage in European capitals.”

    Yes, please excuse the lack of outrage on another continent, Madame.

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  • @Corvinus
    The author of this post completely misses the mark. I suppose the left, when they blamed Bush all those years, think it is fair game to go after the Clintons. Ah, the juvenile blame game among partisans!

    After the Cold War ended, Russian efforts to mimic the West in terms of its political and financial systems were gradual. Citizens here became restless with the "gold rush" mentality of the new corporate class, led by Putin!, to cash in on opportunities to strike it rich. Throwing them the proverbial bone, Putin smartly began the chant of "Russia, Russia, Russia", striking a chord among the people who want to remember when they were a superpower challenging American power in the world, keeping the "peasants" occupied with nationalistic fervor while Putin and his henchmen plunder the "mother country".

    What are you on about?

    Boris Yeltsin courageously stopped a Communist Putsch (climbing on tanks and all that – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Soviet_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt), then led the Good Ship Russia from the port of economic stagnation and decrepitude into the Sea of Kleptocracy. Large parts of the economy (completely unaccastumed to any economic or rational thinking) were up for easy pickings by local political players and mafiosi as well as by finanicial vultures bred to high virulence in the crony-capitalist west. Containers of cash were shipped in from “the west”, serial bailouts occurred, zombie banks arose. It was great. Boris increasingly yielded to the call of the bottle, then f*cked up good in Chechnia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechnya#First_Chechen_War) and went for world leadership in unpopularity until he struck a deal with his prime minister: be left alone about shady deals if exchange for handing over power.

    Putin’s show began after all that had transpired. It begins with the murky bombing of residences in Moscow…

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  • Magnificent piece. Quoted, quibcagged, and linked here:
    Hillary and War

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  • The author of this post completely misses the mark. I suppose the left, when they blamed Bush all those years, think it is fair game to go after the Clintons. Ah, the juvenile blame game among partisans!

    After the Cold War ended, Russian efforts to mimic the West in terms of its political and financial systems were gradual. Citizens here became restless with the “gold rush” mentality of the new corporate class, led by Putin!, to cash in on opportunities to strike it rich. Throwing them the proverbial bone, Putin smartly began the chant of “Russia, Russia, Russia”, striking a chord among the people who want to remember when they were a superpower challenging American power in the world, keeping the “peasants” occupied with nationalistic fervor while Putin and his henchmen plunder the “mother country”.

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    What are you on about?

    Boris Yeltsin courageously stopped a Communist Putsch (climbing on tanks and all that - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1991_Soviet_coup_d%27%C3%A9tat_attempt), then led the Good Ship Russia from the port of economic stagnation and decrepitude into the Sea of Kleptocracy. Large parts of the economy (completely unaccastumed to any economic or rational thinking) were up for easy pickings by local political players and mafiosi as well as by finanicial vultures bred to high virulence in the crony-capitalist west. Containers of cash were shipped in from "the west", serial bailouts occurred, zombie banks arose. It was great. Boris increasingly yielded to the call of the bottle, then f*cked up good in Chechnia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chechnya#First_Chechen_War) and went for world leadership in unpopularity until he struck a deal with his prime minister: be left alone about shady deals if exchange for handing over power.

    Putin's show began after all that had transpired. It begins with the murky bombing of residences in Moscow...
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  • @Sarayakat

    I fully agree with you – there is a component of chance in politics. Also, the Western political system is quite sophisticated and Presidents do not decide as much as most ordinary citizens think. It is the one hundred people around the President who decide, and even more the big campaign donors and corporations. Totally right you are that McCain is the GOP equivalent of Hillbillary. I did not include Obama in the US decline because he is a sleazy, lying politician but he is not as stupid to indicate decline. I pity people who believed Obama’s drivel about “change”, but he is the best liar the US could elect. It is when you ask yourself – how could a person like this get where to he/she is, and the question keeps repeating with the next leader, this is when an empire has a problem. Therefore, electing Hillary would be a symptom of US continuing decline more than a cause.

    Regarding the downing of the Malaysian airliner, a sincerely feel sorry for the victims, I could have been on that plane myself. But the crazed, pumped-up screams emanating from the Western political class are entertaining. I reside in Australia and the Prime Minister here has “gone off his rocker”. He is blaming the Russians as if he was personally sitting in front of the radar which observed who launched the missile, but his tone of voice is both entertaining and scary – he is stark raving crazy/mad. Yes, Tony Abbot is the Australian Hillbillary (a benchmark of stupidity) and this signals that the decline is Anglo-sphere wide, not US only. And this is his second time regarding Ukraine, the first crazy outburst did not teach him self-control. How could a person like this get to where he is?

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  • I don’t have much to say (other than to note that I understand the worse-is-better sympathies of some of the other commenters here, although I’m not certain I agree with them…will you gentlemen be casting your ballot in favor of Hillarious Rotten Klinton in 2016, or is this all just a LARP on your parts?), but this is a great article, and I just wanted to encourage you to keep up the good work.

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  • Well, let us all hope (and pray) that “rod1963″ is incorrect.

    Sadly, he probably is not.

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  • When it came to foreign policy the Clintons were country bumpkins – the real question is, who had their ear? Who was manipulating them? Who was pumping them with this divisiveness towards Russia, killing a real chance for a peaceful world?

    Was it the Israeli lobby – just as is going on today with Obama?

    Today Obama is asking for more sanctions against Russia – and the new leader of the Ukraine is Jewish – DA!

    p.s. Today an innocent plane was shot out of the sky – for what – for who?

    p.s. The cost to the world for all this is staggering.

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    Honest John, the leader of the Ukraine is Jewish, so what?
    You wouldn't be some sort of anti semite, would you?
    About that innocent plane, well, you're just going to ask the Russians about that since it's now clear either they or their stooges shot it down. Doubtless a tragic mistake, but the whacky conspiracy theorists are already churning alternative histories.
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  • I think it’s now moot given that a Malaysian airliner has been shot down over Eastern Ukraine. This is going to give the Obama admin the political leverage needed to escalate the conflict in the near term. I would wager we will be seeing American military advisers and equipment flowing into Ukraine shortly and then Russia will in turn escalate.

    http://news.sky.com/story/1302864/malaysian-plane-shot-down-with-295-on-board

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:
    @Kiza
    John is right, the beginning of Russia's awakening from the propaganda induced stupor ("we all want to live like people in the Western TV shows") was the bombing of Serbia in 1999. The final wake up call came in the form of the bombing of Libya. It is just another irony that it was Hillary who recently called Putin a Hitler, whilst Putin was brought to power by Hillbillary. It is quite possible that without Clintons there would have been no Putin: action and reaction.

    Yet, I am not against Hillary becoming a US president. This is because I am not in favor of the US in its present form. Hillary substitutes intelligence with bellicosity and such 'leaders' are usually on the losing side, especially against someone like Putin who will ride circles around her and make her look even more stupid that she really is. I am sure that Hillary will dissipate the US global power even further.

    Hillary reminds me very much of Leonid Brezhnev. This 'leader'of USSR was similarly unintelligent but very versed in phraseology. To me, Brezhnev was an early warning of how sick USSR was, Gorbachev was the undertaker. Thus, George W and Hillbillary are signalling the same for the US empire.

    Many smart people in the US know that their country is not on the right path. They know that all regulatory and feedback mechanisms in their society, the purpose of which is self-correction have been destroyed. The US business is a jungle, in the name of 'freedom' all laws have been 'de-regulated', retail banks and investment banks can be the same, pensions are a fair game for the greedy CEOs etc. Yet, these smart people cannot do anything about it because the US socio-political system is osseous. If Hillary wins presidency at her second attempt, then I for one will not be disappointed.

    – I applaud your logic, but beware. I took the same attitude toward John McCain in ’08 “No problem, he’ll weaken the empire much faster than Obama!” Turns out it probably wouldn’t have made much difference. As our forefathers intended, no American can know until after election day which of the candidate, these “best 0f the best” will do the most damage. All have so much potential. It makes me get all weepy just thinking about it…

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  • I’m still trying to figure out what this author is yammering on about. The “lesson of Versailles” was missed? What “lesson” is being talked about here? Since there were about a bazillion lessons to be learned, which is being referenced? Some lesson about Russia? About nuclear weapons? Russia wasn’t part of the Versailles Treaty, as Russia had made a separate peace with Germany the year before. There were two big lessons that nobody has, as yet, learned: #1 Don’t blame Germany for WWI when it was obviously a group effort, #2 Do not, ever, under any circumstance, trust America or Americans to do what is right, moral, or even decent – let alone what they said they would do. The Germans hung their hopes for a peaceful post-war world on Woodrow Wilson, an academic from America who was so totally over his head and out of his element and completely devoid of any sense of Europe or European history, that the only assurance garnered from the Treaty was WWII.

    This is one of those articles that after you read it, you will know less than you did before you read it. Hillary Clinton should not be president because she is another Woodrow Wilson, i.e. so in love with herself that she sees everything in the universe as an either for Hillary or against human civilization. And that attitude mimics every religious zealot ever.

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  • John is right, the beginning of Russia’s awakening from the propaganda induced stupor (“we all want to live like people in the Western TV shows”) was the bombing of Serbia in 1999. The final wake up call came in the form of the bombing of Libya. It is just another irony that it was Hillary who recently called Putin a Hitler, whilst Putin was brought to power by Hillbillary. It is quite possible that without Clintons there would have been no Putin: action and reaction.

    Yet, I am not against Hillary becoming a US president. This is because I am not in favor of the US in its present form. Hillary substitutes intelligence with bellicosity and such ‘leaders’ are usually on the losing side, especially against someone like Putin who will ride circles around her and make her look even more stupid that she really is. I am sure that Hillary will dissipate the US global power even further.

    Hillary reminds me very much of Leonid Brezhnev. This ‘leader’of USSR was similarly unintelligent but very versed in phraseology. To me, Brezhnev was an early warning of how sick USSR was, Gorbachev was the undertaker. Thus, George W and Hillbillary are signalling the same for the US empire.

    Many smart people in the US know that their country is not on the right path. They know that all regulatory and feedback mechanisms in their society, the purpose of which is self-correction have been destroyed. The US business is a jungle, in the name of ‘freedom’ all laws have been ‘de-regulated’, retail banks and investment banks can be the same, pensions are a fair game for the greedy CEOs etc. Yet, these smart people cannot do anything about it because the US socio-political system is osseous. If Hillary wins presidency at her second attempt, then I for one will not be disappointed.

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    @Kiza - I applaud your logic, but beware. I took the same attitude toward John McCain in '08 "No problem, he'll weaken the empire much faster than Obama!" Turns out it probably wouldn't have made much difference. As our forefathers intended, no American can know until after election day which of the candidate, these "best 0f the best" will do the most damage. All have so much potential. It makes me get all weepy just thinking about it...
    , @Orville H. Larson
    "Many smart people in the U.S. know that their country is not on
    the right path. . . ." Well (smart or not!), I'm one of them. Because the U.S Government is so far off course, I even favor nullification and, yes, secession. . . .
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  • Either the censors of the New York Times, also known as the “editors,” were taking a long weekend, or the Times felt that it had to issue a warning to the ruling elite last Sunday. They are in danger of losing their Empire, both domestic and foreign. All this is heralded by the defeat of...
  • I agree that the election of Brat was a wonderfully refreshing thing. But not only is it important to realize he is but one of 435, and he must face election every two years, but also that it’s one thing to take on the ideology of one’s campaign opponent, and it’s another to take on one’s whole party, over and over again as Brat’s message would compel him to do to act consistently on same.

    The fact is, given how the Parties can either help you or hurt you, damn near every day Brat is going to be faced with the question “Do you really want to do this and risk us backing another horse against you in a matter of mere months, or do you want to go along with this so you at least have a chance of getting something bigger that you want?”

    Moreover, even Brat has to realize how tremendously flukish it was, given the odds, that he won over Cantor. The other terrible reality that exists is that for all the oceans of dissatisfaction that you can see on the internet and otherwise with our government, the fact is our government today is either Democrat or Republican or mixed, and the further fact is that if you are neither people—almost no matter how dissatisfied—*still* are not going to fund you.

    In short, the ugly reality is that people like to bitch, but when it comes time to actually *do* something about it, they expect someone *else* to do so. Someone *else* to reach into some other pocket to even come up with a measly $20.

    I see nothing in any of these fundamentals that were different in Brat’s case, thus leading to only two other possibilities:

    Either Cantor himself in some way—over and above even the anger he elicited on the immigration issue—just made himself utterly distasteful, or

    Brat’s “straight-to-the-gut” kind of talk was different enough to make the difference.

    I can only hope it’s the latter, but as I said, doing so, day-in and day-out, going straight for the gut of those of your *own* Party is a daunting proposition. Name me one character either now or in recent memory who got away with it and lived politically. Even one.

    Sad to say, being a maverick and changing the fundamentals of one’s own party is just simply a position that is very very tenuous in our system today. Might even be beyond rare to the point of being non-existent.

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  • KA says:

    NYT does criticize a number of things. It does funnel into the aspirations of the democrats on a host of issues by essentially taking their position. But it offers always Israeli centric views on ME. It is where it makes sure that the administration listens and gets persuaded by its arguments . It fights and pursues . It has never forcefully advocated any situation or policy that would have been rejected by Israel.

    Even in 1947-48 , it was canvassing openly for the partition of
    Palestines. It could have supported State Dept. it did not. It excoriated them and blamed the American “narrow ” interest for subverting the Zionist plan.

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  • McCarthy is the new majority leader in the House of Representatives. Scalise is the new whip. The are all neocon imperialists like Eric Cantor and you can expect no change.

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  • Until the Second World War the NY Times, despite being Jewish owned, was very anti-Zionist, probably reflecting the anti-Zionism of German Jews in America.

    Since then it has become more Zionist inclined, although it does offer criticism of the rightwing in Israel.

    It is probably torn, as are all Democrats, between wanting to please Jewish financial power and wanting to please leftist anti-capitalist agitators. Some can play this balancing act well, like Hillary Clinton who is in the pocket of Goldman Sachs and yet an icon of at least the leftists of the feminine persuasion. A battle between normative leftwing ideology and newfound feminist ideology would be interesting indeed, with the Jewish money men on Wall Street calling some but not all of the shots.

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  • Does it not seem strange that, with the Cold War long over, the Paramount Enemies of the United States remain Russia and China? That is not a bad question to ponder during Vladimir Putin’s visit with Xi Jinping in Beijing. And there is no doubt that Russia and China hold this pariah status in the...
  • Paul says:

    @Clover, Certainly Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” had some horrific consequences. The death of approximately the same number of peopled who died in WWII was an unacceptable price to pay. As unjustified as it was, and Stalin’s brutality should also be included in the reckoning, there were other results for China and Russia. Among them – independence from the West. The other Asian countries you mentioned did not achieve that.

    Your references to “standard empire” are examples from the colonialism of old. There are reasons for the added prefix of neo-colonialism. The old methods have changed, It’s not an imperial tax collector that sucks them dry today, it’s the IMF and the World Bank as debt collectors. Predatory lending is a more devious and cost effective method. Countries are allowed to trade and govern themselves freely, as long as they don’t work against the empire. When they do, US troops in 130 countries around the globe step up to put them back in line. Some things don’t change. Among other offenses, Libya didn’t want to continue international trade in US dollars. Ukraine wanted to accept Russia’s aid, not the IMF’s, etc. More than fifty governments since WWII have been overthrown by direct or indirect US actions to ensure that “freedom and democracy” will prevail in the peculiarly empire-serving way that the USA defines it.

    I don’t know why companies from China and India are being allowed to mine the resources in Afghanistan, but based on existing evidence and patterns, it would be a large surprise to find that this is happening because the US government has succeeded in creating a more free country. Based on what’s been going on for many decades, I guess that it’s part of a deal, rather than evidence of economic freedom in Afghanistan.

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  • @James, the point is why does the United States, and it’s “allies” like Saudi Arabia trade with China, enriching it? When the European states had their empires they imposed trade restrictions on their colonies so that they could only trade with the mother country. Today our various “allies” are allowed to trade more or less freely, look at Afghanistan which supposedly has a trillion dollars worth of minerals to be mined. Companies from China and India are developing those resources, why?

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  • By 1946 China had defeated Japan and by 1949 the Chinese Communist Revolution secured victory. And then China closed the door to the West and established its independence. Ties with the West were severed decisively for nearly two generations. With its independence secured by Mao and baseline development achieved, China could “open the door” but from a position of strength. Deng’s reforms turned China into a great economic power. China today is the second most powerful nation on the planet, once again interacting with the West – but on its own terms, as does Russia.

    So the Communists of Russia did not achieve Communism. But they did achieve independence and great economic and military power. Surely China’s achievement was the greatest blow against colonialism in the wake of WWII and the greatest anticolonial victory in history. Western Europe and the U.S. did all they could to defeat the Chinese Communists, and they failed. They were on the wrong side of history – the colonial side, the side of domination and humiliation of entire peoples.

    Yawn. Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, all embraced the West and are now first world nations. You forgot to mention the whole thing about 40 million people dying in China. I guess that’s the cost of “baseline development.” I am no supporter of our foreign policy but I think it can be termed “pathological altruism” rather than imperialism. In a standard empire the vassals pay the empire tribute, we give “aid” to our “allies.”

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  • In many respects, this article is right on the money. The discussion about neo-colonial objectives and the struggle for nations to stay outside of the imperial masters control is the key historical drama being played out. Brzezinski’s doctrine for US foreign policy has never been off the table as we saw so clearly in the recent Ukraine situation.
    I wonder at the comments above that seem to be so reluctant to employ the concept of neo-colonialism as if it were some political anachronism. In particular, as Raymond suggests, the relative success of China somehow invalidates the critical thrust of neo-colonialism as a concept. If any country is successful in world markets independently of American control, it seems that this is taken as evidence that there is no true neo-colonial project.
    This is an odd suggestion.
    The best evidence of imperial aspirations proceeding unabated can be found in the number of military bases around the world, and the planned expansion of military bases – for example as we see in Africa right now, and the recent talk of a foreign policy “pivot” towards Asia to curtail rising power of China.

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  • I would have to question whether the mainstream progressive movements have abandoned anti-colonialism. In many ways, the left wing anti-war movements today still view the current conflicts, such as the invasion of Iraq in 2003 to be a sort of giant corporate handout. That being said, the progressive movement does have some pretty serious problems, including a lack of unity, a platform that is not solidified, and demographic divisions. Perhaps its inevitable for the progressive and maybe some of the libertarian movements that movements that promote the idea of critical thinking will always suffer from this, people think differently.

    That being said, you are right. The main thing that Russia, China, and Iran accomplished was independence from the colonial empires. The current tensions are a legacy of that .

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  • Ecuador, and, maybe, Cuba? – if hoped to get something for nothing, than surely got disappointed. Russia, and perhaps China – stopped funding the Aswan Big Dam and other nation-building enterprises. At the same time the USA “invested” 5 billion in Ukraine. Not for help, but to suck it dry, eventually. Of course, after fragmenting and making pliant.
    There are other motives, but these are described elsewhere, and quite well.
    What these small countries see – is that there is business, mostly.
    Bismarck was right, when he said: be honest with Russia – and that will be profitable.
    Bismarck was a German statesman – in case someone thinks it is Putin.
    Sorry for mentioning Putin’s name just two times… Just like Prince Charles, who mentioned lately also Hitler, along. He could not resist to put his (Charles) name next to these two.
    So, it goes: Charles (prince…), Putin, Hitler. Nice.

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  • Not sure if neocolonialism is the right lens. Perhaps it would work for the backward left, but that doesn’t make it “right”.

    I don’t see China and Russia as independent from the West. China is the world’s greatest capitalist and has been the major beneficiary of globalization, this redistribution of wealth from the West’s middle class to Chinese workers. If that’s neocolonialism, then it sure isn’t working as intended. That’s why the concept of colonialism doesn’t really apply to today. The West isn’t exploiting “the colonies” emptying them of gold, water, or labor or some such thing. The West is gaining very little these days from it’s actions.

    Some of those Latin American countries are learning the hard way that embracing China ain’t all that great either. Just ask Ecuador, who rushed to make all sorts of deals with China (and irrelevant deals with Iran) only to find out the Chinese are worse than the IMF and WB; and now Ecuador is back to begging the West for money.

    But the West still possesses the greatest draw and influence–Western culture. And almost everybody on earth wants to be part of it. If there is an alternative it’s not Russia, China, or Iran, it’s some strains of Islam.

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    This commentator failed to understand the article completely, a remarkable feat.
    That Russia and China (and Iran) are now market economies does not mean they are not independent of the West. Far from it. They can have some of the same economic arrangements as the US but be completely independent of it politically. They remain free and sovereign to pursue the interests of their own peoples.
    Their dependence is a thing of the past.
    US corporations made a bundle from cheap Chinese labor, but the Chinese also got an increase in wages over what they had before. This helped to build China's new prosperity. But the Chinese entrepreneurs did more - making money in an export oriented economy and raising the wages of their workers over time. Now with wages higher American business looks to the giant Chinese market. None of this has been altruistic.
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  • Just weeks before Tax Day, April 15, Governor Deval Patrick, Obama’s “close friend,” signed into law a bond bill that dispenses $177 million in Massachusetts State Taxes to the Pentagon for construction and “upgrades” of U.S. military bases in the state. That’s right, not federal taxes but state taxes. On April 15, last year, the...
  • There are billions more dollars that the Pentagon takes from local citizens each year through property and sales tax exemptions. Military members and retirees live off-base and use all the local facilities and schools and don’t pay a share of taxes! Local schools are partially reimbursed (around half) but through the Dept. of Education budget.

    This is why communities around military bases are often dilapidated. While many locals profit from the nearby base, most are burdened, and thrive once a base closes and the military freeloaders depart. If Congress feels that GIs deserve tax exemptions, it should fund it by reimbursing local communities.

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  • Immigrant from former USSR [AKA "Florida Resident"] says:

    I subscribe to the notion of “Military-Industrial Complex” introduced by D. Eisenhower.
    However, redistribution of money towards Pentagon indirectly means more jobs for whites
    (not white collar jobs.) This serves as a partial counterbalance to affirmative action.
    In this respect, I do not now how what is the net effect of militarization.

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  • China has stated its goals quite unambiguously. “A moderately prosperous society by 2020” is the first goal and “a strong socialist nation by 2049” as the second. But this may be simplified: China’s leadership wants its people to have a standard of living equal to that of the developed nations of the West. And that,...
  • I think Japan is too eager to enlist in the containment of China. What is it with little arrogant countries with a war guarantee? World war 3 could be started over a dispute over islands. The US shouldn’t threaten China because the last thing the US political class needs is a mirror image of itself bent on its destruction.

    The US already suffers from nepotism and an out of touch political class. Why does it need peerage too?

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The two ideas here are not mutually exclusive. The two dominant military powers (the U.S. and Greater Russia, by the way) could both practice some self-interested restraint, keep their hardest power at home (i.e, their nukes in their silos) and dominate the world via soft power. What is sorely lacking is not flawless theories, but rather the competence to govern. How to establish a Pax Romana without any Romans?

    What is lacking is vision. What is lacking is the inspiration of religion. Our elites are senile and only a genuine religious vision (in place of the prevailing modernist fundamentalism) can bring about the required Golden Age of Eternal Youth. No degree of rational intelligence will knock our decrepit species out of its terminal death agony. The necessary ingredient is something very like a miracle, the formation of a new aristocracy to fill the vacuum of our perishing liberal democracy.

    Any takers? That is the question. Those who hesitate are lost, but those who seize the chance have quite literally worlds to conquer. Beyond the too cosy chatter of think tanks there lies a real and hideously interesting world known as planet earth. Do readers imagine themselves far too good for the epic genre? Then too bad: It’s Sarajevo 1914 (oops, Ukraine 2014) and welcome to it…

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  • @Zhuubaajie

    Yes, it makes sense, but we can not leave out the other major world players. (Also, the second and third tier countries are useful to cement a global balance of power that mitigates against any of the first tier players–US, China or others–from getting out of hand.

    Who do you think should have seats on the UNSC? Realistically, Europe needs to have one seat and India should be on the council. Do you agree? Would you make any other changes?

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    @Oscar Peterson:

    A G2 of equals is clearly the most rational way forward. With obligations comes privileges. Start with acknowledging and respecting China’s fundamental national interests and do not cross the red lines.

    There are MANY areas of human endeavor that can benefit from cooperation of America and China, and the human race would be much better for it. On the other hand, WW III may very well mean the end of the world as we know it.

    But no, American empire comes first. Otherwise the raison d’etre no longer exist. Does that make sense to you?

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  • 1. I agree that the “indispensable nation” business is off-putting. But what do you propose as a way forward for the US? The world is still a competitive place, and, indispensable or not, we still need a strategy. Do you have one in mind?

    2. “there is no good reason to preserve [US] influence.”

    So you think influence has no value? Hmmm–do you have much contact with other human beings?

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  • Unfortunately both Oscar and Michael above see the US as the “indispensible nation” to the world.
    To them I say, “We have met the enemy – and they are us.”
    The US Empire has not been an agent for good in the world – quite the contrary. Given that, there is no good reason to preserve its influence.

    Of course Oscar and Michael above may simply be disinformation personnel of the Cass Sunstein (Dem) type or their Republican counterparts.

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  • Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Oscar’s been doing his homework. His comments are some of the most cogent I’ve had the pleasure to read. If we want America to be the great country it could and should be, we need to forget about empire, and revamp our economy towards helping the 99% and not the 1%. Forget about coercing people with force, but rather set an example for the world by promoting real justice and fairness at home, not just hypocritical lip service. Unfortunately for the national security complex, these ideas are not compatible with the global war on terror scam.

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  • […] Hence if the U.S. Empire to remain the first of global military powers in a way that is beyond challenge, it has no choice but to keep China down. There is an unavoidable contradiction between U.S. military dominance and Chinese economic development. Moreover even China’s economic power by itself is at odds with the hegemonic maneuvers of the U.S. Sanctions on sovereign nations, embargoes and blockades by the US will not work if China is willing to trade with the threatened nations. This forecloses U.S. economic control of other, weaker nations. However, there is no necessary conflict between the two nations, China and the U.S., or the two peoples. The prosperity of China does not preclude a high level of prosperity in the U.S. Economic development and prosperity is not a zero sum game. As the Chinese repeat at every turn, there can be a win-win situation for all nations of the world with China’s development. That has already proven true in the present Great Recession where the Chinese economy has been the main driver of the global economy, perhaps preventing the Great Recession from tumbling into the Great Depression. That is also true for the development of other nations, India for example. http://www.unz.com/article/the-inescapable-antagonism-between-a-prosperous-china-and-an-imperial-u-s… […]

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  • The last words of Adolph to his generals in the Berlin bunker when they were preparing to attend the Katjusha Concert conducted by maestro Zhukov:
    He said this:

    This is the End. We will all be killed. We must concede defeat. We will not rule the world, and must leave this duty to … (pause of about 10 seconds ) …..
    THE GREAT NATIONS OF THE EAST that ARE ABOUT TO RISE ……

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  • Interesting article. Walsh’s thesis of an “inescapable antagonism between a prosperous China and an imperial US” is compelling. And his point that “if the U.S. Empire is to remain the first of global military powers in a way that is beyond challenge, it has no choice but to keep China down,” is also spot on.

    However, his “America, come home” prescription is more debatable. I obviously agree that our insane, strategically incompetent and promiscuous resort to war as a policy tool must stop. But in a competitive and resource-scarce world, we can’t just “come home” and assume everything will work out.

    Some potential measures:

    1. Accept that China will be the dominant power in East Asia and the western Pacific with responsibility for trade flows through the Malacca Strait and explore ways to make the transition as smooth as possible.

    2. Make needed modifications to the UN Security Council membership so that it represents all the major powers and can function more efficiently as a forum for working out global issues.

    3. Abandon our anti-Russia fixation and arrive at a long-term entente with Russia.

    4. Support a renewed push for European unity so Europe can function coherently on a global basis.

    5. Completely revamp policies in the Middle East and pursue four goals:

    a. Normalize relations with Iran
    b. Regional nuclear free zone
    c. Israel-Palestine treaty based on 1967 boundaries, Golan back to Syria with a permanent US-led international force along all Israeli borders—imposed on Israel if necessary
    d. Iran-Saudi treaty (i.e., Sunni-Shia entente) brokered by US

    The US has a potentially huge strategic advantage in the Muslim world because the other major powers—Russia, China, and India—all have significant issues with Muslim minorities. The fact that we have frittered away that advantage is a testament to how deformed our policies in the region have become.

    Unfortunately, the American people are in no mood for the kind of commitment required by c. because of the combination of our disastrous military adventures of the last decade plus and their declining living standards.

    6. Broker India-Pakistan and Japan-Russia agreements to reduce future Chinese leverage and provide Japan with energy from outside the Middle East.

    7. Use Iran as our primary access corridor to Central Asia in an attempt to sustain some level of influence.

    8. Stop the aggressive “Asia pivot” but establish an understanding with Europe, Russia and India as a potential alliance if China does become aggressive at some point in the future.

    9. Come to an understanding about what can and should be done to retool the US economy and put it on a sustainable footing. It certainly is not there now. Our underlying economic weakness is a huge strategic problem.

    Walsh is on the right track with his diagnosis but proffers to simple a solution to our grand strategic dilemmas.

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