A De-Americanized World?

by lizard

I am so tired of hearing those on the right gnash their teeth about our national debt without acknowledging that simultaneously cutting taxes for the rich while waging trillion dollar wars on the national credit card was a bad idea. That disastrous combination came on the heels of other bad ideas, like Clinton-era financial deregulation, which gave us too big to fail.

The debt doesn’t exist in a vacuum, so until I see some accurate context from those on the right about how we have got to this point, then I’m going to continue not taking their concern seriously, because these right-wing debt warriors are simply manipulated foot soldiers for the 1% war against the rest of us.

Americans may think they still have the luxury of not caring about what the rest of the world thinks about us, but that will soon come to an end, because what we are seeing, at least according to Pepe Escobar, is The birth of the ‘de-Americanized’ world:

This is it. China has had enough. The (diplomatic) gloves are off. It’s time to build a “de-Americanized” world. It’s time for a “new international reserve currency” to replace the US dollar.

It’s all here, in a Xinhua editorial, straight from the dragon’s mouth. And the year is only 2013. Fasten your seat belts – and that applies especially to the Washington elites. It’s gonna be a bumpy ride.

America has had more than a half-century to lead by example, and that is precisely what our leaders have done. It’s just not the example many Americans thought, because in the states we are still buying the PR campaign of American exceptionalism our governing elite are feeding us. The Xinhua editorial cuts through the sparkly image we have been conditioned to believe by accurately describing the post-WWII behavior of America:

Emerging from the bloodshed of the Second World War as the world’s most powerful nation, the United States has since then been trying to build a global empire by imposing a postwar world order, fueling recovery in Europe, and encouraging regime-change in nations that it deems hardly Washington-friendly.

With its seemingly unrivaled economic and military might, the United States has declared that it has vital national interests to protect in nearly every corner of the globe, and been habituated to meddling in the business of other countries and regions far away from its shores.

Meanwhile, the U.S. government has gone to all lengths to appear before the world as the one that claims the moral high ground, yet covertly doing things that are as audacious as torturing prisoners of war, slaying civilians in drone attacks, and spying on world leaders.

Under what is known as the Pax-Americana, we fail to see a world where the United States is helping to defuse violence and conflicts, reduce poor and displaced population, and bring about real, lasting peace.

Moreover, instead of honoring its duties as a responsible leading power, a self-serving Washington has abused its superpower status and introduced even more chaos into the world by shifting financial risks overseas, instigating regional tensions amid territorial disputes, and fighting unwarranted wars under the cover of outright lies.

As a result, the world is still crawling its way out of an economic disaster thanks to the voracious Wall Street elites, while bombings and killings have become virtually daily routines in Iraq years after Washington claimed it has liberated its people from tyrannical rule.

Most recently, the cyclical stagnation in Washington for a viable bipartisan solution over a federal budget and an approval for raising debt ceiling has again left many nations’ tremendous dollar assets in jeopardy and the international community highly agonized.

Such alarming days when the destinies of others are in the hands of a hypocritical nation have to be terminated, and a new world order should be put in place, according to which all nations, big or small, poor or rich, can have their key interests respected and protected on an equal footing.

To that end, several corner stones should be laid to underpin a de-Americanized world.

The unipolar arrogance of American military might won’t cut it anymore, as evidenced by the significant diffusing of the impending Syria attack, but that won’t stop America’s billionaire-funded political insurgency from waging class war on the 99%, and they (the tea party) will continue to be useful idiot pawns for those wealthy funders because the 1% understand continued projection of American power relies solely on the vast killing potential of the strongest military in the world.

And that military is getting ready for wars in Africa, which this misleadingly titled NYT times piece describes—U.S. Army Hones Antiterror Strategy for Africa, in Kansas:

Here on the Kansas plains, thousands of soldiers once bound for Iraq or Afghanistan are now gearing up for missions in Africa as part of a new Pentagon strategy to train and advise indigenous forces to tackle emerging terrorist threats and other security risks so that American forces do not have to.

The first-of-its-kind program is drawing on troops from a 3,500-member brigade in the Army’s storied First Infantry Division, known as the Big Red One, to conduct more than 100 missions in Africa over the next year. The missions range from a two-man sniper team in Burundi to 350 soldiers conducting airborne and humanitarian exercises in South Africa.

Isn’t it great how this article works in “terrorist threats” and “humanitarian exercises” in the first two paragraphs? That’s some effective propaganda, NYT.

It’s bullshit, of course. The more relevant reason our tax dollars are funding these military exercises in Africa is containment of China.

I wish more Americans understood this. Destabilizing other countries is not a bug of US foreign policy, but a feature. The failed state of Libya, for example, gives the US a foothold in Africa. When Hillary Clinton becomes president, I’m sure she’ll be just as excited to “help” other African countries as she was when Gaddafi was sodomized and executed:

To ensure our elite have the military they need to bully the world and intimidate their competitors, they will need to continue the class war at home, using the debt to justify attacking the “entitlements” they’ve always despised.

Maybe some of the useful idiots who self-identify as Tea Party members will realize they’re being played for suckers. Or maybe, if the damage to the brand becomes serious enough, the funders may be forced to astro-turf a new political product-line of idiots.

Meanwhile, the world is actively looking for alternatives to an American empire that has violently exploited its position of influence for more than half a century.

I hope the US response to this de-Americanization isn’t WWIII.


  1. The American government has never seem to come to the conclusion that most schoolyard children are able to come to: if you’re the king of the hill everyone wants to knock you off.

    I lived in China for 5 years. Everyone there wants to send their kids here, and believe me, all of them think they’re going to Harvard. While their English will be a joke for another 5 to 7 years, their math and science isn’t. My grade 4 students were doing stuff people here aren’t doing in grade 8.

    Generally it was agreed that America was a joke, an attitude I wholeheartedly agreed with. When you look at your country through the lens of a foreigner, and especially when talks are going on whether you should pay your bills, well, let’s just say there were a lot of head shakes and smiles.

    Hey, people over there love our politics of destruction – we’re helping China out big time! Do you think they’re really worried about getting paid? They’d much rather take over the importing and exporting we miss out on because of the dual house of cards we call a government and financial system.

    • lizard19

      the joke is the deviation between how we view our behavior around the world, and the actual behavior.

  2. As I recall, it was Ron Paul who kept the massive scale of our foreign military adventures in the headlines. So much so that the Washington Post was called in to do damage control. Average t-partiers may have forgotten their own origins, or may have been manipulated to focus on other issues, but isn’t that what happens to a majority of Americans who regularly follow mainstream news? http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/fact-checker/post/ron-pauls-strange-claim-about-bases-and-troops-overseas/2012/02/08/gIQApZpqzQ_blog.html

  3. Big Swede

    The “de-Americanization” plan is well conceived.

    The strategy of forcing political change through orchestrated crisis. The “Cloward-Piven Strategy” seeks to hasten the fall of capitalism by overloading the government bureaucracy with a flood of impossible demands, thus pushing society into crisis and economic collapse.

    Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven were two lifelong members of Democratic Socialists of America who taught sociology at Columbia University (Piven later went on to City University of New York). In a May 1966 Nation magazine article titled “The Weight of the Poor,” they outlined their strategy, proposing to use grassroots radical organizations to push ever more strident demands for public services at all levels of government.

    The result, they predicted, would be “a profound financial and political crisis” that would unleash “powerful forces … for major economic reform at the national level.”-National Review.*

    *I pasted the above over at Pogie’s site but it got stuck in moderation mode.

    • Instead the opposite has seemed to happen. I don’t see a huge increase in gov’t services for the poor. Some would say that’s great!

      I don’t know. I’ve always been a proponent of the gov’t giving poor people money and foodstamps so they can in turn put that back into their local economy.

      Of course I’d rather have them get decent educations and productive jobs, but I don’t want them to carry a tin bowl outside of Wal-mart either, like happens in China, a state with no gov’t welfare and people with missing limbs begging on most major street corners.

      • Big Swede

        If you’re able to follow graphs Greg here’s a recap on what we’re spending.

        http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2010/12/so-democrats-finally-want-fiscal.html

        • There’s some good graphs and infographics there. I just wish the pre-WWII tax rates would have stayed the same to match these rising expenditures. Hopefully they’ll raise them again soon.

          • Big Swede

            That damn JFK. Cut rates.

            You did know that back then you could deduct almost anything.

  4. Swede,

    We all know that’s not what happened, right? The stimulus went to big banks and war profiteers in the past decade to finance senseless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Pakistan, etc. Follow the money, Swede, not the propaganda. Don’t forget the Bush tax cuts that created the opposite of the sales pitch. Outsourcing, tax havens offshore, deregulation and unlimited campaign contributions make the hole we’re in deep enough to take seriously. None of this had anything to do with the 1966 “Cloward-Piven Strategy.” Heritage calls the shots, Reaganomics is still being practiced, and everything is moving in an Authoritarian-Right direction. Calling it “socialist” is Orwellian bs.

    • Big Swede

      What was the debt with Ronnie?

      Both you guys need to take some basics econ courses. 17 trillion and beyond IOU’s aren’t sustainable let alone 90T in unfunded liabilities. O care is just the tipping point/accelerant to close the sale.

      I far as I’m concerned there’s two types of liberals, useful idiots and puppeteers. Which one are you guys?




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