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Empire of Absurdity: Recycled Neocons, Recycled Enemies

There are times when I wish that the United States would just drop the charade and declare itself a global empire. As a veteran of two imperial wars, a witness to the dark underside of America’s empire-denial, I’ve grown tired of the equivocation and denials from senior policymakers. The U.S. can’t be an empire, we’re told, because – unlike the Brits and Romans – America doesn’t annex territories outright, and our school children don’t color its colonies in red-white-and-blue on cute educational maps.

But this distinction, at root, is rather superficial. Conquest, colonization, and annexation are so 19th century – Washington has moved beyond the overt and engages in the (not-so) subtle modern form of imperialism. America’s empire over the last two decades – under Democrats and Republicans – has used a range of tools: economic, military, political, to topple regimes, instigate coups, and starve "enemy" civilians. Heck, it didn’t even start with 9/11 – bullying foreigners and overturning uncooperative regimes is as American as apple pie.

Still, observing post-9/11, post-Iraq/Afghanistan defeat, Washington play imperialism these days is tragicomically absurd.

The emperor has no clothes, folks. Sure, America (for a few more fleeting years) boasts the world’s dominant economy, sure its dotted the globe with a few hundred military bases, and sure it’s military still outspends the next seven competitors combined. Nonetheless, what’s remarkable, what constitutes the real story of 2019, is this: the US empire can’t seem to accomplish anything anymore, can’t seem to bend anybody to its will.

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It is a simple formula, to which the US government adheres quite rigidly, even though few are really paying attention, because this is the last gasp of the US empire in decline.

Demonize the leadership of the country whose resources you want to expatriate; create regime change to a more US-centric government; insure that those resources are only sold in US dollars.

Wash; rinse; repeat.

But the problems with empires which are about to dissolve, is that the people making these decisions seem to get recycled again and again; John Bolton, as President Trump's Security advisor, was a recklessly horrific choice. Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State has NEVER met a specific war he didn't want to see unjoined by US forces.

And the outcome of all these military misadventures has been the following;

The complete destruction of Iraq, in order to expropriate its oil production
The coming destruction of Afghanistan, for its oil pipelines and its opium
The complete destruction of Libya, where there is a massive military and civil war happening
The coming destruction of Yemen, to make the Saudis and Israelis happy.

These people refuse to see, or understand that, at that moment in our military's history, our military doesn't have the weaponry; the money; troop strength, or manufacturing to insure a positive outcome to a conventional war against Russia and/or China.

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If you check the scorecard of recent conflicts...

George

...it's the side with the FEWER high-tech who seems to win oftener.

So if China is going to out-develop the US in terms of military equipment, that's not necessarily bad.

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