The talks of a preemptive nuclear strike on Russia have recently intensified in the United States.
The Conference on the European/Russian Crisis that took place in Greece at the weekend featured Paul Craig Roberts explaining the origins of the US hegemony and what they are struggling for.
The United States has pursued empire since early in its history, but it was the Soviet collapse in 1991 that enabled Washington to see the entire world as its oyster.
The collapse of the Soviet Union resulted in the rise of the neoconservatives to power and influence in the US government. The neoconservatives have interpreted the Soviet collapse as History's choice of "American democratic capitalism" as the New World Order.
Chosen by History as the exceptional and indispensable country, Washington claims the right and the responsibility to impose its hegemony on the world. Neoconservatives regard their agenda to be too important to be constrained by domestic and international law or by the interests of other countries.
Paul Wolfowitz, a leading neoconservative, penned the Wolfowitz Doctrine shortly after the Soviet collapse. This doctrine is the basis of US foreign and military policy.
The doctrine states: «Our first objective is to prevent the re-emergence of a new rival, either on the territory of the former Soviet Union or elsewhere, that poses a threat on the order of that posed formerly by the Soviet Union. This is a dominant consideration underlying the new regional defense strategy and requires that we endeavor to prevent any hostile power from dominating a region whose resources would, under consolidated control, be sufficient to generate global power.»
The "threat posed formerly by the Soviet Union" was the ability of the Soviet Union to block unilateral US action in some parts of the world.
A "hostile power" is a country with an independent foreign policy, such as the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) have proclaimed. Iran, Bolivia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Argentina, Cuba, and North Korea also proclaim an independent foreign policy.
Washington was intent on breaking up Russia's growing economic and political relationships with Europe. Washington feared that these relationships could undermine Washington's hold on Europe.
The reason why the EU states accommodated Washington's sanctions despite being contrary to their interests, was explained decades ago by Ph.D. dissertation committee chairman who became Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Asking him how Washington managed to have foreign governments act in Washington's interest rather than in the interest of their own countries, he said, "money." "We give the politicians bags full of money. They belong to us. They answer to us."
The gullibility of the public has enabled Washington to establish the foundation for a new Cold War or for a preemptive nuclear strike on Russia. Some neoconservatives prefer the latter. They believe nuclear war can be won, and they ask, "What is the purpose of nuclear weapons if they cannot be used?"
Washington's position is not negotiable. Washington has no interest in compromising with Russia or China. Washington has no interest in any facts. Washington's deal is this: "You can be part of our world order as our vassals, but not otherwise." As Russian President Vladimir Putin recently stated, "Washington doesn't want partners. Washington wants vassals."
If it comes to war, Europeans will pay the ultimate price for the treason of their leaders, such as Merkel, Cameron, and Hollande, as Europe will cease to exist.
War with Russia and China is beyond Washington's capability. However, if the demonized "enemy" does not succumb to the pressure and accept Washington's leadership, war can be inevitable. Washington has launched an attack. How does Washington back off? Don't expect any American regime to say, "we made a mistake. Let's work this out." Every one of the announced candidates for the American presidency is committed to American hegemony and war.
As for the material interests, the neoconservative agenda of world hegemony serves the powerful military/security complex whose one trillion dollar annual budget depends on war, hot or cold, as well as the interests of Wall Street and the mega-banks. As Washington's power and influence spreads, so does American financial imperialism. So does the reach of American oil companies and American agribusiness corporations such as Monsanto.
The inability even of intellectuals to recognize and accept reality means that restraints on neoconservatives are nowhere present except within Russia and China. The West is impotent to prevent Armageddon.
The hope is that Washington will cause its European vassals to rebel by pushing them too hard into conflict with Russia. The hope that European countries will be forced into an independent foreign policy also seems to be the basis of the Russian government's strategy.
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