Have you ever noticed that the United State always seems to have just the right number of enemies? Not so many that it can’t handle, but enough to justify terrifying the citizenry, imposing ridiculous “security” measures on us, and, most especially, spending hundreds of billions of dollars it really doesn’t have on the biggest, most expensive war machine the world has ever seen.
Think about it. When the Soviet Union collapsed, it looked as if the Empire would have nobody to fight. But just in time, Saddam Hussein invaded the cozy little family-run dictatorship of Kuwait and Zowie! all of a sudden there was a brand-new enemy to fight — despite the fact that Iraq had been a friendly power up to that point.
After Bush Il-sung kicked Saddam’s hairy bottom back to Iraq, the U.S. moved on to bombing Serbia, which had committed the heinous crime of refusing to kowtow to U.S. hegemony.
And after Serbia was beaten into submission, 9/11 provided a wonderful excuse for Bush Jong-il to invade Afghanistan — known to history as “the graveyard of empires” — and to finish the job on Saddam, even though he had nothing to do with the events of that day. And so we got the “War on Terr” as Clueless George called it.
Now, however, the whole War on Terror seems to be running out of steam, as Americans grow weary of killing Muslims, flushing trillions of dollars down the drain, and destroying the U.S. economy, all to no noticeable good effect. The Empire is being forced to leave Afghanistan, and has already pulled most of its troops out of Iraq, leaving it at a loose end. Muammar Ghadaffi made a good enemy, but he got killed off too soon. And, sure, murdering people in Yemen with drone strikes is cool, but it doesn’t have the kind of scope that offers thrills and sinecures to Neo-Trot warmongers and fat contracts to their “defense” contractor buddies.
What’s needed is a new Enemy. And just in time, we got one! Vladimir Putin, the new Designated Hitler! The mainstream press, our informal Ministry of Truth, piled on with all kinds of stories about what a horrible macho man he is, with terrible taste in casual wear. With any luck, this new confrontation can be turned into a new Cold War. And if, somehow, peace breaks out, well, there’s always China.
True, there are other factors at work here, and the whole dynamic that turned Putin into the Empire’s Great Satan is a bit more complicated. My friend and fellow contributor to The Last Ditch, Dr. Stephen Sniegoski, explains just what’s going on in his essay, “The Ukrainian Crisis: The United States, Russia, and Israel”. Like everything he writes, his piece is well-researched and well-thought-out. Read it.