The full text of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad�s
speech to the UN General Assembly last week was printed in the Israeli
newspaper, Haaretz (September 25, 2008).
Although our Founding Fathers would have comprehended and
endorsed Ahmadinejad�s speech to the United Nations, present-day Americans
would find it strange should they happen to hear about it.
Unlike their forbears, Americans today live a material life,
not a spiritual one. Americans are far too likely to dismiss Ahmadinejad�s
words about obeisance to God and justice as the mumbo-jumbo of an �Islamist extremist.�
The hubris of Americans and their belief in U.S. �exceptionalism� would cause them to
reject Ahmadinejad�s holding the US, its NATO puppets, and Israel accountable
before the UN General Assembly. So successfully has Ahmadinejad been demonized
by the propagandistic US media that his speech would be dismissed out of hand
by the arrogance of those who regard themselves as the salt of the earth.
Ahmadinejad echoes the statements of other world leaders
when he says that US power is rapidly waning. The US �superpower� is dependent on foreigners for its
financing. The US cannot exist without Chinese financing, just as Europe
cannot exist without Russian energy. America�s European puppet regimes are
rethinking the consequences of serving US hegemony.
that cannot subdue Iraq and Afghanistan cannot subdue Russia and China. Do
Americans and their neocon leaders believe that China and Russia will lend the
US the money to finance a war against themselves? Do they believe that Russia
will keep America�s NATO puppets supplied with energy if American aggression
against Russia intensifies?
about America�s financial dependency on foreigners have been ignored.
The bailout of the US financial system is entirely dependent
on the willingness of the Chinese, Saudis, and other foreigners to use their
trade surpluses with the US to purchase the US Treasury instruments that must
be sold in order to raise the money for Bush�s bailout of the financial institutions.
The bailout of the US government�s budget has been going on
for years, and it takes place every time the US Treasury holds an auction of
new American debt. But now the bailout by foreigners of the US government is
starting to turn into much larger sums that carry much higher risks.
Last week the Financial Times reported that Peer
Steinbruck, the Finance Minister of Germany, said that the American financial
crisis was �a fundamental rupture�
and that �the US will lose its status
as the superpower of the world financial system.�[US
�will lose financial superpower status�, By Bertrand Benoit,
September 25, 2008]
Steinbruck is being charitable. The US lost that status when
it became dependent on foreigners to finance American consumption of foreign
goods and US goods and services produced offshore in addition to the
war-swollen budget deficits of the US government. Indeed, foreigners finance
Americans� home mortgages. The Chinese alone hold about $400 billion of Fannie
Mae and Freddie Mac bonds.
Is Ahmadinejad correct in his view that, with the waning of
American hegemonic power, the world is on the verge of a better, more humane,
and more just world?
I wonder. Many Americans think of themselves as hard-nosed
realists. They believe that it is a dog-eat-dog world: We have to get �them� before they get us. This
paranoid view is the basis of US foreign and military policy. It holds that
America must not only have the military power to overwhelm any combination of
possible enemies, but also America must prevent the rise of any country or
countries that could challenge American power. This is a �diplomacy� without any concept of
peaceful coexistence or good will among men. Yet Americans think of themselves
as a Christian nation.
and macho Republicans think we don�t win our wars because we lack the courage
to use enough force. They believe that the US should nuke every country that
doesn�t follow our orders. Indeed, many American �conservatives� are lusting for the US to nuke a country in order �to teach the world a lesson.�
To accommodate this blood-lust, the Bush Pentagon revised US
war doctrine to permit preemptive nuclear attack even upon non-nuclear-armed
countries. During the long Cold War, preemptive nuclear attack was not a US
Which vision of the future will win out? Ahmadinejad�s
policy of peaceful co-existence or neoconservative desires for American world
dominance? The chance is too high for comfort that the hubris and arrogance of
the United States will lead to a nuclear confrontation that will destroy the
People of good will hope that Ahmadinejad and Steinbruck�s
views will prevail and that the rest of the world will wake up and ask if they
want to continue financing America�s hegemonic ventures that threaten life on
The day the foreign bankers turn off the credit spigot to
the US Treasury, American arrogance will be tamed.
Craig Roberts [email
him] was Assistant Secretary of the Treasury during President
Reagan�s first term. He was Associate Editor of the Wall Street Journal. He has
held numerous academic appointments, including the William E. Simon Chair,
Center for Strategic and International Studies, Georgetown University,
and Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Stanford University. He was
awarded the Legion of Honor by French President Francois Mitterrand. He is the
author of Supply-Side
Revolution : An Insider�s Account of Policymaking in Washington; Alienation
and the Soviet Economy and Meltdown:
Inside the Soviet Economy, and is the co-author with Lawrence M.
Stratton of The
Tyranny of Good Intentions : How Prosecutors and Bureaucrats Are Trampling the
Constitution in the Name of Justice. Click here for
Peter Brimelow�s Forbes Magazine interview with Roberts about the recent
epidemic of prosecutorial misconduct.