“Free Market”Can’t Sustain Global US Military Rule: Trouble Incoming May Trump Trump

The “Free Market” is another expression for Global Plutocracy Unchained. It mauls all states, replacing the rule of law by the most basic, most cruel instincts… Even the mightiest genitor of “Free Market”, the USA, is not immune. In other words, a mess, a mess we have seen before, when Rome collapsed… from the same exact syndrome.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose experience and stability were a balance to the unpredictable president, resigned in protest of Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces from Syria and his rejection of international alliances.

On Thursday, in a rebuke of the president, 4 star general Mattis decided that Mr. Trump’s decision to withdraw roughly 2,000 American troops from Syria was insufferable.

US withdrawal makes the other imperial Republican democratic power, the French Republic, the sole crucial provider of life for the Kurds who have been fighting and crushing the Islamist State (of which they hold thousands of dangerous prisoners, many crazed out European converts to Lethal Islam).

Now, of course, France has been under terminal economic, financial and social stress from vicious EU policy targeting the Republic, to profit so-called “free market”, actually dirty, obscure, global plutocracy. And Franco-British strength has been broken, mostly thanks to the obscure and obscured machinations of their own child, the USA!

Resources of empire. Part of the British Grand Fleet, before the war, in 1914. It comprised around 18 modern battleships, 29 older battleships, 150 cruisers, etc. By 1914, six brand new Elizabeth class battleships were under final construction, and were engaged in battle by 1916. As the British empire collapsed, these resources stopped being available. Something for the USA to meditate: if the US empire collapses, thanks to Trump, US resources will shrink… That would trump Trump.

The British Navy lost 35,000 sailors in battle during WWI. The USA, more than a century ago, enticed and supported the fascist foolhardy imperialist Kaiser Wilhelm, for the first three years of WWI.

https://wwi.lib.byu.edu/index.php/U.S._Protests_Against_Maritime_Warfare

“… Britain tread lightly in this grey area of legality because… from the beginning of the war that the U.S. would be the principal supplier of financial capital and munitions to the Entente during the war.10 Therefore instituting a full blockade of Germany imports when war broke out could have been the death knell not for Germany, but for Britain and its allies.

Britain and France established total blockade of Germany (UK) and Austria-Hungary (France), after 4 months of war, once German mass atrocities against civilians in France and Belgium became widely reported…

Trade from US cotton, camphor, pyrites and saltpetre producing states to Germany through the Netherlands, enabled the fascists German invaders to keep on making cotton based explosives (although much less than they needed, less than Great Britain which was itself less than France… By 1917, France was producing around 200,000 artillery shells per DAY, whereas total German annual  production was only a tenth of that…)

Britain and France, with a little tiny help from Italy won the First World War, starving invasive Germany into submission, thanks to their world empires… Then the USA came to the rescue of the Franco-British victory, controlling the latter in such a manner as to weaken morbidly France and Britain (vast subject).

When Europe dominated militarily: Naval forces, 1914. Notice the democracies, France & Britain together had 5 times more submarines than fascist Germany…. and nearly three times as many modern battleships soon available… Fascist Germany really went into that war without thinking, as fascist regime are prone to do…

More of the same US strategy, helping fascism through rogue US plutocrats, made the Nazi catastrophe possible (in particular by smuggling US weapons to the Nazis, before 1933…). The Nazi madness terminally exhausted Europe, enabling US plutocracy to install the so-called “American Century”, worldwide. Trump’s intuition is that this free market empire has turned out to be economically unsustainable, as the USA can’t afford the giant military establishment necessary to keep it going…. Allies don’t pay enough tribute. Devolution is needed.

Unfortunately Europeans have lost their empires thoroughly, and can’t step up, where the USA is stepping down; even China seems better able to invest in Africa than Europeans themselves… US thought empires could be replaced by “free market”. “Free market” is neither free, nor a market… And the USA, handicapped by the enormous military spending can’t afford it either (in spite of the free ride the GAFAM got so far…)

Rising powers are all over. Pakistan’s nukes, not just North Korea’s, have to be kept in mind. The world is out of control. We know what that means: it’s at the mercy of a fascist, invasive team of crazed generals, as happened in Germany in 1914.  

If such a war came. The obvious winning strategy for the USA and its closest allies would be a repeat of what the USA did in 1914-17 and 1933-1942: wait for the participants to exhaust themselves… So, paradoxically, “America First” may result in Britain, France, Western Europe getting closer to the USA in all ways…  

The past has to be harnessed to lead into the future optimally.

On the most macro-analysis, Europe let herself be manipulated into suicidal wars. Or, more exactly, Germany let itself be manipulated into Europe killing wars by US manipulators (Wilson, FDR, and a cornucopia of US plutocrats and bankers). Is Trump another of these “America-First” manipulators?

Well, at least, Trump admits it. That makes him more authentic: his reasons can be explored, debated, counter-acted.

On the face of it, Syria is a European problem: it was the wealthiest province of Rome, when it fell to crazed, mass murderous Islamists… in the Seventh Century (Islamists, after winning a crucial battle by great luck, killed all the males capable to bearing arms in Syria, just to prevent a Roman counter-attack). Arguably Russia is a European state, partly heir of Constantinople. So it would make sense that a combination of Western Europe and Russia would solve the Syrian problem, and similar problems caused by 13 centuries of fascist theology.

However, to do this, one would need Western Europe to have a military power similar to Russia’s. That can be done: French GDP, by itself, is higher than Russia’s. However, what’s lacking in Europe, at large, is the will… and more: a mind? It’s no surprise: Germany’s will was broken in the 1914-1945 war it made against France, Britain and Russia, and lost so badly, that even the sewer thinking that had become German philosophy went down the drain. And in Europe, only those three actors (supported by Belgium, Serbia, Croatia, etc.) had the clarity of mind to fight fascism.

So now Trump is saying sayonara… Just as the US refused to help democracy at crucial junctures in 1914, and 1939 (and even doing the exact opposite). The French have long proposed a European defense force, on and off. Short of that, at least other European states should let France access the means of the necessary power projection.

And if that means a 20% French deficit, let the Germans and the like, consent to policies which will make that sustainable (for example a devaluation of the Euro which would extinguish the debt by as much, etc.)  

One may think US policy unwise. But Europeans better beware: Rome came into Greece, and left, twice. The third time, it stayed. Now, of course, Rome had not been created, but inspired by Greece, whereas the USA was, indeed, created by Europe… In more way than one… France in particular is not just the parent of the USA, but also that of Britain… One more reason for the USA to give France the means to fight… By influencing other European states…  

Patrice Ayme

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Extracts from General Mattis’ Resignation Letter:

Dear Mr. President:

I have been privileged to serve as our country’s 26th Secretary of Defense…

I am proud of the progress that has been made over the past two years on some of the key goals articulated in our National Defense Strategy: putting the Department on a more sound budgetary footing, improving readiness and lethality in our forces, and reforming the Department’s business practices for greater performance. Our troops continue to provide the capabilities needed to prevail in conflict and sustain strong U.S. global influence.

One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies. Like you, I have said from the beginning that the armed forces of the United States should not be the policeman of the world. Instead, we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances. NATO’s 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-11 attack on America. The Defeat-ISIS coalition of 74 nations is further proof.

Similarly, I believe we must be resolute and unambiguous in our approach to those countries whose strategic interests are increasingly in tension with ours. It is clear that China and Russia, for example, want to shape a world consistent with their authoritarian model — gaining veto authority over other nations’ economic, diplomatic, and security decisions — to promote their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. That is why we must use all the tools of American power to provide for the common defense.

My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues. We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.

Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. The end date for my tenure is February 28, 2019, a date that should allow sufficient time… I pledge my full effort to a smooth transition that ensures the needs and interests of the 2.15 million Service Members and 732,079 DoD civilians…

Jim N. Mattis

 

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9 Responses to ““Free Market”Can’t Sustain Global US Military Rule: Trouble Incoming May Trump Trump”

  1. Sam Cadle Says:

    Sam Cadle

    If the U.S. empire collapses it’ll be because of the erosion of family values and morals. Now what Party could be responsible for that?

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      What about both parties, which are indeed the same. For example, W Bush invaded Iraq, but introduced Medicare Part D. Obama talked up a storm, droned to death villagers in countries such as Yemen, and presided over the shrinkage of US American life expectancy, while hiding it under teleprompted discourses on “Obamacare”. Who is left, who is right here? Who is progressive, who is regressive? I am a personal friend of Obama, and detested W Bush… But let’s be fair: what’s the difference?

      When Rome decayed, it decayed first because the Absolute Wealth Limit became inoperative, enabling a few families to seize control of the Republic… Then values followed down… Same now.

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  2. Lionel Broderick Says:

    Santa Monica Dec. 22
    @Patrice Ayme Is our industrial manufacturing base at the same level it was during these two previous wars? Would these wars be fought with troops, drones, ships, air force or a nuclear arsenal? Many weapons have a far longer range today than in earlier times. What is to stop the U.S. from being bombed? How many fronts would there be? And whom would be our allies? Russians? Unlike other animals and insects mans greatest threat is man himself. The potential for much devastation causing much of the world to go dark is strong. This is the “die back” that my environmental biology professor discussed in the early 90’s.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      US manufacturing base was the world’s highest in WWI and WWII… Gas wasn’t used in WWII, so nukes may well not be used… A French general said: we can kill 50 million people in 20 minutes, we think that’s sufficient…

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  3. Gloucon X Says:

    “On the face of it, Syria is a European problem: Arguably Russia is a European state, partly heir of Constantinople. So it would make sense that a combination of Western Europe and Russia would solve the Syrian problem, and similar problems caused by 13 centuries of fascist theology.”

    Russia believes that the best way to solve the Syrian problem was to leave it the way it was under Assad. The US thought it was a good idea to overthrow Assad no matter how much destruction it took and using whatever thugs it could find. What is the French plan?

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I don’t think the US (that is: Obama’s advisers) decided to overthrow Assad. Then they would have agreed to the strike with the French against Assad. French pilots were in their fully loaded planes, when Obama got cold feet.
      Syria, correctly done, would have been to make a coup early on, or persuade (that would have been best) Assad to relinquish power in an orderly manner, to the secular opposition.

      However, this is all very complex: western plutos are allied to the Saudi plutos, and their oil bath… They actually love Muslim Fundamentalist mayhem, as I explained many times… So did Assad…

      There is no “US” or “French” position on any of this. There would be, if We The People debated and then voted, directly.

      Nor is there “Russia”. “Russia” at this point is Czar Putin.

      As for now, the best is to let Assad be… As long as the Kurds can be, too… Something the Turks hate (irony of history, the Kurds helped Ataturk and his Young Turks beat back Greece in the 1920s, kill Armenians, etc….) Now it’s a matter of what the French and the Pentagon (perhaps helping the French discreetly, that has happened before, even before Kolwezi…) are going to do. Also Trump talks one way, and may well act the other: not only Obama and FDR can do that…

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  4. SDM Says:

    Trump is no fan of NATO or other US alliances. He complains bitterly that the allies don’t pay their fair share for the costs of defense. And he is no friend to democracy either, preferring to lather praise on authoritarian dictators. He cozies up to the Saudis as they will pay as they offered to pay for the whole thing (Iraq war style) in Syria as John Kerry openly informed Congress.
    But then the US is not a democracy anyway and won’t be one unless the constitution is amended significantly. Meanwhile the world is warming.

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    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      SDM: agreed on all. Here I am at 7,000 feet in Northern California, and it’s raining during the Winter Solstice… People get misled by record snow amounts… due to warming, in the mountains, or Antarctica, Greenland….
      Trump is the parody the Representative Oligarchic system we have needed to illustrate itself perfectly. A wall in the head. And just that.

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  5. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Trump is bad, but the reality of what enabled the “American Century”, incomparably worse. US superiority was founded all too much on destroying European capability. The US oligarchy is now facing the consequences of that hubristic mistake. https://patriceayme.wordpress.com/2018/12/22/free-marketcant-sustain-global-us-military-rule-trouble-incoming-may-trump-trump/

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