……………….The Empire has no clothes
America’s whole schtick since 9/11 has been to ‘project’ its military power and thus deter, in advance, any adversaries from committing to military maneuvers that potentially run counter to its interests. Phrases like ‘force posture’ and ‘projecting force to outlying regions’ are sprinkled liberally throughout those infamous PNAC (Project for the New American Century) documents from the 1990s.
An American admiral recently brought the point home when he declared that the coastlines of Russia and China would no longer be ‘no-go zones’ for the US Navy. Where before the Pentagon had previously labeled such regions ‘A2/AD’ (‘anti-access/area denial’) – meaning, essentially, that its vessels and other military hardware are sitting ducks in those zones – henceforth the Pentagon considers them, for purposes of communication (i.e., propaganda directed at adversaries, and also the American public), to be very much accessible because, in his words:
“Have no doubt, the US Navy is prepared to go wherever it needs to go, at any time, and stay there for as long as necessary in response to our leadership’s call to project our strategic influence.” In other words, in response to being checkmated in Syria, they are declaring that the US military can go anywhere it wants, and do anything it wants, not because it is actually capable of doing so but because it wants to be seen as being capable of it. In short, America must project the illusion of being all-powerful.
Russia is in the ascendancy now, so it can begin to dictate terms. Just yesterday, the Russian government announced that it was unilaterally withdrawing from a bilateral treaty with the US on disposal of plutonium from decommissioned nuclear warheads, citing repeated US violations of the deal. Not only that, Russia won’t recommit to the treaty until the US meets the following demands:
Washington must reduce its military presence in NATO member-states to the number they were at the moment of signing the plutonium disposal agreement on September 1, 2000.
Repeal of all sanctions against Russian regions, persons and companies introduced by the US over Russia’s response to the Kiev coup, while also paying compensation for damages caused by them, including the damages caused by the counter-sanctions that Russia was forced to impose on Western governments and companies. Faced with these unpalatable realities, carefully crafted by superior Russian diplomacy and military strategy, Washington will probably resort to exploiting its jihadi army by supplying them with anti-aircraft ‘MANPADS’ in a futile attempt to create its much-desired ‘no-fly zone’ and achieve its objective of seizing control of Syrian resources.
But neither Russia or Syria are likely to back down in the face of blatant American bombast, and if one more Russian or Syrian aircraft is shot down by the West’s jihadis, open season will undoubtedly be declared on them. The result will be more wailing and gnashing of teeth, bluff, bluster and lies from Washington, and not much else.
So rather than fret over being wiped out in a nuclear war, perhaps we should be much more concerned about the prospect that, as they continue to be outsmarted and outgunned by Russia and its growing cadre of allies, the stewards of the crumbling American Empire, in a final desperate and futile attempt to retain control over their vassal states, their populations and resources, will lash out in all directions, creating years of chaos, misery and death for untold millions across the globe, including lots of ‘terror attacks’ in Europe, and even the US homeland, to distract the population from seeing the illusory nature of America’s power.
In contrast, a nuclear war to end it all quickly might eventually seem quite appealing.