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US Foreign Policy (Dr. El-Najjar's Articles)
Troika Guarding American Foreign
Militarism, Predatory Capitalism, and
By Ben Tanosborn
Al-Jazeerah, CCUN, September 8, 2014
Three heads for a beastly body:
(represented by much of Congress and the Pentagon);
(not to be confused with competitive business); and unyielding,
So the financial markets are getting a breather this
weekend, hoping that the powder keg lit by this century’s version of the
Keystone Kops (NATO) in Ukraine a few months ago can be diffused.
Well, perhaps with a little luck and some true diplomacy, the US-EU can
convince this Napoleon (Putin) not to cross the Elbe (Dnieper).
However, America’s unarmed, untrained top cop appears to be making a much
bigger mess of things. Or, at least, his handlers are!
From Tallinn (Estonia) this time, Obama showed his distinctive
flair and composure as he delivered a “pledge of defense” speech on
Wednesday. A speech likely written by some politicos-in-training,
probably fresh from an Ivy League graduate school where they learned the
basics of information retrieval (historical facts and factoids), and the
theatrical arts of American political life, familiarizing themselves with
the oft-reenacted patriotic play in which Americans portray themselves to
the world as a free, self-governing people, via representatives they
“democratically” elect. A play intended as historical genre, but one which
appears to some of us as belonging in a genre of its own; one which
unintendedly draws from both comedy and farce.
articulator-in-chief did his job with conviction if not eloquence,
delivering a container of hypocrisy where a plain, simple package would have
sufficed; the speech writers emulating the same old clichés of
comedians-in-tour… making some cutesy reference to the town currently being
visited, in this case bringing up the names of the capitals of the three
Baltic states: Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, cities which these writers might
not have known existed prior to looking them up in a map when drafting the
speech for the so-called, Leader of the Free World. Pure and
unadulterated hypocrisy in both the text and the tonality in which the
speech was delivered… a speech that was clearly intended not just for the
Finnic audience in attendance, but for the European and American television
audiences; and most particularly for the benefit of that evil ex-KGB fellow
holding the reins in Russia today: Vladimir Putin.
listening to the entire speech I was stupefied; yet, I should not have been,
for American presidents have had little or no influence for over three
decades in modifying a foreign policy well entrenched when they took office.
They all have been at best caretakers, at times strong cheerleaders, but
never critics or changers of the troika guiding, and guarding, the empire.
Why would Barack Obama be any different than the two Bushes, or Bill
Clinton, or Ronald Reagan who presided before him? Our chosen leaders
before entering the White House are symbolically walked into the foreign
policy inner sanctum where they must swear allegiance and make peace with
the three-headed hellhound guarding the doors to the empire.
Three heads for a beastly body: militarism
(represented by much of Congress and the Pentagon); predatory capitalism
(not to be confused with competitive business); and unyielding, ferocious
And Obama is simply the latest chosen leader
(figurehead) for the empire, holding the granite tablets where American
foreign policy is inscribed, rules of governing behavior he must adhere to
in exchange for the perks he receives as emperor of the Western World, if
without Charlemagne’s crown.
For almost a
quarter of a century, since the Berlin Wall came down, the United States has
had an unyielding chokehold in a foreign policy aimed not just at the
disbanding of the Warsaw Pact nations and the dismantling of the Soviet
Union, but the encirclement of Russia as the surviving, America-equal
Time and again Russia has had to confront
NATO’s encroachment – US encroachment under the pseudo collective flag of
the NATO alliance – as both ex-Warsaw Pact and former soviet republics were
being admitted (coerced) to membership in NATO; the three Baltic republics,
two of them bordering Russia, attaining such membership a decade ago.
And now, here we are in 2014 with America adding to the intrigue involved in
regime change in Ukraine and the possibility of that nation also joining the
NATO Borg collective run by the United States. Such membership will
happen unless Putin puts his foot firmly on the ground… something which he
must do, and undoubtedly will do.
Has America lost its head,
or has it developed a nuclear-impenetrable dome to protect itself from an
otherwise assured holocaust?
European NATO nations are nonsensically
looking for self-immolation as they follow a totally misguided and reckless
US leadership. Contrary to negative, blatant and often obscene
American propaganda, Putin seems to be prudently exercising a logical
military defense of his nation; his ambition for Russia not being passé
territorial acquisition (land grabbing is certainly not the issue), but
pointedly in the commercial arena where he is trying to influence the
formation of a viable Eurasian union to emulate, if not rival, the European
Union. Apparently the US doesn’t like that either.
help but wonder… is the US obsessed with dislike, even hate, for Putin; or
is it Russia, the military superpower, that the American government truly
distrusts and resents? Is the empire afraid
to have reached the Alzheimer’s stage of its hegemony as the BRICS
prepare a geopolitical and economic facelift for the world?
was delivering the speech to a friendly Finnic audience, the ethnic group
which accounts for almost 70 percent of Estonia’s population, I couldn’t
help but think the 30+ percent minority of non-Finnics, mostly ethnic
Russians, should also have a representative voice; something which similarly
would apply to the populations in the two other Baltic nations: Latvia and
Lithuania. Unfortunately, the three Baltic nations have been
subjugated to power play exercised in the region, at different times, by
both Germans and Russians. But at the end of the day, the light of
reality should ultimately rule the day. Warring past and bad
historical memories set aside, the peoples of both central and eastern
Europe have much in common and good reason to formulate an interdependent
permanent peace, exclusionary of American interference and intrigue.
Illusory and wrongly-conceived democracy is not the issue, brotherhood is.
American interference and intrigue in the Russia-Ukraine feud does
equally apply in the Middle East where the United
States has for over half a century seeded not democracy but chaos.
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